Faculty & Staff

Office Hours and Contact Info

The physical office of the Department of  Linguistics in Bond Hall will be open most weekdays between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., but there are many things Kristin Denham and Sara Helms can assist you with by phone or email. They can help with advising, declaring a major or minor, or completing a degree evaluation electronically.

For questions about our program, classes, registration, the major or minor requirements, general information about linguistics, or to make an in-person advising appointment, please contact the Department Chair Kristin Denham by email (preferred), Kristin.Denham@wwu.edu, or by phone, 360-650-3217You can also contact the Department Manager Sara Helms by email (preferred), Sara.Helms@wwu.edu, or by phone, 360-650-3914.

Have a quick question? Text Sara on Teams. (On mobile, sign in to the Teams app with your Western username and password.)

Spring 2022 Office Hours

Major/Minor Advisor Office Hours
Name Office hours or by appointment Office Phone Email
Denham, Kristin

Please contact by email

BH 418G 360-650-3217 Kristin.Denham@wwu.edu
Helms, Sara

M-F 9-11, In-person

Or book a remote appointment on Microsoft Bookings.

BH 418D 360-650-3914


Professor Office Hours

Name Office hours or by appointment Office Phone Email
Bernardo-Hinesley, Sheryl

(Through June 3)

T 10-12, Zoom

W 12:30-1:30, In-person

MH 122A 360-650-4852 Sheryl.Bernardo@wwu.edu
Curtis, Emily W 10-11:50 BH 418A 360-650-3938 Emily.Curtis@wwu.edu
Dawson, Virginia T 11-1, W 12-2, In-person BH 418E 360-650-3292 Virginia.Dawson@wwu.edu
Deguchi, Masanori MWF 11:30-12:30, via Zoom MH 217E 360-650-4155 deguchm@wwu.edu
Denham, Kristin

Please contact by email

BH 418G 360-650-3217 Kristin.Denham@wwu.edu
Jantzen, McNeel Gordon On Leave BH 418C 360-650-2247 jantzem@wwu.edu
Lobeck, Anne

TR 12:30-1:30, In-person

BH 418B 360-650-3249 Anne.Lobeck@wwu.edu
Mata, R. By appointment MH 218C 360-650-3925 matar@wwu.edu
Sandoval, Jordan WF 1:30-2:30, In-person BH 418F 360-650-3931 Jordan.Sandoval@wwu.edu
Vajda, Edward

MWF 2:30-3:30, In-person

MH 217D 360-650-4856 vajda@wwu.edu


Office Staff

Name Office hours Office Phone Email
Sara Helms M-F 8-5 BH 418D 360-650-3914 Sara.Helms@wwu.edu

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Kristin Denham, PhD

Chair Professor Linguistics Major/Minor Advisor
BH 418G

Affiliated Faculty

Sheryl Bernardo-Hinesley, PhD

Assistant Professor of Spanish and Linguistics; World Languages Teaching Endorsement Advisor
Miller Hall 122A
A branching plant with pink-red leaves in front of a light-blue background, illustration

Masanori Deguchi, PhD

Associate Professor of Japanese and Linguistics Japanese Study Abroad Advisor
Miller Hall 217E
Shannon Dubenion-Smith stands outside a brick building, near a green shrub.

Shannon Dubenion-Smith

Chair of MCL Associate Professor of German and Linguistics Latin/Greek/Classical Studies Advisor
MH 223B

Christina Keppie, PhD

Professor of French and Linguistics Director for the Center of Canadian-American Studies
CA 106, MS-9110
R. Mata with black background and face mask

R. Mata, PhD

Assistant Professor
MH 218C
Edward Vajda in Leipzig, Germany

Edward Vajda, PhD

Professor of Russian and Linguistics; Russian and Eurasian Studies Advisor
Miller Hall 218E
Janet Xing standing in front of a bookcase

Janet Zhiqun Xing, PhD

Professor of Chinese and Linguistics
MH 218D


Sara Helms

Department Manager
BH 418D


Rudolf Weiss

Professor Emeritus of Modern and Classical Languages

In Memoriam

Shaw Gynan

Professor Emeritus of Spanish and Linguistics

Linguistics Department Associated Faculty

Name Title Home Department Office Phone Email
Beth Dillard Assistant Professor Elementary Education MH 304A 360-650-3314 beth.dillard@wwu.edu
Jennifer Green Associate Professor Elementary Education MH 303B 360-650-2395 jennifer.green@wwu.edu
James Hearne Professor Computer Science CF 479 360-650-3792 james.hearne@wwu.edu
Tamer Hussein Visiting Assistant Professor Modern and Classical Languages MH 230 360-650-2093 husseit@wwu.edu
Brian Hutchinson Associate Professor Computer Science CF 475 360-650-4894 brian.hutchinson@wwu.edu
Yu Lei Visiting Assistant Professor Modern and Classical Languages MH 122 A 360-650-4852 leiy2@wwu.edu
Yudong Liu Associate Professor Computer Science CF 483 360-650-4831 yudong.liu@wwu.edu
Cathy McDonald Senior Instructor English HU 349 360-650-3236 cathy.mcdonald@wwu.edu
Heather Moore Assistant Professor Communication Sciences and Disorders AIC 374 360-650-7536 heather.moore@wwu.edu
Jennifer Thistle Assistant Professor Communication Sciences and Disorders AIC 378 360-650-3157 thistlj@wwu.edu
Kathryn Vulić Professor English HU 335 360-650-3214 kathryn.vulic@wwu.edu
Ryan Wasserman Professor Philosophy BH 302A 360-650-3860 ryan.wasserman@wwu.edu
Suzi Wright Instructor TESOL MH 304D 360-650-2551 suzanne.wright@wwu.edu
Caleb Zilmer Instructor Elementary Education MH 304A 360-650-2238 caleb.zilmer@wwu.edu