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WSU Tri-Cities is a campus of Washington State University, which shares one central administration and one faculty. The campus strongly values diversity among its faculty, staff and students. As a campus of a land-grant institution, WSU Tri-Cities is committed to excellence in research, learning, and outreach to all constituents.

Educational Leadership Faculty

Shannon Calderone
Shannon CalderoneAssistant Professor, Ed LeadershipFloyd 207QShannon Calderone, Assistant Professor, received her Ph.D. in  Higher Education and Organizational Change from the University of California, Los Angeles.  Her research interests include looking at how schools and school leaders can better support college going and college readiness for low-income, first-generation student populations and their families.  Her most recent research has focused on social trust as a factor in school-family support, student debt aversion, financial literacy, and family financial labor as points of insight into the impact of college costs on perceptions of opportunity for high, middle, and low-income families.
Kathleen Cowin
Kathleen CowinAssociate Professor (Career Track), Ed LeadershipFloyd 207XKathleen Cowin, Scholarly Associate Professor, received her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Seattle University. Her research focuses on the development of effective relational co-mentoring practices for educational leader formation and the creation of co-mentoring circles among current and former educational leadership students. Kathleen served as a teacher and elementary and middle school principal for over 25 years and also completed her Superintendent Certification.
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John MancinelliExecutive Director of Educational Outreach and PartnershipsFloyd 207OJohn Mancinelli, Ed.D., Scholarly Assistant Professor, joined Washington State University Tri-Cities as Chief of Staff and Operations in July 2014. Dr. Mancinelli has 26 years of experience in teaching and educational leadership. Dr. Mancinelli brings a deep understanding of Washington State’s educational system, organizational structures, and management best practices. His experience in both teaching and administering in public schools from kindergarten to university contribute to his courses and mentorship.
Dr. Mancinelli serves as Educational Leadership and Teaching & Learning faculty to the College of Education. He teaches educational leadership and Teaching & Learning courses to undergraduates, masters, and doctoral students. Additionally, Dr. Mancinelli advises, mentors, and sits on committees for masters and doctoral students. Dr. Mancinelli’s area of scholarship focus includes educational leadership and role theory as it relates to building academic capacity.

Teaching and Learning Faculty

Yuliya Ardasheva
Yuliya ArdashevaAssociate Professor, ESL/Bilingual EducationFloyd 207SYuliya Ardasheva (2010), Associate Professor, received her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with specialization in TESOL from the University of Louisville. Her research interests include contributions of individual differences to second language development and on the interplay between second language and academic development.

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Jonah Firestone
Jonah FirestoneAssistant Professor, Teaching & LearningFloyd 207CJonah Firestone (2011), Assistant Professor, received his Ph.D. in 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 HsiaoAssociate Professor, Special EducationFloyd 207LYun-Ju Hsiao (2013), Associate Professor, received her Ph.D. in Special Education from University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her areas of research interest include autism spectrum disorder, emotional and behavioral disorder, early childhood special education, and culturally responsive teaching preparation and practices in special education.
Eric Johnson
Eric JohnsonProfessor, Teaching & LearningFloyd 207WEric Johnson (2008), Associate Professor, received his Ph.D. in Sociocultural/Linguistic Anthropology from Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona.  His research focus is on ethnographic approaches to language-minority education programs and language policies in public schools.  His interests include language policy and planning, the application of policy as practice, immigrant communities, parent and community engagement, bilingual education, and Hispanic Serving Institutions.
Maria Moscatelli
Maria MoscatelliAssistant Professor (Career Track), Teaching and LearningFloyd 207VMaria Moscatelli (2008), Clinical Assistant Professor, 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 is the Director of Field Services at WSU Tri-Cities.
Judy Morrison
Judy MorrisonAcademic Director, Professor, Teaching & LearningFloyd 207UJudy 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.
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Sarah NewcomerAssociate Professor, Teaching & LearningFloyd 207YSarah Newcomer (2012), Associate 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.


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Andrea CoxAcademic Support Staff, College of EducationFloyd 207A
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Lindsay LightnerProgram CoordinatorFloyd 207M
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