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College of the Sciences

Office of the Dean

Kirk JohnsonKirk A. Johnson, Dean

Dr. Kirk Johnson received his Ph.D. and M.A. from Washington State University and his B.A. from University of Washington. He was chair of Central Washington University's department of Sociology from Fall 1997 through Spring 2007. He began part-time service as Associate Dean in Summer 2006. As of Fall 2007, Dr. Johnson will devote himself entirely to administration in the position of Dean. Dr. Johnson's research has focused on the testing and extension of social control theory, the social construction of deviance among adolescents, criminal victimization, and the social construction of law and criminal sanctions.


Martha Kurtz, Associate Dean

Dr. Martha Kurtz received her Ph.D. from Arizona State University, her M.S. from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her B.S. from Northern Arizona University. She has been a professor of Chemistry and Science Education at CWU since 1995. She is interested in studying best teaching and learning practices in the sciences. She has served as the Director of CWU's Center for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Education, Chair of the Science Education Department, Chair of the Chemistry Department Chair, and Interim Dean of the College of the Sciences. In 2008 Dr. Kurtz was honored as the CWU Distinguished University Professor for Service and in 2009 she was selected as the Washington State Higher Education Science Teacher of the Year by the Washington Science Teacher's Association.

Timothy Englund, Associate Dean

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 one term at the chair of the Mathematics Department and as the Faculty Coordinator for the Ronald E. McNair Program at CWU.

Kari Anderson, College of the Sciences Development Officer

Kari joined the University Advancement team at CWU in April 2013 as the Development Officer for the College of the Sciences. Kari received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Pacific Lutheran University. While at PLU, she focused on public relations, sports administration, coaching and sports psychology. A chance work study appointment in PLU's development department has turned into a career devoted to non-profit fundraising. Kari has spent her career in the development sector, leading staff, board members and volunteers, and loves to connect people with their passions, specifically connecting dollars to causes people hold dear. Prior to moving to Ellensburg, Kari led teams and raised funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, American Heart Association, The Logan School for Creative Learning, Real Colorado Soccer and the Vail Valley Foundation.


Cindy KleinCindy Klein, Fiscal Specialist

Cindy Klein joined the College of the Sciences in 2008.  She has been employed with Central Washington University since 2006 where she worked in the Office of Continuing Education after 13 years at Thorp School as an Administrative Assistant.

Velma HenryVelma Henry, Administrative Assistant

Velma Henry joined the College of the Sciences in September 2008 as the Administrative Assistant to the Dean. She held positions in Registrar Services and Teacher Education Programs during the fifteen years prior and currently sits on the CWU Retirement Association board as the active staff member.



Janis OrthmannJanis Orthmann, Administrative Assistant 3

Janis Orthmann joined the College of the Sciences in 2012 as an Administrative Assistant to the Associate Dean. She has been employed with Central Washington University since 2004 and has held positions in the Office of the Associate Provost and in the Office of International Studies and Programs. Janis earned her BA degree from Central Washington University.