The Dean's Office

Dean, College of Science & Engineering

Brad Johnson
(360) 650-6400

Brad Johnson is the Dean of the College of Science Engineering and Professor of Physics at Western Washington University. Dr. Johnson has been at Western since 1997, following a one-year tenure-track appointment at the University of New Mexico, and a 4-year post-doctoral fellowship appointment at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia. Dr. Johnson earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Physics from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, and a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Prior to becoming Dean, Dr. Johnson was the Associate Dean of CSE for three years, and Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Western for 13 years, overseeing a transformation that saw the establishment of focused research specialties in Astronomy, Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, and Physics Education Research.

Associate Dean / Associate Professor

Jackie Caplan-Auerbach
(360) 650-4153

Jackie is the Associate Dean of the college, as well as an associate professor in the Geology department.  Jackie’s undergraduate years were spent at Yale University where she earned degrees in both Physics and English.  She then spent six years as a high school physics teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area before moving to Honolulu to pursue graduate study.  In 2001 Jackie earned her Ph.D. in geophysics from the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa, after which she spent five years working for the Alaska Volcano Observatory, first at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and then as a Mendenhall Postdoc with the U.S. Geological Survey.  She has been at Western since 2006, teaching about topics ranging from introductory geology to earthquake seismology to mantle convection.  Her research focuses on the seismic and acoustic signals generated by volcanoes and landslides.  Most of the volcanoes she studies are in the undersea domain, and she is happiest when on the water. 

Operations Manager

Tonya Alexander
(360) 650-2330

Tonya has been a part of the Dean’s staff of the College of Science and Engineering for four years. Her role as Operations Manager is primarily to keep track of the budget, personnel, and various processes in the college and provide support to the Dean on initiatives and moving forward the goals of the College. She is a busy mom of two great kids and loves living in the Pacific Northwest.

Dir of Development for the College of Sciences and Engineering

Amber Asbjornsen
(360) 650-3616

Amber has fourteen years of fundraising experience at Western Washington University, including her time as a student. Her experience includes major gift fundraising, leading annual giving campaigns, facilitating direct mail campaigns and call center management. Amber is currently a Major Gift fundraiser for the College of Sciences and Engineering and has experience in scholarship and parent fundraising as well. Amber graduated from Western Washington University in 2002 with a degree in English, Writing Concentration after having transferred from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2000.

Administrative Assistant 2

Courianne Willard
(360) 650-6400

IT Specialist 3

Jennifer Mott
(360) 650-2454

Jennifer is our Information Technology Specialist and may be the second friendly voice you hear when you call us! Among other things, Jennifer is our webmaster, graphics designer, and liaison for the Western Foundation office, which makes her key in our development and outreach efforts. Jennifer is a self-professed computer geek who loves the outdoors and is a proud mom of three teenagers!