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Dean’s Desk  
June 1, 2020
School of Education & Psychology
Weekly e-News for Students, Faculty, Staff, and Community
The Finish Line
Spring quarter is coming to an end this week and I hope you find yourselves in a good place. Our world and the way we do school has changed dramatically over the past few months and will likely be written about in the history books. To say we miss seeing you in person is an understatement. However, I commend each student, professor, and staff for the flexibility and professionalism shown during this time of online learning. As we come down to the finish line for the 2019-2020 school year I am once again reminded of God's grace in seeing us through and I continue to have great hope for the future.
 ~ Debbie Muthersbaugh, Dean

My only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me - the task of testifying to the good news of God's grace. ~ Acts 20:24, NIV
Calendar of Events
1-5 Student Teaching Portfolio Reviews
5 Virtual Psychology Research Symposium, 1:00 pm PST
8-10 Spring Quarter Final Exams
12 Psychology Recognition, Friday, 1:00 pm PST, Zoom link TBD
14 Graduation, 10:00 am PST, Zoom link TBD
14 Teacher Dedication Service, 12:30 pm, Zoom link TBD
21 Father's Day
22 Summer Courses Begin, online
23 Last Day to Request Grades of S/NC, 5:00 pm, PST
4 Independence Day Holiday, No Classes
30 Graduate Hooding, WWU, 2 pm
Education and Psychology
Spring 2020 Grading Options
Recently it was voted to give WWU students the option of choosing an “S” or “NC” grade for one week after grades have been posted. In order to receive the "S" grade, the final course grade must be a “C” or higher. There must be an indication that the academic advisor has been consulted. A student with any grade may elect to have a grade of “NC” recorded. (Deadline for making S/NC selection is 5:00 pm on Tuesday June 23). some important things to remember as you are considering this option are:
  • Keeping standard grades is probably preferred in most instances since they calculate into the GPA and give the admission committees a more complete database for decision-making.
  • Because the “S” and “NC” grades do not impact GPA, they may be a good choice for students who are working hard on their GPA in order to retain scholarships and work towards achieving honors at graduation.
  • In some cases, students who have grades below a “C” may be better off keeping the letter grades since low grades in general studies and some cognate courses will still count.
Because of these complex issues, it is important to work with your advisor when making the decision of which grading systems is best for you and your future.
Graduation Weekend
Sunday, June 14, 2020 marks the completion of university education and many will be going out to careers as psychologists or teachers. Others will begin graduate school to further their education. Wherever your path takes you, know we are proud of you and your accomplishments. Some of the virtual events for our School of Education and Psychology graduates include:
  • Psychology Recognition, Friday, June 12, 1:00 pm PST. This Zoom event highlights the journey each psychology graduating senior has taken and is going to take in the future. Your psychology professors and Psychology Club officers will lead in the service.
  • Graduation CeremonySunday, June 14, 10:00 am PST. The WWU administration and faculty will guide us through the conferring of degrees.
  • Teacher Dedication Service, immediately following graduation exercises. This event is to celebrate the completion of teacher preparation. Speakers include two recent education program graduates sharing experiences from their first year teaching and Neria Sebastien giving the teacher charge. Students will be receiving a package to be opened at the time of this event. 
PEAB Student Teaching Portfolio Reviews
Each spring graduating teacher candidates present portfolios of completed work showcasing certification requirements, sample teaching units, and other documents related to successful completion of their program. Typically this is part of our Professional Educator Advisory Board (PEAB), which meets this year virtually via Zoom on Thursday, May 28. Students will present portfolios to one board member and one faculty member during the week of June 1-5. This meeting will be arranged by our administrative team so be watching for an email in the coming week.
Fall Quarter 2020
President John McVay announced last week that Walla Walla University is "taking steps to welcome students back to our campuses for the 2020-2021 academic school year, and we are working diligently on plans that prioritize safety and quality education, in concert with guidance from community health leaders and state guidelines." He has appointed a Taskforce whose work is guided by: Academic strength and integrityAttention from faculty and staff ; CommunityResponsibility; and Hope. The president also says that he will "provide updates every other week for the foreseeable future, and details will also be posted at as they emerge."
Stats of the Week
Discovery Preschool
Discovery Preschool students love their teacher graduates!
Curriculum Library
Math Musicals
Big Ideas Math, the new mathematics series to be used in Seventh-day Adventist schools, has created math musicals for grades K-5.  Each song has a story to go with it, sheet music, and worksheet activities.  At this time, you do not need any special account to listen to the music and view the stories.  The musical accompaniment is rock style and the stories are about the cartoon dog and cat; so preview the music and know your constituency, before using it in the classroom.
Other News

Teacher Needed for 2020-2021
A position has become available in a 5-8 classroom in the Dakota Conference. Contact Superintendent Mark R. Weir if you are interested in this position. Dakota Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Phone: 253-797-7808. Email:

To learn more about teaching positions at Yongsan International School of Seoul contact
Part-Time Teacher Needed
Are you looking to work part time next year or are taking a gap year and are wanting to work on a task force basis? Principal Judelle Johnson says, "Poulsbo Adventist School [PAS] in Kitsap County, WA is a one-room school and we are looking to hire a part-time teacher for next school year to teach either the lower or upper elementary grades, depending on the applicant's experience." For more information contact Principal Johnson at 360.779.6290 or email PAS Mission Statement: "To grow in a safe school community committed to Jesus, learning, relationships, and physical health."
History, Bible, and Science Teacher Position
Rogue Valley Adventist School has an opening for grades 7-10 history, biology, earth science, and Bible teacher for the 2020-2021 school year. The principal there states that Medford, where the school is located, is a great place to live if you like the outdoors. If you or someone you know might be interested in this teaching position, contact Principal Ann Campbell at
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  
Special Education Master's Degrees Fully Online
Do you want to help students in your classroom through the challenges they face? 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.) at Walla Walla University. 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.
Visit with our master's program advisor today
 by emailing or calling 509-527-2211. Learn more and apply today 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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