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

Dr. Miner crouching over a bucket during research in a lab

Benjamin Miner
(360) 650-3640
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Ben is the Associate Dean of the college, as well as a professor in the Biology department.  Ben’s undergraduate years were spent at UC Santa Cruz where he earned a degree in Marine Science.  He then spent a year working a research technician at UC Santa Barbara before moving to Gainesville, FL to pursue graduate studies at the University Florida.  In 2003 Ben earned his Ph.D. in zoology from UF.  He then spent three years as a postdoctoral researcher at UC Davis, working at the Bodega Bay Marine Laboratory.  He has been at Western since 2006, helping student learn about topics ranging from introductory biology to marine ecology and invertebrates.  Ben’s research focuses on the evolutionary ecology of marine invertebrates.  He specializes in two areas of research: how organisms can modify their behavior and appearance in response to the environment, a phenomenon called phenotypic plasticity, and sea star wasting disease.  Outside of work, Ben plays drum in several bands, woodworks, and enjoys spending time outdoors. 

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 eight 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

Laquita Garbarino
(360) 650-6400

Laquita is a recent addition to the Dean’s staff. Her role supports the Dean, the Associate Dean and the Operations Manager at an administrative level. Laquita has a strong background in business administration, including many years in immigration law and and medical billing/coding. Laquita is also a certified Spanish language interpreter and translator with over 20 years of experience interpreting/translating in the public and private sector. Laquita graduated in 2015 from Linn-Benton Community College’s Profitable Small Farms Program and she is currently finishing her B.S. in Business Administration at Walden University. Laquita has a considerable passion, interest and background in sustainable agriculture and the environmental sciences. Laquita enjoys exploring our beautiful biosphere with her two children in her time off.

Communications Consultant 2

Mikayla King
(360) 650-2454
Mikayla graduated from Western in 2017 with a degree in Public Relations and Communication Studies. She manages CSE's website to ensure quality and accessibility and manages the college's social media sites.