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School of Graduate Studies and Research

About Us

GSR Staff

Kevin Archer
Interim Dean, Graduate Studies and Research

Phone: (509) 963-3101

Natalie Lupton
Associate Dean, Graduate Studies and Research 

Phone: (509) 963-3104


Julie Guggino
Director, Research and Sponsored Programs
Phone: (509) 963-2640

Julie serves as the university's research administrator/director of research. She assists faculty and staff in identifying external funding sources, aids in the grant writing process, especially the development of budgets, and ensures that grants are submitted on time and in compliance with University requirements. She also serves as the fiscal and office manager for Graduate Studies and Research. Julie has been employed at CWU since 1986. She received her M.S. from CWU in 1992.


Dawn Anderson
Program Coordinator, Post Admissions
Phone: (509) 963-3108

Dawn serves as the Post Admissions Program Coordinator in the Graduate School. She assists master's students with the policies and procedures, required forms, graduation, posting degrees and thesis processing. She also handles the graduate faculty recommendation process and assists the Graduate Council committee.


Justine Eason
Program Coordinator, Graduate Admissions
Phone: (509) 963-3103

Justine serves as the graduate admissions program coordinator. She assists students and faculty throughout the application/admissions process. She also manages the on-leave program, assists in recruitment efforts and provides back up for the post admissions coordinator.


Leslie Lotspeich                                                                                        Grant and Contract Specialist
Phone: (509) 963-3111

Leslie serves as the grant and contract specialist and works with the Director of Research and Sponsored Programs to identify new funding opportunities for faculty and staff. She also provides administrative support to the campus IACUC and works with external funding agencies preparing proposals, coordinating contracts and subcontracts, and processing awards Leslie brings years of grant writing experience from the private sector to her positon with Graduate Studies.


Lynn Niemi
Program Coordinator
Phone: (509) 963-2243

Lynn provides administrative support to the Director and Associate Director and general office support for the unit. She also helps coordinate the internal faculty and student award competitions and nonresident tuition waivers..


Diane Houser
Fiscal Specialist / Graduate Assistantship Coordinator
Phone: (509) 963-3102

Diane is a fiscal specialist in the School of Graduate Studies and Research. She has been an employee of the university since 2002. She coordinates graduate school financial affairs and the graduate assistantship program.


Lila Harper
Program Assistant
Phone: (509) 963-1793

Dr. Harper serves as the thesis editor. She has taught at Central for 20 years in the English department and also teaches in Computer Science and in the Douglas Honors program. Her job is to provide documentation and writing guidance to the graduate students and review the theses once they are completed for adherence to the thesis regulations, along with documentation, formatting, research methodology, and writing correctness. She completed her Ph.D. from the University of Oregon in 1996 with a focus on Victorian science and literature.


Kayley Snider
Temporary Office Assistant
Phone: (509) 963-3106