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Dean’s Desk  
January 27, 2020
School of Education & Psychology
Weekly e-News for Students, Faculty, Staff, and Community
During the first weeks of 2020, social media was full of postings from people making lists of life events experienced over the last decade or so - graduations, marriages, job changes, and more. We all have interesting and varied life experiences but one of the most interesting lives to me is Daniel in the Bible. As a youth, Daniel was taken from his home in Judah to a foreign land; he professed loyalties to God over man; he chose a healthy lifestyle and diet; and became a powerful statesman in Babylon. Daniel spent much time communicating with God in prayer, none so clearly passionate than in Daniel chapter 9. Here he recognized God's deep love, the times he had been wrong, and called on God's mercy. May this week be a time of remembering the way God has led in our lives and make a recommitment to the God of love and mercy. ~ Debbie Muthersbaugh, dean
Calendar of Events
27 Graduate Convocation
27-28 NPUC Education Council, WWU Campus
29-30 WACTE State Meetings, Seattle, SEP Offices Closed

11 Senior Recognition, University Church, 11 am
11-14 UDOEC Meetings, dean gone
17 Snow Day, NO CLASSES

5-8 March UDays
8 Daylight Savings Time

12 Professional Education Advisory Board, Alaska Room, 1-3 pm

16-18 Winter Quarter Final Exams
19-22 Spring Break
11 Office Remodel Dedication Ceremony, Smith Hall
Education and Psychology
Education Social and Interviews in Smith Hall
This year the North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) and the School of Education and Psychology sponsored the annual education social and interviews on Sunday, January 26. Principals and superintendents from the Walla Walla Valley, Pacific Northwest, and other areas interviewed potential candidates for teaching positions.
The day began at noon with socializing in the third floor Curriculum Library followed by a luncheon.
At 1 pm attendees gathered in the Smith Lecture Hall for words of inspiration from Dr. Volker Henning, WWU Academic Dean, a prayer of dedication from our WWU President, Dr. John McVay, introduction of participants, and a session to inform students about NPUC certification requirements and NAD resources.
Interviews commenced at 2 pm with students meeting in between to share notes and wait for Emily, Debbie S., and Audrey to ring bells every 20 minutes to keep the interviews moving along. It was a great success with many positive comments from both teacher candidates and employers.
Smith Hall Office Remodel Open House and Dedication Service
Recently the School of Education and Psychology received a generous donation from Dr. Elmar and Darilee Sakala to renovate Smith Hall. We will be having a dedication service Saturday, April 11 in the late afternoon and evening. Please save the date and plan to be there to honor the Sakala’s for this extraordinary gift. 
The Sakala's (pictured left) and the remodel entry way (pictured right).
Psychology Research Group
Psychology students Andre Gonzalez and Sabrina Mapes, with support from Choe Johnson and Dr. Peter Gleason (pictured below left), are conducting research around motivation with students in the Introduction to Psychology course (pictured below right). We look forward to the results of their current research later in the spring.
Center for Educational Equity and Diversity
Discovery Preschool
Faculty and Staff Discounts Available - New this Year!
WWU Discovery Preschool is offering a faculty and staff discount. Student and community members are all welcome. We offer highly qualified teachers, worship, learning, and free play. Help your child begin socializing and learning skills needed for kindergarten. Email Discovery Preschool Director at and check out our website at for more information.
Morning preschool students visit Smith Hall offices - thanks for bringing us joy!
Curriculum Library
Have you browsed the Curriculum Library’s webpage?  There are links for the T & L classes, bibliographies, crafts, die cut ideas, puppet scripts, NES study helps, and more. Take a look:

What's the Big Deal About Elections by Ruby Shamir. Illus. by Matt Falkner. Penguin Random House, 2018. IM 324.6 Sh17 

This colorful book answers many questions children may have about election.s Short, easy text explains each topic. Textboxes add interesting facts and trivia about the pictures, elections, and government. The author shows young readers how they, too, can be involved in elections.

College Place High School Math Tutor Needed
WSU GEAR UP at College Place High School seeks in-school math support. Hours vary, will be flexible. Established proficiency in basic arithmetic, strong Algebra and Geometry skills with the ability to explain math concepts in simple terms.  Must work well with high school students, excellent communication skills, able to develop positive rapport with students and staff. Reliable transportation a must, ability to pass background check, teaching certificate preferred. Pay DOQ. Send resume to
Hawaiian Mission Academy 
Hawaiian Mission Academy is looking to get a jump start on next year's teachers.  They are looking for teacher candidates with credentials in: 1) History/ESL, 2) Mathematics, 3) Religion. The History/ESL position could possibly begin as early as January.  Contact Joe Lee, Principal at Hawaiian Mission Academy 808.536.2207 (office) or 562.444.8128 (cell) to apply.
Teach in Mongolia
Gateway International Academy is 
looking to hire recently graduated education majors in a variety of positions in their new international school in Mongolia. Teaching positions include campus chaplain, high school or middle school religion, English, math, science, and social studies. To learn more contact Joanne Kim at for more information.

Teach at Elpis Academy in Changchun, China
Elpis Academy is an after-school educational complex for children aged 3 to 16 focused on education quality rather than just grades. We value the "comprehension" approach of pedagogy, and would love to see it properly combined with the usual "memorization" approach we often see in this part of the world. I hope you'd forgive me for coming directly to you with my recruitment needs. For more information contact the international education director of Elpis Academy at 

Other News
Schofield Scholarship Applications Due 
The Schofield Education Scholarship was created to provide funds for WWU students studying to become professional elementary and secondary educators. Scholarships are competitive based on character, merit and need. Applications with guideline requirements for those wanting to be considered for the 2020-2021 year are available from Debbie Smart in the Smith Hall main office.  

Fall Quarter Dean’s List Now Available
The Dean's Lists for Fall 2019 are now available at This recognition requires a minimum of 15 credits of graded work. A-F, with a GPA of 3.5-3.749 for the Dean's List, 3.75 - 4.0 for the Dean's List of Distinguished Students. Below is a list of our education and psychology students who have received one of these honors. We are proud of these students' achievements. Please congratulate them as you have opportunity!

Check out these psychology research opportunities. Contact Dr. Austin Archer for more information.
Dr. Pete Gleason to Speak at Prominent Conference
Psychology professor Peter Gleason was recently invited to speak at the Association for Talent Development International Conference & Expo to be held in Denver May 2020. The conference attracts 12,000+ educators and professionals annually, with tight competition for speaking opportunities.  Pete will speak on "Never Too Early: Designing Soft Skill Courses in Higher Ed Eases On-Boarding and Builds Better Teams." You can connect with Pete: Twitter: @petegleasonphd or Instagram: pete.gleason. For more details about the conference go to
Check Out Dr. Gleason's Interview with Core Strengths

The Adventist Education logo above is composed of the mark “A” and the signature words “Adventist Education.” The term “A Journey to Excellence” describes a vision for curriculum in Seventh-day Adventist schools for innovative change that builds on the strengths of the past to create a dynamic future.

Special Education Online
Earn your master’s degree in special education (M.Ed. or M.A.T.)  
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.
Learn more and apply today at NPUC teachers who want to apply should go through the same process as they do for summer courses:
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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