College of Arts and Sciences
Faculty and Staff Resources

Dean's Monthly Memo, November 2013

  • Upcoming Deadlines

    Advising weeks continue through Nov. 15

    Winter quarter registration: Nov. 18 - 22. 

    Textbook orders due to the bookstore for Spring quarter: Jan. 27, 2014

    Repeat Course Packs (with changes):  November 12 

    Repeat Course Packs (no changes):     November 25th 

    To submit a course pack to the Office of Copyright Compliance, please read and complete the Course Pack Request Form and submit via e-mail to Luke Ware, Copyright Coordinator, x2308. If you are unable to meet the below deadlines you may be referred to outside services for your course pack needs.


    College Night at Key Arena, Nov. 13

    Plan to join David Powers, students, and alumni at Arts and Sciences Night at Key Arena on November 13, the home opener for the men’s basketball team against Cal State - Fullerton. The game starts at 7 p.m. with a pre-game rally at 5 p.m. at the Key. Email Laura Paskin if you want two free tickets to the game.

    Imagining the World Photo Competition Call for Entries

    The annual "Imagining the World Photography Competition" highlights our College's participation in the global community. Through this contest, students capture more than a moment in their experience—they share with us a very personal window into a world. Students currently enrolled at Seattle University who have participated in a study abroad program while attending SU or who are currently international students attending SU are invited to submit photos that address the theme: "Imagining the World." Photos are judged, prizes awarded, and winners and honorable mentions are displayed in the Kinsey Gallery. Encourage your students to submit by December 2. Information here.

    International Symposium and Teacher's Workshop on the Jesuits in World History Set for January 31 - February 1

    Tom Taylor, Gaffney Chair, is presenting an international symposium and teacher’s workshop dedicated to exploring new scholarship and teaching strategies on the theme of “The Jesuits in World History.”  On Friday January 31, 2014, scholars from England, Canada and the United Sates will explore emerging scholarship on the critical role that the Jesuits played in shaping world history. The Society of Jesus was, as one historian has noted, “The most important organization in the early modern world.” Their travels and writings defined cross-cultural encounters and dialogues across the globe.  Sessions will be designed to allow for significant discussion. This event is free and open to all. Agenda here.

    On February 1, there will be a half-day (9 am -12 noon) teachers’ workshop focusing on innovative ways to integrate key resources in Jesuit history into world history classes.  Sessions will focus on a prize-winning classroom exercise exploring the Jesuits in China, a critical look at world history films dealing with the Jesuits and primary source materials on Jesuit travelers. There will be resources provided for each session and plenty of time for discussion and teaching strategy.   Workshop is open to both high school and college-level world history teachers. There is no fee for the workshop but an unhosted lunch will follow the completion of the workshop during with educators are encouraged to continue their discussion of the sessions. High school teachers will receive continuing education/clock hours for their participation.   Space will be limited to insure that interactive sessions can be appropriately managed.  RSVP to  Thorne Clayton-Falls. Agenda here.


    Funds Available for Student Research Assistantships 

    Once again the College of Arts & Sciences will fund approximately eight student research assistantships for the current 2013-14 academic year. These assistantships are intended to support faculty scholarship and creative work.  Each award consists of about $565 in work-study wages, which equates to funds for about 50 hours of research assistance by a student. If you would like to be considered for one of these assistantships, please submit in electronic form the following:

    • A one to two page description of the proposed scholarly work or creative project.
    • A description of the specific responsibilities of the student research assistant in one page or less.
    • A notation of the number of student research assistantships you have received in the past three years.

    Applications will be assessed by a faculty committee (past recipients of these assistantships) using the following criteria:

    • Potential of the project to lead to a peer-reviewed publication
    • or presentation of work (e.g., quality of the project design, evidence of prior preparation,  having a publisher or  presentation venue in mind).
    • Learning opportunities for the student assistant.
    • Equitable distribution of research assistantships among faculty.
    Please send your applications to Kathleen LaVoy by Tuesday, November, 19,2013.


    Fulbright Program Workshop Set for Nov. 18

    You are invited to participate in a Fulbright Program workshop sponsored by the Center for Professional Development and the Associate Provost for Global Engagement on  Tuesday, November 19, 12:20-1:30 p.m.,  Hunthausen 110.The workshop will be facilitated by a representative from the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), the organization that oversees the Fulbright Program.  At the workshop you will:

    • Learn about teaching and research opportunities in more than 125 countries
    • Get Advice on selecting countries for application and making contacts abroad
    • Explore how your campus can host visiting foreign Fulbright scholars
    • Get Tips on how to prepare the Fulbright application

    To register for this event, please click this link which opens an email to the Center for Faculty Development) and hit “send.” Space is limited; please RSVP by November 11. Lunch will be provided.

    Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture Faculty Development Grants

    The Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture is accepting applications for the Faculty Research Grant and the Summer Course Development Stipend to fund projects that engage and expand the Catholic intellectual heritage.Through this grant, faculty are able to travel for research purposes, to study archives, to work with communities or to take the needed time to focus more fully on research and course development. Information on eligibility requirements, guidelines and required deliverables here.The deadline for submission is November 22, 2013. Submissions should be made to

    International Education Week Call for Proposals 

    The International Student Center and the Office of Global Engagemen tcall on campus departments and student organizations to submit program proposals to participate in International Education Week (I-Week) set for Jan. 18-25, 2014. I-Week will conclude with the Annual International Dinner held on Saturday, Jan. 25, from 6 to 9 p.m. in Campion Ballroom. I-Week is a time for us to highlight and celebrate the geographic and cultural diversity of our student, staff and faculty communities. I-Week also serves as a time for us to come together in various ways to dialogue about and engage with global issues and with this year’s theme of “Exploring Our Cultural Roots.”  

    Please submit programs/events/lectures for consideration. Last year more than 30 sponsors offered programs that were attended by 2,000 people. All programs submitted should examine or address an international theme or issue or address the theme of the week “Exploring Our Cultural Roots." Please give considerable thought to how you will invite participation in your program and to what your target audience will be as well-attended programs offer a more robust environment for dialogue. Some faculty have scheduled special events during their regular class times and opened them to the campus community to join. If you are interested in submitting a program please e-mail the details below to Ryan M. Greene, Director of the International Student Center, by Dec. 13, 2013. Please include the following information with your submission.  

    • Title of the program
    • Contact person and contact Information for the event (phone and SU email will be included in the public calendar for PR purposes)
    • Date and time of the program
    • Location (If you do not already have a reserved location, contact Conference & Events Services
    • Brief description not to exceed two sentences (This description will be used to invite participation in the program.)
    • Brief description of how you or your organization is currently affiliated with Seattle University (president of a student group, teach in international studies, SU staff member, etc.). All proposals must be coordinated and sponsored by an SU entity.
    • SU organizations/offices/centers coordinating and sponsoring the event (list all units involved)



    Special thanks to an interdepartmental team that was responsible for a $250,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that supports a new project on Film & Family Homelessness:  Barry Mitzman, Edwin Weihe, Michael Attie, and Catherine Hinrichsen. They were joined by Lindy Boustedt, Jane Spalding, and David Chow in University Advancement on the successful grant application.

    The Center for Strategic Communications received another grant to continue its communication and advocacy work to end family homelessness. More here.

    Great teamwork by David Chow and the Fine Arts Department!  A donor recently gave $100,000 to Fine Arts for a new, 8-foot Steinway Grand Piano for the Choir Room. 

    Conference on Social Theory, Politics and the Arts Draws International Crowd

    Congratulations to the MFA in Arts Leadership program for hosting the highly successful 39th International Conference on Social Theory, Politics, and the Arts, "Arts and Culture--Creating Community in a High Tech World," held on campus Oct. 24-26. The event drew 170 participants representing 20 countries on 5 continents. Participants included educators, consultants, policymakers, and students, as well as performing and visual artists. The selected papers presented in the conference will be published in the Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society, which is also a major journal in the field of cultural policy and arts management. The conference issue of the journal will be co-edited by MFA in Arts Management Director Kevin Maifeld and Professor Woong Jo Chang and will be published in the fall of next year. Special thanks also to Joy Sherman, Choir Director, Lee Peterson, Assistant Director, and the University Choir for their performance in the St. Ignatius Chapel.

    MFA in Arts Leadership program faculty, staff, and volunteers went beyond organizing the conference sessions by showcasing Seattle's vibrant arts community. The Frye Art Museum hosted the conference reception event; Elena Dubinets, Artistic Advisor for Seattle Chamber Players and Vice President of Artistic Planning for the Seattle Symphony made an excellent presentation with musical illustrations performed by Seattle Chamber Players, and the Chihuly Glass Garden waived admission to their glass garden for attendees. The Seattle Art Museum hosted the conference dinner. Support and sponsorship for the conference came from these local arts organizations: Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, 4 Culture, Arts WA, Seattle Art Museum, Frye Art Museum, and Visit Seattle.


    Cynthia Moe-Lobeda was the featured presenter at Earth Ministry’s 19th Annual Celebration of St. Francis on October 3 at St. John United Lutheran Church.

    The Latin American Studies Program and Department of Modern Languages and Cultures hosted filmmakers participating in the Seattle Latino Film Festival this past October. Meeting with students and faculty were Mexican actor Damián Alcázar, Cuban film producer Rosa Marquetti Torres, and Mexican director Rafa Lara.

    Book contracts for Criminal Justice Faculty: Matt Hickman received a contract with Christie Gardiner at CSU-Fullerton for an intro policing textbook, tentatively titled Policing for the 21st Century: Realizing the Vision of Policing in a Free Society (Kendall/Hunt). Stephen K. Rice and co-editor Michael D. Maltz are under contract for Envisioning Criminology: A Handbook of Emerging Research Strategies for Studying Crime and Justice ( New York: Springer). 

