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Faculty and Staff

Please feel free to contact any of our faculty or staff with questions reguarding our program.
  • Dr. Deanna Trella
    Dr. Deanna Trella
    Children's Studies- Program Director
    PAT 311-T
    Phone: 509.359.4828
  • Joe Tedescoe, PhD
    Joe Tedescoe, PhD
    Division of International and Educational Outreach - Professor
    329D Patterson Hall
    Phone: 509.359.6027
    Dr. Joe Tedescoe earned his PhD in 2005, and MA in 2001, from Washington Sate University, and BA in 2000, from Eastern. Dr. Tedescoe has been honored with the 2007 and 2009 Chertok Dean's Honor Award, 2006 Eastern Washington University Faculty of the Year award, 2005 Teaching Excellence Award: Edward R. Murrow School of Communication (WSU), 2005 Graduate and Professional Student Association Teaching Award (WSU), 2005 Certificate of Excellence Distinguished Dissertation Award (WSU), 2006 and 2009 Certificate of Appreciation Award Children Studies Program for the "Cheney Hangout."
  • Daniel Bigler, MA
    Daniel Bigler, MA
    Lecturer and Online Coordinator
    329J Patterson Hall
    Phone: 509-359-4583

    A new faculty member at Eastern, Daniel Bigler holds a masters degree in Children's Studies from King's College London and is finishing an additional degree in Children's Rights at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland. He has previously worked in a Reggio Emilia-inspired preschool, studied children's play and peer cultures in an adventure playground in London, and been involved in a number of groups that advocate for greater play opportunities for children in the United States.

    His current research interests include children's play and play spaces, the hidden 'street' cultures of children, incorporating children as co-researchers in academic research, and the history of organizations like the Boy Scouts and summer camps and their influence on concepts of 'Childhood'. In his personal life, Daniel also spends a lot of time exploring big cities and imagining himself as a dinosaur.




  • Sue Marie Wright, PhD
    Sue Marie Wright, PhD
    Children's Studies Professor | Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice
    329C Patterson Hall
    Phone: 509.359.4817

    Sue Marie Wright, Ph.D., served as Director for the Children’s Studies Program at Eastern Washington University from the Program's inception in 2002 until the year 2013.  She currently holds a position as Professor in the Department of Sociology and Justice Studies, teaching courses on children, gender, and family.  Published articles include “Bridging Third-Wave Feminism and Family Pluralism” (2004).

  • Barbara Culler
    Barbara Culler
    Children's Studies in Bellevue - Program Director
    3000 Landerholm Circle SE, Mailstop House 1, Bellevue, WA 98007
    Phone: 425.564.5104
  • Trevor Liebing
    Trevor Liebing
    Research Assistant l and Peer Advisor
    329I Patterson Hall
    Phone: 509-359-6813

    Homeschooled in Eastern Washington, Trevor attained his B.A. in Psychology with a minor in French at Eastern Washington University in 2011.  Trevor is currently working to complete an M.S. degree in Applied Psychology: Mental Health Counseling along with a graduate certificate in chemical dependency counseling.  Trevor has collaborated in many community outreach research studies during his student and professional careers at Eastern Washington University. These studies focused on the topics of: Engaging middle-school youth, their families, and communities in academic achievement, collective impact, moral disengagement, and compassion in relation to psychological well-being. 

  • Stacy Warren, PhD
    Stacy Warren, PhD
    Dept. of Geography and Anthropology - Professor and Chair
    Isle Hall 103
    Phone: 509.359.7962
    Stacy Warren teaches in both the Geography and Children's Studies programs at Eastern Washington University. In addition, she is director of EWU's certificate program in Geographic Information Systems. In spite of an undergraduate degree in computer science, her lifelong fascination with amusement parks sparked an interest in cultural geography. She has spent much of her career examining the various ways the Disney Company, in particular, has influenced urban and suburban design and shaped cultural landscapes. Current research interests include children's use of space and the spaces built (by adults) for them, from orphanages to elementary schools to Disneyland.
  • Dale Lindekugel
    Dale Lindekugel
    Professor
    329 Patterson Hall
    Phone: 509.359.2489
  • Mayra Valdez
    Mayra Valdez
    Peer Advisor
    329I Patterson Hall
    Phone: 509.359.6813
  • Meredith Peterson
    Meredith Peterson
    Secretary Senior
    329 Patterson Hall
    Phone: 509.359.2335
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