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Provost's Council

Marilyn Levine, Ph.D.

Provost and Vice-President for Academic and Student Life

  • Strategic Planning and Implementation
  • Diverse Budget Management
  • Program and Curricular Development
  • Faculty and Student Recruitment, Development and Retention
  • Diversity, Global, and Interdisciplinary Leadership
  • Community Engagement and Partnerships

Central Washington University Provost and Vice-President for Academic and Student Life, Marilyn A. Levine, was appointed in the Winter of 2011. She came from Eastern Oregon University where she served as Dean of Arts and Sciences since 2005, after having served as Chair of Social Sciences at Lewis-Clark State College.

Dr. Levine was trained as a historian of Asia (China and Southeast Asia), with graduate degrees from the University of Chicago and the University of Hawaii.  She has published two books, over four dozen articles, and created a dozen Web sites for research, teaching, professional, and community service. She has obtained and administered more than three dozen grants to fund research, teaching, and community projects.  She received almost two dozen awards and honors, including three awards for teaching excellence. Dr. Levine has delivered over 140 presentations, workshops and public speeches, and organized two international conferences. Several of her works have been translated into French and Chinese.  Her international reputation resulted in invitations to conduct joint projects and make presentations in the PRC, Taiwan, Hong Kong, France, Germany, Italy, and Australia.

Tracy L. Pellett, Ph.D.

Associate Provost

  • Physical and health education teacher education
  • Standards-based Pedagogy
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Assessment
  • Online Educational Practices

Dr. Tracy Pellett is currently the Associate Provost at Central Washington University and provides vision, leadership, and support for a variety of institutional and academic and student life areas.  Specifically, this includes providing leadership for institutional strategic planning, assessment, and accreditation and for the academic implementation of related curricular programming and policies.  In addition, he provides administrative oversight for online and multi-modal learning and the Honors College. 

Kevin Archer, Ph.D.

Interim Dean of Graduate Studies & Research

  • Globalization Processes
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Urban and Regional Policy and Planning
  • Program and Curricular Development

Kevin Archer is interim Dean of Graduate Studies and Research.  He joined the faculty at CWU in September 2012 as Chair of the Department of Geography after serving for many years in the same capacity at the University of South Florida.  At the latter institution he chaired a department with 21 faculty which offered a Ph.D., three Masters, and two Bachelor’s degrees as well as three graduate and undergraduate certificates in Geography, Environmental Science and Policy, and Urban and Regional Planning.  He received his Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University and Masters degree from McGill University.  Dr. Archer has published widely on globalizing cities and polities, the social construction of the environment, and urban and regional development and policy.

Patricia J. Cutright

Dean, James E. Brooks Library

  • Library Administration & Management
  • Library Technology
  • Library Cooperation
  • Women Artists in Photography
  • Native American Authors/Literature
Patricia J. Cutright has been the Dean of Library Services at CWU since April 2009.  She has been active in library work at the state, regional, national, and international levels and has published in the areas of technology and library cooperation.  Her work has taken her to the Federated States of Micronesia where she designed and helped implement library automation projects that connected the public, schools and College of Micronesia.  Her work with distance education resulted in the first Department of Education Title IId grant awarded in Oregon.  The cutting-edge technology established the first multi-type, multi-access capability from a remote site to CD-Rom resources via dial-up connections.  She lead in the creation of the Pioneer Library System, a 79 member library consortium established to provide excellence in library service for academic, public and school libraries in the 10 eastern counties of Oregon and chaired the effort to create the public and private college and university libraries consortium in Oregon and Washington, forming the 37-member Orbis-Cascade Alliance.  She has lead academic libraries since 1993 at Eastern Oregon University and Pratt Institute.  She has also taught graduate level courses in library administration and management at Pratt Institute.

Carol Faltus

Executive Assistant to the Provost

  • Provide personal and confidential support to the Provost
  • Serve as corresponding liaison
  • Provide leadership in office administration
  • Supervise Provost Office Staff
  • Promote and uphold effective communication


Carol is the Executive Assistant to the Provost/Vice President for Academic and Student Life.  Carol has worked at the Central Washington University since May 1991 and has been working in the Provost’s Office since June 2007.  This position, central to the smooth operation of the Office of the Provost/Vice President for Academic and Student Life, involves a variety of high-level responsibilities that evolve daily.  Carol understands the unique culture and dynamics of Academic and Student Life within the university/college setting.  As a contact in Academic and Student Life, she employs excellent communication skills that reflect accuracy, tact, and represent the Provost's point of view, while ensuring confidentiality and compliance with the full range of university policies and procedures.

Kirk Johnson, Ph.D.

Dean, College of the Sciences

  • Social Problems
  • Crime and delinquency
  • Social construction of deviance, law, and social control
  • Organizational structure and pathology
  • Research methods

Kirk Johnson has over thirty years of experience in higher education.  He has been dean of the College of the Sciences at Central Washington University since 2008.  In that capacity he is responsible for administering a state-support budget in excess of $11 million and supervising over 150 full and part-time faculty located in 13 academic departments and 12 interdisciplinary programs and centers.  Prior to assuming the role of dean he served as associate dean of curriculum and undergraduate instruction for two years and as chair of the sociology department for ten years.

Sharon Jonassen

Interim Senior Academic Finance Manager


Kathryn Martell, Ph.D.

