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Dean's Monthly Memo, April 2014

  • Dean’s Monthly Memo
    April 2014

     

    Upcoming deadlines

    April 4: Applications for Gaffney and Pigott McCone Chairs

    April 4: Orders for Academic Attire for Commencement

    April 6: Applications for Spanish Immersion Program for Faculty and Staff

    April 25: Undergraduate Scholastic Competition

    April 25: Graduate Awards Nominations

    Details below.

    NEWS

    Join Student Award Winners at “Imagining the World” International Photo Competition Reception

    Please join students, their parents, faculty, and professional photographers at the opening reception of the “Imagining the World” International Photo Competition, Thursday, May 1, 5 – 7 p.m., Kinsey Gallery. You have seen many previous award-winning photos in the dean’s office, Rianna annex, and throughout Casey. This year, our professional judges selected 20 outstanding photos for the exhibit. Top prizes went to Erica Snyder-Drummond, 1st place; Brian Cunningham, 2nd place; and Felix Hidajat, 3rd place. These students received honorable mention awards: Erica Snyder-Drummond, Felix Hidajat, Brian Cunningham, Andrea Edwards, Louise Gappa, Max Snyder, Maya Inose, Gregory Phillips, Joy Durkin, Nicole Schlaeppi, Sofia Jaramillo, and Sheldon Costa.

    Career Opportunities for Students

    Spring Job and Internship Fair: April 29, 2014, 12-3 p,m., Campion Ballroom

    This campus-wide event provides our students an opportunity to meet and engage with a wide range of community partners and explore employment and internship opportunities. Career Services asks for your help in two ways:

    1. If you have community partners that you want invited to the fair, please contact Sarah Thomson.

    2. Please consider encouraging your students to attend this event by including it in your syllabi and offering extra credit for participation. 

    Arts and Sciences Career Night: May 1, 2014, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Casey Commons 

    The College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office and Career Services have partnered up to host this innovative event to encourage our students to explore the wide array of opportunities available to them. Primarily for juniors and seniors, this casual event will include SU alumni professionals in Business & Technology, Education, Government & Law, Health & Social Services, and Media & Communications. For more information please contact James Vivé.

    Grad Awards and Undergrad Scholastic Competition, April 25 Deadline 

    The Undergraduate Student Executive Council and Arts and Sciences Graduate Council will be coordinating the Scholastic Competition and the Graduate Student Awards in April.  

    Undergraduate: Encourage your students to submit their best scholarship to the Scholastic Competition by April 25 for the opportunity to win a $250 cash prize and official recognition in the A&S Awards Ceremony at the end of the year.  More information is available here.

    Graduate: Awards Nominations. Graduate Program Directors have the opportunity to nominate one student from their program for the Wallace Loh Academic Excellence Award. Graduate faculty, staff, and students have the opportunity to nominate students for two additional awards: the Leadership & Social Justice Award and the Professional & Community Engagement Award. Nominations are due April 25.  More information can be found here

    Call for Applications: Gaffney and Pigott McCone Chairs, April 4 Deadline 

    Theiline Pigott McCone Chair in Humanities

    The next holder of the chair will be selected from among the faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences and will be appointed by the President of the university for a term of two years, from Fall 2014 to Spring 2016. The mission of the Pigott-McCone Chair is "to promote the scholarly life among the faculty in Arts and Sciences and across the university." The holder of the chair should be tenured, should have achieved excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service, and should have demonstrated leadership in promoting the mission of the endowed chair. He or she should already have demonstrated scholarly or creative achievement in a public way. The founding document for the endowment notes that “theThieline Pigott McCone Chair is awarded to an outstanding teacher and scholar in one of the basic humanities disciplines.” The selection committee will consist of two members chosen from among the current and former endowed chair holders and three members to be elected by the faculty at large. Dean Powers will chair the committee.

    Applicants: Please submit the following:  1) a statement of the themes  you would pursue as holder of the chair and the manner in which you would pursue those themes, 2) a curriculum vita, and 3) a letter of recommendation. In regard to item 1, please elaborate on how your proposal will: a) support your productive, peer-reviewed work as a scholar/creative artist in your field(s),  b) extend the knowledge base/body of creative works in your field(s) of interest more generally, beyond your own work. 

