Three of Washington’s Secretaries of State joined together recently to award WSU Professor Carolyn Long the inaugural Sam Reed Distinguished Professorship in Civic Education and Public Civility. The ceremony was conducted in the current Secretary of State Kim Wyman’s office and was attended by former Secretaries of State Ralph Munro and Sam Reed.
Reed, a WSU alum, served 12 years as Secretary of State, using his tenure to encourage younger generations to engage in political involvement. In honor of his commitment, WSU created the Sam Reed Distinguished Professorship award to support research and teaching efforts that advance civility, moderation and bipartisanship in politics.
Long is a political science professor at WSU’s Vancouver campus and has an extensive history of research within the field of civics. Long will receive $12,000 in funding to continue her work in civility and says she intends to use this professorship towards the expansion of her work on the Initiative for Public Deliberation.
You can read more about the ceremony on the Secretary of State’s blog and watch video of the ceremony below.