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College of the Sciences
400 E. University Way
Dean Hall 130
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7519
Phone: 509-963-1866

Office of the Dean

Tim EnglundTim Englund, 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.


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.


Michael Harrod, Associate Dean

Dr. Mike Harrod received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Riverside and his M.A. and B.A. from the California State University, San Marcos. He has been on the faculty in the Sociology since 2008. His primary research interests currently focus on how people see themselves and the consequences when that self-view isn’t supported by others. He is also interested in the study of crime.

Dannica Price, Engagement Program Manager

Dannica Price joined the Center for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Education in 2014 as an Event Coordinator. She has been at CWU since 2011 and previously worked for Student Union Operations. Dannica earned her B.S Degree from Central Washington University in 2008.

Shelby Taylor-Olson, Administrative Specialist

Shelby Taylor-Olson joined the College of the Sciences in October 2018 as the Secretary Senior. She previously held the same position in the Political Science Department. Shelby earned her B.S. Degree from Central Washington University in 2006.


Toni Snowden, Program Coordinator, Academic Advisor  Toni Snowden is the Academic Advisor for the Interdisciplinary Studies and Program Coordinator for Science Talent Expansion Program (STEP) and Yearlong Exploration of Social Sciences (YESS). She has been at CWU since 2015. She first started out in the Paramedicine Program and moved on to the College of the Sciences in 2017. Her primary role is to help guide students through their journey at CWU and she believes that their success is her success. Outside of CWU she enjoys spending tim with her family and friends, gardening and baking!



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