The latest news from College of Arts and Sciences Faculty

Written by Karen L. Bystrom
December 9, 2019

Larry Hubbell, PhD, Director, Institute of Public Service, and Jodi Balter, IPS Professional in Residence, talked with Seattle Mayor Durkan in the event “Maintaining Livability in a Boomtown: Conversation with Mayor Jenny Durkan.” KIRO TV broadcast the event on Facebook live. The video post was seen by 26,034 people in their Facebook news feed, 4,140 people engaged with the post (likes, comments, shares), and just over 11,000 people stayed to watch at least part of the video. The program video is now available on The Seattle Channel. View it here.

Serena Cosgrove, PhD, International Studies and Central America Initiative, and Shayan Chisti, International Studies and Spanish, ‘19, co-wrote an essay for Routledge’s Sustainable Development Goals Online collection. Core essay: Sustainable Development Goal #1 and Capabilities - Gender-Based Violence in Guatemala. Tayor & Francis, July 2019. Available here.

Aakanksha Sinha, PhD, Social Work, with the support of students, Thomas Kravitz, MSW ‘19 and Margaret Bolger, MSW ’20, conducted a needs-assessment for 47 affordable housing buildings managed by Capitol Hill Housing that culminated in a two-day Resident-Driven Advocacy workshop.

Dr. Sinha’s restaurant, Spice Waala, a social impact business, was recognized as a “Top 10 Bites” by the Seattle Times; read the article here. Recently, based on the growing concerns around access to food, the restaurant conducted a “Pay it Forward” event where any customer could donate $1 towards a free meal for any college student.

Elaine Gunnison, PhD, and Jacqueline Helfgott, PhD, are co-editors of "Criminology, Criminal Justice, Law & Society" and the latest issue is available online.

“Unsettling Femininity,” the exhibition at the Frye Museum curated by Naomi Hume, PhD, Art and Art History, is reviewed in Apollo: The International Art Magazine. Read the review here.

Rob Efird, PhD, Anthropology and Asian Studies, gave a presentation at the 6th National Nature Education Forum in Wuhan, China on October 26, at the invitation of WWF China. The talk, entitled "Ethnobotanical Gardens and Biodiversity Education,” showcased our own Seattle University taqwsheblu Vi Hilbert Ethnobotanical Garden.

Kirsten Moana Thompson, PhD, Film Studies, published  "Live Electrically with Reddy Kilowatt, Your Electrical Servant" in Animation and Advertising: eds. Malcolm Cook and Kirsten Moana Thompson, London and New York: Palgrave, 2019; 127-145. She also presented "Kanaka Maoli Childhood, Epistemologies, and Futurity", at the American Studies Conference, in Honolulu, Hawaii, November 7 through 10.

The English Department’s current Distinguished Writer in Residence, memoirist Theo Nestor, published the Seattle Times Op-Ed, “Anita Hill and Christine Blasey Ford, a through line of courage and faith.” Read it here.

Sven Arvidson, PhD, Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies, published “How Can Sartrean Consciousness Be Reverent” in Sartre Studies International. This peer-reviewed article articulates a connection between Sartre’s early work and virtue ethics, especially focusing on reverent awe. Read it here.

Sharon Suh, PhD, Theology and Religious Studies, presented “Mindfulness and Trauma-Embodied Healing” at the Compassionate Leadership Summit, November 8-9. Her session was highlighted in the Forbes article, "Personal Reflections on a Compassionate Leadership Summit." Read the article here.

Elise Murowchick, PhD, Psychology,recently participated in a symposium, “Predicting successful academic performance and degree completion: The roles of persistence, resilience, and academic skills”. The Symposium was conducted at the meeting of National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) 81st Annual Conference, November 20-23, 2018, Fort Worth, TX.

