Gordon McQuere was appointed Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in 2002. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Tulsa and a master's degree from the University of Iowa in music composition. In 1978 he was awarded the Ph.D. in music theory, also from the University of Iowa.
Before coming to Washburn University, Dr. McQuere was Head of the Department of Music and Interim Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Eastern Michigan University. Prior to that, he was Associate Dean of the School of Music at Baylor University.
Dr. McQuere's area of specialization is the history of Russian music theory. Among his publications is the book, Russian Theoretical Thought in Music, for which he served as editor and contributor.
Ph.D. Music Theory, 1978, The University of Iowa
M.A. Composition, 1973,The University of Iowa
B.M. Composition, 1971,The University of Tulsa
Gordon McQuere, Phone: (785) 670-1636
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, Fuman University
Bruce Mactavish, Phone: (785) 670-1636
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.
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) 670-1633