Carla Rae Michaelsen
Carla Michaelsen joined the staff of the General Studies and Advising Center in August of 2005. Her professional experience includes several years as an academic coordinator for the Student Advising and Learning Center (SALC) on the WSU Pullman campus. During her tenure in SALC, she developed the Achievers Scholars Mentoring Program, serving low-income, high-potential students at WSU with an Achievers Scholarship from the Washington Education Foundation (WEF). Carla was also an integral member of the Transfer Center team in SALC and comes to general studies with an extensive knowledge of issues important to transfer students. Her favorite part of the job has always been, and continues to be, face-to-face contact with the students she advises as they pursue a degree at WSU.
Carla's roots at Washington State University and on the Palouse run deep. She is proud to claim town, gown, and farm connections to the area. In 1971 she arrived in Pullman as the daughter of a new WSU faculty member (her father) and WSU graduate student (her mother). After earning a diploma from Pullman High School, she attended Washington State University, finishing in 1980 with a B.A. in child and family studies. Marriage to Bill, a wheat farmer whose family has lived in Whitman County for almost 100 years, led Carla to spend time cultivating her knowledge of the rural lifestyle and farming concerns. During 1986–87, a return to student life culminated in a second WSU bachelor's degree in elementary education. The next 12 years were "child-centered" as Carla pursued motherhood and working in area schools. In 1999 WSU beckoned again, this time for graduate school, adding the incentive of an assistantship in the SALC. Carla's master of education degree was accomplished in 2001, and she began her career as an academic coordinator, advisor, and instructor at Washington State University.
Carla and Bill are parents of a son, Reed, and a daughter, Leah. Reed and Leah are active in the academic, sport, and social life at Pullman High School. They no longer farm, but remain involved with the agricultural community through Bill's career in agribusiness.
Contact Carla Michaelsen
CAS General Studies & Advising Center
Washington State University
Daggy Hall 201
PO Box 642421
Pullman, WA 99164-2421