Dean's Monthly Memo, April 2015

Upcoming Deadlines
Grad Awards and Undergrad Scholastic Competition Nominations Due April 24

Now on Video

Alumni Profile: Megan Yerxa MACJ ’13, CACP ‘13 discusses her work as a crime analyst with Tacoma PD here.

Faculty Profile: Social Work Professor Amelia Derr on introducing her students to immigrant and refugee communities and her recent work with Seattle PD female officers and women from those communities here.



Arts and Sciences Enters into Partnership with Macau University

Dean David Powers signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Macau University of Science and Technology (MUST) that provides opportunities for MUST graduates to pursue an MPA in the College of Arts and Sciences. Under the agreement, which takes effect immediately, MUST's Senior Vice-President will nominate exceptional students for admittance into the MPA program. MUST is an English-language instruction university. Seattle University will retain authority over all admission and academic decisions related to the MPA degree program. More here

Faculty Promotions

A big shout out to the members of our remarkable faculty who have accomplished major professional milestones in regard to tenure and promotion. All of these faculty are in the midst of careers of teaching and scholarly excellence and we are proud to recognize their accomplishments and have them on our faculty. We join the Provost and President in congratulating them on their achievements in the classroom and beyond.

Promoted to Professor:
Hazel Hahn, History, and Cynthia Moe-Lobeda, Theology and Religious Studies

Tenured and Promoted to Associate Professor: Harmony Arnold, Performing Arts and Arts Leadership; Sonia Barrios-Tinoco, Modern Languages and Cultures; Molly Clark-Hillard, English; Wai-Shun Hung, Philosophy; Yitan Li, Political Science; and Richard Malleus, Communication.

Tenured: Eric Dugan, Center for the Study of Sport & Exercise   

Summer Justice Seminar for Faculty

The annual Summer Justice Seminar for faculty will run from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m, on June 17, 18, 19, 25, 26, and July 1 and 2, 2015. More than 120 faculty member have made this interactive seminar in the past 14 years in order to learn more about the Jesuit tradition of social justice issues and how to teach them in the classroom.  Stipends of $1000 will be given to faculty who participate in the seminar.  Please email co-conductors >David Leigh, S.J., and Catherine Punsalan by April 30 if you are interested in joining this faculty seminar.  

Installation of Jason Wirth as Theiline Pigott McCone Chair in Humanities Set for April 17

Plan to join Seattle University President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., Provost Isiaah Crawford, and Dean David Powers at the installation of Philosophy Professor Jason Wirth as the Theiline Pigott McCone Chair in Humanities at 4 p.m. on April 17 in Casey Commons. Following the installation, Shūdō Brian Schroeder will present “Practice-Realization: Zen Master Dogen and Original Awakening.” Schroeder, Professor of Philosophy and Director of Religious Studies at Rochester Institute of Technology, is also an ordained Sōtō Zen priest, co-director of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, and co-editor of the SUNY Press Series in Contemporary Italian Philosophy. A reception immediately follows.

Faculty Attend Events on Anniversary of Assassination of Archbishop Romero

Professors Patrick Kelly, S.J, Jeanette Rodriguez, Ted Fortier, and Jason Wirth were in El Salvador to participate in events surrounding the 35th anniversary of the assassination of Archbishop Romero.  Six Jesuits, their housekeeper, and her daughter were also assassinated. Pope Francis formally decreed Archbishop Romero a martyr for the Catholic faith. On May 23, a Mass of Beatification, an important step in the process of sainthood, will be held for Archbishop Romero.

Arts and Sciences Meet and Greet for Students on April 15

Please encourage your students to attend the Arts and Sciences Meet and Greet with Alumni on April 15, 4:30-6:30 p.m. in Casey Commons). This event offers a low key, supportive environment for students to talk with and learn from A&S alumni who have chosen diverse career paths with their major. A wide representation of local businesses will be in attendance, including the ArtsFund, Costco, Edelman, Nordstrom, Peace Corps, Russell Investments, Senator Murray’s Office, and Weber Shandwick. Appetizers will be provided. This event is sponsored by Career Services, the Alumni Association, and the College of Arts and Sciences.

Grad Awards and Undergrad Scholastic Competition Deadline April 24

The Undergraduate Student Executive Council and Arts and Sciences Graduate Council will be coordinating the Scholastic Competition and the Graduate Student Awards in April. 

