Dean's Monthly Memo, February 2016


New on Video

The Center for the Study of Sport and Exercise joined forces with the men’s soccer program to use state-of-the-art technology to improve player performance, coaching, and training. Gathering data in real time, not just in the center’s Human Performance Lab, provides students in the degree program, the student athletes, and the coaches with information typically available only in professional sports. Watch the video here.

Photo Competition for 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. 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 eighth 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 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.
  • The award-winning photographer will receive a $250 gift certificate for a local restaurant.

The Call for Entries for the 2015-16 competition (for students only) will go out in October 2016. This year’s exhibit and awards ceremony will take place on May 5.

Student Liberal Arts Essay Contest Underway

The Washington Consortium for the Liberal Arts invites all Seattle University undergraduate students to participate in an essay contest. This year’s contest asks students to choose a current controversial issue in the community and describe how they’ve come to understand that issue from different perspectives.


  • Freshmen/sophomores – $1000 First Place. Second Place is $750
  • Juniors/seniors -- $1000 First Place. Second Place is $750

Length and Format: 500 words maximum submitted in a Microsoft Word document, double-spaced with centered title and 12 point font. 

Deadline and Submission Instructions: Seattle University Deadline is 5:00 p.m. April 2, 2016. Submit to Sven Arvidson here.  Contest details here.

Advising Available for Students Considering Careers in Education

Should a student express interest in a teaching career, encourage them to meet with Tonja Brown, Pre-Education Advisor in the Arts & Sciences Advising Center. Pre-Education is not a specific major or program of study. Instead, it is an advising resource available to help students explore career options in education and pathways to teaching. Tonja Brown is available to assist students from the early stages of career discernment to the time they are ready to apply to teacher certification programs. Open to first-year, current, and transfer students, as well as alumni, this advising service is open to students from all colleges and schools at SU. Contact 206-296-2840 or visit Casey 1 West to schedule.

Now Accepting Applications

Theiline Pigott-McCone Chair in Humanities

The next holder of the chair will be selected from among the faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences and will be appointed by the President of the University for a term of two years, from Fall 2016 to Spring 2018. The mission of the Pigott-McCone Chair is "to promote the scholarly life among the faculty in Arts and Sciences and across the university." The holder of the chair should be tenured, should have achieved excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service, and should have demonstrated leadership in promoting the mission of the endowed chair.

Applicants should submit the following: 1) a statement of the themes they would pursue as holder of the chair and the manner in which they would pursue those themes over the two-year period, 2) a curriculum vita, and 3) a letter of recommendation. In regard to item 1, please elaborate on how your proposal will support your productive, peer-reviewed work as a scholar/creative artist in your field(s) and extend the knowledge base/body of creative works in your field(s) of interest more generally, beyond your own work. Faculty may nominate themselves; if nominated by others, the nominees will be contacted by the selection committee to find out if they are willing to apply.

Please submit completed applications to Kan Liang electronically by Friday, February 12, 2016. If you are nominating a colleague, please submit the name of your nominee as soon as possible so that he or she can be notified in time to prepare an application.

The Reverend Louis Gaffney Chair in the College of Arts and Sciences

The holder of the Gaffney chair will be selected from among the faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences and will be appointed by the President of the University for a term of two years (Fall 2016 to Spring 2018). The mission of the Gaffney Chair is to promote "issues germane to the Jesuit mission and identity of Seattle University."  The holder of the chair should be tenured, should have achieved excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service, and should have demonstrated leadership in promoting the mission of the endowed chair.  He or she should have a thorough knowledge of and familiarity with the Jesuit tradition.

Applicants should submit the following: 1) a statement of the themes they would pursue as holder of the chair and the manner in which they would pursue those themes over the two-year period, 2) a curriculum vita, and 3) a letter of recommendation.  Faculty may nominate themselves; if nominated by others, the nominees will be contacted by the selection committee to find out if they are willing to apply. In regard to item 1, please elaborate on how your proposal will support growth in faculty, staff and student understanding of the themes you propose and help faculty, staff and students connect your area of interest to the mission and identity of the University. 

