Eileen Hughes, Ph.D.

Professor Emerita


Dr. Eileen Hughes, Professor Emerita, has focused on the preparation of early childhood educators and the development of inquiry-based approaches. She is the former ECE Program Director and developer of the WWU ECE BAE Program and taught many program courses.  Her prior work in Alaska, Oregon, California and internationally includes engaging in diverse settings which encouraged her to ask questions to deepen her learning and teaching experiences.  She has enjoyed the continual study of the Reggio Emilia approach since 1989, which has influenced her understanding of the underlying principles and values that support adults and children to challenge their thinking and to find the joy in the daily life of schools.