Dean's Monthly Memo, February 2015

Upcoming Deadlines
Course Packs
To submit a course pack, please read and complete the Course Pack Request Form and submit via e-mail to Luke Ware, Copyright Coordinator, x2308. If you are unable to meet the below deadlines, your course pack will not be ready by the start of the quarter and you may be referred to outside services.
Deadlines for Spring Quarter 2015
New Course Packs (all new material): February 2   
Repeat Course Packs (with changes): February 16  
Repeat Course Packs (no changes): March 2

Advising, Priority Registration, and Withdrawal Dates

Jan. 26-Feb. 13: 15WQ Advising Period
Feb. 17-20: 15SQ Priority Registration Period
Friday, Feb. 20: 15WQ Withdrawal Deadline

 A&S Faculty Research Fellowships, Promotion Fellowships and Dean’s Research Fellowships for 2015: Feb. 20


Now on Video

Communication Professor Rick Malleus discusses his personal experiences and research on issues facing students when they return home after studying abroad. Article and video here.

Students Ella Youtsey (Spanish and International Studies), Sara Haugen (Spanish, International Studies, and Nonprofit Leadership), and Taylor Denton (Spanish and Cultural Anthropology) use their study-abroad experiences, language skills, and classroom learning as interns at One Equal Heart. Article and video here. :

Professors Tanya Hayes and Felipe Murtinho and their student researcher discuss their work in Above the Treeline: Protecting the Paramo in Ecuador. Article and video here. : 

Call for Applications: College of A&S Faculty Research Fellowships, Promotion Fellowships, and Dean’s Research Fellowships for 2015

Faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences are invited to apply for Faculty Research Fellowship, Promotion Fellowship and Dean’s Research Fellowship. Each award carries a $5,000 summer stipend. 

The Faculty Research Fellowship is intended to support peer-reviewed publication, or jury-reviewed presentation in the arts. Both tenured and tenure-track faculty are invited to apply. In addition, full-time non-tenure-track faculty having the rank of Senior Instructor/Senior Lecturer may apply. Three Faculty Research Fellowships will be awarded this year. 

The Promotion Fellowship is intended to assist Associate Professors to develop their scholarly productivity toward the rank of Full Professor. In addition to the stipend, each promotion fellowship includes some funds for research expenses. To be eligible for the Promotion Fellowship, faculty must have seven or more years at the rank of associate professor. Preference will be given to applicants whose scholarly or creative record suggests that they are within approximately two years of achieving promotion, but could benefit from the additional development support toward achieving it. There will be one award in this category. 

The Dean’s Research Fellowship provides funds for faculty to work with students on faculty scholarship, providing the student an experience of scholarly research while advancing the faculty member’s scholarly work. Each fellowship will include an extra $2,000 for projects that involve student research. These additional funds will be used as a stipend to pay a student researcher. Please indicate your interest in a student research assistant by briefly describing the student’s responsibilities and opportunities for intellectual contribution to the project above and beyond providing support work, as well as how the student will benefit from this experience. Support for this award is provided by donors to the College who contribute specifically to this fellowship, and this year two awards will be given in this category.

The awards are subject to available funding. Please note that applicants can apply for more than one category of fellowship, but may only receive one. Faculty who received one of these Fellowships within the last two years are not eligible to apply. Faculty who accept the award as a summer stipend may not teach more than one summer course. 

To apply, please submit the following:

  • A 2-3 page description of the scholarly or creative project that will result in refereed publication or jury-reviewed work. Please also explicitly indicate the particular award for which you are applying. 
  • A current CV.
  • A list of any support the applicant has received from SU for research and creative work during the past three academic years as well as any support that has already been awarded for 2014-15 (including research releases, Summer Faculty Fellowships, sabbaticals, A&S Faculty Research Fellowships, etc.). 

Please submit applications (electronically only) to Associate Dean Kan Liang and cc Heather Reis by Feb. 20, 2015.  We hope to make awards announcements in March. 

Gates Foundation Supports Center for Strategic Communications 

The Center for Strategic Communications in the Communication Department recently won its sixth grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for the center’s work on family homelessness. Since 2010, the center’s Project on Family Homelessness has worked to engage the Puget Sound community in ending homelessness among families, the fastest-growing segment of homelessness in the country. The project coordinates communications efforts among a half-dozen advocacy organizations and other nonprofits and serves as a communications firm for those community partners, creating content that partners can use to advocate for policy change. 

