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Spring 2020: The Graduate School's physical office is currently closed. However, staff are working remotely according to Western's coronavirus recommendations and are readily available to assist you via email. See contact information below. When our hours of operation change, we will post that information here.

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Phone: (360) 650-3170

Graduate School Staff

David Patrick, PhD, Interim Dean of the Graduate School and Vice Provost for Research

(360) 650-2884


Michael Barr, Associate Dean

(360) 650-4170

I’ve worked for Western for almost 24 years and am also a Western graduate earning both my bachelors and masters degrees here. I’ll be teleworking about half the week, but I’m readily available via e-mail. Please contact me for issues relating to student funding, travel grants, assistantships, student insurance, Graduate Faculty Governance Committee inquiries, Graduate school policy questions, and generally any urgent matters.


Denise Mor, Graduate Admissions and Systems 

(360) 650-7704

I expect to be working remotely for the time being, and am available via email and also on MS Teams for chat/video calls. Contact for questions relating to Grad Admissions processes/systems/data, TA awards, Grad School Scholarship/Waiver offers, and TA Health Insurance.


Megan Spiegel, Program Manager

(360) 650-2891

I earned my BA and MFA degrees at Western, and I have over 20 years of experience in higher ed student services. I'm working remotely, and am available via email or via Microsoft Teams in Office 365 if you are a member of the Western community. I can take Teams audio and video calls by appointment if you prefer that over email or chat.

Contact me for questions regarding degree and program requirements, thesis defenses and submission, academic progress, financial aid appeals, continuous enrollment, and other current student concerns.


Susan Murron, Program Coordinator

(360) 650-3571

Like my colleagues, I am currently working remotely and the best way to reach me during this time is via email.

My experience as a graduate student has allowed me to provide helpful information to prospective students. Feel free to contact me for admissions inquiries if you are gathering initial information about becoming a graduate student. (I can share things I wish I would have known before I started my graduate school career and/or done differently.)

For current graduate students or faculty, contact me for information about application status, commencement ceremonies, master’s degree application e-sign forms, and overrides for Continuous Enrollment (GRAD 699) or thesis credits (690).


Dayna Patterson, Assistant to the VP for Research/Dean of the Graduate School

(360) 650-3170

I will be working remotely for the time being, but am available via email, and for Western faculty, staff, and students, I am available via Microsoft Teams in Office 365. I can take Teams audio and video calls by appointment if you prefer that over email or chat.

Contact me for questions regarding Graduate Faculty Governance Council, scheduling meetings with the Dean, diploma mailing/reprints, and general information.


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