Office of the Dean

Meet the leadership of the College of Arts and Sciences.


Dean David Powers in the library

David V. Powers, Ph.D., is serving in his fifteenth year as the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences He is also a Professor of Psychology at Seattle University.

He received his BS from Louisiana State University and his PhD from Washington University in St. Louis. He held a postdoctoral fellowship in gerontology at Stanford University School of Medicine from 1995 to 1997. His scholarly publications and clinical practice include work in the areas of psychotherapy in older adults, Alzheimer’s care giving, and mental health advocacy.

Dean Powers is deeply honored to have served as Dean and is preparing the college for a transition to the newly selected Dean-elect, Monica Casper. Dr. Casper will be joining us in August 2024, from her current position as Special Assistant to the President on Gender-Based Violence and Professor of Sociology at San Diego State University, where she previously served as Dean of the College of Arts and Letters. A highly productive and influential scholar, Dr. Casper has written and lectured extensively on gender, health, trauma and violence, among other subjects. She has authored or coauthored eight books, including Babylost: Racism, Survival, and the Quiet Politics of Infant Mortality, from A to Z, which was published in 2022, and the forthcoming Who Belongs? Institutional Betrayal in Higher Education.

Dean Powers and the College of Arts and Sciences are happy to welcome Dean-elect Casper as their new leader.

He is currently on the Executive Committee of Liberal Arts Education in Washington and was appointed to the Board of Trustees of Humanities Washington by Governor Jay Inslee in 2014. 

Dr. Powers is Past-President of the Society for Clinical Geropsychology and a member of Psychologists in Long Term Care. he served as the representative for both the American Psychological Association and Psychologists in Long Term Care to the National Coalition for Mental Health and Aging and was a founding member of the APA/ABA Assessment of Capacity in Older Adults Joint Working Group. He also served as the Aging Special Interest Group (SIG) Leader for the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy, and as the APA Liaison to the Commission on Law and Aging of the American Bar Association. Dr. Powers worked in part time private practice with Comprehensive Geriatric Services in Towson, Maryland from 1998 – 2002.

Before coming to Seattle University, he was a professor in the Psychology Department at Loyola University in Maryland from 1997 - 2009, serving as department chair 2003-09, and as president of the Epsilon of Maryland chapter of Phi Beta Kappa 2004-09.

Dean's Office Staff

  • Maria Bullon-Fernandez, PhD
    Maria Bullon-Fernandez, PhD

    Associate Dean for Arts and Humanities
    Professor, English
    Associate Appointment, Medieval Studies
    Associate Appointment Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

  • Sonora Jha, PhD
    Sonora Jha, PhD

    Associate Dean for Academic Community, College of Arts and Sciences
    Professor, Communication and Media
    On sabbatical, 2023-24

  • Kevin Krycka, PsyD
    Kevin Krycka, PsyD

    Associate Dean for Social Sciences and Professional Programs
    Professor, Psychology

  • Darozyl Touch
    Darozyl Touch

    Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice