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  • Faculty News & Announcements: September 2012

    Faculty News & Announcements:
    September 2012

    ChristieEppler.jpg Newly tenured Christie Eppler, Ph.D. has been named the new Patrick J. Howell, S.J. Professor of Theology and Ministry. The Howell Professorship was previously held by Fr. Paul Janowiak SJ.. Dr. Eppler is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and holds an approved supervisor designation from the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. She is also a member of the American Counseling Association, and is past-president of the Washington State Association of Counselor Educators and Supervisors. Her future qualitative research will focus on the intersections of pastoral and spiritual counseling and narrative therapy, resiliency, and issues of social justice. 
    Some words from Dr. Eppler:

    "It is an honor to be tenured, to be tied together, with the Seattle University STM community. This interconnected web-- our community of students, faculty, staff, and supporters-- provides life-giving knowledge, support, and camaraderie as we all journey into mystery and knowingness. I look forward to classes and research projects where we explore the crosscurrents of spirituality, systems, and health. I am excited to work alongside the Faith & Family Homelessness team as we explore how faith communities and academics align when addressing issues of social justice. Additionally, I am excited to continue to ponder, write, and teach about the intersections of resiliency and spirituality. Mostly, I look forward to deepening our interconnections, to knowing and being known in this lovely and wise community that I call home." 

      Faustino (Tito) M. Cruz, Ph.D., also core faculty of STM and newly tenured by Seattle University, serves as Associate Professor of Practical Theology and Leadership. For over 25 years, Cruz ministered with migrants and refugees at parish, diocesan, and national levels as catechetical consultant, educator, community organizer, and pastor in the United States, Latin America, and the Philippines. Prior to joining STM’s faculty last year, Cruz taught in the area of Practical Theology and Education at the Franciscan School of Theology (FST) in Berkeley, California, while concurrently serving as Executive Vice President and Academic Dean. 

    Dr. Cruz’s interdisciplinary research is in the area of religion, education, and immigration. He teaches courses in intercultural leadership, educational ministry, and Filipino American/Asian theologies and assists students in integrating their academic, ministerial, and spiritual formation. He also brings expertise for the school’s strategic plan, particularly in the areas of curriculum development, global engagement, and recruitment of Latino/a and Asian students.

    Some words from Dr. Cruz:

    "What does it mean to be a tenured faculty? Tenure is a public celebration of the permanent and continuous relationship between the university and me. SU and I are essentially saying that we accept the mutual, moral obligation to promote as partners the integrity and mission of the university. Personally, I am also renewing a life-long commitment to live more fully my Christian vocation as theological educator through teaching, research, pastoral practice, and service to humanity. Being at SU has been a privilege and gift. A grant from the Henry Luce Foundation will support my current research in the area of Buddhist and Islamic foundations of leadership. This academic year, I will visit universities in Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines to establish relationships with academic conversation partners and cultural informants, as well as engage in library research. My article on Catholic Multicultural Trends was accepted by SAGE, the same two-volume work on religious leadership that will be publishing Dr. Lesniak's article.” (see below for Dr. Lesniak news)

    GloriaBurgess.jpg We welcome Gloria J. Burgess, Ph.D. as new STM Contextual Education Coordinator as well as Adjunct Faculty member. Gloria ran the contextual education program for Seattle University’s Organizational Systems Renewal (OSR) program for the last two years and has published noted works, including “Pass It On!”, “Leading in Complex Worlds”, “Dare to Wear Your Soul on the Outside: Live Your Legacy Now”, and “Legacy Living: The Six Covenants for Personal and Professional Excellence”. Gloria is also Founder and Managing Consultant of Jazz, Inc., an organizational support and personal development organization. We are honored to have Gloria as a part of our team. 


    AndrewDavis.jpg This past Wednesday, September 19th, STM core faculty Andrew R. Davis, Ph.D. was interviewed on 97.3 KIRO FM radio by David Ross about a new fragment found that raises questions about whether Jesus was married. Read excerpts from the live interview here or listen to audio of the interview here.



    ImamJamalRahman.jpg Last Tuesday, September 11th, Seattle's KUOW Public Radio featured Seattle University STM Adjunct Faculty member Imam Jamal Rahman, and his two "Interfaith Amigos" who have also participated in past Search For Meaning Book Festivals.
They addressed the topic of "Religion Since 9/11” on the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on New York and Washington, DC-- how interfaith dialogue has changed in the past 11 years and the challenges and growth of the Abrahamic faith communities in the United States. 


    MarkMarkuly.jpg Last Sunday, September 16th and this Sunday upcoming, September 23rd, Dean Mark S. Markuly, Ph.D. is sharing at Plymouth United Church of Christ on the role of faith in getting beyond political polarization. You can read excerpts from his talk on his blog here.


    Leticia.jpg Leticia Guardiola-Sáenz, Ph.D. was featured in the September Seattle University Magazine as well as in a special university faculty scholarship brochure. Dr. Valerie Lesniak was also noted in the magazine with her chapter there highlighted-- “Mystics and Leadership for Reform” by SAGE Publications’ new two volume work on religious leadership. View the magazine including these features here.


    ValerieLesniak.jpg Valerie Lesniak, Ph.D. has a chapter entitled "Mystics and Leadership for Reform" accepted by SAGE Publications' new two-volume work on religious leadership.



    Kinnamon.jpg  Rev. Dr. Michael Kinnamon, having joined STM this August as the Spehar-Halligan Visiting Professor of Ecumenical Collaboration in Interreligious Dialogue, was recently named 2013 Alumnus of the Year by his alma mater, the University of Chicago and its Divinity School’s Alumni Council.

    Before coming to STM, Dr. Kinnamon served with distinction as the General Secretary for the National Council of Churches from 2008-2012.  He has participated in the World Council of Churches and its assemblies since 1980 and has been deeply involved in the National Council of Churches from 1993. An ordained minister in the Disciples of Christ and the International Council of Community Churches, Rev. Kinnamon is one of the most prominent and influential ecumenical leaders and educators of our time. Dr. Kinnamon has written extensively on the ecumenical movement, most recently, The Vision of the Ecumenical Movement and How it has Been Impoverished by its Friends (Chalice Press). Kinnamon has made important contributions to two other staples of ecumenical literature, The History of the Ecumenical Movement and the Dictionary of the Ecumenical Movement.    

    MaryRoseBumpus.jpg  Mary Rose Bumpus, Ph.D. has recently transitioned from STM’s core faculty to serve as part of the leadership team for her religious community, the Sisters of Mercy (RSM). This position of leadership will last at least four years. Dr. Bumpus has been an integral part of STM's core faculty since 2004, inspiring students in classes such as of "Psycho-Spiritual Development", the "Introduction to the Art of Spiritual Direction" and more.   Dr. Bumpus has been a wonderful addition to the School, a great colleague and friend, a steady presence on the faculty and a well-respected and beloved teacher. We wish her the very best in this important transition.|
     Dr. Bumpus shared these words with us in this transition: 

    “Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry provides the most integrated educational experience I have ever encountered and serves the church and the world in ways that transform in the direction of peace, justice, and compassion.  The people and the place will always hold a special place in my heart. We live during a time in history when the educational gifts of theology and spirituality need to be present in at least some members of community leadership teams.  I believe I have been called to serve my community, the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas South Central, in this capacity.  My new responsibilities include walking with new members as they discern their on-going call to religious life; shaping decisions about our retirement centers and spearheading a project to develop a Mercy spirituality of aging, retirement, and dying; and overseeing communication endeavors. While sad at leaving the School of Theology and Ministry, I am also energized by the call to serve a community that truly embodies the compassionate action of God in the world.  Love and best wishes to you all!”



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