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Dean’s Desk  
March 9, 2020
School of Education & Psychology
Weekly e-News for Students, Faculty, Staff, and Community
Stronger Together
This time of the quarter can be challenging in many ways. Coming up on week ten of winter quarter means a lot of study sessions, completion of projects, and holing up somewhere for hours on end. But perhaps one thing that may help us get through the week before final exams will be to meet with others. The book of Hebrews challenges us to meet together to encourage each other. Maybe a few minutes will help give us the strength we need to finish the quarter strong! ~Debbie Muthersbaugh, Dean

Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, encouraging one another. ~Hebrews 10:24-25 
Calendar of Events
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

30 Discovery Preschool Open House, SMH, 4:30-6:30 pm
5-7 April UDays
7 CEED Spring Event, The Art of Tough Talks: Guitar Section drama, Location TBD, 4:30-6 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

8-10 Walla Walla Balloon Stampede
10 Mother's Day
18-22 NADOE Meetings, Dean gone
25 Memorial Day
28 PEAB Student Teaching Portfolio Reviews, Alaska Room, 1-3 pm
Education and Psychology
Dr. Bastien Valenca Leads Education Students in Social Studies Field Trip to Whitman Mission
Education Club
Recently our SEP education students enjoyed some fun games at the end of a busy week. Now it's on to review week and final exams. You can do it!x
Dr. Hartman Provides STEM Training to Adventist Teachers in Idaho Conference 
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.
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. 
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

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: 

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:

This year is the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment which gave women the right to vote. Cobblestone magazine features some of the advocates for women’s suffrage from 1848 up to the present. One early advocate, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, dedicated over 50 years to the cause, but didn’t live to see it happen. Western states led the way with Wyoming granting women the right to vote in 1869, followed by Colorado, Utah, and Idaho in the 1890s and Washington State in 1910. Do not miss the editorial cartoons for and against women voting. Cobblestone magazine features a single American history topic each issue. If you are going to teach social studies, you should get acquainted with this magazine.

Fletcher Academy Teachers Needed for 2020-2021
This school located in Canada is looking for teachers with a combination of skills in the following areas:
  • Spanish 1 & 2
  • World History
  • English
  • Computer Applications 
  • Freshmen PE
  • Gymnastics
  • Intramurals Director
  • Attendance Officer
If you are interested you can email a resume to or contact principal Phil Wilhelm at (828) 989-2046.
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  
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.
Other News
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! 
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.
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.

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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