Faculty and Staff

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.

See what degrees you can earn when you learn from these professors.

Debbie Muthersbaugh

Dean, School of Education & Psychology


(509) 527-2212



  • BS Walla Walla College, 1980; Elementary Education
  • MEd University of Idaho, 2009; Curriculum and Instruction
  • PhD University of Idaho, 2012; Education

Teaching Areas

  • EDAD 565 Practicum in Administration
  • EDUC 211/511 Introduction to and Foundations of Education
  • EDUC 410/522 Philosophy of Education


  • 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


Dr. Muthersbaugh's website

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

Emily Appel

Administrative Assistant, Academic Advisor, and Field Director


(509) 527-2210



  • BA Southern Adventist University, 2008; Religious Education
  • MA Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies, 2011; Education (Emphasis in Religious Education)


  • SDA Professional Certification

Teaching Areas

  • EDUC 381/EDCI 581 Teaching & Learning: Religion Methods

Austin C. Archer

Professor of Psychology & Education


(509) 527-2771



  • BS Andrews University, 1980; Behavioral Science
  • MA Andrews University, 1984; Education (Counseling, Guidance and Student Personnel)
  • PhD Indiana University, 1993; Educational Psychology (Instructional Psychology)

Teaching Areas

  • EDUC 410/522 Philosophy of Education
  • EDUC 495 Colloquium: Child Abuse
  • PSYC 200/400 Topics:
  • PSYC 217 Psychology of Learning & Development
  • PSYC 266 Learning & Behavior
  • PSYC 390 Cognitive Psychology
  • PSYC 430 Psychological Testing
  • 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.

Maria Bastien Valenca

Associate Professor of Education


(509) 527-2616



  • 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

Teaching Areas

  • EDUC 211/511 Introduction to and Foundations of Education
  • EDUC 350/EDCI 550/PSYC 350 Language Development in Young Children
  • EDUC 360/EDCI 560 Teaching & Learning: Inclusive Literacies I
  • EDUC 361/EDCI 561 Teaching & Learning: Inclusive Literacies II
  • EDUC 382/EDCI 582 Teaching & Learning: Social Studies
  • EDUC 405/505 Elementary Classroom Organization and Management
  • EDUC 444 Teaching & Learning: Cultural Diversity
  • EDUC 475 Teaching Reading Skills in the Content Area
  • EDUC 497 Small Schools


  • 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.

Leslie Briggs

University Supervisor


(509) 527-2972



  • MAT Walla Walla University, 2012

Mishelle Castiglioni

Office Manager & State Certification Officer

(509) 527-2211



  • BA California State University Channel Islands

Mishelle’s favorite activities include: traveling, hiking, camping, photography, gardening, going on adventures, walks with her dogs, swing dancing, and volunteering. While her memories of California will always be a part of her, she is confident in God’s leading and is excited about this new chapter. Please join us in welcoming her to our Walla Walla University family!

Melody Ezpeleta

Assistant Professor of Psychology


(509) 527-2689



  • BS Walla Walla University, 2015; Psychology
  • MS Loma Linda University, 2018; Marital and Family Therapy
  • DMFT(c) Loma Linda University, present; Doctor of Marital and Family Therapy Candidate

Teaching Areas​​​​​​​

  • PSYC 130 General Psychology
  • PSYC 215 Development Psychology
  • PSYC 217/517 Psychology of Learning and Development
  • PSYC 278/478 Applied Psychological Research
  • PSYC 366 Theories of Personality
  • PSYC 430 Psychological Testing


  • ​​​The Importance of Assessing the Mental Health Needs in SDA Academies: An Invitation to Collaborate. [Poster Presentation - Adventist Human-Subject Researchers Association Conference (AHSRA); Oral Presentation - Andrews Research Conference (ARC)]. 2021.
  • From knowing to doing: Guidelines for socioculturally attuned family therapy. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. 2019
  • Elements to promote a successful relationship between stakeholders interested in mental health promotion in schools. Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing. 2017
  • When Ideals Get in the Way of Self-Care: Perfectionism and Self-Stigma for Seeking Psychological Help Among High School Students. Canadian Journal of School Psychology. 2015


Music ministry, recording music covers, going on family walks, running, swimming, learning how to cook family recipes. 

