Winter 2022

Message from the Dean

Dear Arts and Sciences Alumni and Friends,

Arts and Sciences Dean David V. Powers, PhDWe started the quarter remotely due to the Omicron variant and I am proud to say our faculty, students and staff have done an amazing job both adapting to remote learning (again) and in moving back to predominantly in-person courses on January 31. Our community has done incredible work supporting each other and continuing inclusive academic excellence through the changing pandemic conditions.

As you will see below, our academic programs continue to thrive. Dr. Zachary Wood’s “Urban Public Policy” class learned the fundamentals of policy development, advocacy and legislative approval in a newly expanded experiential format. Students learning Spanish took advantage of the virtual environment to connect with Jesuit university students in Ecuador.

We’re asking for your help in continuing to support our programs. You can participate in the Seattle U Gives fundraising campaign on February 24 and you can connect with students directly through our LinkUp event, rescheduled for April 6, so that we can hold it in person.

Keep reading for more details on these and many other exciting things happening in the College of Arts and Sciences.

David V. Powers, PhD
Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

In This Issue

Engaging, Experiential Learning: Urban Public Policy

Students making a presentationSeattle University students found themselves in a deeply engaged experience connecting them directly to communities and legislative offices this past fall in Dr. Zachary Wood’s newly redesigned “Urban Public Policy” class. Students work in teams to identify a working piece of legislation as the focus of their work all term. Assignments are built upon each other to guide students through the steps of research, community engagement, legislative outreach and advocacy, and persuasive communication via different venues. “This became an incredibly fast-paced course,” he says, “and teams had to support and rely upon each other to effectively complete assignments and move their work forward.”

"This class really helped me hit the ground running during my internship this quarter with a community advocacy organization. So much of what we learned about state and local advocacy and the legislative process has been directly applicable to my work with them. My experience in class continues to help me feel more confident about contributing to policy and strategy discussions in a new professional environment." Mallory Spencer, student, Urban Public Policy

Many of the students taking the class were Public Affairs majors. However, a wide range of other majors were represented, including several students from Environmental Studies and Political Science, as well as students from International Studies; Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; and Social Work.

“I learned more from this course than any other course, and it absolutely contributed to my future career path. The experiential structure of the course was ideal, keeping me engaged for reasons beyond just getting a good grade.” Urban Public Policy student

Their projects were equally diverse. One group worked on Senate Bill 5122, which would raise the ages for children being considered criminally capable of committing a crime from ages 8 to 13 and considered a more developmentally appropriate age for criminal and carceral culpability. Another group focused on House Bill 1395, which would recognize and ensure equity in farming and agriculture in an effort to undo historical and systematic racial discrimination in farmland and farming resource distribution. A third focused on House Bill 1392 that would create a pilot program for developing a non-police response to mental health episodes seeking to de-escalate non-violent situations using mental health professionals.

Students in conversation with facultyOne of the major changes was the addition of “Present and Defend” as the format for the students’ public presentations at the end of the course.  “The places and scenarios for us to make our case to supporters can be quite diverse, and even unexpected,” Dr. Wood says, “When we are working on issue campaigns, we must be ready at any time to meet the moments, as they arise, to make our case, and each of these moments can look considerably different. Being prepared for a variety of opportunities and formats is essential.”

He continues, “Each scenario requires slightly different approaches and contains different constraints. The ‘guests’ might be busy or impatient policymakers, or grumpy dissenters, or community partners expecting new information. Students have to pay attention to who their different audiences might be for each scenario and try to plan accordingly.” Each team made their presentations in three scenarios:

  • Formal Presentation, such as presenting at a community meeting, or a campaign meeting with partners.
  • Round Table Dinner Event, which could be the casual discussion you might have at an event, or a dinner with colleagues, or even strangers (maybe even a wedding?). You have the time to start a discussion about your issue/bill, but your audience may or may not find your topic interesting. They may even be a dissenter.
  • Impromptu Meeting in the Hallway, which may be the most challenging, as we never know when these moments might arise, and can even be physically uncomfortable as you are likely standing in a random place. The impromptu nature of this meeting means that your audience might be impatient, late for the next thing, or maybe even say that to you to escape the situation.

