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  • Dr. Lynn Briggs
    Dr. Lynn Briggs
    117B Showalter Hall
    Phone: 509.359.2258

    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. 

  • Dr. Chuck Lopez, Ed.D, LPC-r, NCC
    Dr. Chuck Lopez, Ed.D, LPC-r, NCC
    Associate Dean
    117A Showalter Hall
    Phone: 509.359.2202

    Dr. Charles Lopez holds an undergraduate degree in business management, a master's degree in mental health counseling, and a doctorate in educational leadership. His research has focused on the affordability, accessibility, and academic success of military students and their families. Dr. Lopez has served students at Utah State, Tulane, and Stephen F. Austin State University. He has 27 years of experience in areas such as orientation, counseling, career development, disability services, academic advising, student conduct, and veterans' programs, Dr. Lopez has also taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and is a license professional counselor. 

     At EWU, Dr. Lopez has supported student success in academic advising initiatives, learning commons, TRIO, and working with transfer student population.  As the EWU University College Associate Dean, supports student success by providing high impact practice opportunities for faculty & students.  In addition, Dr. Lopez works closely with faculty in the areas of service learning, undergraduate research, Faculty Commons, General Education, Program Review, Ronald E. McNair Scholars, University Honors Program and upholding academic integrity standards.

  • Dr. Christina Torres Garcia
    Dr. Christina Torres Garcia
    University College Assistant Dean and Director of Ronald E. McNair Scholar Program
    107 Monroe Hall
    Phone: 509.359.2471

    Dr. Torres García earned her Ph.D. in Cultural Studies and Social Thought from Washington State University. Currently, she is the Director of the TRiO Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program and has taught in the fields of Chicano Studies, Sociology, Women's and Gender Studies at Eastern Washington University and Chicano Studies at Yakima Valley Community College.

    Her research interests and studies focus on historical, social, and political issues affecting Chicanas/Latinas in the Pacific Northwest. Her interest in illustrating the dynamic modus operandi of the intersections of systematic layers of oppression has resulted in reclaiming the voices of Chicanas and Latinas whose life stories enrich academia today. As a Chicana from Mexican farm working background and first-generation college student, Dr. Torres García's life dedication is to raise critical consciousness among students by unveiling social inequalities and empowering marginalized groups to become agents of positive change and engage them in civic responsibilities

  • Dr. Dana C. Elder, Ph.D
    Dr. Dana C. Elder, Ph.D
    Director of University Honors, Professor of English
    217 Hargreaves Hall
    Phone: 509.359.6305

    Dana Elder, Ph.D., is the director of the Honors Program at EWU. Dr. Elder received his undergraduate degree in Spanish language and literature and an MA in comparative literature from the University of Washington. He also received a Ph.D. in rhetoric, composition and English literature from Washington State University. In an interview he explains that life at EWU is the combination of multiple aspects; “I think the people who work here are nicer. I really do. Students talk to the professors outside of the class...I just like the people I work with. I like the students … [They] make a big difference.” His personal life philosophy is derived from multiple philosophers, but Dr.  Elder is fairly fond of Plato, who reminds him that he cannot achieve perfection but can work towards it. “We can work towards justice and truth and equality. So I think even though we’re never going to get there, we can still work on it, … and we can become better ourselves by working on it" - another of Dr. Elder's quotes that he wishes to be known for and to see present in the Honors Program.

  • Mindy Breen
    Mindy Breen
    Director of Faculty Commons
    Faculty Commons House

    B.A. University of Notre Dame
    M.A. Eastern Washington University
    M.F.A. University of Idaho

  • Dr. Helen M. Bergland
    Dr. Helen M. Bergland
    Faculty Support for Teaching, Learning & Assessment
    Faculty Commons506 F. StreetCheney, WA 99004Campus Mailing Address:1 FAC
    Phone: 509.359.4305
  • Brian Davenport, PhD
    Brian Davenport, PhD
    Director of Community Engagement
    115D Showalter Hall
    Phone: 509.359.2036

    Dr. Brian Davenport works with faculty to coordinate service-learning along with course and program development related to community engagement. Dr. Davenport was an Assistant Professor of Leadership and Organizational Studies at the University of Southern Maine and he served as the Assistant Director of the Master in Teaching Program at Whitworth University. Dr. Barbara Holland, a leader in the area of community engagement, describes him as someone who "has often demonstrated his ability to bring people together, to encourage collaboration, and to build bridges of shared understanding." Dr. Davenport has professional experience as both a faculty member and staff member and he moves easily between those spheres.


  • Mary Jo Van Bemmel
    Mary Jo Van Bemmel
    Administrative Specialist, University College
    117 Showalter Hall
    Phone: 509.359.2035

    Ms. Mary Jo Van Bemmel is a graduate of EWU and holds degrees in Human Resource Management, General Management and Interdisciplinary Studies.  Since 1989 Ms. Van Bemmel is an employee of EWU and her work experiences include administrative and budgetary support for the Department of Mathematics and the College of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics' Dean in her position of College Financial Officer.

    As the University College Administrative Specialist, Ms. Van Bemmel is responsible to the dean and associate dean in the areas of undergraduate research, student academic integrity, academic reinstatement, Florenece & Earle Stewart Book Scholarship, student success & retention committee, program review, and Office of Community Engagement.

  • Briana Estrellado
    Briana Estrellado
    Graduate Student Assistant
    117 Showalter Hall
    Phone: 509.359.2257
  • Freddy Vega
    Freddy Vega
    Creative Works and Research Symposium Coordinator - Graduate Student Assistant
    EWU Symposium Office
    Phone: 509.359.6826

    Freddy Vega proudly served in the U.S. Air Force and is honored to be a veteran. He served in the US Air Force as an Electrical Engineer at Holloman Air Force Base but had the opportunity to explore Spain and other parts of Europe. Freddy graduated with a BA in Communications and a minor in Spanish at EWU.  He also received a Certificate in Leadership & Women and Gender Studies. He graduated in June 2016 with a status of Magna Cum Laude and VP of The National Society of Leadership and Success at Eastern.  He was involved with various other activities aimed at student academic success which provided him an opportunity to be the Coordinator for the EWU Research and Creative Works Symposium as a graduate student appointment (GSA). He is now a full time student pursuing his Master of Science in Communications and his Master of Public Administration. In addition, he has worked the past 12 years as a flight attendant for Alaska Airlines. He plans to use his accomplishments to move into upper management in the private or public sector.

  • Michael Watts
    Michael Watts
    Graduate Student Assistant - Office of Community Engagement
    115 Showalter
    Phone: 509.359.6255

    Michael Watts graduated with his BA in international affairs and Japanese from EWU in 2012. After graduation he worked in Osaka, Japan for four years teaching English and writing textbooks for one of the largest English education companies in Japan. He returned to EWU in the fall 2016 to pursue his master of science in cultural communication and his master of public administration. This past year, he worked as the assistant coordinator for the EWU Research and Creative Works Symposium and finished an internship with Gallatin Public Affairs. After finishing graduate school, he hopes to pursue a career in international development and diplomacy. 

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