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Katherine Frank

Provost/Vice-President for Academic and Student Life

Central Washington University welcomes Katherine Frank as the new provost/vice president for academic and student life. Frank was the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Northern Kentucky University (NKU). There, she oversaw the university’s largest college, which includes a School of the Arts, ten academic departments, and five centers.

Frank previously was Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at Indiana University East. During her tenure, she oversaw a restructuring of that institution’s largest school, with ten undergraduate programs, three of which were delivered at campus satellite centers.

She also served at Colorado State University-Pueblo for 10 years, serving as Chair of English and Foreign Languages and the Writing Program Administrator. At Pueblo she also was the founding director of the Southern Colorado Writing Project and founding director of the first-year experience program.

She earned her B.A in English from Bates College and her M.A and Ph.D. in English from the University of Washington.

Charlene Andrews

Faculty Relations Coordinator

As the Faculty Relations Coordinator, Charlene provides professional contract support for and collaboration with the Provost, Academic Deans, appointing authorities, and others involved in faculty employment and evaluation.  Charlene serves as a labor negotiator responsible for developing and implementing CWU faculty labor relations and collective bargaining policies and strategies.  She is responsible for the oversight of and compliance with the faculty collective bargaining agreement.  In addition to her collective bargaining responsibilities, Charlene is the liaison between all parties involved with faculty workloads and evaluations.  She coordinates and provides oversight for reappointment, tenure, promotion, and post tenure review.  Charlene’s past experiences include K-12, R&D, banking and ranching.

Kevin Archer

Dean of Graduate Studies & Research

Kevin Archer is the 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.

Paul Ballard

Dean, College of Education and Professional Studies

Paul Ballard joined Central Washington University as the Dean of the College of Education and Professional studies in April 2015. Prior to his arrival at CWU he was the Associate Dean of the College of Professional Studies at Metropolitan State University of Denver. He spent his last three months at MSU Denver serving as the acting Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management. Previously he worked at Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan where he served as assistant dean, department chair, program director and faculty. He has over twenty years of experience in program and student learning outcome assessment. He currently serves as a peer reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission and has over twelve years of experience in accreditation as a site visitor for specialized program agencies. His academic background includes exercise physiology, athletic administration, and athletic training.

Anne Cubilié

Associate Provost, Faculty Affairs & Extended Learning

Anne Cubilié was appointed Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs and Extended Learning in August 2015. Prior to that she was the Director of the William O. Douglas Honors College. Dr. Cubilié came to Central from the United Nations (UN), where she worked in humanitarian and development policy at UN headquarters and in the field. Prior to joining the UN, she was an assistant professor at Georgetown University. She has lived and worked in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Cairo, Egypt, has been trained by the UN in peacemaking and preventive diplomacy as well as leadership and management, and was selected for a joint United Nations/American University of Cairo program as a visiting scholar conducting research into women’s relationships to state structures. Throughout her time at the United Nations, Dr. Cubilié retained close ties to the academy, mentoring theses and dissertations and presenting invited University lectures. Dr. Cubilié is committed to the ‘professor of practice’ model and maintains a consistent interest in bridging the gap between academic research and the political and policy considerations of inequality, humanitarianism and international aid. Her book, Women Witness Terror: Testimony and the Cultural Politics of Human Rights, reads testimony by women survivors of war and human rights abuse through critical frameworks of ethics, trauma and witnessing. 

Patricia Cutright

Dean, James E. Brooks Library

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.

Tim Englund

Dean, College of the Sciences

Dr. Tim Englund received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University and his B.S. from Grand Valley State University. He has been a member of the mathematics faculty since 1998. His current primary research interests include interdisciplinary collaborations with colleagues in Nutrition & Health Sciences examining elementary school lunches. Previous research has focused on the representation theory of Chevalley groups. Prior to joining the Dean's office, he served as the chair of the Mathematics Department and as the Faculty Coordinator for the Ronald E. McNair Program at CWU.

Sharon Jonassen

Senior Academic Finance Manager 

Sharon is the Senior Academic Finance Manager providing budget, accounting, financial analytics, and policy support to the Academic and Student Life Division. She has been working at Central Washington University since April of 2010. She draws on over twenty plus years of experience including software development, implementation and support; budget, accounting, financial analytics, and change management. Her experience spans public and private sector spanning multi-state and global environments.

Bernadette Jungblut

Associate Provost, Accreditation, Academic Planning, and Assessment

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Nicki Kukar

Interim Executive Director, Office of International Studies & Programs

Nicki Kukar is the Interim Executive Director of the Office of International Studies and Programs.  She joined CWU in 1999 as the Student Services Coordinator for the Asia University America Program.  After 5 years, she became the Director of the AUAP, and in 2015 assumed the duties of the AUAP Consortium Liaison.  In 2014 she also served as the Interim Director of the UESL program at CWU.  She received her Bachelors of Business Administration at Gonzaga University and Masters of Education degree from Oregon State University. She is an active member of NAFSA and has presented both nationally and regionally.

Geraldine O'Mahony

Interim Director, Douglas Honors College


Geraldine O’Mahony is the Interim Director of CWU’s William O. Douglas Honors College (DHC).  She came to CWU from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2013, where she received her PhD in 2015 in Development Studies for a dissertation on post-conflict reconstruction in Liberia.  At UW-Madison Dr. O’Mahony served as an academic advisor in the Honors College, and at Central she has taught several courses for the DHC and served as Associate Director in 2015-16.  She has over five years of experience working and teaching in honors colleges.  Dr. O’Mahony holds an MA in Divinity from the University of Edinburgh and an MA in Islamic Studies from McGill University, as well as an MA in Political Science from UW-Madison.  Her volunteer work and research have taken her throughout Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.  Dr. O’Mahony is an active member of the African Studies Association and the National Collegiate Honors Council.

Kathryn Martell

Dean, College of Business

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.

Stacey Robertson

Dean, College of Arts & Humanities

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.

Richard DeShields

Dean, Student Success

Richard DeShields is the Dean of Student Success.  He joined CWU in 2002 and has served in multiple roles including Senior Director of University Housing and New Student Programs and Associate Dean of Student Success.  Richard has served as the President of the Northwest Association of College and University Housing Officers (NWACUHO) and has been the advisor to the Pacific Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls (PACURH).  He most recently served as the Chair of the Association of College and University Housing Officers, International (ACUHO-I) Foundation.  He has received numerous awards for his work including his latest, the Judy Spain Award, for his work with LGBT students and professionals.  Richard also serves as a lecturer in the Family Studies program.


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