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Dean’s Desk  
March 2, 2020
School of Education & Psychology
Weekly e-News for Students, Faculty, Staff, and Community
End-of Quarter Worries
As a college student, there is always something to worry about. This time of the quarter there are assignments, stressors, and life-changing choices every day. It can all seem overwhelming. Ephesians 3:20-21 states that God is able to do exceedingly and abundantly more than we could ever ask or think. If you're feeling particularly stressed this week, I hope you take courage in one of my all-time favorite verses from Matthew 6 (below).  Don't ever forget how important and worthy you are even in the midst of the fast-paced demands of college life. The beautiful thing is that God knows our every worry, fear, stressful assignment and decision looming ahead. You are loved and cared for. ~Debbie Muthersbaugh, Dean

"Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?" ~Matthew 6:5
Calendar of Events
5-8 March UDays
4-5 NPUC Board of Education, Dean gone
8 Daylight Savings Time begins

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

16-18 Winter Quarter Final Exams
19-27 Spring Break
30 Spring Classes Begin
5-7 April UDays
7 CEED Spring Event, The Art of Tough Talks: Guitar Section drama, Location TBD, 4-6 pm
11 Office Remodel Dedication Ceremony, Smith Hall, 5:30 pm
12 Easter Sunday
13 Graduate Convocation, WEC, 12-1 pm
13 Summer registration opens
13 Full year (20-21) registration opens for juniors and seniors
22-23 WACTE State Meetings, Spokane, Main Office Closed
24-26 Homecoming Weekend
25 Homecoming Weekend Departmental Supper, Smith Hall, 6:00 pm
29 UCC Board of Education, Dean gone
Education and Psychology

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: 

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). To be considered for this honor, undergraduate students should have completed at least three semesters of full-time coursework at an institution of higher education and have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) that ranks in the top 35 percent of their class. Undergraduate students must have completed nine semester hours (or fourteen quarter hours) of psychology courses for which they have earned a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. These crtieria are in accordance with the standards of the Association of College Honor Societies. Their website states,"Psi Chi is an international honor society whose purpose shall be to encourage, stimulate, and maintain excellence in scholarship of the individual members in all fields, particularly in psychology, and to advance the science of psychology."  Congratulations to these student on their hard work and dedication to excellence.
Psi Chi Celebrates 25 Years
Congratulations to our psychology faculty, led by Dr. Austin Archer, in establishing the Walla Walla University chapter of the International Honor Society of Psychology, or Psi Chi, 25 years ago! 
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. 
SAVE THE DATE, Saturday, April 11, 5:30 pm
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. 
Philosophy and Children
Traditionally, philosophy has not been seen as a subject for children. Yet, in many ways, children are natural philosophers. They ask questions about the world and are curious about philosophical issues such as what is real, how do I know things, what is important? This quarter's Philosophy of Education course explored these themes with young students through reading children's books. While reading books such as Eric Carle's Very Hungry Caterpillar, or The Ugly Duckling, the college students introduced the children to philosophical 
concepts and invited their questions.
Center for Educational Equity and Diversity
SAVE THE DATE - The Art of Tough Talks Coming Tuesday, April 7, 4:30-6 pm
CEED will be sponsoring the interactive professional development event by the Portland drama group The Art of Tough Talks. Their presentation titled The Guitar Section will be followed by the group sharing their personal stories and answering questions from the audience. Light refreshments provided. 
More specific details in the coming weeks. This is an educational equity event you won't want to miss!
Winter Event: Day One Film Screening
Last week the Center for Educational Equity and Diversity (CEED) sponsored the showing of the documentary Day One. The story follows a group of teen refugees from war-torn countries who are enrolled at a unique public school for refugees and immigrants-only in St. Louis, MO, where they are guided through an inspirational program of education, healing and trauma intervention by devoted educators, preparing students to be mainstreamed into local public high schools. The screening was followed by an interactive discussion.
Discovery Preschool
Now Accepting Applications for Spring, Summer, and Fall 2020
If you have a child who has just turned 3, they are now eligible to enroll in Discovery Preschool. Is your child getting ready for Kindergarten in the fall? Now is a good time to begin the socialization process. We offer morning or afternoon options one to five days per week. And faculty and staff now receive a discount. Contact for more information. You can get the enrollment paperwork started at
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:

The 2020 Newbery Medal award goes to New Kid by Jerry Craft.

Jordan loves drawing cartoons and wants to go to an art school for 7th grade; however, his parents decide to send him to an upscale private school. He is not only the new kid, but also one of only a few students of color. Racial and economic bias from students and teachers make him feel like he doesn’t fit in. He is also having trouble fitting in with his old friends from his neighborhood. The story line is in graphic novel style. Occasionally two-page spreads represent Jordan’s sketchbook, which becomes important to the story.

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
Teach and Make a Difference in the World
As Nelson Mandela once stated, "Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world." If you are wondering how to make a difference in the world by educating current and future generations, teaching provides an immediate path for making that difference. Starting this week we will be reporting on the extreme shortage in the field of teacher education across the nation, both in public and private school systems. The highest areas of need, as reported by the U.S. Department of Education, are listed in the attached chart, but all teaching positions are considered to be in shortage. If you are interested in looking into what it would take to become a teacher, contact the School of Education and Psychology office at 509-527-2211.
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.

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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