Dean's Monthly Memo, April 2016


Dombrowski Named McGoldrick Fellow for 2016-17

Seattle University President Stephen V. Sundborg, S.J., announced that Philosophy Professor Dan Dombrowski, PhD, is the 2016-17 recipient of the McGoldrick Fellowship. Named for James B. McGoldrick, S.J., a legendary Seattle University Jesuit, the fellowship recognizes a faculty member exemplifying the mission and ideals of our institution. The McGoldrick Fellowship is the most prestigious award conferred by the university upon a member of the faculty.

Congratulations to Our Faculty!

Promoted to Senior Instructor

Vinod Acharya, Philosophy
Robert Aguirre, English
Dominic CodyKramers, Performing Arts and Art Leadership
Yancy Dominick, Philosophy
Hilary Hawley, English
Arun Iyer, Philosophy
Jennifer Schulz, English, Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies and Psychology
Hannah Tracy, English

Tenured and Promoted to Associate Professor

Alex Adame, Psychology
Susan Meyers, English
Harriet Phinney, Anthropology, Sociology and Social Work
Michael Spinetta, Psychology
Matthew Whitlock, Theology and Religious Studies

Rachel Luft, Associate Professor, Anthropology, Sociology and Social Work

Promoted to Full Professor

Elaine Gunnison, Criminal Justice
Sonora Jha, Communication
Rosa Joshi, Performing Arts and Art Leadership
Sharon Suh, Theology and Religious Studies

Reminder: Alumni Awards Ceremony on April 29

Plan to join Fr. Steve and Dean Powers at the university’s 2016 Alumni Awards Ceremony, Friday, April 29, at 6 p.m. at the Four Seasons Hotel Seattle. Award honorees from Arts and Sciences are Hollis Wong-Wear, ’09, Outstanding Recent Alumna; Cheryl Sesnon, MNPL ’03, Community Service; and Sean McDowell, PhD, Distinguished Faculty. You can register here.

Photo Competition for Students, Faculty, and Staff

In response to requests from faculty and staff, the College of Arts and Sciences has created a new, “faculty and staff” category for the 2015-16 annual Imagining the World Photo Competition. Now students, faculty, and staff from any college or unit in the University are eligible to participate in this competition which is judged by a distinguished group of professional photographers and photojournalists.

The annual Imagining the World Photography Competition highlights our participation in the global community. Now entering its ninth year, the competition has featured outstanding photographs taken by SU students studying abroad and by international students studying here at SU. We are pleased to create a new category for faculty and staff and share in your experiences through your photographs.

All SU students, faculty and staff who participated in a study abroad program (e.g., SU-sponsored program, Fulbright) during the academic year 2015-16 are invited to submit photos that address the theme: "Imagining the World." Entries should go beyond the "postcard" and express your vision and understanding of life in the host country.

  • Photographs will be judged on technical merit and how well they address the theme of the contest.
  • All photographs submitted are eligible for the exhibit at the Kinsey Gallery, open to the campus community and public during Spring Quarter.
  • The winner and honorable mention photographers will be honored at the annual Awards Ceremony and Artists Reception.
  • Student winners receive cash prizes, with a top prize of $500.
  • The award-winning faculty or staff photographer will receive a $250 gift certificate for a local restaurant.

The Call for Entries for the 2015-16 competition will go out in October 2016. This year’s exhibit and awards ceremony will take place on May 5, 5- 7 p.m. in the Kinsey gallery. For more information, go to the competition website.

New Scholarship Supports Communication Students

The Professor John R. Talevich Memorial Scholarship provides funding for a student in the Communication Department to pursue an internship related to communication studies, journalism, or strategic communications. Professor Chris Paul is the department chair.

Academic Service-Learning Faculty Fellows Applications Due April 8

If you want your students to learn through working for social justice or have considered sending your students into the community for some “hands on” experience, consider applying to become an Academic Service-Learning Faculty Fellow for 2016-17. An Academic Service-Learning Fellow receives a $1,250. Among the requirements are participation in three days of Academic Service-Learning Summer Workshops (Sept 7 – 9, 2016) and teaching the revised course during the 2016-17 academic year. Applications are due to Jeffrey Anderson, professor of education and director of the Academic Service-Learning Faculty Fellows Program, Loyola 402, by Friday, April 8.  This program is sponsored by the Center for Community Engagement and the Office of the Provost.