Undergraduate: Encourage your students to submit their best scholarship to the Scholastic Competition by April 24 for the opportunity to win a $250 cash prize and official recognition in the A&S Awards Ceremony at the end of the year.  More information is available here.

Graduate: Graduate Program Directors have the opportunity to nominate one student from their program for the Wallace Loh Academic Excellence Award. Graduate faculty, staff, and students have the opportunity to nominate students for two additional awards: the Leadership & Professional Engagement Award and the Social Justice & Community Engagement Award.  Award recipients are recognized at the graduate commencement ceremony and are awarded a $250 prize.  Nominations deadline is April 24. More information and nomination forms can be found online at here.

Managing Student Debt, special presentations for students and alumni

On April 9, Heather Jarvis, who contributes to student debt relief policy for the House Education Committee and others in Congress and serves on the American Bar Association Task Force on Financing Legal Education, is presenting to students at two meetings: 12:00 - 12:50 p.m. in Sullivan Hall Room C5 (pizza provided) and 5 - 6 p.m. in Wycoff auditorium. Topics in the presentations include flexible repayment options and forgiveness provisions, options for managing student debt, and strategies for reducing costs, income-driven repayment plans, loan forgiveness that is not tied to employment, public service loan forgiveness, and tax issues specific to student loan borrowers.

Changes re Events with Outside Entities

A revised policy and form from Conference and Events Services concerns the handling of external events that are affiliated with campus entities (departments, student clubs, etc.), and ensures that legal guidelines have been followed to protect the university from liability.

CES previously developed a form and processes to determine whether an affiliated program should be:
1.    Declared a Seattle University event, or
2.    Considered external but should receive a discount (with rates intended to be “break even” for the university), or
3.    Given no special consideration.

CES instituted an approval process involving Jerry Huffman, the Vice President who oversees CES. After the policy was implemented, our customers found the terminology confusing and struggled with understanding it. In addition, we did not have a formal way for external programs to have facilities fees waived, which emerged as an unmet need. CES has revised that policy and the form supporting it: we have updated the language to make it clearer, added a category to allow programs to have fees waived, and revised the form to detail the requirements for each type of designation. Use the new form here. CES will continue the process of having a dean or associate vice president sign to request that programs receive discounted fees, and persons at the Associate Provost or Vice President level may sign to approve the request to have fees waived, or to designate programs as Seattle University programs. Contact Kit Morse if you have any questions.



Professor Tanya Hayes (Public Affairs /Environmental Studies) has been working with the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF) and the Global Consortium for Agricultural Research (CGIAR) to understand and address long-term trends in livelihoods, governance, and land-use change in key ecological landscapes.  As part of this effort, Hayes developed a set of data gathering tools to identify how community, regional, and national resource management rules influence land-use practices.  This data gathering tool was recently applied in Western Amazon (Peru and Bolivia) and is now being implemented in Cameroon.

In the News: Professor Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs (Modern Languages and Cultures Department and Women and Gender Studies Department) is participating in “Latino and Filipino Poets Explore Cultural Mythologies,” presented by La Sala and Pinoy Words Expressed Kultura Arts, on April 10 (7 p.m., Wycoff Auditorium) and April 11 at Seattle Public Library downtown from 1 – 4 p.m.). The artists will compare and explore cultural mythological influences, of both indigenous and shared colonial origins, on the works of contemporary Latino/a and Filipino/a poets. More here in the Seattle PI. In addition, she will be one of the judges in the Poetry Out Loud Washington State Final Competition on March 7 in Tacoma. More than 20,000 Washington high school students in 68 schools participated in the Poetry Out Loud program this year, and 13 students are in the final round. Her article about poetry in the series of Chican@/Latin@ Poets produced by Mexico's National University: UNAM is at this link.

Theatre Professor Rosa Joshi is directing John Baxter Is a Switch Hitter for the Intiman Theatre this summer. Inspired by a true story, this new comic drama explores the unlikely modern-day witch hunt that changed the course of the 2008 Gay Softball World Series held in Seattle. More here.

Psychology Professor Kevin Krycka and Professor Emeritus George Kunz published Psychotherapy for the Other: Levinas and the Face-to-Face Relationship with George Sayre (Duquesne University Press, 2015). The book, a collection of essays from scholars and practitioners, challenges many traditional elements of contemporary psychology and psychotherapy. Krycka will discuss his book at a public event on May 7 at 6 p.m. More here.

