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Dean’s Desk  
February 10, 2020
School of Education & Psychology
Weekly e-News for Students, Faculty, Staff, and Community
Season of Love, Part 2
Yes it's true, Valentine's Day is this week. Though I'm not ready with candy or flowers, this year I'm going to try and focus more on Jesus' words to love each other, just as he loves us. But what does that mean? Because Jesus gave his life for those he loved, I will think more about what I can give that is of meaning. It might be spending quality time, a listening ear, or being more aware of the needs of those around me. Since love for others is the fruit of the spirit (Galatians 5:22), I will also choose to live more fully in his presence so that the fruit of his love will be a daily part of my life. Let's get on with giving and living in the full experience of love this week.  ~ Debbie Muthersbaugh, dean
Calendar of Events
11 Senior Recognition, University Church, 11 am
10-12 UDOEC Meetings, dean gone
17 Snow Day, NO CLASSES

5-8 March UDays
8 Daylight Savings Time begins

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

16-18 Winter Quarter Final Exams
19-27 Spring Break
30 Spring Classes Begin
5-7 April UDays
11 Office Remodel 
Dedication Ceremony, Smith Hall, 5:30 pm
13 Graduate Convocation
13 Summer registration opens
13 Full year (20-21) registration opens for juniors and seniors
24-26 Homecoming Weekend
25 Departmental Supper, Smith Hall, 6:00 pm
Education and Psychology
Schofield Scholarship Applications Due TOMORROW, February 11
References and applications must be in tomorrow for the coming 2020-2021 school year. 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.  
2020 Senior Class Officers
This year three of the College Place campus senior class officers are from the School of Education and Psychology including Executive Vice President – Andre Gonzalez (back row right), Public Relations Vice President – Sabrina Mapes (front row right), and Financial Vice President – Inez Aguirre (front row left). Congratulations to you all! 

Dr. Archer Receives Community Service Award
In December, Austin Archer, professor of education and psychology at Walla Walla University, was presented with the 2019 WWU Community Service Award at the 137th annual Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet. His community service has included a group of volunteers doing re-entry work at the Washington State Penitentiary to form a nonprofit organization called the Successful Transition and Re-entry (STAR) Project, leading the founding board of the SonBridge Community Center, and being a trustee of the Walla Walla County Rural Library District. We are proud of our dear colleague for this well deserved recognition.

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 at 5:30 pm. 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 remodeled office entry (pictured right).
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.
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:

Fry Bread, a Native American Family Story by Kevin Noble Maillard. Illus. by Juana Martinez-Neal. Roaring Brook Press, 2019. IM JL M282 f.

Kevin Noble Maillard, a member of the Seminole Nation, explores the meaning of fry bread to Native American families. The main text is easy enough for a preschool read-aloud. A recipe along with extensive notes on the history of fry bread earned this book the 2020 Robert F. Sibert Information Book Medal. It has also won the 2020 American Indian Youth Literature Picture Book Honor.

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  
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
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
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.
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.
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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