Marilyn Levine, Ph.D.
Provost and Vice-President for Academic and Student Life
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.
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
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.
James A. Busalacchi, Jr.
Director, Faculty & Labor Relations
Director, Continuing Education
Patricia J. Cutright
Dean, James E. Brooks Library
Executive Assistant to the Provost
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
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.
Connie Lambert, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Education and Professional Studies
Michael A. Launius, Ph.D.
Assistant VP, International Studies & Programs
Kathryn Martell, Ph.D.
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.
Marji Morgan, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Arts and Humanities
Marji Morgan grew up in the San Fernando Valley and in New Orleans, attended Rice University as an undergraduate student, and received an M.A. and Ph.D. from Tulane University. She is a specialist in 19th-century British social and cultural history, and has published two books: Manners, Morals and Class in England, 1774-1858 (1994) and National Identities and Travel in Victorian Britain (2001). After completing her Ph.D. in 1988, she became an Assistant Professor of History at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC). She became Chair of SIUC's History Department in 2000, and held that position until July 2005 when she came to CWU to be Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities. When not teaching or "deaning," Morgan enjoys traveling, cycling, cooking and entertaining, attending arts events, and sampling wines from all over the world.
Director of Operations, University Centers
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.
Sarah L. Swager, Ph.D.
Dean, Student Success
John F. Swiney, Ph.D.
Associate VP, Enrollment Management and Institutional Effectiveness
Academic Finance Manager
Tamara joined CWU as Academic Financial Manager in July of 2012. She serves as a financial business partner to the office of the Provost / Vice President for Academic and Student Life, Director, Budget and Business Analysis, students, faculty, staff and administrators as it relates to Academic and Student Life.The majority of her career has been spent in a manufacturing environment beginning as the Accounting Manager at Tree Top, Inc. in Selah, WA and concluding as the Accounting Manager at Key Technology, Inc. in Walla Walla, WA. She is a CWU Accounting alumnus and is excited to be back at Central Washington University.