    Kathleen Cook, along with Engineering Professors Greg Mason and Teodora Rutar Shuman received thee Best Paper Award in the Mechanical Engineering division for “Inverting (flipping) classrooms – Advantages and challenges,” presented at the American Society of Engineering Education Conference last summer. (Mason, G.S., Rutar Shuman, T., & Cook, K.E. (2013).  Inverting (flipping) classrooms – Advantages and challenges. Proceedings of the 2013 American Society of Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition.  ME Division Best Paper award).

    Ken Allan and Charles M. Tung presented at the Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present conference at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI, Oct 3-6, under this year's theme "The Arts of the City."  Allan gave a paper on a 1968 museum exhibition designed by Frank Gehry for the pop artist Billy Al Bengston and the intertwining of Gerhy's postmodern experimentation and the underlying racial history of Los Angeles. Tung co-organized a pair of linked panels, Immaterial Cities I and II (Accretion and Flow), and presented “Pinholes, Scale, and Blurry Ontology,” which contrasted time-lapse with pinhole photography in order to sketch an aesthetics of temporal immersion and blur.

    Hopkins Lectures in China. More here

    Naomi Hume Presents at the Frye Art Museum. More here

    Mary-Antoinette Smith Writes Memoir of Being Black and Catholic. More here

    Dan Dombrowski Receives Award for Scholarship, Presents at International Conferences. More here

    Chris Paul Presents at International Conference, Writes on Gaming as Homework. More here.

    Matt Hickman Recives NIJ Grant for Research on Citizen Complaints about Police Use of Force. More here


    MFA ’09 grad and former Fine Arts Operations Manager Steve Galatro was featured in SU Magazine. More here.  


    Psychology students Elizabeth Holleman and Cayce Cheairs published their honors project with Kathleen Cook in the latest issue of the Psi Chi Undergraduate Research Journal “Power and helpfulness: A gender interaction.” More here. Alyssa Brandt and Brian Clawson presented “Social Perception of Promiscuity & Gender” at the Stanford Undergraduate Psychology Conference and the University of Washington Undergraduate Research Symposium.


    Reporting suspected child abuse 

    In June 2012, Washington State’s Abuse of Children Law was amended to include higher education employees as mandated reporters of suspected child abuse or neglect.  This revision to the law now includes student employees. The Seattle University Policy Statement on Reporting Suspected Child Abuse reflects amendments to the Washington state law. This policy applies to all Seattle University employees, including faculty, staff, administrators, temporary staff, and student employees, as well as volunteers.

    Children of all ages must be protected from child abuse.  According to state law, “child or children” means any person under the age of 18.  

    Many of our academic programs include clinical or service learning experiences that involve work with children. These might include nursing, education, social work, criminal justice, psychology, law, music, science, and pastoral counseling, to name only a few programs.  A significant number of programs or events for children and youth are offered by Seattle University or held in University facilities annually. The Seattle University Youth Initiative serves an estimated 1,000 children each year.  Many students attending Seattle University are under 18 years of age. In addition, Seattle University hosts Middle College High School on our campus.  Our goal is to provide a safe and secure experience for all people in the Seattle University community. 

    All Seattle University employees and volunteers, including student employees, who have reasonable cause to believe that a child has suffered abuse or neglect must report in accordance with Seattle University policy.

    If you have any questions, please contact the Office of the University Counsel at (206) 296-2043.

    Time to get your flu shot

    The Student Health Center is now offering flu shots for $20, cash or check only. Faculty and staff are eligible for a $5 discount through Human Resources and 150 points on their LiVE Wellness Profile. No appointment is necessary for vaccines. Hours are Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. The Student Health Center is located in Bellarmine Hall 107. For more information, visit Student Health Center or contact (206) 296-6300.


    Details are on the campus calendar.

    Nov 7: College-Wide Budget Forum, 12:30, Boeing Room

    Nov. 8: Guest Artist Chamber Music Recital, featuring Gordon Black, piano, and faculty members Quinton Morris, Amber Archibald, and Kevin Krentz, Pigott Auditorium

    Nov. 14 – 24: Our Town, by Thornton Wilder, Lee Center

    Nov 14: Works in Progress Lunch

    Dec. 6: Holiday Party, 3:30, Casey Atrium

    Dec. 6 & 8: Christmas Concert, St. Joseph Church

    Dec. 7:  Faculty Violin Recital featuring David Jolley, guest artist hornist, Quinton Morris, violin, and Erin Chung, piano.


    Jan. 13: Theologian Agnes Brazal to Give O’Hara Graff Lecture, “Solidarity in the (Cyber-) Body of Christ.” More here

    Jan 14, 2014: Coffee in the Atrium, sponsored by the dean, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m., Casey 

    Feb. 25, 2014: Lunch in Casey Commons, sponsored by the dean, 12 – 1:45 p.m.

    April 8, 2014: 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, 2014: Coffee in the Atrium, sponsored by the dean, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m., Casey Atrium


    The next Dean’s Monthly Memo will publish in January.  Send items for the next issue to Laura Paskin by December 4.