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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, Ellensburg

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. Millions of books are available for borrowing from other regional college and university libraries through the Orbis Cascade Alliance’s “Summit” system. Access and delivery of information not held in the CWU library is provided via interlibrary loan. Internet connectivity for personal laptops is available on each floor of the library and laptops are available for checkout by students. 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.

Regional Archives

The Regional Archives, situated in the Bledsoe-Washington Archives Building adjacent to the 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

SOURCE - the Symposium Of University Research and Creative Expression 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.

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.

Many CWU faculty are recognized for their outstanding achievements. Recently, professors have won grants, fellowships and awards from the following agencies and organizations:

  • Corporation for National Service
  • Council for the Advancement and Support of Education
  • M. J.Murdock Charitable Trust
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • National Park Service
  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Research Corporation
  • Southern California Earthquake Center
  • U.S. Department of Education
  • U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
  • U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation
  • U.S. Geological Survey
  • Washington State Department of Ecology
  • Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board
  • Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • Washington Technology Center
  • Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board