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Dr. Nova Robinson was voted "Teacher of the Year" by the students in the College of Arts and Sciences in 2019. The students who nominated her for the award observed she "truly cares about teaching us as well as learning from us as students” and emphasized that her teaching style "helped me become a better feminist, writer, researcher, and student.” In addition to being a dedicated teacher, Dr. Robinson is an active scholar. Her first book manuscript Truly Sisters: Arab Women and International Women’s Rights will come out in late 2020. For more information on Dr. Robinson’s course offerings see her departmental web page. Congratulations, Dr. Robinson!

Nova Robinson International Studies Professor
Michael Ninen

Michael was awarded the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Mexico. He will be graduating with majors in International studies and Spanish, as well as a minor in Latin American Studies. Michael hopes to incorporate a culturally responsive pedagogy in the classroom to establish a common ground learning environment that serves all types of students. Upon returning to the United States, he would like to aim for a career with the foreign service as a public diplomacy officer.

Michael Ninen | International Studies and Spanish 2020
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The International Studies Department’s Noel Brown Award is named in honor of Noel J. Brown, graduate of Seattle University and Yale University and retired director of the United Nations Environment Program. This award is presented to the graduating student with the highest GPA in the major. This year it is shared by Monica McKeown, Andrew Orita, and Natalie Ramos.

Noel J. Brown Award
Serena and Marina

Dr. Serena Cosgrove has been awarded a Fulbright award to teach and conduct research in Guatemala in 2021. Pictured here with her co-Principal Investigator, Dr. Tzul Tzul, in Santa María Chiquimula, Guatemala, Cosgrove plans to teach at the Rafael Landívar University in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala and finish a research project with Dr. Tzul Tzul about Guatemalan women's leadership to end gender-based violence. The research project has involved multiple professors and students from Seattle University and the Rafael Landívar University over the past couple of years.

Serena Cosgrove International Studies Professor
Marc McLeod Photograph

Congratulations to Marc McLeod, the 2020 recipient of the Outstanding Teaching Award in the College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. McLeod personifies Seattle University’s commitment to educating students. He willingly takes on numerous independent studies and supports University initiatives such as the Tijuana project because he believes in the mission of Seattle University and cares about students. As one of his former students says, "Prof. McLeod was incredible. One of the best professors I have ever had. I will be highly recommending his courses even with the 8 am meeting time."

Marc McLeod History Professor/Interim International Studies Director