College of Education Dean hopes to collaborate with all WSU departments in new role – The Daily Evergreen
Adesope transitioned from online computer programming camp during pandemic, hopes to capitalize on experience
As WSU College of Education’s new associate dean for research and external funding, Sola Adesope hopes to support faculty research to tackle real-world issues.
Adesope began his career at the WSU as an Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology at the College of Education. Over the past 10 years, he said he has grown professionally and watched WSU grow.
Adesope said he was drawn to WSU in 2010 because of the people.
“I love the architecture, the atmosphere, I love the buildings, I love the Palouse, but more importantly, I love the people,” he said. “The folks at WSU make the place unique.”
Adesope has taught many courses at different universities and enjoyed interacting with students from diverse backgrounds. Adesope said he was excited about the new projects underway across the country.
He also admires the other faculty members. Adesope hopes to expand his work beyond his department and involve all faculty members from different colleges. He said he believes collaboration is essential.
“It’s such a big thing at WSU that the collaboration is happening between different colleges,” he said. “WSU has created a collaborative culture for faculty to work together to meet challenges, for which I am very grateful.”
Adesope said he has published numerous articles in his field, including reviews and book chapters. He has also spoken at national and international conferences.
Adesope has also received awards such as the Distinguished Paper Award for his article “The Effect of Poor Source Code Lexicon and Readability on Developers’ Cognitive Load” and was nominated for the 2020 Washington State University Chosen Coug Award, he said. declared.
The pandemic has been a significant obstacle for research projects, Adesope said. He is involved in a program that brings students from rural areas to campus to teach computer programming skills. The program is a weeklong course to teach programming to younger children while developing critical thinking and logic skills. He hopes to inspire these students to pursue computer-related majors.
However, he said the pandemic has made that impossible this year.
“These challenges, especially COVID, are helping us transform our thinking,” he said. “For our annual Boeing computer programming camp for middle school students, rather than bringing students to campus, we offered the [programming] camping online for the first time. It was such a success that we were able to attract students from rural areas across the country. “
Going forward, Adesope said he plans to host the programming camp both online and in person to increase its reach and capitalize on the experience of bringing it live last year.
Adesope said he hopes the challenges presented by the pandemic can be used to improve projects and research so that they can be accessible and effective in an online environment.
“Online programming has taken us off the beaten track,” he said.
He said he wanted to take advantage of the experience, expertise and skills of faculty at other colleges to tackle the issues.
“I will work to support the research programs of the faculty,” he said. “I look forward to bringing the experience, expertise and skills of our faculty to other colleges to tackle new issues and big challenges. “
Adesope said he would help connect WSU faculty members with funding options and resources for their research. He will use the connections he has forged with other colleges within WSU and across the country.