Call for Papers and Presentations

The Commitment to Justice in Jesuit Higher Education conference is to be held at Seattle University August 10-13, 2017. In the words of the conference organizers: “The aim of the conference is to establish a fuller and more humane conversation among all of the people who encounter one another at the intersections of global engagement, interreligious dialogue, collaboration, and social justice work. The conference thus focuses specifically on contact points where all the dimensions of our work in higher education engage with someone, something, or someplace else. Whether the specific intersections are geographical, cultural, environmental, economic, historical, spiritual, religious, or social, we meet others where we and they are.  And in the process, even in asymmetrical encounters, mutual transformation becomes possible.”

If your teaching, research, or program leadership explores issues related to the Jesuit mission commitment of “the service of faith and the promotion of justice” and you are interested in sharing your scholarship, best practices, and program innovations with nearly 400 colleagues from across the Jesuit university system in the United States and beyond, consider a submission in response to the Call for Papers and Presentations, which is due May 20, 2016. 

Call for Papers and Presentations – Long form: Justice 2017 long here.
Call for Papers and Presentations – Short form: Justice 2017 short here.

For more information please contact the Office of Jesuit Mission & Identity, or you can visit the website for the Commitment to Justice in Jesuit Higher Education here.

Summer Justice Seminar Registration Now Open

Faculty are invited to join the annual Summer Justice Seminar.  Over 125 faculty members have made this interactive seminar in the past fifteen years in order to learn more about the Jesuit tradition of social issues and how to teach them in the classroom.  The seminar will run from 1:00—3:30pm on Mondays, Wednesday, and Thursdays, June 20, 22, 23; 27, 29, 30, and July 6,7.  Stipends of $1000 will be given to faculty who participate in the seminar.  Books, handouts, and refreshments provided. To reserve a place in this seminar, please email Professor David Leigh, SJ, or Professor Jessica Ludescher Imanaka by April 29.


In the News: "A New Era at Seattle University's Experimental Art Gallery" is a feature story about the Hedreen Gallery in the Stranger here.


In the News: Criminal Justice Professor Matt Hickman on a database of problem police officers, on ABC News here. The article also appeared in the Seattle Times.

In the News: Theatre Professor Ki Gottberg is the subject of the cover story "Ki Gottberg: Breaking down Walls through Theatre." She is also the artistic director at the Merc Playhouse. More here.

In March, Theology and Religious Studies Professors Jeanette Rodriguez and Patrick Kelly, SJ, along with Assistant Dean Michael Trice and Professor Leticia Guardiola-Saenz of the School of Theology and Ministry and Law Professor Russell Powell presented at a half-day conference on Pope Francis's Laudato Si encyclical at the Universidad Centroamerica, the Jesuit University in Managua, Nicaragua. The conference, which drew nearly 500 people, was organized by the UCA in partnership with Seattle University Office of Mission and Ministry. The presenters discussed the encyclical from ethical, ecumenical and interfaith perspectives.

In the News: Institute of Public Service Professor Marie Wong was interviewed by Dominic Black about the history of SRO hotels and the people who lived in them in HistoryLink. "Historic South Downtown Oral Histories: Marie Wong Discusses Her Research on Seattle's SRO Hotels and the Men and Women Who Lived in Them" is at this link.

Sociology Professor Jodi O'Brien published the 6th edition of her widely used text, The Production of Reality. Designed for college students, the collection of readings examines the concept of the self and the forces that shape one’s life, thought, and actions. Included in the book is the article “Establishing the Scene in Steampunk Live-Action Role Play,” written by Sociology Professor Mark. Cohan.

In the News: Communication Professor Caitlin Ring Carlson on hate speech, in the Seattle Times here.

In the News: Theatre Professor Rosa Joshi, acting chair of the Performing Arts and Arts Leadership Department, is directing "Bring Down the House," an epic 2-part adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry VI plays. The two parts, performed in repertory, are a collaborative effort between Seattle Shakespeare Company and upstart crow collective and feature an all-female cast. January 24 - March 12, 2017. More here.

President Sundborg has granted the honorary title of Professor Emeritus to Professor Paul Milan, Modern Languages and Cultures, upon his retirement from the university at the conclusion of this academic year.

