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Department of Sociology
400 E. University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926
Phone: 509-963-1305
Fax: 509-963-1308

Faculty and Staff


Full-Time Faculty Members

Specialities/Courses Contact Information



Faculty Advisor

Demography, Aging, Collective Action, Social Justice, Environmental Studies, Family, and Gender & Sexuality/ SOC 101, SOC 107, SOC 300 SOC 326, SOC 363, SOC 380

Email: Pamela McMullin-Messier —Dept chairperson office Samuelson 202D, Ph 963-2195
Faculty ofc-Samuelson 231A, Ph. 963-2222




Eric Cheney, Ph.D.,
Faculty Advisor

Crime, law and deviance; economic sociology; formal organizations; statistics; research methods / SOC 107, SOC 344, SOC 345, SOC 346, SOC 349, SOC 363, SOC 354, SOC 364, SOC 398, SOC 415, SOC 459, and SOC 489

Email: Eric Cheney—Samuelson 231M, Ph. 963-1277



Vice President for Inclusivity and Diversity - President's Office
For a great video on Social Justice see Tim Wise talking about "White Privilege"
Faculty Advisor-Not Teaching

Criminology, life-course, American society, minorities, ethnic studies, American Indian studies / SOC 352, ETS 101 (SOC 109), SOC 365, SOC 445

VP I&D Ph. 963-2152








Not Teaching

Social psychology, criminology theory, intimate partner violence, statistics, research methods / SOC 107, SOC 346, SOC 363, SOC 364

Email: Mike Harrod —Samuelson 231E, Ph 3131

Associate Dean Ph. 963-3678

Or College of the Sciences Dean's Office, Dean Hall






Faculty Advisor

Social welfare & poverty, gender, sociology of family / SOC 350, SOC 357, SOC 442, SOC 460

Email: Judy Hennessy —Samuelson 231C, Ph. 963-1574


Tracey Haggerty-Lester (formerly Hoover), Ph.D., Full-time Senior Lecturer
Does Not Advise

Gender and Identity, Feminist Movements, Family and Socialization, and Media / SOC 107, SOC 445, SOC 369, SOC 351, SOC 325 and SOC 363

Email: Tracey Haggerty-Lester-- Online Lecturer
Gary (Tre) Myers, III Assistant Professor, Ph.D
Faculty Advisor

SOC 101, SOC 107, SOC 109

Email: Gary Myers-Samuelson 231K, Ph-963-2204



Faculty Advisor

Ethnic studies, social movements / ETS 101/SOC109, ETS 339, ETS 350, SOC 331, SOC 362, SOC 365, SOC 425

Email: Nelson Pichardo—Samuelson 232, Ph. 963-1348



Peggy Roberts,
M.S. Senior Lecturer
Does Not Advise

SOC 101, SOC 107

Email:Peggy Roberts —Samuelson 231H, Ph. 509-963-2061



Does Not Advise

Historical sociology, political sociology, social movements, race, ethnicity & nation / SOC 101, SOC 107, SOC 300, SOC 305, SOC 338, SOC 370, SOC 371, SOC 375, SOC 415, SOC 445.

Email:Connie Robinson —Online Lecturer
Jessica Strawn, M.A. Sociology, Full-time Senior Lecturer & Internship Co-ordinator for Soc 490 Cooperative Learning

Criminology & communities, juvenile rehabilitation, SOC 101, SOC 107, SOC 301, SOC 310, SOC 320, SOC 334, SOC 344, SOC 348, SOC 490

Email:Jessica Strawn—Samuelson 231B, Ph. 963-1370
Sarah Samblanet, Ph.D.,
Full-time Senior Lecturer
Does Not Advise
Inequalities, race and ethnicity, social class, gender, social justice,  statistics. SOC 101, SOC 107, SOC 109, SOC 305, SOC 322, SOC 364 SOC 365, and SOC 445
Westside/Online Lecturer




Faculty Advisor

Aging; Sexualities; Community & Urban Sociology. SOC 107, SOC 362, SOC 363, SOC 365, SOC 460

—Samuelson 231I, Ph. 963-2005
Part-Time Faculty Members
The Following Faculty do not advise students  
Julie Aldcroft,
Ph.D Senior Lecturer
SOC 307, SOC 346, SOC 357, SOC 370 Email: Julie Aldcroft,—West-side/Online Lecturer
Elizabeth Schmitz-Binnall ,
M.A. Lecturer
SOC 351, SOC 320 Email: Elizabeth Schmitz-Binnall,—West-side/Online/DE Lecturer
Lindsey Vaagen ,
M.S.W. Senior Lecturer
SOC 301, SOC 310 Email: Lindsey Vaagen,—West-side/Online Lecturer
Emeritus Faculty Members    
Laura Appleton,Ph.D., Professor
Faculty: 1970-2016


CWU Remembers Laura Appleton

CWU Professor Leaves Behind Lasting Legacy

Daily Record - Laura Appleton

William (Bill) Benson, Ph.D.
Emeritus - Not teaching
Faculty: 1968-2000
Jack Dugan, Ph.D., Professor
Faculty: 1961-2009

Daily Record - Jack Dugan

Kirk Johnson, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus - Not teaching Area of teaching: Criminology, delinquency, victimization, organizations, methods
David Kaufman, Ph.D.
Emeritus - Not teaching
Faculty: 1971-2003

CWU Retirement Association Interviews: David Kaufman Video Interview

Charles McGehee, Ph.D.
Emeritus - Not teaching
Faculty: 1969-1999

Email: Charles McGehee

CWU Retirement Association Interviews: Charles McGehee Interview


Kelly Zakel-Larson

Department Secretary

(B.A., Central Washington University, Washington - 2021)

Email: Kelly Zakel-Larson—Samuelson 201, Ph. 509-963-1305
Academic Counselor    
Judd Eichorst General Advisor Dean Hall 306 Email: Judd Eichorst


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