Please submit completed applications to Kan Liang electronically by Friday, February 12, 2016.  If you are nominating a colleague, please submit the name of your nominee as soon as possible so that he or she may be notified in time to prepare an application.  Thanks. 

Endowed Mission Fund

The Endowed Mission Fund provides grants to faculty and staff for mission-related projects, research and personal development. The fund is now accepting grant applications for the 2016-2017 academic year. Applications are due by 2 p.m. on Thursday, February 25, 2015. The updated application form, which includes the process, is available here. Please contact Eddie Salazar or 296-6133 with any questions you may have or for more information on the application process.

College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Research Fellowships, Promotion Fellowships, and Dean's Research Fellowships for 2016 

Faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences are invited to apply for Faculty Research Fellowship, Promotion Fellowship and Dean’s Research Fellowship. This year we hope to give a total of six awards, and each award carries $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 for the FRF. In addition, full time non tenure-track faculty having the rank of Senior Instructor/Senior Lecturer may apply for the FRF. Three FRFs will be awarded this year.  

The Promotion Fellowship is intended to assist Associate Professors 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 7 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. 

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 we hope 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 for the Fellowships, 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 2015-16 (including research releases, Summer Faculty Fellowships, sabbaticals, A&S Faculty Research Assistantships, etc.).

Please submit applications (paperless, electronically only) to Kan Liang, Associate Dean, and cc to Heather Reis by February 16, 2016.  Applications will be reviewed by a faculty committee that will make a recommendation to the Dean. We hope to make award announcement in March. 



In the News: Professor Kevin Maifeld, director of the MFA in Arts Leadership, on the turnaround of the Seattle Symphony, in Crosscut here.

In the News: Criminal Justice Professor and Chair Jackie Helfgott on the early release of prisoners due to errors made by the Department of Corrections, in the Seattle Weekly here.

She also commented on President Obama’s executive order on gun control, in and on KIRO radio here.

Music Professor Quinton Morris was awarded the Bronze Award at the Global Music Awards in Los Angeles for debut short film, “The Breakthrough.”  His film was also a finalist in the Best Shorts Film Competition in Los Angeles.  He travels this winter and spring on a national and international tour featuring concerts, teaching, and screenings of his film. Details here.

In the News: Institute of Public Service Professor Marie Wong on the historic legacy of a recently uncovered apple orchard, dating from the 1930s, in Nihonmachi, (Japantown) in the International District, in the North American Post. More here. In addition, Wong was elected president of the Kong Yick Investment Company

Professor Carol Wolfe Clay, MFA in Arts Leadership, designed the sets for Shakespeare's dark revenge story, Titus Andronicus, for the Seattle Shakespeare Company. The play runs through Feb. 7. Details here.

Theology and Religious Studies Professor Ali Altaf Mian published "Legal Religion: Ethical Norms and Demands of Justice" In Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks: Religion: Sources, Perspectives, and Methodologies, edited by. Jeffrey J. Kripal (Macmillan Reference USA, 2016).

The Project on Family Homelessness in the Center for Strategic Communications was singled out the Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog. Our StoryCorps “Finding Our Way” partnership with KUOW and Firesteel was named one of the Pacific Northwest Initiative’s top 10 moments of progress for the year. It was the only project in the Family Homelessness portfolio to be named to the list. More here.

Political Science Professor Onur Bakiner examined the success of truth commissions in promoting policy reform, human rights accountability, and the public recognition of human rights violations in his new book: Truth Commissions: Memory, Power, and Legitimacy." Details here.

Institute of Public Service Professor Jonathan Pierce examined how telling the climate change story impacts people’s beliefs. Details here.

