Contact info and brief biography of our Education and Psychology faculty.
Our dedicated faculty and staff are committed to preparing students for a life of service, purpose, and leadership by developing each person’s unique gifts in a Christian community of faith and discovery. The School of Education and Psychology is a place for students to develop 21st Century skills required in this ever-changing world such as problem solving, communication, collaboration, creativity, and cross-disciplinary thinking. As a community of Christian scholars, we encourage students to develop themselves physically, mentally, and spiritually to their highest potential.
Dean, School of Education & Psychology
- BS Walla Walla College, 1980; Elementary Education
- MEd University of Idaho, 2009; Curriculum and Instruction
- PhD University of Idaho, 2012; Education
- EDAD 565 Practicum in Administration
- EDUC 365/EDCI 565 Secondary Classroom Management
- EDUC 395/595 Secondary Methods of Instruction
- Thematic Management in Small Schools: The Itty Bitty City. Journal of Adventist Education, February/March 2015
- Impact Through Images: Exploring Student Understanding of Environmental Science Through Integrated Place-Based Lessons in the Elementary Classroom. Journal of Research in Childhood Education (with Charvoz, R. & Kern, A.) 2014.
- Evaluating Images of the Environment for Educational Use: Exploring the Use of a Rubric Derived from Visual Information Theory. The Online Journal of New Horizons in Education (with Hunt, V. & Kern, A.) 2014.
- Pre-service Teachers Use of Images in Integrated Environmental Sustainability Lessons. Journal of Teacher Education for Sustainability. (with Kern, A.) 2012.
- Science Notebooks and "A Big Waste Problem." The Earth Scientist. (with Kern, A., & Pegg, J.) 2011.
Office hours available by appointment
It is truly an honor and a privilege to serve as Dean of the School of Education and Psychology at Walla Walla University. Our dedicated faculty and staff are committed to preparing students for a life of service, purpose, and leadership by developing each person’s unique gifts in a Christian community of faith and discovery. The School of Education and Psychology is a place for students to develop 21st Century skills required in this ever-changing world such as problem solving, communication, collaboration, creativity, and cross-disciplinary thinking. As a community of Christian scholars, we encourage students to develop themselves physically, mentally, and spiritually to their highest potential.
I encourage you to explore our website and learn more about our strong teacher preparation programs in elementary and secondary education, our engaging psychology undergraduate programs, as well as our thought-provoking graduate programs. Our alumni are leaders in fields ranging from elementary and secondary teaching, forensic psychology, special education, research, literacy instruction, behavioral and cognitive psychology, educational leadership, and more. You will learn that our caring and dedicated faculty and staff are committed to engaging in genuine conversations, promoting justice through our Center for Educational Equity and Diversity (CEED), and providing real-world experiences in classroom clinical practice and psychology practicums.
Our goal is to empower you with the knowledge, skills, and determination to truly transform lives. It is an honor to serve our students in reaching their goals and our alumni in making those dreams a reality.
Dr. Debbie Muthersbaugh, Dean
Elementary & Secondary Adviser, Field Placement Officer, Support Staff
- BA Southern Adventist University, 2008; Religious Education
- MA Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies, 2011; Education (Emphasis in Religious Education)
- EDUC 381/EDCI 581 Teaching & Learning: Religion
- BS Andrews University, 1980; Behavioral Science
- MA Andrews University, 1984; Education (Counseling, Guidance and Student Personnel)
- PhD Indiana University, 1993; Educational Psychology (Instructional Psychology)
- EDUC 495 Colloquium: Child Abuse
- PSYC 217 Psychology of Learning & Development
- PSYC 266 Learning & Behavior
- PSYC 390 Cognitive Psychology
- PSYC 455 History & Systems of Psychology
- PSYC 466 Biological Psychology
- PSYC 471-473 Research Methods I-III
- PSYC 495 Colloquium: Orientation to Graduate School
- PSYC 499 Senior Thesis in Psychology
- Biological Aspects of Addictive Behavior. The Journal of Adventist Education. April/May 2016.
- Why Adventist Education Should Be Special: A Polemic with Some Practical Suggestions. The Journal of Adventist Education. December/January 2015/2016.
- Constructivism and Christian Teaching. Journal of Adventist Education. February/March 2002.
- Constructivism and Christian Teaching. Paper presented at the 23rd International Faith and Learning Seminar held at the University of Eastern Africa, Baraton, Kenya.
- BS Pacific Union College, 2004; Public Relations/Journalism
- BA University of Windsor, 2010; English: Literature and Language
- MA University of Windsor, 2011; English: Literature and Language
- PhD University of Ottawa, 2017; Education - Society, Culture, and Literacies
- EDUC 211/511 Introduction to and Foundations of Education
- EDUC 350/EDCI 550/PSYC 350 Language Development in Young Children
- EDUC 382/EDCI 582 Teaching & Learning: Social Studies
- EDUC 475 Teaching Reading Skills in the Content Area
- Agencement, Second Language Education, and Becoming: A Deleuzian Take on Citizenship. Critical Inquiry in Language Studies. (with Fleming, D., Waterhouse, M., and Bangou, F.) 2017.
