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Dean’s Desk  
December 13, 2021
School of Education & Psychology
Weekly e-News for Students, Faculty, Staff, and Community

Light of the World
This holiday season we remember the gift of God's son Jesus. The apostle John reminds us that, "In Him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not over come it." John 1:1-5 is an inspiring reminder that it is Jesus who gives us light in this dark world. We wish you all a very happy, restful, and light-filled holiday, and look forward to seeing you again in 2022!

Calendar of Events
13-15 Final Exams
15 WWU Employee Christmas Party
20 Fall Course Grades Due, 9am
16-Jan. 2 Christmas Break
3 Winter Classes Begin
6 University Assembly, 5-6:30 pm
10-15 Student Week of Worship, shortened class schedule
17 MLK Day CommUnity, shortened class schedule 
25-27 Day on the Hill/WACTE State Meetings, Olympia/Seattle, Administrative Offices Closed
30 NPUC Social and Interviews, 10 am-6 pm, SMH
31 NPUC Education Council, Dean attends
1-2 NPUC Education Council, Dean attends
3 University Assembly, 5-6:30 pm
15 Summer ’22 Registration opens
21 Mid-Winter Break - NO CLASSES
24 PEAB (Professional Educators Advisory Board) 12-3:00 pm, Alaska Room
3 University Assembly, 5-6:30 pm
3-5 March UDays
Date TBD Psi Chi Induction
10 NPUC Board of Education, Dean away
14-16 Final Exams
17-27 Spring Break 
21 Grades due
28 Spring Quarter Classes Begin
Education and Psychology News
Final Exam Week Treats
Be sure to stop by the School of Education and Psychology main offices for some hot drinks and goodies!
Dr. Archer Retires
Thanks to all who came to congratulate our beloved professor, Austin Archer Saturday evening. Many shared their appreciation for the many years of service, teaching their classes, sitting on committees, and sharing life over the past 30 years. We wish you well, Dr. Archer and will miss you immensely. 
Gingerbread Houses
Come check out the fun decorations our student workers made. Thanks Sophie and Kenden!
NPUC and Local School District Interviews - SAVE the DATE!
Each winter the North Pacific Union Conference leadership sponsors an event in January to provide an opportunity to meet potential employers. Administrators looking for teacher candidates from both local private and public schools, as well as from around the Pacific Northwest will be in attendance. Both graduating seniors and junior education majors are welcome to come to the following events on Sunday, January 30:
  • 11:00 am - Online Social Meet and Greet (Zoom link to be provided)
  • 11:30 am - Info sessions for SDA Certification and NAD Resources (Zoom link to be provided)
  • 1:30-5:30 pm - In-person Interviews (Look for email about how to sign up)
Departmental Clubs Focus
Departmental Clubs Christmas Party
Education and Psychology Club partnered together to hold a Christmas party for members. Pupusas and goodies were provided!
Clubs on Social Media
Psychology Club on Instagram: (@thepsychstudents).  
Education Club on Instagram: (@wwueducationclub).
Faculty and Staff News
CEED Diversity Grant Session
The SEP Center for Educational Equity and Diversity (CEED) Co-Directors, Dr. Maria Bastien Valenca (pictured above) and Dr. Debbie Muthersbaugh recently attended a training session to become better acquainted with the new WA State Diversity Standards. The meeting ended with each group represented creating a visual of our current work.
Community News
Christmas Events
We are so fortunate to be placed in a campus and community that is so active in celebrations. We have been able to take part in many Christmas-time festivities. The University held a Christmas tree lighting, and the City of College Place held a parade for the community followed by wonderful fireworks!
Curriculum Library

Flight for Freedom, the Wetzel Family’s Daring Escape from East Germany by Kristen Fulton. Illus. by Toben Kuhlmann. Chronicle Books, 2020. IM 325.2 F959

This picture book tells the true story of the Wetzel and Strelzyk families’ 1979 escape from East Germany in a homemade hot air balloon. Young Peter discovers a picture hidden under the mattress and hears the sewing machine in the attic, but he must keep the secret. Informative material in the back of the book discusses the balloon’s construction, the earlier unsuccessful escape attempts, and the history of the Berlin Wall.

Job Postings & More Information 

Mason County Sheriff Corrections Hiring
Mason County is hiring correctional officers. This is work performed to provide care and custody of adult prisoners and to maintain order and discipline among the prisoners of the Mason County Jail. Correction Deputies are responsible for the operation of the jail on a 24-hour, 7-day-a-week basis. Shifts are from 1800 to 0600. Benefits and holiday leave are included. Starting pay is $4319 monthly. To apply, go to

Writing Positions Available
The Collegian is looking to hire staff writers for various positions. To apply email or reach out to Josh Beaudoin, Editor-in-Chief, The Collegian (509) 240-2488. Article topics are assigned on Sunday evening and writers have till Friday noon to hand in their articles, They are also looking for guest articles, so if anyone has a single submission they would like published, we love to get those as well.

Academy Teaching Position Canada 
Cariboo Adventist Academy is looking for a high school science teacher who can start as soon as possible. The candidate needs to be a Canadian citizen.
This could be a temporary teacher on a short-term assignment or a permanent teacher who wants a long-term position.  If it is a temporary teacher, they should be capable of teaching Chemistry or Physics at a grade 12 level. If you are interested or would like more information, contact Vice-Principal Adam Pardy at 

Children's Home Society
Children’s Home Society of Washington (CHSW) currently has part-time and full-time positions open for different programs, particularly for Spanish speaking applicants! Parents as Teachers (PAT) program is a home visiting program that uses an evidence-based curriculum to support parents through their parenting journey. We do activities with parents and children, provide child development information, and discuss the successes and challenges of being a parent. My team is looking for someone part-time and we figured Education and Psychology students might be interested. Check out our HR department: or contact Jennyffer Landaverde at and Office: 509.592.2130.

After School Tutor Opening at Davis Elementary
Davis School has positions available in the Ignite after-school program. This job is very well suited to anyone who is interested in working in the education field, as tutors will gain experience working in a public school setting. The hours are from 2:30-5pm Monday through Thursday, but tutors may work two to three days a week as well.
Apply directly: or for more information, contact Nick Walsh (

GEAR UP is looking for tutors to work at Wa-Hi 
If you know any recent grads or current local college students looking to make extra money working part-time hours during the school day or afterschool please have them contact me. We are looking for people who can help with homework, especially math and science. For more information please contact Rachel Hicks at 509-730-9308 or email

GEAR UP is looking for tutors to work at Garrison and Pioneer
GEAR UP is looking for tutors to work at Garrison and Pioneer. Make extra money working part-time hours during the school day or afterschool. We are looking for people who can help with school work, are enthusiastic about working with middle schoolers and want to make a positive difference in student learning. For more information please contact the GEAR UP Site Manager at either school. Garrison: Terri Gingras- (509) Pioneer: Elionay Quiros Meneses-(509)

Join the Adventist Education Team 
Are you searching for a job in the Seventh-day Adventist Education system of schools? Use the tools at this site to make an employment connection:
Walla Walla University
School of Education and Psychology
204 S. College Avenue, Smith Hall
College Place, WA 99324

Emily Appel, Administrative Staff 509.527.2210
Mishelle Castiglioni, Executive Secretary 509.527.2211
Dr. Debbie Muthersbaugh, Dean 509.527.2212

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