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Association for Faculty Women Carol Ivory

Carol Ivory

Association for Faculty Women’s 2010 Samuel H. Smith Leadership Award

The 2010 Samuel H. Smith Leadership Award was presented to Carol Ivory, Professor in the Department of Fine Arts, at the December 8 meeting.

2010 Smith Award recipient Dr. Carol Ivory with President Emeritus Smith.

Dr. Ivory is an expert on the art, history and culture of the Marquesas Islands, a group of volcanic islands located 800 miles northeast of Tahiti in French Polynesia. A nominator described Dr. Ivory as “…an exemplary woman who has been a pioneer and leader in the advancement of women’s status and roles in the WSU system and in general”.  She served as Chair of the Department of Fine Arts from 2003 to 2009, and then was asked to serve as Associate Dean for Curriculum and Instruction for the College of Liberal Arts based on her “proven record of leadership in the college and university, keen insight, sound judgment, strong ethics, and history of advocacy for women and diversity more broadly”.  Dr. Ivory is also described as being “very generous with her time”, having served on numerous departmental, college and university committees, including search committees for the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Director of the Museum of Art, Dean of Libraries, and Provost.  She has been a pioneer and leader her entire career, leading from the top down to the grass roots level.  She served as AFW Treasurer, President-Elect, and President, individually mentors female students and faculty members as well as student groups such as the Pacific Islanders Club, and actively promotes Native American and Pacific Islander art and artists. Within her discipline, Dr. Ivory is recognized as a world-class scholar. She was elected as the inaugural Chair of the newly established North American Chapter of the Pacific Arts Association in 1999, and served in this capacity until she was elected President of the Pacific Arts Association in 2003. Since 1993, Dr. Ivory has served as an elected member of the Board of Scientific Advisor for the Marquesan Research Center in Nuku Hiva, French Polynesia.  This year, she was appointed by the French Polynesian government to serve on the advisory council to prepare a proposal to UNESCO for sites in the Marquesas Islands to become World Heritage sites.

The Smith Leadership Award was established in 2000 to show AFW’s appreciation to President Smith for his leadership in advancing the role of women at WSU. The award is presented annually to an AFW member whose leadership has advanced the role of women in the WSU system, and who has demonstrated leadership in higher education, the community, or her profession at the local, state, regional, national or international level.


2010 award committee members Nancy Magnuson (left), Lori Carris (second from left) and Margaret Black (right) with award recipient Carol Ivory and President Emeritus Samuel H. Smith.


Samuel H. Smith Leadership Award recipients (left to right),  Lori Carris (2009), Nancy Magnuson ( 2005), KNona Liddell (2004), Fran McSweeney (2001), Erica Austin (2008 ), Carol Ivory (2010),  Marcia Saneholtz (2007), and Sue Durrant (2000) with President Emeritus Smith at the December 8 award presentation.