In the News: Communication Professor Sonora Jha’s op ed “Ten things I will have to do before I watch the BBC film on the Indian rapist” in the Seattle Globalist here. In addition, the Society of Professional Journalists invited her to join other journalist-authors on March 24 at the Seattle Times to talk about making the transition from journalist to author.

Philosophy Professor Yancy Hughes Dominick presented “Virtuous Images in Laws 10” at the International Plato Society's Midterm Meeting at Emory University in March 2015. He will present “Likening Small to Great: Images and Arguments in Laws 10” at the West Coast Plato Workshop at the University of Arizona in May.

Criminal Justice Professors Elaine Gunnison and Jacqueline Helfgott presented "Offender Reentry Success: Perspectives of Ex-Offenders and Community Corrections Officers" the 2015 Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences conference in Orlando Florida.

Criminal Justice Professors Stephen Rice, William Parkin, and Matthew Hickman were featured at the NYU Press blog and their associated social media outlets in an online conversation on race, ethnicity, and policing.  Parkin and Hickman joined other contributors who were included in Race, Ethnicity, and Policing: New and Essential Reading, Stephen Rice’s book co-authored with Michael White (Arizona State University). More here.

Theatre Professor Harmony Arnold is designing the costumes for Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, a musical review. Brel's music has been performed by David Bowie, Frank Sinatra, Nina Simone, Neil Diamond, Celine Dion, Nirvana, and many others. More here.

In the News: Criminal Justice Professor Stephen Rice on the topic of radicalization, specifically on the understudied role of emotions in the process, on KIRO radio here.

Professor Rob Efird, Chair of the Department of Anthropology, Sociology, and Social Work, was the guest speaker at  the March meeting of the China Club of Seattle event: “Neighbors Separated by a Mere Strip of Water - How Chinese in Japan are Changing the Relationship.” He discussed the media's focus on Sino-Japanese conflict and the impact of Chinese migrants in Japan.

Criminal Justice Chair Jacqueline was a featured presenter at the Columbia Basin Badger Club program “Mental Health and Its Collision Course with Law Enforcement,” held in March in Pasco. The panel was featured on KNDU TV here. Her article about copycat crime appeared in Aggression and Violent Behavior here.

Anthropology Professors Jason E. Miller and John K. Trainor presented at the 75th annual meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology in March. Miller spoke on "Teaching Undergraduate Applied Anthropology as a Community-Based Research Firm: A Case Study from Seattle,” and Trainor presented "It Takes More Than Skills: The Impact of Physical Context on Employment-Seeking for Veterans with Spinal Cord Injury."

In the News: Theology and Religious Studies Professor Jeanette Rodriguez on remembering Archbishop Oscar Romero, on Latin Pulse here.

College of Arts & Sciences 2015 Summer Faculty Fellowships

Congratulations to these members of our faculty who were awarded summer fellowships:

Dean’s Research Fellowship (Faculty-Student Research Project)
Rob Efird, “Cultivating Sustainability: A Museum Exhibition on (and in) Seattle’s Chinatown-International District”
Jonathan Pierce, “Changing Positions: How Information and Policy Narratives Influence Beliefs”

Faculty Research Fellowship

Sven Arvidson, “Three Studies of Reverence: Psychology, Phenomenology, Interdisciplinary Studies”
Georg Koszulinski, “Frontier Journals: Resettling the Colonial Gaze”
Trileigh Tucker, “Differential Phenomenology of Technology--‐Mediated Encounters (TME) and Direct Personal Encounters (DPE) with Wild Birds: Implications for Conservation Psychology”

Promotion Fellowship

Marie Wong, “Home Below the Line: A History of Pan-Asian Seattle and Life in the Residential Hotels”

Special thanks to the selection committee which was made up of last year’s fellowship recipients: Gabriella Gutierrez y Muhs (Chair), Molly Clark Hillard, Gary Perry, Jim Risser, and Charles Tung. The committee carefully read all the applications and made its recommendation to Dean Powers, who finalized the award decision.


Alumni in the News: Sophia Dzilenski ’13, with majors in International Studies and Spanish, is a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic. She is working to improve literacy among elementary school children and purchase books for a new school library. In the Monroe Monitor and Valley News. More here.

Alumni in the News: Alum Krina Turner, MFA '14, on "How the MFA Arts Leadership Degree Shaped My Life," a guest blog post on the Arts Leadership and Arts Administration website here.


