On Tuesday, Dick Silliman, Executive Vice President of Hoffman Construction was on the WSU Pullman campus. Dick has been instrumental in helping to advance WSU’s Construction Management program. To honor him and his 40th anniversary with the company, Hoffman generously established the Richard L. Silliman Distinguished Professorship in Estimating.
A distinguished professorship is an academic honor, designed to recognize distinctive and outstanding service to the university community, and a named professorship is one of the highest honors a faculty member can receive. The Silliman Professorship is to be awarded in recognition of excellence in teaching, specifically in the area of estimating. Tuesday, in front of a classroom full of his students, fellow faculty, administrators, staff, and Dick Silliman, Clinical Assistant Professor Jason Peschel was named the first recipient of the Richard L. Silliman Distinguished Professorship in Estimating.
A few days later at the convocation for the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture, Jason received another award and further recognition by being named the recipient of the Reid Miller Excellence in Teaching Award. The Reid Miller award is designed to honor Reid Miller for his long and distinguished career in the college as both a faculty member and as its dean. The award recognizes Dr. Miller’s strong commitment to the quality of teaching in the college. Jason was nominated along with four other non-tenured track faculty – one from each of the schools/departments within the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture.
With so many outstanding faculty across the college, this recognition is truly an honor. It speaks to the respect Jason has from leadership, his peers, his staff, and his students. Congratulations, Jason, and Go Cougs!