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Academic Affairs Staff

Provost Carlota Ocampo, Ph.D.

Dr. Carlota Ocampo is the Provost for Trinity Washington University and leads the Office of Academic Affairs, which supervises the planning, delivery, and assessment of Trinity’s academic and co-curricular programs.  Prior to entering administration, she taught for many years as a tenured associate professor of psychology at Trinity (a title she retains).  She received her Ph.D. in Neuropsychology from Howard University in 1997; her teaching and research interests encompass the interactions among diversity, psychology of oppression, and health. Her most recent educational works explore pedagogical reform with the changing student population; her psychological publications focus on racist-incident based trauma and on ethnicity, gender and disease.  She was recently accepted to the American Psychological Association’s Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology (LIWP).  She enjoys interacting with students and working in higher education administration as Trinity’s Provost.   202.884.9209  |  Office location: Main 202

 Academic Affairs Administrators and Staff

Juanita Cole, Ph.D. Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Assessment

Dr. ColeDr. Juanita Cole was appointed the Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Assessment in June 2015. Prior to coming to Trinity, she was Professor of Psychology and held administrative roles as Assistant Department Chair and Director of Program Assessment in the Department of Psychology at Azusa Pacific University. She holds extensive experience in the research and evaluation of culturally responsive web-based instructional technology. Dr. Cole earned a B.A. in Psychology from San Diego State University, M.A. in Psychology from Pepperdine University, and Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Howard University. In the role of Associate Provost, she works closely with members of senior administration, academic units, and other campus leaders to advance the academic mission of the University in the following ways:

  • Coordinate development and assessment of academic programs and curricula;
  • Support faculty with assessment of student learning outcomes;
  • Oversee institutional research, accreditation, and reporting;
  • Coordinate special projects as assigned by the Provost   202.884.9291  |  Office location: Main 446

Shizuka Hsieh, Ph.D., Assistant Provost for the Sciences, Associate Professor of Chemistry

Hsieh, Shizuka CASDr. Shizuka Hsieh works directly with all Science faculty in supporting the delivery and development of science curricula, including courses that support other majors.  Dr. Hsieh can also address questions about developing programs.   202.884.9299  |  Office location: SCI 319


Kathelon Toliver, Assistant Director of Academic Administration

KathelonKathelon Toliver supports the Office of Academic Affairs by working directly with the Provost and other senior staff on projects that involve full -and-part time faculty. Her other administrative duties include the academic calendar, course scheduling, academic catalog, faculty scholarship,  and other comprehensive assignments that support the College of Arts and Sciences. Kathelon also works directly with the faculty services team to facilitate and support their efforts.  202.884.9201  |  Office location: Main 203

Trisha Smith, University Librarian

Trisha SmithTrisha Smith brings a liberal arts background and a degree from Catholic University’s Masters in Library and Information Science program to enrich the Academic Affairs team. As University Librarian, she believes in the library as a community change agent that forwards social innovation through collective impact. At Trinity, Trisha Smith continues the work of transforming the Sr. Helen Sheehan Library into a cutting edge learning center by focusing on electronic resources, innovative services and space, educational programming, community outreach, and maintaining a strong core collection that supports Trinity’s curricula across all five schools. 202.884.9351 |  Office location:  Library

Katie Wanschura, Director of Instructional Technologies

DSC_6906_bio-pageKatie Wanschura is students’ and faculty members’ first point of contact for questions about Moodle, Trinity’s learning management system.  She also works directly with the Information Technology Team and Academic Affairs in coordinating and developing support for instructional technologies at Trinity.   202.884.9713  |  Office location:  Main 241

LaWander McFarland, Coordinator of Faculty Services

McFarland, LawnderLaWander McFarland works direcly with the faculty to ensure that their office and classroom necessities are met. Whether it’s printing course materials, setting-up technology, or ordering supplies, LaWander is the “go to” person for all adminstrative tasks that help support our faculty.  2020.884.9230  I  Office location: Main 186

Cassandra Boston, Administrative Assistant of Faculty Services

boston-cassandraCassandra Boston is the newest member of our Faculty Services team. She provides customer service and administrative support to our faculty and students by assisting with class cancellations, technology cart set-up, and distributing mail.  2020.884.9231  I  Office location: Main 186


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Please see the following pages if you would like more information about the Library, Academic Support Services, Disability Support Services, Career Services, or any of Trinity’s collegiate units:  the College of Arts and Sciences; the School of Professional Studies; the School of Nursing and Health Professions; or the School of Education as well as Continuing Education.



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