College of Arts and Sciences
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Dean's Monthly Memo, February 2014

  • NEWS

    Now on Video

    Meet David Wilbrecht, MPA ’89, City Manager, Blaine, WA, at this link

    Hear from Professor Marie Wong and students in the Community Design Workshop on their ghost signs project for the City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods at this link

    New Software Tool for Faculty

    As part of the university's efforts to improve student success and persistence through graduation and based largely on feedback and participation from faculty members during the development, selection, and implementation process, the university is deploying a new early alert software package called Starfish, which replaces the old academic alert web form used previously. The tool is available to all faculty via SUOnline; users will use the same password to log in to Starfish that they do for SUOnline.  

    The university encourages all faculty to consider using this tool if and when they become aware of any specific challenge facing a student. Such challenges may be related to academic, personal, financial, or other issues. When an alert is raised, the student is automatically notified. For questions regarding academic alerts, please contact the Academic Advising Support Center in Casey 1 West or at 206-296-2840. Thank you for your participation and support of our students!

    Summer Faculty Fellowships Awarded

    Associate Provost for Research and Graduate Education William J. Ehmann, Ph.D., announced the following Arts and Sciences recipients for Summer Faculty Fellowships. Congratulations to all:

    • Amelia Seraphia Derr, Social Work: “Mental Health Service Use Among Immigrants: The Importance of Religion and Social Support”
    • Hazel Hahn, History: “Cultures of Travel: Envisioning the World in France and Britain in the Long Nineteenth Century”
    • Georg Koszulinski, Film Studies: “In the Cave Where the Spirit Dwells””
    • Rachel Luft, Sociology: “Disaster Patriarchy: An Intersectional Examination of the Post-Hurricane Katrina Social Movement for a Just Reconstruction”
    • Cynthia Moe-Lobeda, Theology and Religious Studies: “The Bible in Ethics when ‘Race,’ Class, Gender, and Sexual Orientation Matter”
    • Katherine Raichle, Psychology: “Submission for NIH Grant: The Efficacy of an Intervention for Chronic Pain in Persons with Disability”
    • Caitlin Ring, Communication: “Hate Speech in Social Media: How Private Companies Regulate Internet Content”
    • Kevin Ward, Public Administration: “An Examination of the Relationship between Public Service Motives and the Nonprofit Board Performance”

    The call for applications for the 2015 will go out in late September 2014.  For information regarding this program and other faculty research resources, please visit the website of the Office of Research Services and Sponsored Projects at this link.

    Faculty Receive Grants for Student Assistants

    Funding for student assistants has been awarded to these faculty to help with their scholarship projects:

    • Gary Perry, Sociology: Is Housing a Human Right?
    • Harmon Arnold, Fine Arts: "Venus in Fur" at Seattle Repertory Theatre
    • Jason Miller, Anthropology: Access to Oral Care for Adults with Developmental Disabilities in Western Washington: A Pilot Proposal
    • Ohla Krupa, Public Administration: Growth in Property Tax Delinquencies in US Cities and their Impact On Local Government Revenue Volatility during the Great Recession.
    • Neil Chaturvedi, Political Science: Gaining an Understanding of Empirical Political Science.
    • Kira Mauseth, Psychology: Assessing, Understanding, and Synthesizing Qualitative Data on the Use of Culturally Non-sanctioned Coping Mechanisms  (drug and alcohol use) in Muslim cCulture.
    • Rick Malleus, Communication: Communicating Student Intercultural Reentry: A View from One American Campus 
    • Malick Ndiaye, Modern Langauges: Body Discourses and Ethics in the Francophone Film and Novel

    Special thanks to the selection committee: Mark Cohan, Rob Efird, Hazel Hahn, and Le Xuan Hy.

    Call for Papers

    International Educational Technology Conference (IETC)

    September 3 – 5, 2014, Chicago

    IETC 2014 seeks a diverse and comprehensive program covering all areas of educational technology. The program includes a wide range of activities designed to facilitate the exchange of expertise, experience, and resources with colleagues. These include keynote and invited talks, full and brief paper presentations, panels and round table discussion sessions. IETC 2014 will be held at AIC Campus, 640 W. Irving Park Rd. Chicago. Abstract deadline: July 5, 2014; full article deadline: July 20, 2014. Details here

    Calls for Applications

    • College of A&S Faculty Research Fellowships
    • College of A&S Promotion  Fellowships
    • College of A&S Dean’s Research Fellowships for 2014
    • Seattle University Endowed Mission Fund
    • Seattle University Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability

    Faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences are invited to apply for a Faculty Research Fellowship, Promotion Fellowship, or Dean’s Research Fellowship. This year, we hope to give a total of six awards, and each award carries $5,000 summer stipend.  The deadline of all Arts and Sciences Fellowships is February 14, 2014.