Steen Halling, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Psychology, recently presented a paper entitled “On receiving unexpected gifts: Reflections on first-hand accounts of spiritual experiences” at the second regional conference of the Society for the Phenomenology of Religious Experience, Valparaiso University, IN, October 11, 2019

Stephanie Neill, PsyD, Psychology, presented a paper entitled, "Ecology in Spiritual Counseling" at the Los Angeles Symposium on Ecologically Informed Theological Education, November 3-5, 2019.

Kira Mauseth, PhD, Psychology, was appointed a team lead for a new program that the WA State Department of Health is developing; the creation and deployment of rapid response teams throughout the state that can help local groups prepare for and respond to all manner of critical incidents or disasters. Dr. Mauseth will be working with two other team leads on team development, training and deployment.

Elizabeth Dale, PhD, Nonprofit Leadership, received a grant from the Ford Foundation for $41,641.  Her project, entitled “Deepening Community Participation: A Case Study of the Pride Foundation’s Transition to Broad-based Participatory Grantmaking,” was one of nine projects awarded nationally.  Elizabeth will study the process by which a community foundation (Pride) transitions to a participatory grantmaking practice to better understand the challenges and opportunities this shift in organizational strategy presents, the questions it surfaces for the foundation, and the effectiveness of the foundation’s change management strategy.

Patrick Schoettmer, PhD, Political Science, was interviewed for the Crosscut article, “Seattle PACs spent $4 million on the election. Who got paid?” Read it here.

Ruchika Tulshyan, MS, Communication, was interviewed in the Seattle Times article, “Celebrating religious and cultural holidays at work, inclusively.” Read it here.

Audrey Hudgins, EdD, Becky McNamara, PhD, and Maria Tedesco, PhD, of Matteo Ricci Institute attended the American Association of Colleges and Universities (ACC&U) Institute on Civic Prompts in the Major: Designs in Social Responsibility and the Public Good at Loyola Chicago in mid-November. Small faculty-staff teams from 15 colleges and universities across the nation came together to draw on national consultants and the community of faculty with the goal of envisioning ways to embed civic learning across the structure, concepts, and pedagogies of undergraduate curricula. MRI’s focus was on its Peace and Justice Studies Core Curriculum and its three-year Humanities degree. Participants explored innovative designs that are intended to foster equity, social responsibility, and public-mindedness as an integral dimension of students’ specialized area of study.

Ben Howe, PhD, Matteo Ricci Institute, Audrey Hudgins, EdD, and Becky McNamara, PhD, had their roundtable session proposal, “Transforming the Western Canon into a Social Justice Canon: Successes and Challenges in Building a Peace & Justice Core Curriculum” accepted to the 20th Anniversary Justice in Jesuit Higher Education Conference to be held June 3-6, 2020 at Georgetown University. The roundtable will offer participants the opportunity for discussion and reflection on the successes and challenges of designing and implementing a transdisciplinary global humanities core curriculum built on a foundation of peace and justice studies.

Audrey Hudgins, EdD; Tammy Liddell, Director of Seattle University Campus Ministry; Ernesto Aquilar-S, executive director of Fundación Esperanza de Mexico; Felicia Islas, executive director of Esperanza International; Alexa Montenegro, Senior, Humanities for Leadership; and Hillary Sturgeon, Class of 2019 International Studies, had their workshop session proposal “From Mission to Magis in Mexico: Using the Ignatian pedagogical paradigm to enhance short-term service/immersion programs and their long-term impacts” accepted to the 20th Anniversary Justice in Jesuit Higher Education Conference to be held June 3-6, 2020 at Georgetown University. The workshop will use the Ignatian pedagogical paradigm to accompany participants in reflection on their own planned or existing short-term international service-learning programs, and foster idea sharing, community building and lessons learned.

Marco Lowe, MPA, Institute of Public Service, was interviewed about the November elections and impeachment proceedings on KING 5's New Day. Watch the video here.

Jacqueline Helfgott, PhD, Criminal Justice, was quoted in the Seattle Times article, “Magnolia residents’ AI-powered surveillance camera tracks people, cars at entrance to neighborhood, experts caution bias.” Read the article here.