Criminal Justice Professor Stacy’s article on sex trafficking, “The Psychological Experience of Child and Adolescent Sex Trafficking in the United States: Trauma and Resilience in Survivors,” appeared in a research summary for the National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth (NCFY) here.

Institute of Public Service Director Larry Hubbell received a Fulbright Specialist Award, which will take him this summer to the Public Administration Department of Chittagong University in Bangladesh.  The award is for six weeks, and during that time he will be teaching courses; training junior faculty; and assisting in the revision of their curriculum.  This is the third time he has received a Specialist Award.  He went to Sierra Leone in 2008 and Lithuania in 2011.

In the News: English Professor Nalini Iyer on Ayad Akhtar’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Disgraced,” about a conflicted Pakistani-American attorney, at Seattle Repertory Theatre, in the Seattle Times here.

In the News: Professor Galen Trail, director of the Master of Sport Administration and Leadership program, on blue Monday and fan response to the Seahawks loss, on KING 5 TV. More here.

In the News: Criminal Justice Professor MATT HICKMAN on hiring officers who were fired from previous law enforcement jobs in South Carolina, in the Island Packet. More here:

Film Studies Professor Georg Koszulinski's latest documentary feature, Loa: Encounters with the Sacred Spirits of Haiti, has its premiere at DOCFeed 2016, an international documentary film festival held in Eindhoven, Netherlands, in February. Loa will have its U.S. premiere at the 40th annual Atlanta Film Festival in Atlanta, Georgia, in April. More here.

Summer Faculty Fellows Announced

The Summer Faculty Fellowship Program provides financial support for tenure-track or tenured faculty and full-time librarians who are involved in an active program of scholarship, including the scholarship of discovery, integration, application, and teaching. Congratulations to these 2016 Summer Faculty Fellows in the College of Arts and Sciences:

  • Natalie Cisneros (Philosophy): “The ‘Illegal Alien’: A Genealogical and Intersectional Approach”
  • David Connor (Criminal Justice): “Perceptions of Individuals who Provide Formal Social Support to Registered Sex Offenders”
  • Joseph DeFillipis (Social Work): “A New Queer Liberation Movement?”
  • Allison Meyer (English): “Tell-Tale Women: Chronicling Gender, Politics, and Intertextuality in Early Modern Historiography”
  • Ali Mian (Theology and Religious Studies): “Muslims in South Asia: Embodied Spaces, Textual Traces”
  • Felipe Murtinho (Institute of Public Service)” “How Can External Organizations Best Support Community -Based Adaptation in the Ecuadorian Andes?”
  • Christopher Paul (Communication): “Subconscious Bias and the Curious Case of Free-To-Play Video Games”
  • Nova Robinson (International Studies): “Arab Women and the Development of International Women’s Rights 1910-1955”

The call for applications will go out in September 2016 for summer 2017.  


In the News: Kendrick Glover, Criminal Justice major class of 2008 and community leader, in the Kent Reporter here

In the News: Chris McCullough, Master of Sport Administration and Leadership class of 2008, is the new Vice President of Marketing at Croakies, the manufacturer of eyewear retention and outdoor lifestyle accessories. More here.

In the News: Mercedes Elizalde, MNPL 2015. joined the staff of newly elected Seattle City Councilmember Debora Juarez as Engagement and Policy Strategist.

In the News: Carolyn Lanier, MPA, has been named Northeast Ohio Medical University's new chief of staff and vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion. More here.


Welcome New Staff

Jessica Ross joins the English Department as the new Assistant Director of the Writing Center Ross holds a BA in Language and Linguistics and an MA in Writing from the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR).  She also worked nearly five years at the UNR’s Writing Center as a Writing Consultant, Social Media Coordinator, and Graduate Assistant.  She has taught introductory writing and editing-for-style courses in face-to-face classrooms and preparatory composition courses in online environments for over two years.  In addition to facilitating online and face-to-face consultations with undergraduate and graduate writers, Ross also developed and led writing workshops in classrooms and the Writing Center, assisted in the creation and implementation of training workshops for new consultants, oversaw the mentorship program for new consultants, organized campus-wide writing events for students and consultants, and moderated the Writing Center’s social media accounts.

