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William O. Douglas
Honors College

Hebeler Hall 219
(509) 963-1900

Our Instructors

Here we highlight our outstanding professors for their commitment to interdisciplinary learning and encouraging curiousity in our students. Make sure you look out for upcoming courses taught by these individuals!


Bruce Palmquist

DHC instructor Bruce Palmquist.

Dr. Bruce Palmquist


Professor of Physics

Ph. D.: University of Minnesota, Curriculum and Instruction-Science Education, 1993

Master of Science Degree: University of Minnesota, Physics, 1992

Master of Arts Degree: University of Minnesota, History of Science, 1990

Bachelor of Arts Degree: Awarded Magna Cum Laude, Augsburg College, Minneapolis, 1984


Dr. Palmquist has taught at CWU since 1993, some historians say that is just before the previous Mayan Long Count calendar started. After messing up the futures of some secondary school students by teaching them science for a couple of years, he went to the University of Minnesota for my PhD in Science Education. Over the past few years at CWU, he has taught Introductory Astronomy; General Physics; Issues in Science and Religion (which is another DHC course!); Teaching Elementary Science Inquiry; Why People Believe Dumb Things; and Perspectives on Science, Mathematics, and STEM Education. He has also helped design the Perspectives course for the new STEM Teaching Program with Distinguished DHC Dude Dominic (D4) Klyve.

Fun Fact

Dr. Palmquist is an only child and my parents are only children, so he has no siblings, aunts, uncles, or first cousins.


Geraldine O'Mahony

DHC instructor Geraldine O'Mahony.

Dr. Geraldine O’Mahony


Lecturer of Philosophy and Religious Studies

Ph.D., Development Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2015

M.A. Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2007

M.A. Islamic Studies, Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University, 2006

Summer Intensive Arabic Program, Lebanese American University, Beirut, 2005

M.A. (Honours) Divinity, School of Divinity, Edinburgh University, 2004

B.A. (Honours) Theology and Religious Studies, Newnham College, Cambridge University, 1998


Dr. Geraldine O'Mahony has been teaching in the DHC since 2015. She joined the DHC to teach classes that were timely and would help students think critically about the world around them, as well as develop the skills necessary to challenge their own preconceptions. Her first class, “Religion, Violence and Peace”, holds a special place in her heart, as this class is closely related to her research. While Dr. O'Mahony enjoys teaching all her classes, her love for teaching in the DHC does not end there. One of her favorite classes to teach is: “People Power in Global Politics”, which explores the politics at the level of everyday people and how people recognize their power and choose to deploy it. Recently, she accepted a position as an Assistant Professor of Political Science at CWU. And she has served as an international election observer for three elections in the last year and a half.

Fun Fact

Dr. O’Mahony recently welcomed a baby boy to her family: Tarquin Anthony Seamus O'Mahony-Ferrell!


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