    Faculty may nominate themselves. If nominated by others, the nominees will be contacted by the selection committee to find out if they are willing to apply. If you are nominating a colleague, please submit the name of your nominee as soon as possible so that he or she can be notified in time to prepare an application. 

    The Reverend Louis Gaffney Chair in the College of Arts and Sciences

    The holder of the Gaffney chair will be selected from among the faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences and will be appointed by the President of the university for a term of two years from Fall 2014 to Spring 2016. The mission of the Gaffney Chair is to promote "issues germane to the Jesuit mission and identity of Seattle University."  The holder of the chair should be tenured, should have achieved excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service, and should have demonstrated leadership in promoting the mission of the endowed chair.  He or she should have a thorough knowledge of and familiarity with the Jesuit tradition. The selection committee will consist of two members chosen from among the current and former endowed chair holders and three members to be elected by the faculty at large.  Dean Powers will chair the committee.

    Applicants: Please submit the following:  1) a statement of the themes you would pursue as holder of the chair and the manner in which you would pursue those themes, 2) a curriculum vita, and 3) a letter of recommendation.  Faculty may nominate themselves; if nominated by others, the nominees will be contacted by the selection committee to find out if they are willing to apply. In regard to item 1, please elaborate on how your proposal will: a) support growth in faculty, staff and student understanding of the themes you propose, b) help faculty, staff and students connect your area of interest to the mission and identity of the University. 

    If you are nominating a colleague, please submit the name of your nominee as soon as possible so that he or she may be notified in time to prepare an application.

    New Chair of IRB

    Dr. Michelle DuBois, Associate Professor of Biology, has been appointed the new chair of the Institutional Review Board beginning in FY2015. She will work closely with IRB Administrator, Dr. Andrea McDowell, and the current members of the IRB to continue the excellent work of outgoing IRB Chair, Dr. Bruce Koch.

    Spanish Immersion in Colombia for Faculty and Staff, Application Deadline April 6.

    The Office of Global Engagement is proud to announce that Seattle University and Pontificia Universidad Javeriana - Cali are sponsoring a limited number of SU faculty and/or staff to participate in a one-month Spanish immersion program in Colombia, May 25 - June 20.  All tuition and room and board expenses are covered by SU and Universidad Javeriana.  Selected individual(s) would be responsible for round-trip airfare and incidentals. All levels of Spanish ability are welcome to apply. To apply, please send a 1-2 page statement of interest to Nathan Foster, which addresses your reason for interest and how the experience would support your work at SU. The deadline is April 6. More information at these links: http://www.seattleu.edu/academicaffairs/functionalspanish/ and http://www.seattleu.edu/academicaffairs/pujcolombia/, or contact fostern@seattleu.edu.

     

    APPLAUSE

    Faculty

    Psychology Professor Alexandra L. Adame published "Fostering Dialogue in Psychology:The Costs of Dogma and Theoretical Preciousness" in the Qualitative Research in Psychology. More here. http://www.seattleu.edu/artsci/about/news/story/?id=131714

    Social Work Professor Amelia Seraphia Derr explored how social services providers understand the importance of incorporating new immigrants into their communities in "How Do Social Service Providers View Recent Immigrants." In the Journal of Refugee and Immigrant Studies. More here

    The Network of Spiritual Progressives has chosen Cynthia Moe-Lobeda's book "Resisting Structural Evil: Love as Ecological and Economic Vocation" for its initial book club offering. More here

    Social Work Professor Riva Zeff wrote about field placements for students in a new guide on best practices for designing, implementing, and maintaining an effective field education program. More here

    English Professor Andrew Tadie discussed the value of literature and liberal education at Everett Community College on February 26, 2014.

    Theology and Religious Studies Professor Jeanette Rodriguez gave two presentations at Nazareth College: “Identity, Faith and Resistance: A Latina(o) Perspective” and “Liberation Theology: the Next Generation. She will discuss “The Good, the True, and the Beautiful: Latina Theology and Its Evocative Glimpses” at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley on April 7. 