The Project on Family Homelessness also takes on special initiatives such as the StoryCorps “Finding our Way” project, which collected nearly 100 stories about homelessness from Western Washington families, and the upcoming storytelling workshops with The Moth. Students from Arts & Sciences work as paid project assistants, creating infographics, videos, and blog posts, editing StoryCorps audio recordings and more. The project works closely with the Faith & Family Homelessness Project in the School of Theology & Ministry, and will continue to promote the “American Refugees” films created by the center’s Film & Family Homelessness Project. Prof. Barry Mitzman is project director, and Catherine Hinrichsen leads its day-to-day operations.

Paid Assistantship Program Begins for Visual Arts Students

Art and Art History Chair Naomi Hume announced the start of a paid assistantship program for students majoring in digital design, photography, and studio art. More here.

Department/Degree Name Change

Please note that the former Liberal Studies department and degrees are now the Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies Department and Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies degree. The degree is designed for students who have decided to gain a broad and deep education rather than be narrowly focused. Sven Arvidson remains the program director.

SU ADVANTAGE | Networking Night, featuring Dr. David Johnson ‘87
“The Benevolent Disruptor: Converting Unpleasant Needs into Profitable Successes,” presented by Dr. David Johnson (EdD in Educational Leadership from the College of Education ’87). Johnson is president and CEO of Navos, one of the largest community health organizations in the state, and SU’s  2014 Professional Achievement Alumni Award recipient. Learn how to become a benevolent disruptive innovator and break through industry barriers that others assume would prevent success. Feb. 26, 6 -8 p.m. , Sorrento Hotel.  Open to alumni, graduate students, faculty, and staff. Details here.

Special Event for Students: “Jump start your educational plan”

This interactive, 20 minute workshop, sponsored by the A&S Advising Center, will teach students how to simply create an educational plan (an outline of degree requirements for graduation).  They will hear tips from academic advisors about how to map out core, college, major and minor requirements.   Please encourage your students to attend one of these workshops:Tuesday, February 10: 12:30-12:50 pm or 1:00-1:20 pm, Casey Atrium



Psychology senior Jessica Gandy was awarded a national Tau Sigma transfer scholarship. She is the president of the Chi Psi chapter of the International Honors Society for Psychology and also serves on the college’s Student Executive Council as the Psychology Department representative.


Theology and Theology and Religious Studies Professor Sharon Suh published Silver Screen Buddha, which explores the representation of Buddhists and Buddhism in Asian and Western films. The book addresses political, gendered, and racial overtones in those representations. More here.

Digital Design Professor Naomi Kasumi is in Australia as one of three featured artists in an international exhibition, "Design for Grieving, Memorial, and KIZUNA," at Queenland University of Technology, Brisbane. She is presenting three pieces of work: the Tsunami victim memorial piece installed once in Fukushima on March 11, 2012; MEM: memory • memorial no.11 produced in India in 2011 as immediate response to the tsunami; and two large information design panels of Tsunami Disaster and Kamaishi Typographical Bench Installation Art. The exhibit, which runs Feb. 2 - 20, aims to preserve the memories of the natural disaster and promote the reconstruction spirit through architecture and art. In addition, Kasumi presented her creative work for the Australian-Japanese community,called "Go-Nichi Kyoukai," in Brisbane. Later this month, she will be a panelist at a symposium on the campus where she will discuss artist response to this tragedy and "creative approach" to the tsunami relief and reconstruction, be interviewed by Australia's National TV station "ABC" to respond about this exhibition and art work, and participate at a reception at the Japanese consulate.

MPA Professor Rich Nafziger is working with Kepler University, a nonprofit university program, to create educational opportunities in Kigali, Rwanda, and other sites in Africa. More here.

Law School and Criminal Justice faculty released an in-depth report that found the costs related to pursuing the death penalty are about 1.4 to 1.5 times more than when a prosecutor does not seek death. More here. News articles appeared in many newspapers, including the Seattle Times, World News Report, Yakima Herald, Daily Astorian, and Oregonian, and on radio stations KPLU, KREM, and KUOW among others. A Seattle Times editorial on the death penalty referenced the recent study here.

MSAL Professor Maylon Hanold was an invited panelist at the 2nd Annual Women in Sports Career Seminar hosted by Great Northwest Athletic Conference. She spoke about the role of graduate school in sport management in advancing one's career in sport and shared insights from research about women working in sports.

In the News: Sonora Jha's Foreign Is the Best Novel You Can't Buy on Amazon, in The Stranger here.

Professor Sven Arvidson, director of Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies and senior faculty fellow of the Center for Faculty Development Arvidson published  "Interdisciplinary Common Ground: Techniques and Attentional Processes" in Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, the  journal of the Association for Interdisciplinary Studies (2014, 32, pp. 170-196). More here. He also published "Between Phenomenology and Psychology: The Interdisciplinary Example of Aron Gurwitsch" in the Journal of Phenomenological Psychology.  More here.

