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Academic Affairs, Office of the Provost


Provost's Announcement: Dean Search - College of Social Sciences
Update: June 19, 2017

To the EWU community:

I would like to thank you all for your participation in the search for the next dean of the College of Social Sciences. It was a long and difficult search that involved many of you in the campus community, and your interest, your involvement, and your feedback were essential as the process moved forward.

After a great deal of thought and the consideration of multiple inputs, I have made the difficult decision that the search will be closed at this time without a permanent replacement being hired. The search for a permanent dean will be reopened in early fall with the goal of having the position filled by July 1 of 2018.

 I have asked Dr. Jonathan Anderson to continue in his role as the interim dean for the college, and he has agreed to serve in that role for the 2017-2018 academic year. I am grateful for his continued leadership in the college, and I hope that you will continue to support him and his team in the coming year.

Finally, I want to offer a special note of thanks to the search committee. The amount of work that was done with great care and great collegiality is not unnoticed. On behalf of the entire campus community, thank you all for your diligent efforts.

Scott A. Gordon, Ph.D. | Provost
EWU Academic Affairs
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Provost's Announcement: Director of Assessment and Accreditation

Members of the University Community:

I am very pleased to introduce Dr. Jill Kern as the Director of Assessment and Accreditation at EWU. Dr. Kern comes to Eastern from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Throughout her career, she has focused on research, planning, evaluation, and assessment as the foundational tools for measuring student success and personal transformation in institutions of higher education. Dr. Kern holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior (Yale University), and her skills in assessment, accreditation, and strategic planning will strengthen Eastern Washington University as an institution of excellence, enrichment, and expanded opportunity. Please join me in welcoming Dr. Jill Kern to Eastern: I am excited to have her join the Provost's team and look forward to working with her to serve our faculty and students.


Dr. Scott Gordon
Provost and Vice President
Division of Academic Affairs
Eastern Washington University

 Director Search - Office of Institutional Research, Demography, and Assessment
Update: June 5, 2017

Academic Affairs Division Leaders:

I am pleased to announce that, on Tuesday, June 6, Dr. Wanchen (Claire) Chang will be at Eastern to interview for the position of Director, Office of Institutional Research, Demography, and Assessment.  Her CV is posted here.

Thank you for your interest and support: I encourage you to complete a candidate appraisal form and submit it to the Provost's Office (SHW 220 or via fax to: (509) 359-2248) at your earliest convenience. 

Jeff Stafford, Professor of Organizational Communication and Leadership, and Search Committee Chair

Dean Search - College of Business & Public Administration: Update: May 15th, 2017

Members of the University Community:

It is with great pleasure that I announce EWU's new Dean of the College of Business and Public Administration: Dr. Ahmad Tootoonchi. Dr. Tootoonchi comes to EWU after more than 25 years as a faculty member and administrator at Frostburg State University (Maryland). During his time at Frostburg, he served time as Chair, Associate Dean, Interim Dean, and Dean in the College of Business. Most recently, Dr. Tootoonchi has been serving as the Interim Provost and VP for Academic Affairs at Frostburg. I am excited to have an individual of his caliber and experience joining our team and look forward to working with Dr. Tootoonchi. Please join me in welcoming him to our family.


Dr. Scott Gordon, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, EWU

 Dr. Ahmad Tootoonchi - View cover letter and curriculum vitae here: 
Link: EWU Presentation & Open Forum, Monday, April 17th, 3:30pm - 4:45pm, RPT 122 


 A message from Dr. Scott Gordon, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Welcome to the EWU community and the Division of Academic Affairs!

Throughout our history, and from our beginnings as a normal school for teachers, our goal has been to prepare graduates to be productive citizens. As a regional comprehensive university, EWU remains committed to preparing its students for life in a dynamic global society.

We draw students, faculty and staff from around the world. Our campus promotes a rich and complex blend of cultures and life experiences. Our student body is one of the most diverse in the state, with over one-quarter from diverse backgrounds.

We engage one another as life-long learners in the arts and humanities, business, social, natural, and health sciences, and education. Our academic programs and faculty are innovative and at the forefront of their fields.

I invite you to join our community and to explore a universe of possibilities offered at EWU! Please contact any of our staff to learn more.

EWU expands opportunities for personal transformation through excellence in learning.


Dr. Scott Gordon
Provost and Vice President
Division of Academic Affairs
Eastern Washington University

Division of Academic Affairs: 2015-2016 Annual Report

College of Social Sciences: Jonathan Anderson to Serve as Interim Dean

I am very pleased to announce that Dr. Jonathan Anderson has accepted the position of Interim Dean of the College of Social Sciences beginning April 3rd.  Dr. Anderson's duties will overlap with Dr. Shields' remaining time (through April 28th) to ensure a smooth transition.

Dr. Anderson holds a PhD in Psychology from Seattle Pacific University and is a licensed psychologist in Washington State. He has served as chair of EWU's Department of Psychology, where he provided oversight for multiple undergraduate and graduate programs and two accreditations.  As Associate Dean of the College of Social Sciences from 2014 - 2016, he earned the respect of faculty and staff for his highly capable and fair leadership style.  He is the recipient of multiple Outstanding Faculty Awards in research, teaching, and service; Professor of the Year 2011 - 2012; the President's Award 2011 - 2012; and the Dean's Outstanding Service Award 2012 - 2013.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Jonathan Anderson to his new role.  I am excited to have him join the Provost's team and look forward to working with him to serve our faculty and students.

EWU University College: Dean Announcement

I am pleased to announce that Lynn Briggs, PhD, has accepted the position of Dean of EWU's University College. Dr. Briggs, a Professor of English, began at EWU in 1994 as the Director of the Writers' Center. She was chosen in a national search as Dean of Arts and Letters in 2007. As inaugural Dean of the College of Arts, Letters and Education, she has experience integrating organizations in the university. Her recent research with Jon Hammermeister into the impact of teaching mental fitness skills in composition courses is a potential high impact practice that fits well with other high impact practices located in the college. 

