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Dean’s Desk  
February 24, 2020
School of Education & Psychology
Weekly e-News for Students, Faculty, Staff, and Community
"Dear friend, listen well to my words; tune your ears to my voice. Keep my message in plain view at all times. Concentrate! Learn it by heart! Those who discover these words live, really live; body and soul, they're bursting with health. Keep vigilant watch over your heart; that's where life starts." Proverbs 4:1-23, MSG ~ Debbie Muthersbaugh, dean
Calendar of Events
25 CEED Movie Screening, Day One, Smith Hall 100, 4:45 pm
25 Psi Chi Induction, SMH 202, 6:00 pm
26 CEED Advisory Board, 5:00 pm
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 Homecoming Weekend Departmental Supper, Smith Hall, 6:00 pm
Education and Psychology
Psi Chi Induction this Wednesday 
Don't miss this opportunity to congratulate this year's Psi Chi recipients of the international honor society award. The event will take place 
Wednesday, February 26 at 6:00 pm in Smith Hall 202. The award is based on academic achievement in the field of psychology.
Congratulations to our psychology faculty, led by Dr. Austin Archer, in establishing our WWU 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. 
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.
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. 
The Sakala's (pictured left) and the remodeled office entry (pictured right).
Center for Educational Equity and Diversity
Winter Event: Day One Film Screening
The story shown in Day One 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. Snacks provided by C.E.E.D., Smith Hall 100 doors open Wednesday, February 25 at 4:45!
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 Undefeated by Kwame Alexander.  Illus. by Kadir Nelson.  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019.  IM 811 AL27

The winner of the 2020 Caldecott Medal, a 2020 Newbery Honor, and the 2020 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award, The Undefeated is a tribute to black Americans.  Kwame Alexander originally wrote the poem for his daughters, getting the title from a quote by Maya Angelou, “We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated.”  Three pages at the end of the book give brief biographies of the many historic figures pictured in the illustrations.

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
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 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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