Communication Chair Chris Paul presented "The Real Fantasy Football: Fantasy Premier League, Skill, Sports, and Games" with Olli Sotamaa (University of Tampere, Finland) at the national Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association meeting held in Seattle in March. Later this month, he will present "Performing Masculinity: Free-to-Play and Money" and, with Mia Consalvo (Concordia University, Montreal), "Value Crafting: Indie Game Developers and Risk Management" at the Money and Games 12th Annual Game Research Lab Seminar in Tampere, Finland.

Fellowships Announced

Congratulations to these members of the faculty upon receiving fellowships:

Dean’s Research Fellowship (Faculty-Student Research Project)

  • Tom Taylor, “Journeys in World History”
  • Caitlin Carlson, “Trim the Ribbon: Reconsidering the Ethics of Breast Cancer Fundraising Campaigns”

Faculty Research Fellowship

  • Mary Kay Brennan, “Social Cognitive Theory and Self-Reflection: Adding to the Art of Evidence-based Practice”
  • Beatrice Lawrence, “A Study of Campus Rape Culture”
  • Heath Spencer, “Good Intentions and Disastrous Choices: the Thuringian Volkskirchenbund, the Nazi Revolution, and völkisch conceptions of Christianity”

Promotion Fellowship

  • Naomi Kasumi “Ritual, Memory, Memorial & Contemporary Art Practice”

Special thanks to the Selection Committee, which was made up of last year’s fellowship recipients: Rob Efird (Chair), Trileigh Tucker, Georg Koszulinski, Sven Arvidson, and Jonathan Pierce. The committee carefully read all the applications and made its recommendation to Dean Powers, who finalized the award decision.


In the News: Special thanks to alumnus Bryan Miller, co-owner of Naked City Brewery & Taphouse in Greenwood for jumping into action and holding a big fundraiser at  the tavern last night to help those affected by the massive explosion in Greenwood. More here.

Line Sandsmark, MFA in Arts Leadership class of 2012, is the new executive director of Shunpike. Sandsmark most recently served as managing director of Northwest Film Forum, and her appointment concludes a national search for a seasoned nonprofit arts leader. As executive director, Sandsmark will lead Shunpike in its work supporting the grassroots arts sector, including the 160+ arts groups it serves directly.

In the News: Claude DaCorsi, MPA class of 2011, who has been appointed to the Washington State Affordable Housing Advisory Board by Governor Jay Inslee. DaCorsi has been a member of the Auburn City Council since January 2014. He has more than 20 years of experience in public works procurement and contract administration. In 2015 he retired as the director of Capital Construction for the King County Housing Authority. More here

In the News: Journalist Glenn Nelson '80 joins the staff of High Country News. Details here.


Senior English Honors student Grace Goodwin received the award for Best Critical Paper at the 2015 Northwest Undergraduate Conference on Literature for her essay “The Liberation of Queerness: De-colonizing Time and Space in Ellison’s Invisible Man and King’s Green Grass." She and five other English students presented at the conference. More here.

Public Affairs student Sydney Allen is a recipient of the Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Summer Institute Fellowship.  PPIA seeks out high-potential undergraduate students from universities across the country to participate in an intensive seven-week Junior Summer Institute (JSI) before their senior year. During their program, fellows are equipped with the knowledge and skills they will need to succeed in graduate school and ultimately, in influential roles serving the public good.

Transfer Students Inducted into Tau Sigma Honor Society

On March 1, 44 College of Arts and Sciences students were formally recognized for induction into the Tau Sigma National Transfer Student Honor Society. Candidacy for membership in the Seattle University chapter of Tau Sigma is granted to those students who have transferred to Seattle University having completed at least one year at a prior institution and earned an exemplary grade point average during their first term at SU. 

Please congratulate the following Arts and Sciences students:
Jennifer Bacon, Gemma Balinbin, Nathan Clark, Trinity Covington, Alexandra Cross, Elena Degel, Victoria Derr, Catherine Dodd, Olivia Donahue, Mariah Edwards-Heflin, Kirsten Eldridge, Barsha Emdad, Amber Freiberg, Matthew Garcia, Broc Gates, Nicole Harvey, Parker Hurst, Lindsey Kaner, Sanie Keller, Heidi King, Julian Lepke, Zara Lipman-Soares, Jason McCue, Chris Mercurio, Kathy Mutchler, Madeline Paddock, Holt Perkins, Andrew Price, Daniel Reidy, Madeline Ross, Kelci Schaeffer, Emily Safford, Tanaporn Sittisawassakul, Vincenza Standridge, Brandon Thompson, Lester Tobias, Quan Tran, Svetlana Ustemchuk, Triniti Veach, Olivia Waham, Scott Wanner, Eric Weber, Michelle Widianto, and Paige Wolfe.

