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Archer Named Interim Dean of CWU Graduate Studies and Research

Central Washington University Geography Department Chair Kevin Archer has been appointed interim dean of the university’s School of Graduate Studies and Research. He began his new role on May 1.

“I think my role as interim is to be sort of like an outside consultant to get a sense of where we want to go in graduate studies,” Archer says. “Particularly as we move to [more private funding] of the university, we have to be more strategic in how we organize and promote graduate studies, and how we fund graduate assistants.” 

Archer is establishing a task force to develop recommendations pertaining to the future of Graduate Studies and Research at CWU that, when completed, will be presented to Provost Marilyn Levine.

“I like to listen to people before I make decisions as to where we want to go in the future and make sure everyone has a voice and a chance to give input,” Archer added, “That’s important particularly for this interim role, where I’m trying to figure out what CWU faculty want from a Graduate Studies and Research Office, and how they see graduate studies at the institution.” 

Archer received his bachelor of arts, in economics, and master of arts, in geography, from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and his PhD in geography and environmental engineering from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. 

A Seattle native, Archer joined CWU last September. Previously, he was chair of the Department of Geography, Environment, and Planning at the University of South Florida, where he started a PhD program. 

“I’ve always been interested and passionate about graduate education because it’s graduate education that makes us a ‘university,’” Archer says. “I’ve always been a promoter of that [graduate studies].

While serving as dean, Archer will also continue his research into urban and regional development and policy, and the human relationship to the natural environment. He is also teaching one class during spring quarter. 

Last fall, his textbook The City: The Basics was published. It is a study of cities and city life.

Media contact: Robert Lowery, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-1487,

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