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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

Dean Search - College of Social Sciences



Members of the University Community,

I am very pleased to announce that 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.

Provost's Update: Dr. Robert Sauders Selected as Interim Director, Office of Global Initiatives
October 23, 2017

Members of the Division of Academic Affairs:

I am pleased to tell you that 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.

Scott A. Gordon, Ph.D. | Provost

 Provost's Announcement: AVP for Institutional Effectiveness
Update: June 28, 2017

Members of the EWU Community:

I am very pleased to announce that Dr. Phil Kramer has accepted the position of Associate Vice Provost for Institutional Effectiveness at EWU.  Dr. Kramer comes to us from the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University in St. Joseph, MN.  While there, he served as the Director of Academic Assessment and Effectiveness.  Having Dr. Kramer on board, as part of the Academic Affairs' reinvestment and restructuring initiative, will move our university forward in ongoing planning, outcomes-based assessment, and continuous improvement of programs and services.  Dr. Kramer will arrive in late August, and I encourage you to contact him or to stop by Showalter 220 to say hello.  I would like to thank AVP Mark Baldwin and the search committee for their diligence in the selection process.

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

Dean Search - College of Business & Public Administration:
Update: May 15th, 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 for Academic Affairs, EWU

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.

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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