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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.
Faculty
Yuliya Ardasheva
Yuliya ArdashevaCollege of Education, Assistant Professor, ESL/Bilingual EducationFloyd 207S509-372-7501Yuliya Ardasheva, Assistant Professor, received her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with specialization in TESOL from the University of Louisville in 2010. Her research interests include contributions of individual differences to second language development and on the interplay between second language and academic development.
Shannon Calderone
Shannon CalderoneAssistant ProfessorFLOYD 207Q509-372-7345In general, I look at how schools and school leaders can better support college going and college readiness for low-income, first-generation student populations and their families. I’m particularly interested in the efficacy of college cost and affordability-related supports for students and families.
My 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.
Areas of expertise: College Access and Readiness; Equitable School Practices; College Affordability; Financial Literacy; Social Trust, Social Class; School Leadership.
Kathleen Cowin
Kathleen CowinEducational Leadership, Clinical Associate ProfessorFloyd 207X509-372-7107Kathleen Cowin (2006), Clinical Associate Professor, received her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Seattle University. Dr. Cowin joined the WSU Tri-Cities faculty from Oregon State University. Her research interests include reflective practice, and the formation of mentoring relationships between educational leader candidates and their mentors.
Jonah Firestone
Jonah FirestoneAssistant Professor & Principal Investigator, SIMIAN LaboratoryFloyd 207C509-372-7198Jonah Firestone (2011) 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 HsiaoCollege of Education, Assistant Professor, Special EducationFloyd 207L509-372-7505Yun-Ju Hsiao (2013), Assistant 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 JohnsonAssociate ProfessorFloyd 207W509-372-7304
Maria Moscatelli
Maria MoscatelliCollege of Education, Teaching & LearningFloyd 207V509-372-7186Maria Moscatelli (2008) 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.
Judy Morrison
Judy MorrisonCollege of Education, Associate Professor Teaching & LearningFloyd 207U509-372-7176Judy 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 NewcomerCollege of Education, Assistant Professor, Teaching & LearningFloyd 207Y509-372-7170Sarah Newcomer (2012) 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 PetersenCollege of Education, Clinical Assistant Professor, Special EducationFloyd 207K509-372-7395Sara Sorensen Petersen (2001) received her J.D. from University of Oregon School of Law with an emphasis in special education law and alternative dispute resolution. She has received training in mediation practices from the King County Dispute Resolution Center in Seattle and the Center for Dialogue and Resolution in Eugene, OR. Petersen relocated to the Tri-Cities area in 2001 and began at WSU Tri-Cities in 2002 as an adjunct, and more recently as an Assistant Clinical faculty member. Her scholarship interests are focused on practitioner needs, autism, special education law and policy, and IEP compliance issues.
Annick Rougee
Annick RougeeAssistant Professor, Mathematics EducationFLOYD 207T509-372-7384Annick Rougée received her Ph.D. in Educational Studies, specializing in Mathematics Education, from the University of Michigan in 2017. Her areas of research include mathematics teacher education, how teachers respond to students during instruction, considering the impact of affective factors on teaching performance, and exploring the application of novel tools and methods in education research.
Staff
Helen Berry
Helen BerryProgram Coordinator, College of EducationFloyd 207A509-372-7394
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Lindsay LightnerCoordinator, Alternate Route Teacher CertificationFloyd 207M509-372-7366
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