Two Academic Advisors presented at the Region 8 National Association of Academic Advising (NACADA) conference. Tonja Brown spoke on “The heart of what we do: Deepening the advising conversation with 1st quarter college students by leveraging technology” and Laura Hauck-Vixie presented “Cross-campus collaboration for transfer student orientation to enhance success, persistence and retention.”


Award-winning poet Maged Zaher joins the faculty in the Creative Writing program for the spring quarter. His latest book is The Tahrir of Poems.  More here

Ali Altaf Mian joins the faculty in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies in September. His teaching, research, and scholarship focus on Islamic thought and Muslim societies as well as feminist studies. More here.

Nova Robinson joins the faculty in the International Studies Department in September. Her research focuses on women and gender history with an emphasis on the Middle East. More here.

Congratulations to Em Olson on the birth of Jasper James Olson on March 13. Mom and baby are doing well.  


Details are on the Campus Calendar.

April 8: Professor Christina Roberts, English and Women/Gender Studies, presents “Moving beyond the Master Narrative: Indigeneity, Ecofeminism, and the Stories that Shape Us” as this year’s Naef Scholars Last Lecture, 7:30 p.m., Bannan Auditorium.

April 8 – May 9: Art Exhibit, “After Seattle (The psychogeographic Cascadia),” co-curated with Amanda Manitach and Charles Mudede, Hedreen Gallery.

April 9: Managing Student Debt, 12 noon (Sullivan C5) and 5 p.m. (Wycoff Auditorium)

April 9: Theology and Religious Studies Professor Sharon Suh discusses her latest book, Silver Screen Buddha, 4 p.m., STCN 210. Reception follows.

April 15: Arts & Sciences Meet and Greet, a low key, supportive environment for students to talk with and learn from A&S alumni who have chosen diverse career paths with their major. Wednesday, 4:30-6:30 p.m. , Casey Commons.

April 15: Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Professors Saheed Adejumobi (History and Global African Studies), Angelique Davis (Political Science), and Gary Perry (Sociology) present their research and how it is informed by the continuing legacy of slavery 6 - 8:30 p.m., Casey Atrium.

April 16: Mission Day, “The Seattle University Educational Mission and Global Engagement: The Nicaragua Initiative,”  8:00-12:15, Connolly North Court featuring five guests from the Universidad Centroamericana in Managua including the president and members of his leadership team.

April 17 & 18:  Spring Concert: “How Can I Keep from Singing” St. Joseph Church, two performances, each at 8 p.m.

April 20: All SU Grad Programs Open House, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m., Student Center.

April 21: Spring Job and internship Fair, 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Campion Ballroom.

April 23: Art Lecture: Photography and curating by Dr. Elizabeth Brown, independent scholar and consultant, 5 p.m., Wyckoff Auditorium

April 23 - May 13: Art Exhibit: Digital Design, curated by Naomi Kasumi, Vachon Gallery. Opening Reception April 23, 4:30-8:30 p.m.

April 23 - May 28: Art Exhibit, “Imagining the World International Photography Competition” award winners and honorable mentions, Kinsey Gallery.

April 25: Giving Voice to Experience Conference, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Apr 26: SU Young Artist Competition, 6 p.m., Pigott Auditorium.

May 1: Young Artist Professional Development Seminar with Jim Kelly, 2:30 p.m.

May 1: Criminal Justice Continuing Education Event: The Biological Roots of Crime, Violence and Psychopathy, with featured speaker Adrian Raine, Richard Perry University Professor of Criminology, Psychiatry, and Psychology, 9 a.m.  - 5 p.m.

May 4: Chamber Singers Farewell Concert, 7:30 p.m., Chapel of St. Ignatius.

May 6 – 17: Theatre Presentation of Picnic by William Inge, directed by Ki Gottberg, Lee Center for the Arts.

May 7: Imagining the World International Photography Competition awards ceremony and reception, Kinsey Gallery, 5 - 7 p.m.

May 7: MAP Lecture Series: Psychotherapy for the Other: Levinas and the Face-to-Face Relationship, presented by Kevin Krycka, PsyD, 6 - 8 p.m.

May 11: Congressional Voices: A Conversation with Washington State Representatives Adam Smith and Dave Reichert, 7 p.m., Pigott Auditorium:

Save the Date
June 12: A&S Awards Ceremony, 4 – 6 p.m. Information regarding department awards, honors, and nominations for the Hickey award and the LeRoux Leadership Award will be circulated soon.

The next Dean’s Monthly Memo will publish in May. Send items for the next issue to Laura Paskin by April 20.

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