Faculty News, October 2021

Written by Karen L. Bystrom
October 18, 2021

Claudia Bach, MA, Lecturer, Arts Leadership, developed “An Arts Guide to Federal Disaster Relief” for National Coalition for Arts’ Preparedness and Emergency Response (NCAPER) with support from the NEA and Mellon Foundation. The guide was created to help demystify federal disaster relief for the arts and culture sector by helping artists and arts organizations see what’s available, understand clearly what isn’t available, and decide if pursuing federal aid is a good use of time.

Hidy Basta, PhD, Director, Writing Center, contributed a chapter to the new book, “Pedagogical Translanguaging,” titled "Beyond Welcoming Acceptance: Re-envisioning Consultant Education and Writing Center Practices Toward Social Justice for Multilingual Writers." This book supports writing educators on college campuses to work towards linguistic equity and social justice for multilingual students. It demonstrates how recent advances in theories on language, literacy, and race can be translated into pedagogical and administrative practice in a variety of contexts within US higher educational institutions. The chapters are split across three thematic sections: translingual and anti-discriminatory pedagogy and practices; professional development and administrative work; and advocacy in the writing center. The book offers practice-based examples which aim to counter linguistic racism and promote language pluralism in and out of classrooms, including: teacher training, creating pedagogical spaces for multilingual students to negotiate language standards, and enacting anti-racist and translingual pedagogies across disciplines and in writing centers. You can receive a 50% discount on the book through November 30 by using the discount code LJC50 when you order here.

Caitlin Carlson, PhD, Associate Professor, Communication and Media, was interviewed by KOMO 4 News for “Facebook whistleblower raises questions about safeguards, regulations for platforms.”

Rebecca Cobb, PhD, LMFT, Assistant Clinical Professor and Clinical Coordinator, and Christie Eppler, PhD, LMFT, Program Director and Professor, both from Couples and Family Therapy, co-authored “Epistemological Intersections of Buddhism and Narrative Family Therapy,” with Sarah Bien and Perry Thomas Wright. Researchers conducted a focus group to explore the epistemological intersections between Buddhism and narrative family therapy (NFT). The data's themes indicate areas of overlap as well as potential disconnect regarding NFT's systemic understanding, evolving stories, and empowering epistemologies. These areas of convergence and divergence point to possibilities for the meaningful incorporation of Buddhist teachings and principles within the context of spiritually integrated NFT practice.

They also co-presented at two conferences:

  • "The Virtual Reflecting Team: A Milan Approach to Systemic Teletherapy Intervention," withvMACFT students Sam Camera and Maleigha Rogge and alumni Camille Chapin Stephanie Brownell, Washington Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Conference, Seattle, WA. 
  • "MFT as Leader?," American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy’s Leadership Symposium.

Dr. Eppler also presented “Intersectionality within Collectivist Couples,” American Family Therapy Academy Annual Conference, Virtual.

Dr. Cobb was eleccted the chair of the Elections Council at the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Mark Cohan, PhD, Associate Professor and Chair, Anthropology and Sociology, completed a collaborative research project with alum Jasmine Waland, Humanities for Teaching and Sociology, with a minor in Psychology, ’19, and Laura Titzer, Northwest Harvest, publishing “Sharing Power, Building Community: Strategies for Improving Nutrition Education at Food Pantries.”Based on interviews with food pantry customers and professionals working in the emergency food system, the report identifies how customers and professionals, each in their own way, believe that food pantries and the larger emergency food system can be transformed to be a force for food justice. More information will be available soon in an Arts and Sciences news story.

He was also interviewed for the KUOW Radio Active story, “How the pandemic gave me courage to explore my feminine side.”

Serena Cosgrove, PhD, Associate Professor, International Studies, and her work with the Central America Initiative, is featured in this SU Newsroom story, "."

Theresa Earenfight, PhD, Professor, History and Director, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program,  participated in “Image, Object, and Meaning in the Medieval and Early Modern Worlds,” a virtual author panel on October 8, talking about her new book, “Catherine of Aragon: Infanta of Spain, Queen of England,” coming out December 8. You can watch the discussion here. She also appeared on the podcast, "Not Just the Tudors," on History Hit.

Randy Engstrom, Adjunct Faculty, Performing Arts and Arts Leadership, was recently featured on the Grantmakers in the Arts podcast, where he moderated a panel conversation about the American Rescue Plan Act and about how artists can be centered in our recovery from COVID.  Randy was joined in this conversation by a panel that included Deborah Cullinan, CEO of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts; Gonzalo Casals, commissioner of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; and Emil Kang, program director for arts and culture at the Andrew Mellon Foundation.