Students in conversation with faculty“I wanted to ground the complexity of public policy in an interactive environment so that students must experience the wide range of what I called ‘the conversations already in progress’,” says Dr. Wood. “Community organizations directly impacted by policies in both positive and negative ways hold a great deal of expertise that can go unnoticed without meaningful engagement, and policy-making processes inherently have a multitude of stakeholders who claim power and authority over the policy agenda-setting progress.”

The course teaches students how to watchfully engage with these stakeholders and to understand the many perspectives and hidden impacts of decision-making. Students are also required through various projects to think about perspective and arguments outside of their own experience, whether to consider places of compatibility, compromise, or even ideal places for persuasive case-making. They cannot rely only on their own vantage point on the world around them. Working in teams (while so often lamented by students) is an essential part of this work, where students must learn and execute collective decision-making, sharing workloads, mutuality, and accountability. Additionally, this class pushed students to have to be willing to get uncomfortable in their work: calling legislators, building relationships with community organizations, and presenting and defending their work publicly in a variety of scenarios.

“The format of the course was new to me, but I appreciated being forced out of my comfort zone for a lot of these assignments and being able to dive in on one issue.” Urban Public Policy student

 Photos, top to bottom: students make formal presentations; students discuss legislation in a round table event; and students engage in an impromptu hallway meeting.

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Students meet virtually with peers in Ecuador to improve Spanish-language skills and engage in intercultural dialogues

Students on computer screens in virtual meetingIn November 2021, Seattle University students enrolled in first-year Spanish courses had the opportunity to virtually meet with students in Ecuador to improve their Spanish-language skills while engaging in intercultural dialogues. This activity was made possible as part of the dual language immersion program offered by the Association of Universities Entrusted to the Society of Jesus in Latin America (AUSJAL).

More than 30 Jesuit universities across the United States and Latin America participate in this program. This was Seattle University’s first time participating in the program, and the activity was coordinated through the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures.

Comments from the students include:

“I really liked learning about another culture. I also liked how we helped out with words that we may not have understood.”

 “I really enjoyed just being able to talk to someone who is living in another country and talk about what we like to do, eat, etc. I felt so comfortable with my partner and I had a lot of fun […] It was also to be able to say to myself, wow I can actually hold a conversation a bit and understand her for the most part.”

 “I am a little more interested in studying abroad after doing this activity. It made me feel more comfortable with speaking with native speakers. At first, I was nervous because I wasn't sure that I would know how to say everything that I wanted to communicate, but after a while, I found that I was more comfortable and confident. I also became less afraid to make mistakes.”

Also, Dr. Serena Cosgrove (Latin American and International Studies, Central America Initiative) represented SU in a Virtual Dual Immersion (VDI) webinar on the Martyrs of the Universidad Centroamericana, El Salvador. This was part of the initial and fruitful partnership of the Spanish section of Modern Languages and Cultures with AUSJAL, and with the aim of interdisciplinary collaboration between departments within our institution and with universities in Latin America. More than a hundred participants from various universities across the Americas attended this presentation. 

These two events are the beginning of a series of activities that will bring closer members of diverse academic communities across Jesuit Universities in the US and Latin America with the purpose to keep on nurturing intercultural exchanges and understanding.

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February 24: Seattle U Gives

Seattle U Gives is back for another 24 hours of extraordinary giving!

Collage of student and campus photos

Last winter, together we raised over 3,500 gifts totaling more than $575,000. Alums and friends like you played a crucial role, contributing nearly 50% of total dollars. Your incredible generosity supported every part of the SU experience: from life-changing scholarships, to essential student services, to transformative academic and athletic programs—and more!

Join us Thursday, February 24 to celebrate Seattle U Gives 2022. When we come together as a full alumni community, the combined power of our gifts—big and small—will send ripples of impact across campus, empowering today’s students with the resources and inspiration needed to build a more just and humane world.

Social Ambassadors drive the day’s success. By sharing your personal connection or unique story on social media, you can inspire others to support the area you care about most. Sign up today to receive helpful tools and resources.

Together we give, together we soar! Let’s seize this once-a-year opportunity to make a difference for the Redhawk causes closest to our hearts.

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Alumni Mentoring Students: Pathways to Professional Formation

Two women share business cardsThe College of Arts & Sciences is committed to helping each student through their lifetime journey of professional formation and discernment. We offer opportunities to deepen and broaden their understanding of their professional identity.

