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Academic Affairs, Office of the Provost


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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.

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

 New Director of the EWU Faculty Commons
July 5, 2018

Dr. Pui-Yan Lam, Professor of Sociology and Justice Studies and Associate Dean in the College of Social Sciences, has accepted the position of Faculty Commons Director. Dr. Lam has served as Associate Dean since 2012 and has been a member of the faculty since 2001. Her research often focuses on race and culture. She is well-versed in assessment of student learning as well as study-abroad experiences of students. Dr. Lam is a co-champion on the Ignite Change Strategic Planning team, and has served as a new faculty mentor.

 As director she will enable the Faculty Commons to support all teaching faculty, including teaching assistants, adjuncts, lecturers, on all campuses, at every stage of their careers; establish and enhance programs that support the scholarship of teaching and learning in a holistic approach; bring together faculty, administrative/professional staff, and students to foster a sense of shared responsibility in learning, and much more. 

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Lam to the position.

Dean Search - College of Social Sciences
March 1, 2018





Dr. Jonathan W. Anderson has accepted the position of Dean of EWU's College of Social Sciences (CSS).  Dr. Anderson was selected after a nationwide search.

With a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Seattle Pacific University, Dr. Anderson came to Eastern in 2006 as an Assistant Professor and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2011 and Professor in 2015.  He 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 in the College of Social Sciences from 2014 - 2016, he earned the respect of faculty and staff for his highly capable and fair leadership style.  Since April 2017, he has served as the Interim Dean of CSS.  A highly-regarded teacher and an active scholar, Dr. Anderson has been 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.

While serving as Interim Dean, Dr. Anderson has been actively engaged in new program development and delivery modalities; strategic programming and planning; developing fundraising goals; and diversity and inclusion initiatives.  As he has stated, his ongoing goal is to "grow the College in areas that align with the needs of students, the expertise of faculty, the initiatives of the University, and the demands of the workforce."

I would like to thank University College Dean Lynn Briggs, Chair of the CSS Dean Search Committee, and all committee members for their diligent work.  Please join me in welcoming Jonathan to this new role: I am excited to have him continue as a member of the Provost's team, and I look forward to expanding our work in service to our faculty, students, and the University.

Dr. Robert Sauders Selected as Interim Director, Office of Global Initiatives
October 23, 2017


Dr. Robert Sauders, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Geography at EWU, has been appointed Interim Director of the Office of Global Initiatives (OGI).  A specialist in political anthropology of the Middle East, Dr. Sauders teaches classes related to Middle Eastern history and cultures, nationalism and identity construction, and peace, violence, and culture.  His research has focused on cooperative peace building with former Israeli and Palestinian combatants, international activist-produced graffiti on the Israeli Separation Barrier, and the use of archaeological and cultural heritage in legitimizing contemporary territorial claims and identities by Israelis and Palestinians.

Dr. Sauders' service activities at Eastern include chairing the Department of Geography and Anthropology and serving as Associate Dean of the College of Social Sciences.  Additional areas of professional responsibility have included the Graduate Affairs Council (two years as chair) and the Faculty Organization, as FO Secretary, for AY16-17. For several years, Dr. Sauders has been closely involved with OGI; he was a member of the Internationalization Work Group in 2008, co-Chair of the ACE Lab Group in 2014-2016, a member of the OGI Advisory Group from 2013-2016, and a member of the Provost's Committee on Internationalization in AY16-17.

 Please join me in welcoming Dr. Robert Sauders to his new role in OGI.  I am excited to have him join the Outreach and Engagement team and look forward to working with him, in this new capacity, to serve our faculty and students.


Director of Assessment and Accreditation
June 8, 2017


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.

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







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
Division of Academic Affairs
Eastern Washington University

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