Fr. Patrick Kelly recent article “Catholics and Sport: An Historical and Theological Overview and Contemporary Implications” appeared in the Pontifical Council for Laity (office of Church and Sport) here. The article was originally written for Civilta Cattolica (in Italian) here. The Pontifical Council for Laity also  translated into Italian a book he co-wrote in 2002 and have posted it on their Italian page. The title in English is WE: A Model for Coaching and Christian Living.

English Professor Susan Meyers receives rave reviews for her new novel. Book review in Foreword here. Editor's Pick in here

In the News: Criminal Justice Chair Jacqueline Helfgott comments on youth, guns, and violence simulation on KUOW radio here.

Criminal Justice Professor Elaine Gunnison, Graduate Director in Criminal Justice, just secured her third book contract for a book entitled, Community Corrections. She will be publishing the book with Carolina Academic Press.  She will be the sole author of this book.

Sociology Prof. Tal Peretz new book, Some Men: Feminist Allies and the Movement to End Violence Against Women, examines how men have worked with boys and other men to stop violence against women. More here.

Professor Galen Trail, director of the Master of Sport Administration and Leadership program comments on the Seahawk fans on KING 5 TV here

Professor Cynthia Moe Lobeda (Theology and Religious Studies, Environmental Studies) presented “Climate Debt as Race Debt and Climate Colonialism: Forging a Just Future” at the annual meeting of the Society of Christian Ethics. She also serves on the society’s board of directors. 

English Professor Charles M. Tung spoke on Unmaking Time:  Modernism’s Time Machines,” in the Critical and Cultural Theory Lecture Series at Evergreen State College in January.  

Summer Faculty Fellowships
Congratulations to these Arts and Sciences faculty who received Summer Faculty Fellowships:

  • Angelique Davis (Political Science):  I am Trayvon’s Mom: The Politics of Raising Black Boys in the United States.
  • Olha Krupa (Institute of Public Service): Tax Revenue Volatility in American Cities: the Experiences from the Great Recession
  • Yitan Li, (Political Science): Brothers or Friends? The Changing Identity of Taiwanese and Implications for China-Taiwan Relations
  • Alexander Mouton (Art and Art History): Some Time Later…I’m Here:  An Exhibition of Photographs from Poland and Ukraine

If you are interested in applying for a 2016 fellowship, the call for applications will go out in late September 2015.  For information regarding this program and other faculty research resources, please visit the website of the Office of Research Services and Sponsored Projects here


In the News: Communication Studies major Christina (Shull) Horton ’08 was interviewed in the Great Falls Tribune here


Details are on the Campus Calendar.

Feb. 3: Works in Progress Brown Bag Lunch, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Feb. 5: MA in Criminal Justice information session, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 5: MNPL information session, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Feb. 11: MFA information session, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Feb. 12: Poetry reading with visiting writers Maged Zaher and Kathleen Flenniken, 6 p.m.
Feb. 13: MAP Lecture  featuring Joe Guppy, MA Psychology '98, in a discussion of his new book, "My Fluorescent God," 6 - 8 p.m. Casey Commons.
Feb. 18: Policy Incubator Competition final round, 5:00-7:30 p.m.
Feb. 18 – March 1: Theatre presentation, “365 Days/365 Plays”
Feb. 20: Celebration of faculty research, scholarship, and creative works. Keynote address: Professor Mary Alberg, 3 p.m., Wyckoff auditorium; Reception and college displays: 3:30 – 5 p.m., Lemieux, 6th floor.  
Feb. 23: Guest Chamber Music Concert: Apollo chamber Players, 8 p.m.
Feb. 25: Reading by Professor Emeritus James Stark from his collections of short stories, 4 p.m.
Feb. 26: Art Lecture: “Jack Goldstein: All Dy Night Sky,” presented by Alexander Dumbadze, 5 p.m.
Feb. 26: Scratch, 7:30 p.m.
Mar. 3: Al Mann Memorial Lecture featuring Professor Sheldon Anderson on “Yalta: the Meeting that Changed to World,” 7:00 p.m. Wyckoff Auditorium There will be a no host reception for alumni at the Rhein Haus Restaurant (912 12th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122) right across from campus starting at 5:00.  
March 5: MA in Criminal Justice information session, 6 – 7:30 p.m
March 7: Lenten Prayer Concert, 8 p.m.
March 9 MFA information session, 6:30 – 8 p.m.

April 17: Installation of Philosophy Professor Jason Wirth as the Theiline Pigott McCone Chair in Humanities, with featured speaker Shῡdō Brian Schroeder, PhD, MDiv, 4 p.m.
The next Dean’s Monthly Memo will publish in March. Send items for the next issue to Laura Paskin by February 20.



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