Our alumni play an important role in helping guide our students throughout their time at Seattle University and beyond. We are grateful for all of you who currently participate in mentoring and professional development events, and we look forward to more of you joining us. Here are two great opportunities available now.


Originally scheduled for January, we moved our annual structured, low-key networking event that connects current A&S undergraduate and graduate students with A&S alumni. By delaying the event, we hope to return to making connections in person. (We will follow all Seattle University COVID-19 protocols in place at the time of the event.)

April 6, 4:30 to 6 p.m., Student Center, First Floor

Redhawk Landing: Looking for an ongoing connection with students?

image with two people and text Redhawk LandingCommunities of support are pivotal in helping recent and soon-to-be graduates launch their careers. Since 2020, Redhawk Landing has been the dynamic tool offered to Seattle University students and alumni to help harness the power of the Redhawk network. It is an online community that nurtures purposeful and transformative connections. More than 1,000 Redhawks have already been able to connect with each other in this interactive virtual space. We welcome all Redhawks to consider sharing their experiences and insights with our students

Join Redhawk Landing today and create your user profile here; it takes only a few minutes.

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Catherine of Aragon: Infanta of Spain, Queen of England by Theresa Earenfight, PhD

While recently featured in pop culture with the new Broadway musical, “Six,” about Henry VIII’s wives, and the 2019 Starz series, “The Spanish Princess,” based on Philippa Gregory’s novels The Constant Princess and The King’s Curse, Catherine of Aragon remains an elusive subject. Despite her status as a Spanish infanta, Princess of Wales, and Queen of England, few of her personal letters have survived, and she is obscured in the contemporary royal histories. In this evocative biography, Theresa Earenfight presents an intimate and engaging portrait of Catherine told through the objects that she left behind.

Dr. Earenfight, Professor and Director of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Seattle University, shared her compelling picture of a multifaceted, intelligent woman and a queen of England in a lively conversation with Dr. Hazel Hahn, Professor, History on February 3, 2022.

News: College of Arts and Sciences Community


Bree Calhoun, Communication and Media/Strategic Communication major, was interviewed for “Bree Calhoun determined to help lead Seattle University women to success” in The Seattle Times.

Akili Kasim, Communications and Media/Strategic Communications major, was named WAC Defensive Player of the Week for the week ending November 7.

The Seattle University Debate Team hosted a set of online middle school debate tournaments. The teams were mostly from the Puget Sound area but included teams from China and British Columbia. With judges, coaches, and observers counted, we had about 700 total participants.  SU student Stacy Wood-Burgess, junior Criminal Justice, Criminology, and Forensics major, judged at the tournament. She watched debates and after deliberation announced the winner and gave feedback to the students for their improvement.

SU’s Ethics Bowl team won the NW Regional Ethics Bowl competition on November 20 for the third year in a row. Nationals are scheduled for the end of February.

Cameron Tyson, Sociology, class of 2024, guard with the SU Men’s Basketball team, was featured in the Seattle Times.

Hal Uderitz, Strategic Communications, class of 2022, was drafted by the Seattle Sounders.


Erin Naomi Burrows, MA, MFA '20, has been hired by Harvard Divinity School as a Communications Specialist in their new program, Religion and Public Life.

Shawn Baker Gibson, MFA Arts Leadership ’17, joined Hugo House as Marketing Director.

Tess Honan, MNPL and GCFL ’21, Taylor Coats, MNPL ’21, and Stephanie Velasco, MNPL ’21, and current students Mikala Lain, MNPL ’22, and Christine Consolacion, MNPL ’22 were selected to participate in the 2021 ARNOVA Graduate Diversity Scholars & Leaders Professional Development Workshop. This program focuses on helping emerging scholars prepare to enter the field of nonprofit, philanthropic, and voluntary action studies.

Gordon McHenry, BA Political Science, ’79, President and CEO, United Way King County, was included in the Puget Sound Journal’s annual list of influential Washington State leaders, along with SU President Eduardo Peñalver.

Jay Thomas, MNPL ’99, Group Health Foundation, hosted Community Conversations with Ginger Kwan, Executive Director of Open Doors for Multicultural Families.

Deidre Andrus, Bachelor in Public Administration, 1988, is a finalist for City Manager in Klamath Falls, Oregon.

Ann Barrington, Master of Nonprofit Leadership, 2017 and current Nonprofit Leadership Alumni Council Secretary, was promoted to Director of Development, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at University of Idaho. She was also recently elected to City Council for the city of Palouse, WA.

Christine Beal, minor in Creative Writing, 2019, was named Client Service Coordinator with Crown Wealth Strategies.

Karan Gill, Master of Public Administration, 2011 was promoted to Deputy Chief of Staff for the King County Executive Office.

Kendrick Glover,  BA, Criminal Justice, 2008, received King County's 2022 Larry Gossett Service Award.

John Hopkins, BA, Philosophy, 1996, was named Chief Diversity Officer at St. Martin's University.

Mari Horita, Master of Nonprofit Leadership, 1999, talked about her new role as Vice President of Community Engagement and Social Impact for the Seattle Kraken with SPort MAnagement Hub.

Elysa Hovard, Master of Nonprofit Leadership, 2015 and NPL Alumni Council member, started a new position as Development Director with Community Passageways, a BIPOC led organization leading the way in reimagining and actively creating an alternative to today’s criminal legal system through community-centered and evidence-based models.

Richard A. Jones, BA, Public Affairs, 1972, was the recipient of a 2022 Distinguished Alumni Award from St. Martin's University.

Marilyn Lopez, Master of Nonprofit Leadership, 2015, started a new position as Associate Program Officer with the Bezos Family Foundation. Marilyn is excited to apply her decade-long youth-focused nonprofit experience to the philanthropy sector and support grantmaking efforts toward adolescent learning.

Brooke McColloch, BA, Art History and Visual Art, 2025, joined Condit as an account manager.

McKenzie Mitchell, BA, Strategic Communications and Spanish, 2017, is featured in this Seattle University article, "Seattle U Alums Run Sports."

Rachel Purcell, BS, Sport and Exercise Science, 2011, will serve as the athletic trainer for the Down East Wood Ducks in her second season with the Texas Rangers organization.

Stephen Yim, Master of Public Administration, 2012, presented "Nursing Mothers Provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act" for the Seattle Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management.


Ken Allan, PhD, Associate Professor, Art History, gave his paper "Senga Nengudi, the Freeway, and the Fetish in 1970s Los Angeles" on a panel entitled "Urban Mobility and Spatial Resistances" at ASAP/12: Reciprocity--the annual conference of the Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present held virtually this year on October 27-30.  Dr. Allan serves as a board member of ASAP as secretary and the paper is part of a larger project on race, representation, and infrastructure in Los Angeles.

Kathryn L. Bollich-Zeigler, PhD, Assistant Professor, Psychology, co-authored “Do Correctional Facilities Correct Our Youth?: Effects of Incarceration and Court-Ordered Community Service on Personality Development” in the American Psychological Association’s “Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: Personality Processes and Individual Differences.

Caitlin Carlson, PhD, Associate Professor, Communication and Media, is a Center for Business Ethics Fellow in Albers. She led the conversation on ethics and the future of social media on January 27 with Siva Vaidhyanathan, Robertson Professor of Media Studies at the University of Virginia, Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. She had an article on First Amendment protections and gender pronouns accepted in the Civil Rights Law Journal. She was also an invited speaker at Louisiana State University’s Manship School of Mass Communication where she discussed the “First Amendment in the 2020s.”

Kathleen Cook, PhD, Professor and Chair, Psychology, talked about strategies for coping on KUOW’s Seattle Now podcast, “The Big dark and the big SAD are here.”

Rashmi Cordiya, PhD, Assistant Professor, Institute of Public Service, published the article entitled "A Study of Interracial Differences in Turnover Intentions: The Mitigating Role of Pro-Diversity and Justice-Oriented Management" in Public Personnel Management, a peer-reviewed public administration journal.

Elizabeth Dale, PhD, Associate Professor, Nonprofit Leadership, was quoted in the Bloomberg story, “MacKenzie Scott Keeps Donations Secret in New Giving Spree.

Rob Efird, Professor, Anthropology and Asian Studies, presented at the annual E3 Washington Conference with a panel of Indigenous and non-Indigenous educators on the theme of "The Earth is Our First Teacher: Integrating Since Time Immemorial". The panel discussed ways in which environmental education (and education about native plants in particular) dovetails with the Since Time Immemorial curriculum on Tribal history, culture, and sovereignty, which has been legally mandatory in Washington state K-12 public education since 2015.

Brooke Gialopsos, PhD, Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice, Criminology, and Forensics was appointed by the Lake Washington PTSA Council Board of Directors to the position of Lake Washington PTSA Council Emergency Preparedness Co-Chair position. She has also been appointed to serve as the Emergency Preparedness Chair at an elementary school in Lake Washington School District.

Brooke Gialopsos, PhD, Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice, Criminology, and Forensics, co-authored an op-ed, “Mass shootings: We can prevent them, reduce harm” for the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Elaine Gunnison, PhD, Professor, Criminal Justice, Criminology, and Forensics, and Director, Master of Arts in Criminal Justice, and Jacqueline Helfgott, PhD, Professor, Criminal Justice, Criminology, and Forensics and Director, Crime & Justice Research Center, are co-editors of the journal “Criminology, Criminal Justice, Law & Society.” The December issue is now available.

Elaine Gunnison, PhD, Professor, Criminal Justice, Criminology, and Forensics, and Director, Master of Arts in Criminal Justice, and MACJ alum, Andrea Giuffre, a current doctoral candidate at the University of Missouri, St. Louis published an article entitled, "Sorority Women’s Perceptions of Survivors’ Services and Justice on an Urban Campus.”

Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs, PhD, Professor, Modern Languages and Women Gender, and Sexuality Studies, was recognized in WOW2, the sister blog to This Week in the War on Women. The purpose of WOW2 is to learn about and honor women of achievement, including many who’ve been ignored or marginalized in most of the history books, and to mark moments in women’s history. It also serves as a reference archive of women’s history.

She will give a presentation at Syracuse University on "Presumed Incompetent: Vol. II", on December 14, 2021. Recent appearances and workshops include:

  • September 21, Eastern Kentucky University Poetry Reading, Professor Jose Juan Gómez-Becerra, Library reading.
  • October 8, City of Issaquah, Poetry Reading with Raúl Sánchez and Rita Wirkala in celebration of "Hispanic Poetry Night."
  • October 24, "Poesía en Tránsito,” Revista Raíces (Literary Journal), Mexico.
  • October 26, Wyckoff Auditorium: "Días de Muertos: Portals," a presentation about the significance of the days of the dead, including a poetry reading of Chicanx/Latinx poetry, read by SU students.
  • November 5, Writing Workshop "La Cultura Cura, Culture Cures" for Pajaro Arts Council
  • November 11, UCMerced, Zoom Reading for the Chicanx Literary Archive with Manuel Martín Rodríguez

Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs, PhD, Professor, Modern Languages and Women Gender, and Sexuality Studies, participated in "Poetry // Poesía," a virtual poetry reading with Elliott Bay Book Company on February 7. Reading with her were Raúl Sánchez/Tlatecatl , Angela Trudell Vazquez and Edward Vidaurre.

Steen Halling, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Psychology presented a paper, entitled "Forgiveness as the manifestation of transcendence in human relations," at the Eastern American Philosophical Association Meeting  (in Baltimore) as a member of the Society for Phenomenology of Religious Experience panel on Phenomenology of Forgiveness and Reconciliation.

Kimberly Harden, EdD, Instructor, Communication and Media, appeared on ABC24 in Memphis in “How to eliminate racism in the workplace?”

Tanya Hayes, PhD, Professor and Director, Institute of Public Service and Program Director, Environmental Studies, and Felipe Murtinho, PhD, Associate Professor and Director, International Studies, and Associate Appointments, Institute of Public Service and Environmental Studies, published an article in the journal, "Nature Sustainability", showcasing their research they have conducted over the past 12 years. "Effectiveness of payment for ecosystem services after loss and uncertainty of compensation" looks at the effectiveness of payments made to indigenous communities on the conditions that they conserve their ecosystems to provide carbon offsets, watershed protection, and other ecosystem services. The article is based on research we have conducted under two NSF grants (in addition to building on some SU and CEJS seed grants). The study examines what happens when payments start, and, when they unexpectedly stop. They find that payments can prompt sustained conservation behaviors, but caution that these behaviors need to be understood within the broader context. They also note the potential for detrimental economic impacts, particularly for poorer households, when payments stop.

