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Dean’s Desk  
May 25, 2020
School of Education & Psychology
Weekly e-News for Students, Faculty, Staff, and Community
Sacrificial Love
Memorial Day is a day for remembering and honoring those who have given their lives in conflict. The American tradition of Memorial Day began at the end of the Civil War when families would visit the grave sites of their fallen relatives or friends and decorate their graves with flowers. In May of 1868 this tradition was declared a federal holiday, a day to remember the sacrifices many have made. At the end of his ministry on earth, Jesus reminded his followers about sacrifices we all can make. He comforted his disciples with the story of the vine and the branches (John 15:1-17) to remind them of their connection through love and sacrifice. His reminder was that no one has greater love than when we put our life on the line for our friends (vs. 13, MSG). May we continue to honor God through our support and love of all those we encounter each day. ~ Debbie Muthersbaugh, Dean

For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son. ~ John 3:16, NIV
Calendar of Events
25 Memorial Day, classes will not meet
28 PEAB Spring Meeting, 1-3 pm PST, virtual

1-5 Student Teaching Portfolio Reviews
4 Virtual Psychology Research Symposium, 1:00 pm PST
8-10 Spring Quarter Final Exams
12 Psychology Recognition, Friday, 1:00 pm PST, virtual
14 Graduation, 10:00 am PST, Zoom
14 Teacher Dedication Service, following graduation, virtual
21 Father's Day
22 Summer Courses Begin, online
30 Graduate Hooding, WWU, 2 pm
Education and Psychology
Fall Quarter 2020
President John McVay announced last week that Walla Walla University is "taking steps to welcome students back to our campuses for the 2020-2021 academic school year, and we are working diligently on plans that prioritize safety and quality education, in concert with guidance from community health leaders and state guidelines." He has appointed a Taskforce whose work is guided by: Academic strength and integrityAttention from faculty and staff ; CommunityResponsibility; and Hope. The president also says that he will "provide updates every other week for the foreseeable future, and details will also be posted at as they emerge."
Spring 2020 Grading Options
Recently it was voted to give WWU students the option of choosing an “S” or “NC” grade for one week after grades have been posted. In order to receive the "S" grade, the final course grade must be a “C” or higher. There must be an indication that the academic advisor has been consulted. A student with any grade may elect to have a grade of “NC” recorded. (Deadline for making S/NC selection is 5:00 pm on Tuesday June 23). some important things to remember as you are considering this option are:
  • Keeping standard grades is probably preferred in most instances since they calculate into the GPA and give the admission committees a more complete database for decision-making.
  • Because the “S” and “NC” grades do not impact GPA, they may be a good choice for students who are working hard on their GPA in order to retain scholarships and work towards achieving honors at graduation.
  • In some cases, students who have grades below a “C” may be better off keeping the letter grades since low grades in general studies and some cognate courses will still count.
Because of these complex issues, it is important to work with your advisor when making the decision of which grading systems is best for you and your future.
Graduation Weekend
Sunday, June 14, 2020 marks the completion of university education and many will be going out to careers as psychologists or teachers. Others will begin graduate school to further their education. Wherever your path takes you, know we are proud of you and your accomplishments. Some of the virtual events for our School of Education and Psychology graduates include:
  • Psychology Recognition, Friday, June 12, 1:00 pm PST. This Zoom event highlights the journey each psychology graduating senior has taken and is going to take in the future. Your psychology professors and Psychology Club officers will lead in the service.
  • Graduation CeremonySunday, June 14, 10:00 am PST. The WWU administration and faculty will guide us through the conferring of degrees.
  • Teacher Dedication Service, immediately following graduation exercises. This event is to celebrate the completion of teacher preparation. Speakers include two recent education program graduates sharing experiences from their first year teaching and Neria Sebastien giving the teacher charge. Students will be receiving a package to be opened at the time of this event. 
PEAB Student Teaching Portfolio Reviews
Each spring graduating teacher candidates present portfolios of completed work showcasing certification requirements, sample teaching units, and other documents related to successful completion of their program. Typically this is part of our Professional Educator Advisory Board (PEAB), which meets this year virtually via Zoom on Thursday, May 28. Students will present portfolios to one board member and one faculty member during the week of June 1-5. This meeting will be arranged by our administrative team so be watching for an email in the coming week.
Stats of the Week
Discovery Preschool
Discovery Preschool teachers know children's play is their work.
Curriculum Library
The above link will take you to NASA STEM Engagement resources for grades 5-8. Notice the set of eight e-books being offered free by World Book during the pandemic. On the same page you will find tabs to switch to resources for students in grades K-4, 9-12, and higher education. There are videos, podcasts, illustrated stories, puzzles, coloring books, experiments, posters, answers to questions, and more. The site is very colorful, with pictures for each link. You can also sort by topics and find a gallery of images. Check it out.
Other News
To learn more about teaching positions at Yongsan International School of Seoul contact
Part-Time Teacher Needed
Are you looking to work part time next year or are taking a gap year and are wanting to work on a task force basis? Principal Judelle Johnson says, "Poulsbo Adventist School [PAS] in Kitsap County, WA is a one-room school and we are looking to hire a part-time teacher for next school year to teach either the lower or upper elementary grades, depending on the applicant's experience." For more information contact Principal Johnson at 360.779.6290 or email PAS Mission Statement: "To grow in a safe school community committed to Jesus, learning, relationships, and physical health."
History, Bible, and Science Teacher Position
Rogue Valley Adventist School has an opening for grades 7-10 history, biology, earth science, and Bible teacher for the 2020-2021 school year. The principal there states that Medford, where the school is located, is a great place to live if you like the outdoors. If you or someone you know might be interested in this teaching position, contact Principal Ann Campbell at
Elementary Teacher Needed Next Year in Iowa 
The Muscatine Seventh-day Adventist Church has a small school and is looking for a teacher to begin teaching in the 20/21 school year. If you are interested in finding out more about this position, you can Dwayne Paul at  
Special Education Master's Degrees Fully Online
Do you want to help students in your classroom through the challenges they face? If you are a practicing certified elementary or secondary teacher, you can earn your master’s degree in special education (M.Ed. or M.A.T.) at Walla Walla University. Teachers who enroll in our SPED program:
     • Enjoy the flexibility of a fully online format.
     • Complete the program in one or two years, or in a flexible  part-time plan.
     • May be eligible to receive a discounted graduate tuition rate.
Visit with our master's program advisor today
 by emailing or calling 509-527-2211. Learn more and apply today at We would love to help you reach your goals!
Special Education Undergraduate Endorsement
We also offer an undergraduate special education endorsement that can be added to your teacher education degree. Visit with our Phase 1 education advisor today at or special education program director at to talk more with you about what it means to be a special education teacher!
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
Debbie Smart, Executive Secretary 509.527.2211
Dr. Debbie Muthersbaugh, Dean 509.527.2212

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