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School of Graduate Studies and Research

Graduate Faculty and Graduate Student Resources

The James E. Brooks Library located on CWU Main Campus

CWU’s James E. Brooks Library contains more than 500,000 books, 600,000 government documents, 88,000 maps, 11,000 audio recordings, 7,000 titles of projected media, and hundreds of current serial subscriptions.

The ScholarWorks repository is administered by  the library and serves as a permanent digital archive for scholarly materials, and graduate student theses.

Tutoring and help with academic writing and research skills is available at both the main campus and Eastside and Westside campus centers at Learning Support Services

For online help with writing projects including subject specific writing, research and APA, Chicago and MLA style guides pertaining to your area of research, the Online Writing Lab at Purdue University provides a wealth of free resources. Check out their site here:

The Regional Archives, situated on the corner of 15th Street and "D" Street in the Bledsoe-Washington Archives Building adjacent to the main Ellensburg campus, gives graduate students the opportunity to research local and regional topics. With photos, public records, manuscripts and other materials, the collection provides a basis for social science and humanities research
Research, Creative, and Performance Facilities and Opportunities

If your research involves human subjects, you will work with your faculty mentor or advisor to submit a protocol to the Human Subjects Review Council.

If your research involves animals, you will work with your mentor/advisor to submit a protocol to the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee.

The Symposium Of University Research and Creative Expression SOURCE -  is a university-wide, two day event that showcases research and creative activities by CWU students, faculty and staff. Check out the SOURCE webpage at for full details.

WAGS - Western Association of Graduate Schools: The primary purpose of the Western Association of Graduate Schools (WAGS) is “the consideration of mutual problems among the member institutions, relating to graduate studies and research.” This is a great resource for graduate students and faculty.

The following list is by no means exhaustive. Contact the coordinator of your graduate program of interest to learn more about the resources available to you as a graduate student.

We encourage you to make time for well-being in the midst of your graduate career. If you are located at main campus in Ellensburg, here are some ways to help you stay healthy:

The Student Medical and Counseling Center and has services that almost all clinics/primary care physicians offer and can bill insurance. There is no pharmacy on site, but the physicians at the center can write prescriptions and send them to local pharmacies.  Students who are enrolled full time are able to receive free counseling, which includes assessments and couples counseling.

The Wellness Center is your campus go-to location (SURC 139) for health promotion and prevention education. The Wellness Center has an assortment of information (brochures, classes, educational tools) related to health and wellbeing.

The SURC Rec Center Enjoy all that University Recreation has to offer and make our nationally recognized facilities and services part of your every day schedule. Sign up for Personal Training, or play on an Intramural team or Club Sport. There are also Group Fitness classes for every fitness level, CPR and First Aid classes.

Outdoor Pursuits and Rentals OPR located in the SURC building:  With a complete storefront and rental shop, OPR offers a wide array of equipment and a great place to find information, maps and directions to local hiking, camping and biking destinations. OPR also brings the outdoors to you by hosting a variety of events such as films, speakers, vendor fairs, gear swaps and more throughout the year.

Other student services:

Career Services can help with resumes and cover letters, interview skills and preparation and successful job search transition or strategies. Visit Career Services in Bouillon Hall on the main campus, or email Merridy Rennick,, at the Lynnwood Center or Angela Engel in Des Moines at Online career guidance is also available; contact for more information.

Disability Services located in Hogue Room 126, Disability Services carries out Central Washington University's mission to "inspire intellectual depth and breadth, to encourage lifelong learning, and to enhance the opportunities for its students."  DS facilitates full participation, universal access, and reasonable accommodation to meet the unique needs of each person with a disability.

Veterans Center can provide information and guidance to veterans, dependents, and others regarding questions on Veterans Education Benefits and we suggest that you contact our office as early as possible before attending CWU to process required documentation.

Multimodal Learning from  help with online courses to uploading your theses into Canvas, CWU’s Multimodal Learning Center has the expertise to provide resources to assist you.

Graduate Student’s Association provides representation and the promotion of graduate students' interests on this campus. All are welcome to attend meetings and get involved.

Information Services The IS Department provides assistance with Outlook email and MyCWU account access, ResNet, Wireless Access and more. Contact the IS Help Desk, 509-963-2001 which is located on the first floor of Bouillon Hall for more information.

The Graduate Faculty

The most important component of graduate education at Central Washington University is our graduate faculty. The graduate faculty at CWU are teachers and mentors and are accomplished in their own fields of research and creative activities. These activities give CWU graduate students the benefit of high quality personalized instruction and a rich research experience.

Faculty in the physical sciences have extensive research interests with a special focus on the ecosystem of Washington. Research projects cover a wide range of topics. They include studying earthquakes and plate tectonics, understanding the effects of acid rain on the Cascade Mountains, looking at ways of increasing salmon survival rates in rivers of the Pacific Northwest, studying Chloroplast DNA, and learning about the evolution of protein delivery systems in regional vegetation.

Social science graduate faculty are interested in topics ranging from primate communication to attention deficit/hyperactivity disorders in children and adults. Some faculty study organizational behavior and the means by which work places can be more effective and efficient. Others are involved in land management issues, understanding cultural resource concerns among Native Americans, and water rights issues in the arid west.

In the humanities, graduate professors specialize in Asian, African, European, Latin and North American histories. Faculty investigate such topics as the role of women in the Northwest from the 18th century to the present, as well as U.S. policy toward Native Americans. In addition, there are recognized scholars in literature, composition, and linguistics, and nationally known writers of poetry and prose.

CWU musicians participate in international, national, and regional musical competitions, such as the Orleans, France, piano festival. Ensembles from the University have performed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., and have played with the Seattle Symphony and other recognized orchestras. The visual arts faculty have earned regional and national reputations and have participated in exhibitions held at prestigious museums and galleries throughout the U.S. and in Great Britain. Faculty members in the Theatre Arts Department are experts at producing and directing plays as well as theatrical set design.

Faculty in the College of Education and Professional Studies are regional leaders in the preparation of curricular specialists and school administrators. They are also involved in aiding teachers in the development of more effective teaching strategies. In other disciplines within the college, professors are engaged in such research topics as the effects of apple fiber on cholesterol levels in humans, drug abuse, and sports medicine.