by Helena Witzke
The Lee Honors College has selected Dr. Carla M. Koretsky, WMU associate professor of geosciences, as its new associate dean effective May 7.
Koretsky has been a WMU faculty member since 2000. In 2003-04, she served as the faculty advisor for the interdisciplinary geochemistry major which she established at WMU. She was named the associate chair of the Department of Geosciences for the 2006 academic year, and in 2007 received the WMU Emerging Scholar Award.
Her research interests in aqueous geochemistry and biochemistry, as well as her portfolio of projects and active research, have garnered $1.3 million dollars in grants from institutions such as the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy and the American Chemical Society. Her research has been widely published and she has presented her findings at lectures and conferences around the world.
The Lee Honors College is one of the oldest honors colleges in the nation, and is highly respected for its dedicated and active student body. By providing its students with opportunities to explore both their own ambitions and their university, it extends WMU’s reach by creating adults who are fully prepared to continue their lives after WMU professionally, academically, and globally.
As associate dean, Koretsky will work with Dr. Nicholas Andreadis, LHC dean, to continue the fine tradition of academic and personal excellence for which the College is renowned.
Though she acknowledges she will have to sacrifice some of her time in the classroom for her new appointment, Koretsky still cherishes her time with her students. “[My] students and their accomplishments make me very proud! I do plan to continue to engage as many undergraduate honors students as possible in research projects in my lab,” she says.