Phil Mixter

  1. Assistant Director, Alumni Relations
  2. Scholarly Professor
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Phil Mixter has been teaching undergraduate bioscience and professional program students at Washington State University for over 25 years. He works to connect current students with their career goals while engaging them with relevant scientific concepts. He strongly believes in student collaboration and networking as they develop professionally. He works to connect recent alums with current students to retain STEM students and nurture professional networks. He continues to enjoy collaborations with colleagues focused on science instruction and workforce development, including participation in the Teaching Academy of the Consortium of West Region Colleges of Veterinary Medicine.

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  • PhD, University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Medicine
  • BS, Oregon State University

Research Interest

  • Educational approaches in STEM especially microbiology-immunology
  • Science writing skill development and barriers
  • Professional development of instruction-focused faculty members


Professional Service

  • Planning committee, American Society of Microbiology Committee on Undergraduate Education (ASMCUE)
  • Steering Committee, Teaching Academy of West Region Veterinary Colleges

Honors and Awards

  • Washington State University Featured Faculty (Office of WSU Provost; February 18, 2016)
  • Washington State University 2015 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Distinguished Service Awards for Faculty, Staff, Student or Community (January 22, 2015)
  • Boeing Team Mentor Program Faculty Mentors, Washington State University Faculty Advising Award (WSU ACADA chapter, April 16, 2013)
  • Washington State University Distinguished Teaching Award (one of 3 awarded across the WSU-Pullman campus, April 17, 2012)
  • School of Molecular Biosciences, Washington State University “Excellence in Teaching Award” (August 2011)
  • School of Molecular Biosciences, Washington State University “Excellence in Advising Award” (August 2010)
  • Office of Undergraduate Education, Washington State University “Common Reading Excellence Award” (one of six given across campus; April 2008)
  • School of Molecular Biosciences, Washington State University “Excellence in Teaching Award” (August 2006)