Matthew Hickman, PhD, Professor and Chair, Criminal Justice, Criminology & Forensics, was quoted in “Officers found guilty of excessive force in Florida doesn't mean they lose certification” by First Coast News.

Matthew Hickman, PhD, Professor and Chair, Criminal Justice, Criminology & Forensics, was interviewed by KUOW for “Fatal police encounters in Washington fall to 5-year low.” He was also interviewed by WTSP in Tampa for ”Officers found guilty of excessive force in Florida doesn't mean they lose certification.”

Audrey Hudgins, EdD, Clinical Associate Professor, Matteo Ricci Institute, attended the annual conference of the Jesuit Migration Network - Central America/North America (RJM-CANA), held virtually on November 15, 17, and 19, 2021. She also served on the analytical team for the forthcoming RJM-CANA annual report, Escenarios Migratorios 2021. The panel "Restrictions to Mobilities in a COVID-19 Era: Persistence, Resistance, and Human Rights in Central-North America" proposed by Audrey Hudgins and several colleagues from universities in the US and Mexico, was accepted into the Migration and Refugees track of the LASA2022 Hybrid Congress: Polarización socioambiental y rivalidad entre grandes potencias taking place May 5–8, 2022 in San Francisco, California.

Audrey Hudgins, EdD, Clinical Associate Professor, Matteo Ricci Institute, resented as part of a panel titled Violaciones a DDHH y detenciones arbitrarias a personas en movilidad en Mexico / Human rights violations and arbitrary arrests of people on the move in Mexico at the V Congreso Internacional “Investigacion, Docencia y Practica Profesional de las Ciencias Sociales” / 5th International Congress "Research, Teaching and Professional Practice of Social Sciences” sponsored by the Red Internacional de Egresados de los Programas de Posgrado de El Colegio de la Frontera Norte (RedesCOLEF) in December 2021. She also held the first migration justice immersion program with Kino Border Initiative, a bi-national non-governmental organization (NGO) located in Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. The experience immerses faculty, staff, and student participants in the complexities of migration in the borderlands, with a focus on making humane, just, workable migration between the US and Mexico a reality. Offered virtually this academic year due to COVID, in person immersions are planned for future winter breaks.

Nalini Iyer, PhD, Professor, Department of English, and Theiline Pigott-McCone Endowed Chair (2020-2022), is featured in “Books: Notes on Pandemic Reading and Writing” on Khabar, one of the largest publications in the US to serve Indian Americans.

Sonora Jha, PhD, Associate Dean for Academic Community and Professor, Department of Communication and Media, was invited to be a keynote speaker at University of Northern British Columbia's conference titled "Inspiring Women Among Us (IWAU)", an annual series of events and celebrations held at UNBC that lead up to the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women on December 6. The title of Dr. Jha's talk, held on Nov. 17, was “How Feminism May Save Our Boys and Men.” Dr. Jha was also a featured in-person author at the Portland Book Festival on Nov. 13, where she was interviewed before a live audience by journalist and activist Sarah Rothenfluch. Additionally, she was a featured author at the annual Novel Nights series that raises funds for Seattle's Hugo House and was interviewed by Washington State Book Award winner E. J. Koh.

Sonora Jha, PhD, Associate Dean for Academic Community and Professor, Department of Communication and Media, and her book, “Raising a Feminist Son,” are cited in the Times News Network story, “This teenage boy wants to help your teen be vulnerable and fight toxic masculinity.” The book was also included in Seattle Met’s “A Big Seattle Reading List.”

Hye-Kyung Kang, MA, MSW, PhD, Chair, Social Work and Director, MSW Program, co-authored “Racism in the United States: Implications for the Helping Professions” (3rd ed).

Paul Kidder, PhD, Professor, Philosophy, will give a Zoom presentation for the Museum of History and Industry’s History Café on January 19 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., entitled “Minoru Yamasaki’s Place in Seattle Architectural History.” It will explore Yamaski’s University of Washington training, his influence on local architectural styles, his battle with Seattle preservationists, and the relationship between his Seattle buildings and his New York World Trade Center design. The event is free, register here.