Dean, College of Business

  • Business School accreditation
  • Assurance (assessment) of student learning
  • International business education

Kathryn Martell (PhD, University of Maryland, BA, University of Chicago) is dean of the Dean of the College of Business at Central Washington University. Prior to her position at Central Washington, she was the dean at College of Business Administration and Public Administration at Kean University.

Dr. Martell is a nationally-known expert on the topic of assessing student learning. More than 900 faculty and administrators from 250 universities have attended the AACSB seminars that Dr. Martell facilitates on Assessment of Student Learning. She also is a frequent speaker at AACSB national and regional conferences. She developed the content for AACSB's on-line Assessment Resource Center, and edited the recently released books published by AACSB and the Association for Institutional Research (AIR) – Assessment of Student Learning in Business Schools: Best Practices Each Step of the Way. She has provided consulting advice to dozens of universities on assurance of student learning. . Before entering academia, Dr. Martell spent 12 years in Washington D.C. as a consultant, government analyst, and lobbyist.

Melanie Palm

Director of Operations, University Centers

  • University Center Operations
  • Process improvement
  • Community College Outreach
  • Community engagement

Melanie Palm is the CWU’s Director of Operations for the University Centers. For the past 10 years she was the Site Director at CWU-Yakima. Prior to coming to CWU, she was a Project Manager at Qwest Communications and led multiple process improvement projects, including being a lead project manager for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games overseeing a workforce of over 350 technicians.

Ann Radwan, Ph.D.

Executive Director
Office of International Programs and Studies

  • Developing the strategies for internationalizing universities
  • Developing sustainable international exchanges
  • Securing donor funding for international education
  • Creating sustainable international university partnerships
  • Promoting grant acquisition for international research

Ann Radwan joined CWU as the Executive Director of the Office of International Programs and Studies. Prior to her arrival at CWU she was the Associate VP for International Affairs at St. Cloud State University. During her tenure she chaired the International Vision Task force which developed the strategic plan for internationalizing St. Cloud State University and which formed the base for the university being awarded the IIE Heiskell award for best practices in international partnerships and the NAFSA Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization in 2013.  She received her BA degree in International Labor Relations from the School of International Service of the American University in Washington, DC. Her first Fulbright grant was to India and after returning to the US, she entered the University of Pennsylvania, receiving her Ph. D. in South Asia Regional Studies and Economic History. She has received both pre-and post-doctoral Fulbright-Hays grants to complete her dissertation research and to engage in comparative research in Egypt and India. She has also received grants for research in Pakistan.
At the University of North Florida she was an Associate Professor and Director of International Programs where she initiated internationalization with funding from the US Department of Education.  Before moving to Egypt to be the Executive Director of the Bi-national Fulbright Commission, she served as Branch Chief in the Office of Academic Programs at the United States Information Agency for the Near East and South Asia region.  During her tenure at USIA, she expanded and administered the worldwide University Affiliation Program.
Her international experience includes being chosen as a consultant to assist in the establishment of an American style university in Saudi Arabia.

Stacey Robertson, Ph.D.

Dean, College of Arts & Humanities


  • Community Engagement and Social Justice Issues
  • Mentorship
  • Faculty Professional Development
  • Inclusivity and Diversity
  • Interdisciplinary and Global Perspectives
  • Human Trafficking in American History
  • Women and Gender in American History

Stacey Robertson joined Central Washington University as the Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities in February 2015. Prior to her arrival at CWU, she was the Interim Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Oglesby Professor of American Heritage at Bradley University. An expert in antislavery and gender history, she has published four books and offered more than 150 lectures nationally and internationally. She is the recipient of many fellowships, teaching awards, and scholarly recognitions, and she co-edits a book series entitled Perspectives on Early America with Taylor & Francis Publishers. She is the co-director of the national non-profit, Historians Against Slavery, and she is active in a variety of professional organizations including the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences, and the British American Nineteenth Century History group.

Sarah L. Swager, Ph.D.

Dean, Student Success

  • Student Development/Student Learning/Student Engagement
  • Institutional Change
  • Residence Life and Housing
  • Facilities Planning
  • Student Organizations and Student Government
  • Institutional Accreditation
Sarah Swager is CWU’s Dean of Student Success. She has 30 years experience in higher education administration, most recently serving over 16 years as Vice President and Dean of Students at small liberal arts colleges.  Her experience includes extensive work in residential life, facilities and auxiliary services.  She has nearly two decades of experience with institutional accreditation and currently serves as a peer evaluator for regional accreditors and consultant for institutions regarding compliance matters.  She is involved regionally and nationally with various professional organizations, including NASPA, ACPA and ASHE. 

John F. Swiney, Ph.D.

Associate VP, Enrollment Management and Institutional Effectiveness

  • Strategic Enrollment Management Planning
  • Recruitment and Retention Program Development
  • Institutional Research and Statistical Analysis
  • Customer Relations Management Communication Technology
  • Psychological Testing and Measurement
John Swiney is the Associate VP for Enrollment Management and Institutional Effectiveness.  Prior to joining CWU in 2007, his responsibilities included Director of the Human Factors Test Division at Eglin AFB, FL; Assistant Professor of Psychology, Director of Institutional Research and Marketing, and Director of Admissions, all at the US Air Force Academy.   Following his military assignments, he has held a series of positions as Director of Admissions including the University of Washington.