Office Hours and Contact Info

The Department of Linguistics will be open most days, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Remote and in-person advising options are available. 

There are many things Sara Helms can assist you with by phone or email. Sara 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 the Department Manager Sara Helms by email (preferred),, 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.)


Click on the profile links below to see faculty and staff office hours.

Department Chair

Kristin Denham, PhD

Chair Professor Linguistics Major/Minor Advisor
BH 418G


Affiliated Faculty

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Masanori Deguchi, PhD

Associate Professor of Japanese; Affiliated Faculty of Linguistics Japanese Study Abroad Advisor
Miller Hall 217E
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Shannon Dubenion-Smith

Chair of MCL Associate Professor of German and Linguistics German Study Abroad Advisor
MH 223B

Christina Keppie, PhD

Professor of French and Linguistics Director for the Center of Canadian-American Studies
CA 106, MS-9110
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R. Mata, PhD

Assistant Professor Major Advisor (Spanish with a Teaching Endorsement & BAE Spanish Elementary Education.
MH 218C
Edward Vajda in Leipzig, Germany

Edward Vajda, PhD

Professor of Russian and Linguistics; Russian and Eurasian Studies Advisor
Miller Hall 218E

Sheryl Bernardo-Hinesley, PhD

Associate Professor of Spanish and Linguistics World Languages Teaching Endorsement Advisor
Miller Hall 122A


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Janet Zhiqun Xing, PhD

Professor Emeritus of Chinese and Linguistics

Rudolf Weiss

Professor Emeritus of Modern and Classical Languages


Sara Helms

Department Manager
BH 418D

In Memoriam

Shaw Gynan

Professor Emeritus of Spanish and Linguistics