Columbian College of Arts & Sciences
Thursday, May 12, 2022 • 5 p.m. EDT
Congratulations to our 2022 graduates! Scroll down to watch the video from the doctoral hooding ceremony.
Watch the Doctoral Hooding Video
Download the 2022 CCAS Doctoral Hooding program PDF to view digitally or print at home.
Dean, Columbian College of Arts and Sciences
Professor of Political Science
Paul Wahlbeck came to the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences in 1993 as a faculty member in the top-ranked Political Science Department after receiving his PhD from Washington University. In 2011, he became chair of department and, in 2016, he joined the college’s leadership team as a vice dean for programs and research. In 2020, he was named dean of the college, after serving as interim dean for two years.
Wahlbeck’s scholarship centers on Supreme Court decision making, especially strategic interaction among justices. His co-authored book, Crafting Law on the Supreme Court: The Collegial Game, was awarded the 2017 Lasting Contribution Award from the Law & Courts Section of the American Political Science Association. His work has been published in many noteworthy journals, including the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics and Political Research Quarterly. A holder of a JD from the University of Illinois, he served as an attorney for the Illinois General Assembly and the Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation earlier in his career. He also served as director of the Law and Social Science Program at the National Science Foundation from 2001 to 2003 and, in 2006, served as director of NSF’s Political Science Program.
Award for Excellence in the Mentoring of Doctoral Students
The Award for Excellence in the Mentoring of Doctoral Students is given to a faculty member nominated by students in the Ph.D. and Psy.D. programs of the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. Mentoring and advising are crucial to the intellectual life and career trajectories of doctoral students across the arts, sciences and professions. A good mentor is a source of wisdom and expertise, an inspiring role model, a compassionate critic, a sounding board, an advocate and a career counselor.
- Sandy Kawano, Assistant Professor of Biology
Relive the Memories: Past Celebrations
Hail Alma Mater
To thy spirit guiding,
Knowledge thy closest friend
In its strength abiding,
Pledge we fidelity
Ne'er its place resigning,
Hail thee George Washington!