College of Arts & Sciences

Phone (785) 670-1636, Fax (785) 670-1297

About the Deans

Laura Stephenson, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

About the Deans, Laura Stephenson

Laura A. Stephenson received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Goucher College. Both her master’s and Ph.D. are in clinical (child) psychology from the University of Kansas. She completed her predoctoral internship training at the Texas Research Institute for Mental Sciences, Houston Child Guidance Center and the M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston, Texas. Dr. Stephenson joined the Washburn Department of Psychology faculty in 1985 and teaches undergraduate courses in abnormal psychology, child psychopathology, and psychology of marriage and family processes. Her graduate course offerings have included child, family, and marital therapy; intellectual and diagnostic assessment of children; and internship supervision. Her research interests are in child clinical psychology, family therapy, and health psychology. Dr. Stephenson was appointed Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in 2004, assumed the post of  Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in 2013, and May 1, 2014, she was appointed Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Ph.D., Clinical (Child) Psychology, 1985, University of Kansas
M.A., Clinical Psychology, 1982 University of Kansas
B.A., Psychology, 1978 Goucher College

Laura Stephenson, Phone: (785) 670-1561


Bruce D. Mactavish, Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

About the Deans. Bruce Mactavish

Bruce D. Mactavish received his education from Winter Park High School, Winter Park, Florida, Furman University and the University of Mississippi. Prior to joining the History Department at Washburn, he taught at the University of Alabama and Kansas University. Dr. Mactavish teaches survey classes in American history, Civil War America, Kansas history, and African-American history. Current research projects include a study of black Mississippians who fought in the Union Army and an essay analyzing the influence of the abolitionist ideals of the Seventh Kansas Cavalry on Union War aims.

Dr. Mactavish and his wife, Margaret Hawthorne, along with four horses, two cows, three dogs, and three cats live along the Santa Fe Trail in rural Osage county where they enjoy dressage, golf and mountain biking.

Ph.D., History, 1993, University of Mississippi
M.A., History, 1988, University of Mississippi
B.A., History, 1983, Furman University

Bruce Mactavish, Phone: (785) 670-1636

Shaun Schmidt, Interim Assistant Dean, College of Arts and Sciences


Shaun SchmidtShaun Schmidt received his Bachelor of Science from Florida Southern College and both his Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy were received from the University of South Florida. He taught as Visiting Assistant Professor at East Carolina University prior to joining Washburn in August 2001 as Assistant Professor in the Chemistry Department, teaching Fundamentals of Chemistry and Inorganic Chemistry. Shaun was promoted to Associate Professor in 2007 and in 2013, Dr. Schmidt was promoted to Professor and appointed Interim Assistant Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences.



Ph.D., Inorganic Chemistry, 1999, University of South Florida
M.S., Chemistry, 1995, University of South Florida
B.S., Chemistry, 1991, Florida Southern College

Shaun Schmidt, Phone: (785) 670-1633