Claire LeBeau, PhD, Associate Professor, Psychology, co-authored “Levinas, King and the Fire Fable” with Kaleb Sinclair, MAP ’21, published in “Middle Voices Vol. II.” The manuscript represents the culmination of a collaboration between Dr. LeBeau, Sinclair, and Dr. Randy Horton during 2020 and 2021, following the death of George Floyd in May of 2020. This collaboration was presented on March 20, 2021 at the 17th meeting of the Psychology for the Other Conference at Seattle University under the title, “The Fire Fable: A vision of our shared vulnerability and humanity.” It will be available on the Middle Voices website soon.

Marco Lowe, MPA, Adjunct Faculty, Institute of Public Service, was named Chief Operations Officer to Mayor Bruce Harrell’s office.

Marco Lowe, MPA, Adjunct Faculty, Institute of Public Service, is quoted in the Seattle Met article, "What Happens If Kshama Sawant Is Recalled?" He also appears in “A look at how fear drives American politics” on New Day NW.

Rachel Luft, PhD, Associate Professor, Sociology, Seattle University was awarded a $396,805 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The grant will provide support for From Transformative Practice to Transformative Movements, a project led by Dr. Rachel E. Luft, associate professor of sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences, which will convene social movement leaders to strategize how to bring transformative practice to scale in movement training, strategy development and mobilization for racial and gender justice, and to inform philanthropic practice. Collaborating on the project with Luft will be Malkia Devich-Cyril, an activist, writer and public speaker on issues of digital rights, narrative power, Black liberation and collective grief. This is Luft’s third award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, for a total of $685,364 of support since 2019.

Kira Mauseth, PhD, Senior Instructor, Psychology, will lead a forum on teen mental health in the pandemic with students and other school participants in Eastern Washington on December 7. She also discussed the neuroscience behind our motivations and behaviors during a disaster, and how the way our brains respond can influence our experience as well as promote recovery and resilience. “Anatomy of a Disaster” for the Columbia Basin Badger Club.

Kira Mauseth, PhD, Senior Instructor, Psychology, spoke about mental health and exhaustion in the workplace at the Bellevue Chamber Board of Directors meeting on January 24. She spoke with KIRO 7 for “Fatal care crashes are surging – psychologist explains why.”

Quinton Morris, DMA, Director, Chamber and Instrumental Music; Associate Professor, Performing Arts and Arts Leadership; Associate Appointment, African and African American Studies, announced his retirement from public performance in this interview with KIRO TV. "There are so many things I want to do as an artist...I've got to really focus on what's most important and what my legacy will be after I'm gone." His new radio show on KING FM, "Unmute the Voices," celebrates BIPOC artists and his nonprofit, Key to Change, supports underserved youth through world-class music instruction. Currently on sabbatical from Seattle U, he returns to the classroom next September. "I love seeing my students excel in the classroom as well as on stage."

Quinton Morris, DMA, Director, Chamber and Instrumental Music; Associate Professor, Performing Arts and Arts Leadership; Associate Appointment, African and African American Studies, talked to Naomi Ishisaka for "Orchestrating social justice: Next steps for classical music in Seattle" in the Seattle Times.

Elise Murowchick, PhD, Instructor, Psychology, published “Observation, practice, and purpose: Recalibrating curriculum to enhance professional development.”

 Kathleen Pape, PsyD, Lecturer, Psychology, authored a chapter entitled: “Emerging into a world of understanding: A hermeneutic exploration of perinatal mood disorders and clinical practice” in the book Hermeneutic Approaches to Interpretive Research: Dissertations in a Different Key.  She and the book’s co-authors presented at the 2021 Psychology & the Other Conference through Boston College in September. 

Christopher Paul, PhD, Professor, Communication, published “Apple Arcade breaks free-to-play, but not how you'd think,” an op-ed for

 Stephen Rice, PhD, Associate Professor, Criminal Justice, Criminology, and Forensics, and his research, are mentioned in “Is the fear factor overblown in police shootings?” in the Salt Lake City Tribune.

Carmen Rivera, MA, Criminal Justice, Criminology & Forensics, was elected to the Renton City Council and sworn in on November 30. She is featured in "Progressives Make Impressive Gains in South King County" on Times News Network.