- My Chinese is in a Tiny Box with a Roof, My French and English Vocabulary are in Boxes with No Roof. The Wind Blows Them Away: Creation, and Resistance - Reconceptualizing Early Learning with Multilingual Children. Cultural Studies <=> Critical Methodologies (with Masny, D.) 2016.
- Family Literacy Interventions in Canada: Meeting the Needs of Newcomer Parents with Young Children. Education Review (with Masny, D.) 2015.
- BA Atlantic Union College, 2004; Psychology
- MA Loma Linda University, 2009; Psychology
- PhD Loma Linda University, 2011; Psychology
- PSYC 130 General Psychology
- PSYC 215 Developmental Psychology
- PSYC 217 Psychology of Learning & Development
- PSYC 366 Theories of Personality
- The Role of Cultural Beliefs in Accessing Antenatal Care in Malawi: A Qualitative Study. Public Health Nursing (with Roberts, J., Hopp, M. H., Sealy, D. A., Manda-Taylor, L., & Mataya, R.) 2016.
- The Patient-Provider Relationship and Antenatal Care Uptake at Two Referral Hospitals in Malawi: A Qualitative Study. Malawi Medical Journal (with Roberts, J., Sealy, D., Marshak, H. H., Manda-Taylor, L., & Mataya, R.) 2015.
- Predicting Malawian Women's Intention to Adhere to Antiretroviral Therapy. Journal of Public Health Research (with McKinney, O., Modeste, N., & Lee, J.) 2015.
- Extracurricular Screen Time Among Idaho Youth: Prevalence and Association with Psychological Distress. Journal of the Idaho Academy of Science (with Hopkins, G.L., Eagan, M., VanderWaal, C.J., Duffy, J., & McBride, D.C.) 2014.
- Experiences of a Rail Yard Community: Life is Hard. Journal of Environmental Health (with Spencer-Hwang, R., Montgomery, S., Dougherty, M., Valladares, J., Rangel, S., & Soret, S.) 2014.
- BS Walla Walla University, 1993; Biology
- BS Walla Walla University, 1993; Engineering
- MAT Andrews University, 1996; Science Education
- PhD Oregon State University, 2016; Science Education
- EDUC 373/EDCI 573 Teaching & Learning: STEM I Math & Technology
- EDUC 383/EDCI 583 Teaching & Learning: STEM II Science & Engineering
- EDUC 390/EDCI 590 Measurement & Evaluation
- EDUC 396/596 Secondary Methods of Instruction II
- Expanding Student Ideas about Technology. Technology and Engineering Teacher, (with Flick, L.) 2016.
- Learning to Teach Elementary Science through Iterative Cycles of Enactment in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Contexts. Journal of Science Teacher Education, 26:8, (with Bottoms, S. & Ciechanowski, K.) 2016.
- Shedding Light on Inferences. In P.D. Morrell, & K. Popejoy. A Few of Our Favorite Things: Teaching Ideas for K-12 Science Methods Instructors. (with Bell, R.L.) 2014.
- AS Walla Walla College, 1980; Graphics Technology
- BS University of Oregon, 1999; Psychology
- MS University of Oregon, 2001; Psychology
- PhD University of Oregon, 2005; Clinical Psychology
- PSYC 120 Introduction to Psychology Major
- PSYC 140-141 Introduction to Psychology: Social & Biological Foundations
- PSYC 200/400 Topics: Psychology of Gender
- PSYC 344 Social Psychology
- PSYC 464 Introduction to Counseling
- PSYC 492 Abnormal Psychology
- PSYC 493 Psychology Practicum
- PSYC 498 Senior Project in Psychology
- Recognizing and Avoiding Potential Triggers for Internet Gaming Addiction. Journal of Adventist Education. 2017.
- Maternal Warmth Moderates the Link Between Physical Punishment and Child Externalizing Problems: A Parent-Offspring Behavior Genetic Analysis. In P. Smith & A. Rutland, Childhood Social Development (with Deater-Deckard, K. & Petrill, S.) 2014.
- Using Humor in the Classroom. Education Digest. Journal of Adventist Education. 2013.
- BMus Walla Walla College, 1981; Music Education
- MMus Andrews University, 1983; Music Education
- EDUC 450 Introduction to Student Teaching Field Experience
- EDUC 460 Elementary Student Teaching Part I
- EDUC 461 Secondary Student Teaching Part I
- EDUC 470 Elementary Student Teaching Part II: Assessment
- EDUC 471 Secondary Student Teaching Part II: Assessment
- BS Elementary Education, Art and Photography
- Washington State Certified
- SDA Standard Certification
- BA Union College, 1966
- MEd Eastern Washington University, 1995
- PhD Washington State University, 2000
- Language Development in Young Children
- Elementary C & I: Reading & Language Arts, Social Studies
- Philosophy of Education
- Teaching Culturally Diverse Students
- Philosophy and Education
- Psychology of Reading
- Issues and Trends
- Reading Diagnosis and Remediation
- Interdisciplinary theme-based instruction
- International literacy education
- Motivation and remediation in reading
- Nurturing the spiritual life of the children
- Service learning
- Action research
- AA Office Administration
- State and Seventh-day Adventist certification
- Academic advisement