I am excited to have Dr. Lynn Briggs join the Provost's team and look forward to working with her to serve our faculty and students.

EWU College of Social Sciences: Dean Announcement

Vickie Shields, PhD, dean of Eastern Washington University's College of Social Sciences, has been named Provost and Executive Vice President at Nevada State College, effective June 1, 2017.

"I am honored and delighted to be named NSC's next Provost and Executive Vice President," said Dean Shields. "As a first generation college student myself I know first-hand how the mission of a public university transforms lives for students and their families. I am excited to join such a committed community of teacher scholars and professionals who truly pull together to deliver the very best curriculum and services for our students. I am committed to helping Nevada State College grow, thrive and fulfill its vital mission to students, faculty and the State of Nevada."

 Dean Shields has served EWU since 2005. In 2010 she led the college during one of the largest and most complex re-organizations in EWU's history. The social and behavioral sciences college was joined by the prestigious School of Social Work, Counseling and Development Psychology department, Africana Education program, American Indian Studies program and the Chicano Education program. Since that time, she has built an outstanding college that is committed to social justice, interdisciplinary collaboration, global education, diversity and inclusion and the highest quality teaching, learning, research and community engagement in social science and professional social work.

 In 2010-11 she served as President of the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences (CCAS), the leading international organization of arts and sciences deans. Dean Shields has taught introductory through doctoral level courses in speech communication, feminist media studies and qualitative research. An internationally recognized communications and feminist media scholar, she writes from a cultural perspective on gender media content and media audiences specifically in the areas of advertising, television and film. She is also an expert in theoretical and methodological approaches to visual literacy.

 During her time at EWU, Dean Shields has developed a strong college and has been a tremendous leader in a variety of ways.  While I am saddened to see her leave, she has shown her ability to be successful at the next level of leadership, and I wish her well in her endeavors.  A search for her replacement in the College of Social Sciences at EWU will begin in January.

 Provost's Team, Division of Academic Affairs

As part of the Academic Affairs' reinvestment and restructuring initiative, I am pleased to announce the addition of two individuals to the Provost's team.  New members to the team include Dr. David May, who will serve as the new Vice Provost for Academic Administration, and Mr. John Neace, who will serve as the new Associate Vice Provost for Outreach and Engagement.

Dr. David May, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, came to EWU in 1999. At Eastern, he has served as Chair of the Department of Political Science and as Associate Dean of the College of Social Sciences. Currently, he facilitates the EWU in the High School program as its faculty liaison and also directs the Center for Northwest Politics. His scholarly interests and work include the relationship between politics and public law, particularly the intersection of politics and constitutional interpretation.

Throughout his 33 years at Eastern, Mr. John Neace has made many contributions to the university and to EWU students. Since the early 1980s, he has been instrumental in Eastern's outreach to adult learners through the Interdisciplinary Studies degree program. As Senior Director for EWU's Extended Campus, he has overseen online courses and programs and all off-campus programming, including degree offerings at Bellevue College, Lower Columbia College, Everett Community College, North and South Seattle Colleges, and Clark College.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. David May and Mr. John Neace to their new roles.  I am excited to have them join the Provost's team and look forward to working with them to serve our faculty and students.

2016-2017 Director of Critical Foundations

Faculty Organization President Jackie Coomes and I are pleased to announce that Dr. Julia Smith has been selected to continue her service as Critical Foundations' Director through August 31, 2017.  Dr. Smith, who is an Associate Professor of Anthropology, served as CF Director last year and chaired the Critical Foundations Council.  Dr. Smith will continue to provide oversight of CF curriculum development and assessment and will report on Critical Foundations through Rules to the Academic Senate.

 New Director of the EWU Faculty Commons

I am pleased to announce that Melinda (Mindy) Breen, EWU professor of visual communication design, will serve as the new director of EWU's Faculty Commons. Her official appointment will begin September 2016 and will run through June 2018.

Professor Breen brings a wealth of experience working with faculty through her service as 2014-15 president of the Faculty Organization, her work on general education review and reform, and her collaboration on the original Faculty Commons' proposal.  She will utilize this summer to begin planning and organizing initiatives for the coming academic year.

The Faculty Commons is designed to support faculty success in teaching, research and creative activities, and services such as community engagement. The Faculty Commons will assist in creating holistic approaches to teaching and learning as well as developing integrated connections among all areas in which faculty work. The Commons will aid Eastern in achieving excellence, which will lead to student success in retention, graduation and getting the most from their EWU learning experience. Professor Breen will be instrumental in developing and delivering programs in support of the goal of an enhanced teaching and learning community.

As we welcome Professor Breen to her new role, we also thank Drs. Helen Bergland and Elizabeth Tipton for their good work as Commons' directors and all others who have dedicated their time and expertise to the Faculty Commons initiative.

Dean Search - College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

David Bowman, PhD, has been named the new dean of EWU's College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (CSTEM).  His appointment will begin August 1.

Dr. Bowman is currently the interim dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (NSM) and professor of geophysics at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF).  He previously spent six years as chairman of CSUF's Department of Geological Services.  He earned his BS, MS and PhD in geology at the University of Southern California.

Under his guidance at Fullerton, the NSM program has grown into one of the largest geology departments in the state of California, serving 160 students pursuing graduate and undergraduate degrees.  While both a faculty member and interim dean at CSUF, Dr. Bowman has been involved in governance at all levels of the university.  He also presided over the significant expansion of fundraising efforts within his college.  Please welcome Dr. David Bowman to Eastern Washington University.
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