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School of Graduate Studies and Research

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School of Graduate Studies & Research Staff


Kevin Archer
Dean, Graduate Studies and Research

Phone: (509) 963-3100
Webpage: Kevin Archer



Ruth Jeffries
Director, Research and Sponsored Programs
Phone: (509) 963-2640

Ruth serves as the university’s Director of Research and Sponsored Programs (teaching, research and other activities supported by external grant funds).  As an experienced grants professional, she assists faculty and staff in identifying, securing, and managing grants.  She enjoys engaging with a diverse range of scholarly and creative ideas while working with faculty from across all disciplines, and then seeing those transformed into funded projects that make a meaningful difference at the university and beyond.


Dawn Anderson
Program Support Supervisor 2
Phone: (509) 963-3108

Dawn serves as the admissions and post admissions program support supervisor in the Graduate School. She assists master's students with the policies and procedures, required forms, graduation, posting degrees and thesis processing. She also handles the graduate faculty recommendation process and assists the Graduate Council committee.


Victoria Clapper
Office Assistant 3
Phone: 509-963-3104

Victoria manages and processes admission applications and supports the degree check out process for our students. She administers the continuous enrollment program and helps with student, faculty and staff admission requirement and Graduate School policy inquires.


Justine Eason
Communications Consultant 
Graduate Admissions
Phone: (509) 963-3103

Justine serves as the Communications Consultant in the Graduate School and is involved with marketing and recruitment of the graduate programs.  She also serves as the Graduate Student Association Advisor. 


Leslie Hunter                             
Grant & Contract Coordinator, Research & Sponsored Programs
Program Coordinator, Institutional Animal Care & Use 
Phone: (509) 963-3111

Leslie serves as the Grant and Contract Coordinator working with the Director of Research and Sponsored Programs in assisting faculty and staff in adhering to policies/ procedures, identifying funding opportunities, preparing and submitting proposals, accepting awards and negotiating contracts/subcontracts, and managing post-award compliance. She also provides administrative support to the campus Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). Leslie brings years of grant writing experience from the private sector to her position with Graduate Studies. She received her M.S. in Law and Justice from CWU in 2021.


Sandy Martinez                                                                            
Human Protections Administrator (HPA)
Phone: (509) 963-3115

Sandy is the administrator responsible for screening and
reviewing all Human Subjects Review applications and Requests for Exemption. Sandy also serves as an ex-officio voting board member. Additional duties include preparing for full board meetings, taking meeting minutes, corresponding with and providing support for investigators and reviewers, developing policy and procedures, and educating the CWU community about ethics of human subjects research.

She has been employed at CWU since 2008. Sandy received her M.A. in Sociological Practice from Cal State San Marcos in 2003.


Lynn Niemi
Program Coordinator
Phone: (509) 963-2243

Lynn provides administrative support to the Graduate School Dean and staff and assists with the admissions and degree check out processes. She helps coordinate the internal faculty and student award competitions and processes for WICHE and nonresident tuition waivers. She works with the Dean and graduate faculty regarding academic warning / low GPA procedures.


Diane Houser
Fiscal Specialist / Graduate Assistantship Coordinator
Phone: (509) 963-3102

Diane is a fiscal specialist in the School of Graduate Studies and Research. She has been an employee of the university since 2002. She coordinates graduate school financial affairs and the graduate assistantship program.


Lila Harper
Program Assistant
Phone: (509) 963-1793

Dr. Harper serves as the thesis editor. She has taught at Central for 20 years in the English department and also teaches in Computer Science and in the Douglas Honors program. Her job is to provide documentation and writing guidance to the graduate students and review the theses once they are completed for adherence to the thesis regulations, along with documentation, formatting, research methodology, and writing correctness. She completed her Ph.D. from the University of Oregon in 1996 with a focus on Victorian science and literature.



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