Kimberly Harden, EdD, Instructor, Communication and Media, was interviewed for “Aux États-Unis, Le Combat Inachevé De La Diversité” in the French magazine, Strategies.

Jacqueline Helfgott, PhD, Professor, Criminal Justice and Director, Crime & Justice Research Center,

Recent media interviews:

The final two are associated with the book she has coming out in 2022 “Copycat Crime: How Media, Technology, and Digital Culture Inspire Criminal Behavior and Violence” (Praeger/ABC-CLIO).

She also contributed “Chapter 1: History of Forensic Psychology” to the book Clinical Forensic Psychology: Introductory Perspectives on Offending, Garofalo, C., Sijtsema, J. J. (Eds.) (2022).  The chapter is co-authored by MACJ student Joslyn Wallenborn, who is also the managing editor for the journal, Criminology, Criminal Justice, Law & Society, the 2021-22 graduate Blume Criminal Justice Scholar, and works at the WA State Attorney General’s Office. 

As part of the Seattle Police Department’s Micro-Community Policing Plans, the research team, including MACJ students Alex Dvorsky and Shannon Christensen; MACJ/JD student Cierrah Loveness; and undergrad CJ student JT Melbourn completed 15 virtual community-police dialogues conducted from May 2021 to August 2021. The dialogues brought together community members and police personnel who participate in discussions using a restorative dialogue format to discuss the 2020 Seattle Public Safety Survey findings, their current concerns about public safety, harms they have experienced related to issues of public safety, and ways to work together to create positive change to improve capacity for public safety in Seattle. The dialogues included more than 100 community members and 100 police personnel across the 15 dialogues (three in each of the five SPD Precincts). The SPD MCPP Research Team is currently working on a report on the findings of the dialogues and preparing for the administration of the 2021 Seattle Public Safety Survey from October 15 to November 30, 2021. Dr. Helfgott spoke with KCPQ about the upcoming survey for "Annual public safety survey for people who live and work in Seattle starts Oct. 15."

The department held the annual Crime & Justice Advisory committee meeting on September 24 and released the 2021 Advisory Committee Annual Report. This was the second year that the meeting was held virtually. The Department of Criminal Justice, Criminology, & Forensics Crime & Justice Advisory Committee is comprised of 140 representatives from 60 agencies who work with our students and faculty in collaborative partnerships to provide internships, research assistantships, guest presentations in classes, and serve as mentors. The updated advisory committee list and our department’s  and prior annual reports can be found here.

Audrey Hudgins, EdD, Clinical Associate Professor, Matteo Ricci Institute, , with students Hallie Evans and Craig Verniest, collaborated with Fundación Esperanza de Mexico (FEM) on a Community-based Participatory Action Research (CBPR) project in the 2020-2021 academic year. Published this fall, the report, titled “A Study on Empowerment in the Fondos de Ahorro para Vivienda (FAV) of Fundación Esperanza de México (FEM),” contributes to organizational understanding of the role empowerment plays in their work of community development across the colonias in Tijuana, Mexico. The project was funded by a College of Arts & Sciences Student Assistantship. This assistantship also supported the development of a resources list for the organization which will enable connections to US-based organizations that have the capacity to support its work, which has suffered significant setbacks during the COVID-19 pandemic.

She also started an immersion program focused on migration justice in partnership with Kino Border Initiative, a bi-national non-governmental organization (NGO) that works in the area of migration and is located in Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. Offered annually, this variable credit course immerses students in the complexities of migration in the borderlands, with a focus on making humane, just, workable migration between the US and Mexico a reality. The immersion also provides a personal lens through which to critically reflect on student’s own aspirations for social change and global citizenship.

Sonora Jha, PhD, Professor, Communication and Media, published "American men are facing a silent epidemic: Their loneliness," in Desert News.

Rosa Joshi, MFA, Professor, Theatre, will direct King John by William Shakespeare in Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s 2022 season. The production will feature a cast of women and non- binary people and is produced in association with her company, upstart crow collective. 

Wingate Packard, MA, Adjunct Faculty, English, reviewed “The Lincoln Highway” by Amor Towles for the Seattle Times.

Christopher Paul, PhD, Professor, Communication, published a review of the book, “Intersectional Tech: black users in digital gaming,” for Critical Studies in Media Communication.

Casey Watkins, PhD, CSCS, Lecturer and Strength and Conditioning Coach, Kinesiology, co-authored “Peak fat oxidation is positively associated with vastus lateralis CD36 content, fed-state exercise fat oxidation, and endurance performance in trained males.”