Brian Hartman

Assistant Professor of Education


(509) 527-2940



  • 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

Teaching Areas

  • EDUC 315/515 Technology in Education
  • EDUC 365/EDCI 565 Secondary Classroom Management
  • 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 395/595 Secondary Methods of Instruction I
  • 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. 

Linda L. Ivy

Professor of Psychology


(509) 527-2216



  • 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

Teaching Areas

  • PSYC 120 Introduction to Psychology Major
  • PSYC 140-141 Introduction to Psychology: Social & Biological Foundations
  • PSYC 200/400 Topics:
  • PSYC 215 Developmental Psychology
  • PSYC 344 Social Psychology
  • PSYC 464 Introduction to Counseling
  • PSYC 478 Applied Psychological Research
  • 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.

Lori Kissinger

University Supervisor, Contract Teacher of Education


(509) 527-2972



  • MTE

Stacy Maxted

Head Teacher, Child Development Center


(509) 527-2252



  • BS Elementary Education, Art and Photography
    • Washington State Certified
      • Elementary Education
      • Early Childhood Certification
    • SDA Standard Certification

Amanda Ramoutar

Assistant Professor of Education


(509) 527-2281



  • AdvDip The Association of Business Executives, 2010; Business Information Systems 
  • Dip The Association of Business Executives, 2011; Human Resource Management 
  • BEd The University of Trinidad and Tobago, 2012; Special Needs Education 
  • MEd The University of the West Indies, 2014; Inclusive and Special Education 
  • MSc University of South Wales, 2021; Psychology 
  • PhD candidate The University of the West Indies; Inclusive Education 

Teaching Areas

  • SPED 210/510 Introduction to Special Education and Inclusive Classrooms 
  • SPED 322/522 Methods of Teaching and Learning in Inclusive Classrooms 
  • SPED 440/540 Functional Behavioral Assessment 
  • SPED 437/539 Teaching Students with Autism/Moderate and Severe Disabilities 
  • SPED 212/213/214/520 Early Childhood through Adolescent Special Education 
  • SPED 438/538 Consultation, Collaboration, and Transitions 
  • SPED 330/530 Professional Skills in Special Education 
  • SPED 593 Practicum in Special Education 


  • Exploring Educators' Perceptions about Necessary Supports for Inclusive Practice: Development and Assessment of a Conceptual Model.  
  • Flamboyant: Poems on Life, Love and Learning. Kindle Direct Publishing, 2020. 
  • Implementing Inclusive Education: A Call for a Postmodern Perspective in Trinidad and Tobago. Journal of Advances in Education and Philosophy, 2019. 
  • Prevalence Estimates of Behaviour Problems in Primary Schools in Trinidad and Tobago: A Baseline Inquiry. Assessing the Current State of Education in the Caribbean, (with Carrington-Blaides, E.) 2017. 
  • The Perceptions of Trinidadian Special Education Paraprofessional Regarding the Roles they fulfil while working in Inclusive Settings in District X. UWIspace, 2014. 

Tamara Randolph

Professor Emeritus


(509) 527-2680



  • BA Union College, 1966
  • MEd Eastern Washington University, 1995
  • PhD Washington State University, 2000

Teaching Areas


  • 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

Franice Stirling

Director, Smith Hall Curriculum Library


(509) 527-2221



  • BA La Sierra University, 1978
  • MA Andrews University, 1982


  • Children's literature 
  • Chinese language 
  • Desk-top publishing

Elizabeth Yaw

Assistant Preschool Director, Child Development Center

(509) 527-2252



  • BS Walla Walla University, 1994; Elementary Education, Health and Religion minors
    • Washington State Certified
      • Elementary Education
      • Early Childhood Education
      • Health
  • MAT Walla Walla University, 2021; Literacy Instruction

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