WSU Tri-Cities

College of Education

Faculty

Michele Acker-Hocevar

Michele Acker-Hocevar

Educational Leadership, Sports Studies, and Educational Counseling Psychology

Professor, Educational Leadership

509-372-7251
West 207Q
ackerhoc@tricity.wsu.edu

Profile

Michele Acker-Hocevar (1994), Associate Professor, received her Ph.D. in Organizational Studies with a specialization in Education Leadership from the University of South Florida. Dr. Acker-Hocevar came to WSU Tri-Cities in 2008 from Florida Atlantic University. Her research interests include social justice and education, leadership theory.

Yuliya Ardasheva

Yuliya Ardasheva

ESL/Bilingual Education

Assistant Professor

509-372-7501
West 207X
yuliya.ardasheva@tricity.wsu.edu

Jonah Firestone

Jonah Firestone

Teaching & Learning

Assistant Professor

509-372-7198
West 207O
jonah.firestone@tricity.wsu.edu

Jonah Firestone (2011), Clinical Assistant Professor, holds a Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction in Science Education with a specialization in Geology Education from Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. His research examines the Social Norms of Education on Beginning Science Teachers' Understanding.

Yun-Ju Hsiao

Yun-Ju Hsiao

Special Education

Assistant Professor
509-372-7505
West 207V
yhsiao@tricity.wsu.edu

Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson

Teaching & Learning

Assistant Professor, ELL/Bilingual Education

509-372-7304
West 207W
ejj@tricity.wsu.edu

Profile

Eric Johnson (2008), Assistant Professor, received his Ph.D. in Sociocultural/Linguistic Anthropology from Arizona State University. His key areas of research interest include language policy and immersion programs.

Judy Morrison

Judy Morrison

Teaching & Learning

Associate Professor, Science Education

509-372-7176
West 207U
jmorriso@tricity.wsu.edu

Profile

Judy Morrison (1999), Associate Professor, received her Ph.D. in Science Education and Integrated Science from Oregon State University. Dr. Morrison came from Oregon State University where she joined WSU Tri-Cities, first as an adjunct, and then as Assistant Professor in 2003. Her research interests are partnerships between science teachers and scientists, and professional development of science teachers.

Maria Moscatelli

Maria Moscatelli

Teaching & Learning

Director of Field Services & Teacher Professional Certification

509-372-7186
West 207B
mmoscatelli@tricity.wsu.edu

Maria Moscatelli (2008), Instructor, received her Ph.D. in Teaching and Learning from Washington State University. She came to WSU Tri-Cities in 2009 from teaching and administration in the K-12 public education system. Dr. Moscatelli oversees the practicum program and Professional Certification for teachers.

Elizabeth 'Liza' Nagel

Elizabeth “Liza” Nagel

Teaching & Learning

Professor

509-372-7398
West 207S
elizabeth_nagel@tricity.wsu.edu

Elizabeth “Liza” Nagel holds her Ph.D. in Higher Education from WSU. Previously, Dr. Nagel served as the Academic Director of Education at Washington State University Tri-Cities and was the Accreditation Coordinator for the College of Education and Associate Dean for the Graduate School at the University of New Mexico. Dr. Nagel spent her early career years as the Director of the Institute of Substance Abuse Prevention Studies at Lewis-Clark State College, an externally-funded research and training institute where she was responsible for the grant writing and administration of multi-state prevention programs.

Sarah Newcomer

Sarah Newcomer

Teaching & Learning

Assistant Professor

509-372-7170
West 207Y
sarah.newcomer@tricity.wsu.edu

Sarah Newcomer (2012), Assistant Professor, received her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Language and Literacy from Arizona State University in Tempe. Dr. Newcomer joined WSU Tri-Cities in 2012. Her research interests include language policy and policy negotiation, school-family-community relationships and school community agency, and language and literacy education, particularly for culturally and linguistically diverse students.

Sara Sorensen Petersen

Sara Sorensen Petersen

Educational Leadership & Counseling Psychology

Clinical Associate Professor, Special Education

509-372-7395
West 207K
speterse@tricity.wsu.edu

Sara Sorensen Petersen (2001), Clinical Assistant Professor, received her J.D. from University of Oregon School of Law with an emphasis in special education law and alternative dispute resolution. Petersen relocated to the Tri-Cities area in 2002 and began at WSU Tri-Cities as an adjunct, and more recently as an Assistant Clinical faculty member. Her scholarship interests are focused on practitioner needs, autism, Universal Design for Learning, inclusion, special education law and compliance issues.

Amy Roth McDuffie

Amy Roth-McDuffie

Teaching & Learning

Professor, Math Education

509-372-7384
West 207T
mcduffie@tricity.wsu.edu

Profile

Amy Roth-McDuffie (1998), Professor, received her Ph.D. in Mathematics Education from University of Maryland. Dr. Roth-McDuffie came to WSU Tri-Cities after completing her Ph.D. in 1998. Her research interests include professional learning and development for prospective and practicing teachers in the teaching and learning of mathematics with a focus on diverse students and equitable instructional practices.

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Staff

Susan Wright

Susan Wright

Principal Assistant

509-372-7217
West 263F
s.wright@tricity.wsu.edu

Brittany Woehle

Brittany Woehle

Program Assistant

509-372-7306
West 265D
brittany.woehle@tricity.wsu.edu

Helen Berry

Program Coordinator

509-372-7394
West 207A
hberry@tricity.wsu.edu

Cheryl Jensen

Administrative Assistant

509-372-7396
West 263
cheryl.jensen@tricity.wsu.edu

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Advisors

Lindsay Lightner

509-372-7366
West 207M
llightner@tricity.wsu.edu

Advising Areas: Education, Viticulture & Enology, Environmental Science

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