faculty

Leslie K. Sprunger

Leslie K. Sprunger

Associate Chair for Veterinary Medical Education (IPN) Associate Dean, WIMU Regional Program in Veterinary Medicine

lsprunger@vetmed.wsu.edu

Office
Room: VBR 451
Phone: (509)-335-7071

 

Current Positions

2007-Present Associate Professor, IPN, Washington State University, Pullman, WA
2011-Present Associate Chair for Veterinary Medicine Education, IPN, Washington State University, Pullman, WA
2013-Present Associate Dean, WIMU, Washington State University, Pullman, WA

Education

1983 B.S. Biological Sciences; University of Alaska, Fairbanks, AK
1987 D.V.M. Veterinary Medicine; Washington State University, Pullman, WA
1995 Ph.D. Veterinary Biology/Physiology; University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Honors and Awards

2006  Jerry Newbrey Teaching Scholar
2007  Jerry Newbrey Teaching Scholar
2007  WSU President’s Teaching Academy
2009  Jerry Newbrey Teaching Scholar
2010  Jerry Newbrey Teaching Scholar
2010  WSU President’s Teaching Academy Board of Directors
2011  Jerry Newbrey Teaching Scholar
2012  Jerry Newbrey Teaching Scholar
2013  Jerry Newbrey Teaching Scholar
2014  Jerry Newbrey Teaching Scholar
2015  Jerry Newbrey Teaching Scholar
2016 American Physiological Society Teaching Career Enhancement Award

Prior Academic Appointments

1987-1988 Veterinarian, Alter Trail Animal Hospital, Bremerton, WA
1988-1994 Veterinary Medicine Associate, Veterinary Pathobiology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
1994-1995 Research Associate, Physiology, School of Medicine, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
1995-1999 Research Fellow, Human Genetics, School of Medicine, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
1999-2000 Research Investigator, Human Genetics, School of Medicine, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
2000-2007 Assistant Professor, VCAPP, College of Veterinary Medicine, Washington State University, Pullman, WA
2007-2008 Associate Dean, Student and Academic Affairs, Washington State University, Pullman, WA

Research

My research has involved integrating physiological methods with the tools of molecular genetics to study particular ion channels in the nervous system. 

I am also interested in the neuroscience of teaching and learning.  I am heavily involved in the DVM curriculum and take an inquiry-based, scholarly approach to professional (veterinary) medical education, especially in the disciplines of anatomy and physiology.
Publications on PubMed