    Associate Dean and Psychology Professor Kathleen La Voy published “An important lesson from our past with significance for our future: Alfred Adler's Gemeinschaftsgefuhl” in the Journal of Individual Psychology, with Psychology alumni Matt Brand and Collin McFadden. In addition she presented “The Homeless Child: Development and Consequence of Self-Concept” at the American Psychological Association Convention in Honolulu last August, 2013. Joining her was Michaun Morris who was hired through the A&S student assistantship awards.   

    Communication Professor Gary Atkins presented “Sustainable Sex: Revisiting the Three Faces of Love” at the 2nd Biennial Conference on Anthropology and Sustainability in Hiroshima in March. The paper is the kickoff to research and presentations for the final book in his trilogy about the pursuit of equality for those marginalized because of gender or sexual orientation. The initial books were Gay Seattle: Stories of Exile and Dwelling and Imagining Gay Paradise: Bali, Bangkok and Cyber-Singapore.  

    As part of a new commitment by the U.S. State Department and USAID to promoting LGBT human rights globally, Atkins was invited to Cambodia in March to work with local LGBT advocates, lawyers, and Cambodia Ministry of Justice officials to help re-shape the nation’s laws to insure more equality and freedom of speech for sexual minorities. Atkins and the local groups targeted additional changes to that civil code needed to insure LGBT human rights protections. The groups not only drafted changes but then also immediately launched a media campaign via Facebook and other social outlets to insure that the proposed new laws and policies are widely disseminated. 

    English Professor Mary-Antoinette Smith wrote the chapter "It Takes a Village to Rear a Word Weaver: Memoirs of a Black Catholic Girlhood” in Unruly Catholic Women Writers. (More at this link.) The book has been selected as a ForeWord Book of the Year Finalist in the Anthologies category. Foreword awards focus on indie authors and publishers “whose groundbreaking work stands out from the crowd.” 

    Theology and Religious Studies Professor Cynthia D. Moe-Lobeda will preach at the Eucharist and Commencement Service for the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago on May 18 when 55 students graduate from the school's six degree programs. 

    Criminal Justice Professor Elaine Gunnison and Department Chair Jacqueline Helfgott received rave reviews for their book Offender Reentry: Beyond Crime and Punishment in CHOICE, Current Reviews for Academic Libraries (February 2014) and in Criminal Law and Justice Books (Rutgers University).

    College of Arts and Sciences Summer Fellowships

    Congratulations to the faculty who have received summer fellowships.

    Dean’s Research Fellowship (Faculty-Student Research Project)

    Molly Clark Hillard, “Re-reading the Victorians”

    Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs, “The Chicana Critical Readers Series”

    Faculty Research Fellowships

    Gary Perry, “Black Space: Racialized Urban Spaces in an Era of Neoliberalism and Colorblind Racial Politics”

    Charles Tung, “Deep Time, Scale, and the Far Future in Twentieth-Century Literature and Culture”  

    James Risser, “Paradigmatic Hermeneutics”

    Promotion Fellowships

    Mary-Antoinette Smith, “Tenuous Veneers: Women of Color in the Academy”

    Special thanks to the selection committee, which was made up of last year’s fellowship recipients: Chris Paul (Chair), Cynthia Moe-Lobeda, Jeanette Rodriguez, Heath Spencer, and Jason Wirth. The committee carefully read all the applications and made its recommendation to Dean Powers, who finalized the award decision.

    Students

    Center for Strategic Communication project assistant and digital design senior, McKenna Haley, just appeared as a guest on the Firesteel/YWCA “Spark Change” podcast series. Firesteel invited McKenna to talk about how she used Storify, which takes social media content and turns it into an online story. Here’s the link

    http://firesteelwa.org/blog/open/title/spark-change-podcast-episode-6-storify 

    Alumni and Student Fulbright Finalists

    Congratulations to these current and former College of Arts and Sciences students who are this year’s finalists for the U.S. Fulbright program:

    Kelly Armijo, ’13, International Studies, Guatemala, Full Research Grant

    Arica Jeffery, ’14, History and Interdisciplinary Arts, Czech Republic Englismailto:paskinl@seattleu.eduh Teaching Assistantship