    • The College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Research Fellowship (FRF) is intended to support peer reviewed publication, or jury-reviewed presentation in the arts. Both tenured and tenure-track faculty are invited to apply for the FRF. In addition, full time non tenure-track faculty having the rank of visiting assistant professor, visiting associate professor, visiting professor, or senior instructor/senior lecturer may apply for the FRF. Three FRFs will be awarded this year.
    • The College of Arts and Sciences Promotion Fellowship is intended to assist associate professors develop their scholarly productivity toward the rank of full professor. In addition to the stipend, each promotion fellowship includes some funds for research expenses. To be eligible for the promotion pellowship, faculty must have seven or more years at the rank of associate professor. Preference will be given to applicants whose scholarly or creative record suggests that they are within approximately two years of achieving promotion, but could benefit from the additional development support toward achieving it. There will be one award in this category. 
    • The College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Research Fellowship provides funds for faculty to work with students on faculty scholarship, providing the student an experience of scholarly research while advancing the faculty member’s scholarly work. Each fellowship will include an extra $2,000 for projects that involve student research. These additional funds will be used as a stipend to pay a student researcher. Please indicate your interest in a student research assistant by briefly describing the student’s responsibilities and opportunities for intellectual contribution to the project above and beyond providing support work, as well as how the student will benefit from this experience. Support for this award is provided by donors to the college who contribute specifically to this fellowship, and this year two awards will be given in this category. 

    The awards are subject to available funding. 

    NOTE: Applicants may only apply for one category of fellowship, as per the recommendation of last year’s application review committee. Faculty who received one of these fellowships within the last two years are not eligible to apply. Faculty who accept the award as a summer stipend may not teach more than one summer course.

    To apply for the College of Arts and Sciences Fellowships, please submit the following: 

    • A 2-3 page description of the scholarly or creative project that will result in refereed publication or jury-reviewed work. Please also explicitly indicate the particular award for which you are applying.
    • A current CV
    • A letter from a colleague within or outside SU that assesses the quality of the proposal and the prospects of its publication or jury-reviewed presentation in light of 
      • Preparatory work the proposal writer has already accomplished on the content of the proposal
      • The letter writer’s knowledge of the quality of other peer-reviewed publications (or its equivalent in the arts) of the proposal writer. 
    • A list of any support the applicant has received from SU for research and creative work during the past three academic years as well as any support that has already been awarded for 2013-14 (including research releases, Summer Faculty Fellowships, sabbaticals, A&S Faculty Research Fellowships, etc.)

    Please submit applications (paperless, electronically only) to Kan Liang, Associate Dean and cc to Heather Reis by February 14, 2014.  Applications will be reviewed by a faculty committee that will make a recommendation to the Dean. We hope to make award announcement in March. 

    Seattle University Endowed Mission Fund

    The Endowed Mission Fund is now accepting grant applications for the 2014-2015 academic year. Applications are due by 2 p.m. on Friday, February 28, 2014. The Endowed Mission Fund provides grants to faculty and staff for mission-related projects, research and personal development. The updated application form, which includes the process, is available at this link

    Seattle University Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability

    The Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability is pleased to announce a call for proposals for 2014-2015 student and faculty fellowships. The fellowships are intended to support EJS scholarship and may be used to develop manuscripts, grant proposals or other scholarly work. More information is at this link



    History Professor Hazel Hahn co-edited and wrote a chapter in the book "Architecturalized Asia: Mapping a Continent through History," which bridges the disciplines of history and architecture. More at this link.

    Anthropology Professor Ted Fortier was part of a research team that received a 2013 Praxis Award for an ethnographic evaluation of the 2010 U.S. census process relating to hard-to-reach populations.More at this link

    Washington Governor Jay Inslee appointed Dean David Powers to the Board of Trustees of Humanities Washington. The organization works with community groups in every county in the state. More at this link.

