Dean's Monthly Memo, January 2017


Addressing West Coast Homelessness: A Conversation with Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee will discuss strategies and goals for addressing individual and family homelessness on January 11. Topics will include the delivery and effectiveness of services, outreach methods used in California and Washington state, challenges in funding, and the innovative approaches Seattle and San Francisco are implementing to make homelessness rare, brief and one time only. Seattle University Master of Public Administration Director Larry Hubbell and Multi-Media Journalist Joni Balter will interview the mayors in Pigott Auditorium from 6:20 – 7:40 p.m. A reception precedes at 6 p.m. in Pigott Atrium.

Major Grants Received

The Project on Family Homelessness in the Institute of Public Service received a $300,000 two-year grant to continue its communications work about family homelessness in Washington state. Professor Larry Hubbell, director of the Institute of Public Service, is the principal investigator on the grant. More here.

Seattle University has been awarded a $2.3 million institutional transformation grant from the National Science Foundation that could result in a new model for faculty promotion here and potentially at other mission-driven universities around the country. Sociology Professor Jodi O'Brien is the principal investigator. More here.

Second Annual Seattle Arts Leadership Conference Set for January 28

The Second Annual Seattle Arts Leadership Conference, organized by the MFA in Arts Leadership, takes place on Saturday, January 28. Jane Golden, Executive Director of Mural Arts Philadelphia, will give the keynote address. Details and tickets here

Martin Moleski, S.J., William F. Le Roux, S.J. Endowed Chair

Professor of Religious Studies and Catholic Theology at Canisius College, joins the faculty as the William F. Le Roux, S.J. Endowed Chair in Arts and Sciences for the winter quarter 2017, housed in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies. Fr. Moleski is scheduled to teach and give a free public lecture, “The Tao of Dogma,” at 7 p.m. on February 15, 2017. Casey Commons. More here

Alumni Seminars

The winter seminar series, “The Trump Presidency Confronts the World,” features Professors Stephen Bender, PhD, Catherine Punsalan, PhD, Thomas Murphy S.J., and Meena Rishi, PhD, for discussions on immigration, trade with Asia, US History and Congress, and Catholic social thought. All sessions take place on Wednesday evenings from 6 - 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 18, Feb. 1, Feb. 15, and March 1. Open to all. Details and registration here.


Urban Planning Professor Marie Wong accepted the 2016 APA/PAW urban planning award in the student category in recognition of the accomplishments of the 32 students who participated in the Community Design Workshop course project “Stairways of Seattle.” More here.


Criminal Justice Professor Will Parkin was the lead author of the just-published “Criminal Justice and Military Deaths at the Hands of Extremists,” released by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism. More here.

Modern Languages and Cultures Professor Sonia Barrios Tinoco published “"Maria Moura, a female bandit" in the Revista de Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana and "Entre la imagen escrita y la realidad duplicada en Cámara secreta de Edgardo Rodríguez Juliá" in Chasqui, a Latin American literature journal. She also presented "Cambios de piel en la producción del cubano Jesús Díaz" at the Latin American Studies Association Conference.

Professors Galen Trail and Brian McCullough, Master of Sport Administration and Leadership program, wrote “Environmental Sustainability and Sport” in the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM) NASSM blog here.

Professor Sven Arvidson, Director of Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies, published “Interdisciplinary Research and Phenomenology as Parallel Processes of Consciousness” in Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies (2016, 34, pp. 30-51). The overall purpose of the article is to identify analogies between interdisciplinary studies and philosophy in order to encourage communication between practitioners. Abstract here.

Social Work Professor Amelia Derr presented “Migrant health and wellbeing: The role of social relationships in the context of being the stranger, alien, or foreigner” at the 7th Global Conference on Strangers, Aliens, and Foreigners, University of Oxford Mansfield College, Oxford, England. She also gave a seminar on “The role of local government in responding to the migration crisis: Building bridges, not walls, in the age of Trump”  for the Social Work Seminar Series, University of Edinburgh School of Social and Political Science, Edinburgh, Scotland. Derr published “Mental health service utilization among immigrants in the United States: A systematic review of published research,” in Psychiatric Services, 67, 265-274, and, with S. Estill, S. Fathi, and N. Bullale, Final report on the evaluation of the Refugee Women’s Institute pilot,  Seattle: City of Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs. Derr is also the Co-Principal Investigator for the project "Evaluating an Intervention to Build Social Support for Immigrants," a research project in collaboration with the Center for Ethical Leadership. The project is examining outcomes for immigrants who participate in Community Circle programs through use of mixed-method design. Derr is developing curriculum for and will be co-facilitating the Immigrant Families Institute, a project of the City of Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs. This is a program to build systems knowledge and self-advocacy skills for immigrant families with youth impacted by the criminal justice system. In addition, Derr is Co-Investigator for the Refugee Health Network Project, an international network and capacity-building project between scholars of migration health in well-resourced contexts (US, UK) and those who are not (Uganda, Zambia).

