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Eastern Washington University’s College of Professional Programs (CPP) offers academic programs that provide students the opportunity to work closely with faculty members on undergraduate research projects, international studies programs, extracurricular activities, field experience, and service-learning projects, taking what you learn in the classroom and applying it to your real world.

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Dean Vernon Loke

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Vernon Loke earned his PhD in Social Work from the Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis, and a Master of Social Sciences (Social Work) from the National University of Singapore. He served as Associate Dean of the College of Social Sciences from 2019 to 2021, and recently as Associate Dean of the College of Professional Programs. He is also the founding director for the Graduate Certificate in Program Evaluation.


Dr. Loke is published in the areas of asset building, financial capability, and financial social work, and has presented his research both nationally and internationally. He also serves as a consulting editor for the journals Social Work, and Social Work Research. As a macro social worker, Dr. Loke is actively engaged in the non-profit and government sectors. He serves on the boards of numerous community organizations and has received multiple honorable mentions for his contributions to the community. In addition, he was the co-author on a paper that won the 2021 Award for Excellence in Community-Engaged Learning, conferred by the Partners in Campus and Community Engagement (PICCE).

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