    Social Work Professor Amelia Seraphia Derr describes how emerging technologies can be used in research in her latest article.More at this link

    Liberal Studies has become the first and only bachelor’s degree program on the West Coast to qualify for a chapter of the Alpha Iota Sigma honor society for interdisciplinary studies. More at this link

    Music Professor Quinton Morris performed a sold-out recital at Carnegie Hall on Saturday, January 11, 2014.  This marks Dr. Morris’ third consecutive year of selling out the prestigious concert hall. joined by pianist Alastair Edmonstone of Towson State University and hornist David Jolley of the Manhattan School of Music, he performed works by Beethoven and Brahms.  In addition, Dr. Morris participated in a panel discussion, “The Blueprint: What Managers, Artists and Presenters Want in the 21st Century,” with esteemed artists and managers from the country at the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) in New York City.

    Sociology Professor Mark Cohan presented “Steampunk, Durkheim, and the Dilemma of Interdependence,” at Psychlotron 12, a project of the Infinity Box Theatre in Settle, on Jan. 14.

    On Saturday, January 11, the Military Science Department in conjunction with the Seattle University Veterans Committee held a 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, Veterans’ Recognition ceremony. The event was well-attended by veterans, family members, and faculty and staff from Seattle University. Guest speakers from the Army, Air Force and Marines were joined by Audrey Allman who spoke on behalf of the family members of Vietnam veterans. Father Natch Ohno gave the invocation and benediction. Father Sundborg attended as did Dean David Powers and his father, a Vietnam veteran. Several veterans were alumni of Seattle University and the Seattle University Military Science program. The ceremony concluded with recognition of the veterans for their service from both SU ROTC and the SU Veterans Committee. The event was a big success, and the veterans all expressed gratitude at being recognized. 


    Opportunities for Faculty from the Center for Faculty Development

    Below is a listing of events sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development. 

    • Future-proofing your career: Non-tenure-track faculty in the driver’s seat,  Roundtable, Feb. 5 or 6.  6
    • New Year, New Yes: Learning how mindfulness can help your writing, teaching, and peace of mind, NCFDD tele-workshop, Feb. 12 
    • Mindset: How realizing potential is about hard work, not talent, Workshop, Feb. 18 or 19

    Full descriptions of these events are at this link. To register, please complete our quick online registration form here.

    Free Membership to NCFDD (National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity)

    Deans and the Center for Faculty Development are jointly funding a further year’s membership to NCFDD, an organization designed to help all SU faculty members (full-time and part-time) with issues such as research productivity, career planning, and developing a healthier balance between work and home life.  NCFDD offers services to complement the faculty development work we are able to do internally and we hope you’ll take advantage of NCFDD’s services. Learn more at this link

    To become a member, click this link (which opens an email to the Center) and hit “send” or send an email to If you register for one of the NCFDD tele-workshops above, we will automatically register you as an NCFDD member.

    German Professor Cordula Brown lectured at the Frye Museum on "The Gaze, the Eye, and the Catholic Mind," on January 30 and February. The lecture was inspired by the Franz von Stuck exhibit at the museum.


    Details are on the campus calendar.

    Feb. 6: Career Services Internship Fair

    Feb. 6: MA in Criminal Justice Information Session

    Feb. 11: MFA in Arts Leadership Information Session

    Feb. 12: MPA Information Session

    Feb. 12: Guest Artist Cello Recital featuring Paul Wiancko

    Feb. 18: Works in Progress Luncheon

    Feb. 19-Mar.2: Theatre production of “The Imaginary Invalid”

    Feb. 25: Lunch in Casey Commons, sponsored by the dean

    Feb. 26: Master of Nonprofit Leadership Information Session

    Feb. 27: Margin Shift Poetry Reading

    Feb. 28: Robert Mittenthal Hosts a Margin Shift Reading

    Feb. 28-Mar. 3: Homecoming

    Mar 3: MFA in Arts Leadership Information Session

    Mar. 6: MA in Criminal Justice Information Session 

    Mar. 7: Scratch

    Mar. 8: Lenten Prayer Concert

    Mar. 13: Advanced Studio opening reception

    Mar. 13: Student Chamber Music Concert


    April 8: Prof. Hugh Cagle to Give Al Mann Lecture on “The Entanglements of Imperial Medicine: Three Lives in the Face of Death.” More here.

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

    April 22: Alumni Awards

    May 8 – 11: Spring Reunion Weekend

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