Graduate Students Inducted into Alpha Sigma Nu Honor Society

Congratulations to these graduate students who will be inducted into Apha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit Honor Society, on April 5:
MACJ: Jennifer Elizabeth Burbridge, Devan Michael Duenas, Caitlin Mary Healing
MAP: Neshia Nafouaina Alaovae
MFA: Roland Christian Carette-Meyers, Elena Rose Chernock, Stephanie Ellen Reisfeld
MPA: Lindsay K. Cael, Laura R. Crandall, Christine R. H. Park, Eleen Trang, Millena Williams
MSAL: Wyatt Pearson


Welcome Gaby Cabeza

The Dean’s Office welcomes our new student worker at the front desk, Gaby Cabeza. She is a transfer student from University of Florida and began her studies at Seattle University in Fall 2015 as an Environmental Studies major. She is also on the Seattle University rowing team. Gaby brings a bright smile and enthusiasm to the office! We are happy to have her. Please welcome Gaby to our front desk team!

Use It or Lose It

Please remember that only a portion of unused vacation may be carried over after the June 30 fiscal year-end. As of July 1, any unused vacation that exceeds the annual award (plus 5 extra days) will be forfeited. For example, if your annual award is 10 days (75 hours) you can carryover up to 15 days (112.50 hours) of vacation to the next fiscal year. Any hours over the maximum accrual allowed will be forfeited if not used by the end of the fiscal year.

Now is an appropriate time to discuss your year-end vacation situation with your supervisor. Your current vacation balance is available on SU Online as part of your electronic pay advice. 

Also, June is the month to correct payroll records if you haven’t reported all of your vacation and/or sick leave for fiscal year 2015-2016. Please deliver your exception leave report to the Payroll Office, 1218 East Cherry Street, by June 15.

For exempt staff only: Time off for exempt staff is recorded in full-day increments only.  Be sure to record your time away on the Leave Report for Exempt Staff form. Supervisor approval for time off is required. Please be sure to submit your report in a timely manner. Please email if you have any questions.


Details are on the Campus Calendar.

April 5: Bill McKibben, bestselling author and environmental activist, will be interviewed by Institute of Public Service Director Larry Hubbell and multimedia journalist Joni Balter. 6 – 8 p.m., Campion Ballroom

April 9: Accepted Student Open House  May 15 for transfer students

April 13: Resume Lab, hosted by the Center for Career Services, 12:30-2:00 pm, Resource Hub (STCN 110) for College of Arts & Sciences students

April 13: “Quiet Crisis: Telling the Stories of Vulnerable Families. Professor Barry Mitzman, director of the Center for Strategic Communications, shares lessons learned about effective and responsible advocacy to raise public awareness and understanding of family homelessness in the Puget Sound region. 6 – 8 p.m. Casey Commons.

April 18: All SU Grad Programs Open House, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m., Student Center

April 21: Dean’s Coffee Hours, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m., Casey Atrium

April 21:  2016 Spring Job and Internship Fair, from 11 am – 2 pm.

April 21- May 27: Imagining the World International Photo Exhibition, Kinsey Gallery

April 22 - May 11: Digital Design Exhibition, Vachon Gallery
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 21, 2016, 4:30 -7:30 p.m.

April 29: Alumni Awards Celebration, 6 – 9 p.m. Four Seasons Hotel.

April 29 – 30: Choir Spring Concert: “All Our Loves,” 8 p.m.

May 5: Imaging the World International Photo Exhibition Awards Ceremony and Reception, 5 -7 p.m. Kinsey Gallery

May 5: Master of Nonprofit Leadership Information Session, 5:30 p.m., Casey 516

May 5 – 15: Theatre presentation, “Women of Troy,” Lee Center for the Arts

May 9: "Mend the Gaps: Societal Healing in Polarized Times," the annual Ann O’Hara Graff Lecture featuring Sister Simone Campbell,  Executive Director of NETWORK, a national Catholic social justice lobby. 7 p.m.

May 15: Accepted students open house for transfer students

May 17: A&S Career Day

Save the Date

June 3: All College Day

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