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Mike Trevisan

Mike Trevisan, Ph.D., was appointed dean of WSU’s College of Education on April 3, 2013.

He was previously associate dean for research and external funding, as well as the director of the university’s Learning and Performance Research Center.

Dr. Trevisan is a professor of educational psychology.

Educational Background
  • Ph.D. Educational Psychology, University of Washington, 1990.
  • M.Ed., Educational Psychology, University of Washington, 1988.
  • B.A. Mathematics, San Jose State University, 1983


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Organizational Structure

Leadership Team stand together for photo in front of Education Addition building.
The college leadership team met for its semi-annual retreat on August 23, 2018.

Michael S. Trevisan is the dean of the College of Education, and focuses upon maintaining and building upon its strengths and integrating its efforts with those of the University. His assistant is Alanna Ellis.

Reporting to the dean

  • Phyllis Erdman, Executive Associate Dean, Academic Affairs.
  • Sola Adesope, Associate Dean, Research and External Funding
  • Tariq Akmal, Chair, Department of Teaching and Learning
  • Kira Carbonneau, Chair, Department of Kinesiology and Educational Psychology.
  • Amir Gilmore, Associate Dean – Equity and Inclusion (student success and retention)
  • Katherine Rodela, Associate Dean – Equity and Inclusion (faculty and staff development)
  • Sharon Kruse, Academic Director, WSU Vancouver. Chair, Department of Educational Leadership and Sport Management.
  • Academic Director, WSU Spokane  [CURRENTLY VACANT]
  • Judy Morrison, Academic Director, WSU Tri-Cities
  • C. Brandon Chapman, Director of Marketing and Communications
  • Jennifer Dean, Senior Director of Development
  • Beverly Rhoades, Director of Finance and Administration

Additional dean’s office staff

College of Education

Office of the Dean
160 Cleveland Hall
PO Box 642114
Pullman, WA 99164
(509) 335-1738

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(Last updated October 03, 2022)

Strategic Plan

Strategic Plan and Guiding Principles

The College of Education’s Strategic Plan and Guiding Principles includes its vision, mission, values, and strategic priorities.


We will be one of the nation’s preeminent colleges of education through innovation in research and discovery, teaching and learning, and responsive engagement.


We’re committed to our land-grant heritage and tradition of service to society. Our mission supports the larger WSU mission and is three-fold:

  • Advance knowledge through scholarly and applied research.
  • Develop globally-aware and culturally-competent students, leaders, educators, and scholars.
  • Enhance education, thus contributing to quality of life for individuals, families, and communities.


  • Integrity, Trust, and Respect: We are committed to an environment built on trust, respect, honesty, professional integrity, high expectations, courtesy, and compassion for others. We will do this by embracing inclusive and non-discriminatory practices in all we do.
  • Diversity: We are committed to fostering critical perspectives about social justice and diversity. This includes the genuine attempt of each of us individually to understand how diversity manifests itself.
  • Quality and Excellence: We are committed to providing quality and excellence in all our endeavors.
  • Stewardship and Accountability: We are committed to serving as ethical and responsible stewards of university resources. We own our goals and fulfill our commitments. We take responsibility for our actions and results.

Strategic Priorities

  • Global Perspective: We are committed to developing cultural competence, and understanding perspectives other than our own, through respectful communication and interaction with others.
  • Research: We are committed to conducting quality research, developing innovative research protocols, publishing in premier journals, and preparing students to engage in research.
  • Leadership Development: We are committed to developing professional and responsible future leaders.
  • Science Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM): We are committed to developing improved STEM student and faculty pipelines, as well as conducting research in STEM areas.

To view as PDF: Strategic Plan and Guiding Principles

Full plan with addendum [COE Employees only]