    Mariska Kecskes, ’12, Philosophy, Hungary, Full Research Grant

    Kevin Kopetz, ’14, History, Germany English Teaching Assistantship

    Jorji Knickrehm, MPA ‘15

    Jasmine Magana, ’11, Art History and Strategic Communications, United Kingdom, Full Study Grant

    Grace Mahoney, ’10, English and Visual Art, Ukraine, Full Research Grant

    Personnel

    Theology and Religious Studies Welcomes Michael P. Jaycox. Michael P. Jaycox joins the faculty in the Theology and Religious Studies Department as assistant professor, effective September 1. His scholarship focuses on theological ethics in the Catholic tradition. More here

    Commencement Deadline

    For those of you who do not own academic attire, the University is pleased to cover this expense for you to participate in commencement.  This is a friendly reminder to please submit your order for academic attire by April 4.  Individuals who place orders after April 4 will be assessed a $30.00 late fee.  Please contact Ms. Kathy Straughan from the Seattle University Bookstore at straugha@seattleu.edu to place your order.  

    Faculty on Sabbatical Spring Quarter

    The following faculty are on sabbatical for the spring quarter: Alex Adame, Therese Cory, Gabriella Gutierrez y Muhs, Erica Lilleleht, Christina Roberts, and Matt Whitlock

    An Important Message About iPads, Cellphones, and Tablets

    Chief Information Officer Charles Porter reminds all staff and faculty about essential safeguards for mobile devices: 

    Because an iPad is a consumer device, not an enterprise computing device, OIT can't administer it. If lost or stolen, OIT can't restore it or wipe the device remotely. OIT cannot update the software on the device to patch security vulnerabilities. Only you can do these things. This is also true for Android and Windows 8 tablets as well as iPads and mobile phones. And it's true whether you own it or the university does.

    If you use an iPad, you have some personal responsibilities:

    • You may not store University confidential information on the iPad
    • You must have or obtain iTunes and iCloud accounts and use them to:
    • Regularly update the iPad's software
    • Routinely back up any data on it
    • Enable 'Find My Device' so you can wipe it if it's lost or stolen
    • You must lock access to the device, preferably with a long password and a 2-minute lockout

    The university is legally bound to protect the confidential information of our students and employees. If you fulfill your responsibilities above, we can be reasonably sure no student or employee data would be compromised with the loss or theft of a mobile device. If not, the university may be subject to costly mitigation of identity theft risk and may be subject to litigation with potentially significant monetary and other penalties. 

    Please take your personal responsibilities seriously and routinely perform the tasks associated with them.

    Events

    Details are on the campus calendar.

    April 6: Accepted Students Open House

    April 8: Prof. Hugh Cagle gives the Al Mann lecture, “The Entanglements of Imperial Medicine: Three Lives in the Face of Death.” More here

    April 10: Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture “Catholicism in a Religiously Plural World,” presented by Catherine Cornille, PhD, Professor of Comparative Theology and Chair of the Department of Theology at Boston College

    April 10: All SU Grad Programs Open House, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

    April 10: University Mission Day

    April 12: Accepted Students Open House

    April 15: Book launch and reading from Spellbound: The Fairy Tale and the Victorians, by Molly Clark Hillard, Elliott Bay Book Co., 5 p.m.

    April 16: Prof. Caitlin Ring gives the Sharon James lecture: “Pink Washing: The Direct Business of Selling Breast Cancer.” 

    April 21 - May 9: 14SQ advising period

    April 22: Coffee in the Atrium, sponsored by the dean, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m., Casey Atrium

    April 22: Alumni Awards Ceremony

    April 25 & 27: Spring Choir Concert, “All God’s Creatures Got a Place in the Choir!”

    April 29: Spring Job and Internship Fair

    Ma 1: Imagining the World Photo Competition Opening Reception

    May 1: Arts and Sciences Career Night for Students

    May 8 – 11: Spring Reunion Weekend

    SAVE THE DATE: 

    Join SU President Stephen Sundborg, SJ, as we celebrate our commitment to providing leaders for a just and humane world at the 20th anniversary of the Master of Nonprofit Leadership Program. May 21, 5:30 p.m. Details at this link.

     

    The next Dean’s Monthly Memo will publish in May. Send items for the next issue to Laura Paskin by April 20.