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Dean’s Desk  
February 3, 2020
School of Education & Psychology
Weekly e-News for Students, Faculty, Staff, and Community
Our New Command
God gave very specific rules for living together in harmony in the Bible - honor your parents, don't lie or steal, don't be jealous or greedy, among others of His ten commandments. When He came to Earth in the form of a human being He condensed those commands into two: love God and love each other. This is how we show we belong to God and it is to love. We naturally want to love some people, but in Luke 6:27 He clarified this love was to be for all, even our enemies. I pray that we can follow this command to love everyone, even those who seem difficult to love.  ~ Debbie Muthersbaugh, dean

I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. ~John 13:34 (NLT)
Calendar of Events
5 STEM Fair, Chan Shun Fish Bowl, 3-6 PM
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
24-26 Homecoming Weekend
25 Departmental Supper, Smith Hall, 6:00 pm
Education and Psychology

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.

Annual STEM Fair
The Student Development Center is pleased to present the 4th Annual STEM Fair, happening Wednesday, February 5, from 3-6 PM, in the Chan Shun Fish Bowl. There is a great line-up of vendors who will be attending the Fair, and the following vendors are specifically requesting to meet with education students: iD Tech Camps and St. Martin’s University.

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.
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.
Morning preschool students visit Smith Hall offices - thanks for bringing us joy!
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:

Good Rosie! by Kate DiCamillo. Illus. by Harry Bliss. Candlewick Press, 2018. IM JL D547 g 

Rosie wants a friend, but when she gets to the dog park, she is scared of the other dogs. How does one make a friend? Great big Maurice and teeny tiny Fifi also need some guidance. Multiple panels on each spread give this book a graphic novel appeal. Young readers may get hints on how they, too, can make friends.

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
Hawaiian Mission Academy 
Hawaiian Mission Academy is looking to get a jump start on next year's teachers.  They are looking for teacher candidates with credentials in: 1) History/ESL, 2) Mathematics, 3) Religion. The History/ESL position could possibly begin as early as January.  Contact Joe Lee, Principal at Hawaiian Mission Academy 808.536.2207 (office) or 562.444.8128 (cell) to apply.
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
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.
Schofield Scholarship Applications Due 
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.  

Fall Quarter Dean’s List Now Available
The Dean's Lists for Fall 2019 are now available at This recognition requires a minimum of 15 credits of graded work. A-F, with a GPA of 3.5-3.749 for the Dean's List, 3.75 - 4.0 for the Dean's List of Distinguished Students. Below is a list of our education and psychology students who have received one of these honors. We are proud of these students' achievements. Please congratulate them as you have opportunity!

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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