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Dean’s Desk  
March 16, 2020
School of Education & Psychology
Weekly e-News for Students, Faculty, Staff, and Community
Dear School of Education and Psychology Students, Staff, Faculty, and Friends,
Sitting in Smith Hall this morning we realize how much we miss the buzz of students around campus. In light of the WWU decision this past week to move finals and begin spring classes online, we have some unprecedented circumstances. Projects, field experiences, and classes will need to be looked at in new ways. As a school we are committed to providing interactive and rigorous experiences in our online D2L platform. Here are a few things to be particularly aware of:
  • We will finish the quarter strong online. Keep in close touch with your professors about final winter requirements. You can also begin planning for classes by ordering books now at 
  • Watch carefully for University emails. These updates will assist in clarifying the most up to date COVID-19 response and information, which can be accessed at
  • Look for School of Education and Psychology communications. This will include the weekly Dean's Desk, emails from faculty regarding online classes, and information from our office administrator, Debbie Smart. We are also in the process of implementing the use of Microsoft Teams for live chat. There will be a detailed email sent out to students regarding the process of logging in and connecting with faculty and staff. Please contact us at any time if you have questions or just want to talk.
Each of you will be missed the next few weeks. Although we are absent from each other at the moment, we look forward to being present online, by phone conversations, and in spirit. God has promised that we can be encouraged, know His mysteries, and gain the treasures of His wisdom if we just ask. ~Debbie Muthersbaugh, Dean
My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. For though I am absent from you in body, I am present with you in spirit. ~Colossians 2:2, 3, & 5
Calendar of Events
16-18 Winter Quarter Final Exams - ONLINE
19-27 Spring Break
30 Spring Classes Begin - ONLINE

13 Summer registration opens
13 Full year (20-21) registration opens for juniors and seniors
27 Tentative return to classes
29 UCC Board of Education, Dean gone

10 Mother's Day
18-22 NADOE Meetings, Dean gone
25 Memorial Day
28 PEAB Student Teaching Portfolio Reviews, Alaska Room, 1-3 pm
Education and Psychology
Topics Course: The Psychology of Race
What is race? Where does it come from and how does it relate to human behavior? Where do I fit in? The course, “The Psychology of Race” will explore these questions. We will address topics such as Discrimination and Prejudice, Race and Health, Race and Justice, and Combating Racism. Expect a transformative experience. 
Smith Hall Office Remodel Dedication Service - POSTPONED
Due to the university going online through April, our scheduled celebration of the office remodel has been postponed. Thank you to Dr. and Mrs. Elmar and Darilee Sakala for their generous gift.
Discovery Preschool

Discovery Preschool Wins Community Award
Our own School of Education and Psychology preschool has been awarded the 2019 Best of College Place Award in the Day Care category.  The award recognizes exceptional marketing success, hands-on learning experiences fostering a life-long love for learning, and an emphasis on Christian values. Discovery Preschool is also an integral part of school and serves as a learning lab for both education and psychology students within the department. You can read the entire news article here: 

Discovery Preschool on Hiatus
The preschool will be following the university's COVID-19 response and suspend preschool classes through April. Contact director Stacy Maxted for any updates. 
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:

This year is the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment which gave women the right to vote. Cobblestone magazine features some of the advocates for women’s suffrage from 1848 up to the present. One early advocate, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, dedicated over 50 years to the cause, but didn’t live to see it happen. Western states led the way with Wyoming granting women the right to vote in 1869, followed by Colorado, Utah, and Idaho in the 1890s and Washington State in 1910. Do not miss the editorial cartoons for and against women voting. Cobblestone magazine features a single American history topic each issue. If you are going to teach social studies, you should get acquainted with this magazine.

Employment Opportunities
Fletcher Academy Teachers Needed for 2020-2021
This school located in Canada is looking for teachers with a combination of skills in the following areas:
  • Spanish 1 & 2
  • World History
  • English
  • Computer Applications 
  • Freshmen PE
  • Gymnastics
  • Intramurals Director
  • Attendance Officer
If you are interested you can email a resume to or contact principal Phil Wilhelm at (828) 989-2046.
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  
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.
Other News
Dr. Hartman Provides STEM Training to Adventist Teachers in Idaho Conference 
Dr. Bastien Valenca Leads Education Students in Social Studies Field Trip to Whitman Mission
Psychology Students Inducted into Honor Society
The 2020 inductees to Psi Chi, the national psychology honor society, celebrate with their faculty sponsor, Dr. Austin Archer. Students inducted include Isabella Constantino, Tamara Kibukevich, Emma Meadowbrook, Jade Turner (back row), and Riley Blake, Carmella Sorensen (front row). Congratulations to these student on their hard work and dedication to excellence.
Special Education Masters Degrees Fully Online
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.). 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:

We also offer an undergraduate special education endorsement that can be added to a teacher education degree. Visit with an advisor today by contacting Emily Appel (undergraduate programs) at, or Debbie Smart (graduate programs) at We would love to help you reach your goals!
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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