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Dr. Lynn Briggs

Dr. Lynn Briggs
Dean
117B Showalter Hall
Phone: 509.359.2258
Email: lbriggs@ewu.edu

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
Email: clopez17@ewu.edu

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
Email: cgarcia1@ewu.edu
Website: http://www.ewu.edu/academics/trio-mcnair-scholar-program/

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
Email: delder@ewu.edu
Website: http://www.ewu.edu/academics/honors

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
Email: mbreen@ewu.edu
Website: https://sites.ewu.edu/facultycommons/

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
Email: hbergland@ewu.edu

Brian Davenport, PhD

Brian Davenport, PhD
Director of Community Engagement
115D Showalter Hall
Phone: 509.359.2036
Email: bdavenport2@ewu.edu
Website: https://sites.ewu.edu/oce/

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
Email: mvanbemmel@ewu.edu

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
Email: bestrellado@ewu.edu

Freddy Vega

Freddy Vega
Creative Works and Research Symposium Coordinator - Graduate Student Assistant
EWU Symposium Office
Phone: 509.359.6826
Email: ewusymposium@ewu.edu

Freddy Vega proudly served in the U.S. Air Force and is honored to be a veteran. He graduated with 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 EWU Symposium Coordinator as a graduate service appointment (GSA). He is now a full time student pursuing his master's in Communication as part of his component of higher education. He currently has a position as Flight Attendant at a major airline for 11 years and plans to use his accomplishments to move into an executive position at his airline or has other aspirations to be a Coordinator for a major corporation or possibly a Sports Team Coordinator. 

Michael Watts

Michael Watts
Graduate Student Assistant - Office of Community Engagement
115 Showalter
Phone: 509.359.6255
Email: communityengagement@ewu.edu

 Michael Watts graduated from Eastern Washington University with a BA in international affairs and a minor in Japanese with the status of Magna Cum Laude. He also studied abroad for a year at Kobe City University of Foreign Studies in Kobe, Japan studying the Japanese language, culture, and global business. After graduation, he went back to Japan and worked for four years writing English textbooks and designing curriculum in the Kansai area. He recently came back to EWU to pursue a Master's of Science in Communication with an emphasis in cultural communication. Upon graduation, he would like to either pursue a PhD or work as a study abroad coordinator/program developer. 

Contact Information

University College
117 Showalter Hall
Cheney, WA 99004

phone: 509.359.2035