Administrative Appointments Announced at College of Education

PULLMAN, Wash.–Walter Gmelch, who was appointed interim dean of the College of Education at Washington State University, has announced several administrative appointments at the WSU college:
Mary Gardiner will serve as associate dean. Her primary responsibilities will include issues related to instructional programs, Teacher Education Committee and the College Graduate Studies Committee, as well as meeting with students regarding individual concerns.
Gardiner is an educator and scholar in the social foundations of education. She is on the editorial board of “The Urban Review: Issues and Ideas in Public Education,” co-edits “Curriculum in Context” and is working on her third book. The associate professor of education, an alumnus of the University Virginia, has been at WSU for seven years.
Darcy Miller will take the position of assistant dean. Her primary responsibilities will be in the area of professional development for faculty, staff and students, including the orientation sessions for graduate assistants and other professional development activities throughout the year. An alumnus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Miller has been with WSU for six years. She has taught a variety of graduate and undergraduate courses in special education, reading, assessment, classroom management and research methods. She serves on numerous state and national committees, including serving as president of Washington state’s Teacher Education Division of the International Council for Exceptional Children, vice president of the Special Education Advisory Council for SPI, and the Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration Advisory Board.
Ed Udd will serve a one-year term as chair for the Department of Kinesiology and Leisure Studies. Udd is presently working with the recreation administration and leisure studies faculty on an exchange grant from the U.S. Department of Education in partnership with universities in Mexico, Canada and the U.S. He is a graduate of Michigan State University and has been with WSU since 1987.
Dennis Ray’s duties, as well as his title, have been expanded to director of extended programs and partnerships. Ray will become more directly involved in extended programs initiated by the college and coordinated with the branch campuses, learning centers and school districts, in addition to directing the college’s partnership center. He is a graduate of WSU and former superintendent of Walla Walla and Northshore school districts.
Juanita Fewkes will take responsibility of supervision and coordination of the centralized finance unit. Along with basic supervision, Fewkes will be involved in workload and general management as the finance area continues to move in a positive direction. She has been with the College of Education for 24 years and was recognized last year for her outstanding contributions as the first recipient of the Staff Excellence Award. Fewkes is currently the administrative assistant to the dean.


Note to Editors:
Walter Gmelch, 335-4853; Mary Gardiner, 335-8412; Darcy Miller, 335-9188; Ed Udd,
335-4593; Dennis Ray, 335-1988; Juanita Fewkes, 335-3478.