Jeannette Rodriguez, PhD, Professor: Theology and Religious Studies and Couple and Family Therapy, and Director, Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture, presented “When the Clan Mothers Stand: Interreligious Dialogue and Liberation in Colonial North America” at the AAR American Academy of Religion in “Society for Hindu-Christian Studies” and the theme, “Indigeneity and Colonization in Hindu-Christian Studies.” The diverse legacies of Portuguese, Dutch and British colonial powers in India deeply inform the practice of Hindu-Christian Studies as a scholarly discipline. Less commonly explored are themes of colonization, assimilation, and the subjugation of Indigenous peoples as they manifest in both European Christianity and Sanskritic Hinduism. This panel attempts a comparative enquiry on these themes, in the contexts of India and North America. Panelists will focus on particular case studies of Christian and Hindu colonial and neocolonial programs, along with those decolonial spaces of resistance created by and/or with Indigenous peoples.

James Sawyer, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Institute of Public Service, publishes a blog on his website, “Joining the Nation.”

Patrick Schoettmer, PhD, Instructor, Political Science, hosted US Congressman Adam Smith in his “Local and State Politics” class on Monday November 22, 2021.  The Congressman and students engaged in lively discussions about how the U.S. government works.

Patrick Schoettmer, PhD, Instructor, Political Science, was interviewed by KOMO News for a story prior to the special election on recalling Councilmember Kshama Sawant.

Randall Souza, PhD, Assistant Professor, History, spoke as the annual Faculty Lecturer for the Department of Classics at the University in Washington and the Puget Sound society of the Archaeological Institute of America. The lecture, titled "'Mixed multitudes': displacement and belonging in ancient Sicily," investigates why people moved and were moved around the island of Sicily, and shows how this mobility affected the nature of community and citizenship in the populations involved.

Sharon Suh, PhD, Professor, Theology and Religious Studies, was an invited speaker and facilitator of a workshop on Embodied Mindfulness and Self Care Practice at the national United Methodist Women's Soul Care Retreat for Change Makers (Nov. 2021). Her book, "Occupy This Body: A Buddhist Memoir," was featured at an Author Meets Critics panel at the American Academy of Religion where she served as respondent (Nov 2021). She will deliver the keynote address at Pacific Lutheran University's Biennial Symposium on Healing in Spring 2022 on "Trauma-Informed Healing for Individual and Collective Trauma."

Donna Teevan, PhD, Chair and Associate Professor, Theology and Religious Studies, was interviewed by the "Catholic Sentinel," the Diocese of Portland newspaper for “Universities work to maintain Catholic identities in a secular world.”

Kirsten Moana Thompson, PhD, Professor and Director, Film Studies, Kirsten Moana Thompson has just been appointed to the “Color in Motion” Advisory Board for the newly built Academy of Motion Pictures Museum, Los Angeles. The exhibition “Color in Motion” has been funded by a Getty Award 2021-2022 and will be created at the museum in 2024.

Charles M. Tung, PhD, Professor and Chair, English, gave a lecture, “H. G. Wells’ World Brain, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin’s Noosphere, and the University at the End of the World,” on Nov. 23, 2021, Georgetown University.  The event was sponsored by Georgetown’s Future of the Humanities Project, its Humanities Initiative, and its Master’s Program in the Engaged and Public Humanities, as well as Campion Hall and Blackfriars Hall at the University of Oxford.

Charles M. Tung, PhD, Professor and Chair, English, Charles Tung, professor and chair of English, had two chapters appear in books that came out in December 2021.  “Second Modernism and the Aesthetics of Temporal Scale,” appeared in "Modernism and the Anthropocene: Material Ecologies of Twentieth-Century Literature," edited by Jon Hegglund and John McIntyre, published in Lexington’s Ecocritical Theory and Practice series, 2021.  Tung’s essay, “Posthistory Today:  Historical Time and Virality after Flusser,” was published in Understanding Flusser, Understanding Modernism, edited by Aaron Jaffe, Rodrigo Martini, and Michael F. Miller, New York: Bloomsbury Press, 2021.

College of Arts and Sciences Events: A Sampling

Graduate Program Information Sessions and Open Houses