Amanda Moss is the new Academic Advisor in the College. She is currently in her first year of as a graduate student in the Student Development Administration program. Moss enjoys working with students to plan educational goals as well as connecting students with campus resources. She is originally from the Seattle area, but still enjoys exploring the city. Her hobbies include driving to new places, drinking endless cups of coffee, snow skiing, and reading a new book.

New mileage rate

Effective Jan. 1, 2016, the university will reimburse at a rate of 54 cents for each business mile driven. This is a decrease from the previous reimbursement rate of 57.5 cents. Further information on the new mileage reimbursement rate here. Please note that the most cost-effective method of transportation shall be used for business travel (i.e. airfare, taxi, auto rental). When requesting reimbursement of business miles driven, please print out a detail of the mileage between the origin and destination of travel. This can be found on Google maps or MapQuest. Please contact the Controller’s Office with any questions: (206) 296-5880


Details are on the Campus Calendar.

Jan. 25 - Feb. 12: Spring and summer quarter advising period.  A

Feb. 4: Dr. Joseph Renouard gives a reading from his upcoming book. Human Rights in American Foreign Policy: From the 1960s to the Soviet Collapse, 3:45-4:45 pm.

Feb. 9: Internship Fair, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Campion Ballroom

Feb. 11: A Conversation with Seattle Chief of Police Kathleen O'Toole. Larry Hubbell, Institute of Public Service Director, and Joni Balter, multi-media journalist and professional in residence, interview Seattle Chief of Police Kathleen O'Toole. 6:30pm, Pigott Auditorium. Free and open to the public. RSVPs requested here.

Feb. 15: Offices Closed for President’s Day

Feb. 16: Spring quarter registration begins

Feb. 18: All College Meeting, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Pigott 101

Feb. 22: Summer quarter registration begins

Feb. 25: Medical Knowledge and Scientific Discovery in the 20th Century Middle East: “Blind in Palestine: the Crisscrossed Geographies of Trachoma,” presented by Anat Mooreville, 7 p.m.

Mar. 1: "Handmade, Homemade: A Poetry Exhibition," featuring the work of our Distinguished Visiting Writer Deborah Poe as well as her guests, Amaranth Borsuk and Kaia Sand. 3 – 4 pm.

Fine Arts Events

Details at

January 15 -February 11: Matt Sellars, Seattle University Artist in Residence, Vachon Gallery

January 8 - April 15: Art Faculty Exhibition, Kinsey Gallery

February 19- 29: Search for Meaning Exhibition Vachon Gallery

Feb 18 – 28: Theatre presentation “Our Lady of 121st St.” Lee Center for the Arts

March 4: Scratch Lee Center for the Arts, 6:30 p.m.

March 5: Choir Lenten Prayer Concert, Chapel of St Ignatius, 8 p.m.

March 6, Studio Violin Recital, 2 p.m.

March 10, Student Chamber Music Concert, 7:30 p.m.

March 11- April 08: Advanced Studio Exhibition, Vachon Gallery; Opening Reception: March 10, 2016, 4:30 -7:30 p.m.

Graduate Programs Information Sessions

Feb. 4: MA Criminal Justice, 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 9: MFA, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Feb. 10: MSW, 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 18: MSW, 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 18: MSW 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 29: MSW, 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Mar. 1: MFA Arts Leadership, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Mar. 1: Master of Nonprofit Leadership 5:30-6:30pm,

Mar 3: MA Criminal Justice, 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Save the Date

Mar 25 & 28: Offices Closed for Easter Holiday Break

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

May 5: Imagining the World Awards Reception

June 3: All College Day

The next Dean’s Monthly Memo will publish in March. Send items for the next issue to Laura Paskin by February 19.