Criminal Justice Professor Peter Collins with Lewis & Clark Law Professor Aliza Kaplan authored “Oregon Death Penalty: A Cost Analysis” that showed that the costs for aggravated murder cases that result in death sentences range, on average, 3.5 to 4 times more expensive per case when compared to similar non-death penalty cases. In 2015, Collins, Seattle University Law Professor Robert C. Boruchowitz, Criminal Justice Professor Matthew J. Hickman, and attorney Mark A. Larrañaga published “An Analysis of the Economic Costs of Seeking the Death Penalty.” More on the Criminal Justice website here.

International Studies Professor Nova Robinson gave the keynote address at the first annual “Our Night to Remember: Women & 2016,” sponsored by the Center for Women and Democracy in November.

Italian Professor Giuseppe Tassone just published Un Buon Affare – Italian for Business, which is designed to prepare students to actively engage in the dynamic world of Italian business. More here.

Music Professor Quinton Morris received the Young Arts Leader Award from Washington State Governor Jay Inslee. The 2016 Governor's Arts & Heritage Awards were given to outstanding individuals and organizations that have contributed significantly to the arts and cultural traditions of Washington State. More here.

Adjunct faculty Kelly Thompson, MSW, recently co-authored a book on the emotional, social and academic challenges students experience upon entering middle school. Student Stress At The Transition To Middle School: An A-Z Guide For Implementing An Emotional Health Check-Up (W.W Norton and Company, Inc., 2016) teaches readers to identify shifts in stress in middle school students and how to engage parents and guardians in crafting individualized student plans and implementing an Emotional Health Checkup.

English Professor Sean McDowell, director of the University Honors Program, published volume 33 of the John Donne Journal, the first volume issued under his editorship. In addition to contributions by scholars from Europe, Asia, and North America, the volume includes an essay McDowell wrote on the history of the journal as a tribute to its founding editor, M. Thomas Hester. It also includes a book review by English Professor Allison Meyer. Two of McDowell’s poems appeared in the Winter 2016 issue of Clover, A Literary Rag.

English Professor Molly Clark Hillard presented “Sherlock Holmes: Where Literature Meets Science” at the Pacific Science Center on December 6. In her lecture, she examined some of the exciting convergences between science and literature in the Victorian period.

Institute of Public Service Professor Olha Krupa wrote the chapter on Washington in the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy publication of the new State-by-State Property Tax at a Glance narratives and visualization tool. The publication is a property tax resource for policymakers, policy analysts, public finance students, journalists, and homeowners. More here.

Criminal Justice Professors Stephen Rice and William Parkin published  “Social Media and Law Enforcement Investigations” in Oxford Handbooks Online: Criminology and Criminal Justice (New York: Oxford University Press). More here.

In the news: Theology and Religious Studies Professor Jeanette Rodriguez on our Lady of Guadelupe as a symbol of Mexican identity, on NBC here.

In the news: Political Science Professor Patrick Schoettmer on the discretion of electors to the Electoral College, on KIRO TV here.

History Professor Marc McLeod presented at the World Affairs Council "Cuba After Fidel" meeting in December.

Communication Department Chair Chris Paul was on the advisory committee for a new exhibit at the Pacific Science Center: "Play: It’s Good For Everyone." The exhibit runs through June 4, 2017. More here.

Faculty Awarded Student Assistantships
These members of our faculty have been awarded a student assistantship to help with their scholarly projects:

  • Theatre Professor Harmony Arnold: Student Costume Design Assistant, ACT Theatre/5th Avenue Theatre
  • Criminal Justice Professors  Elaine Gunnison and Jackie Helfgott: book project, "Successful Women in Criminal Justice"
  • Social Work Professor Joseph DeFilippis, After Marriage: The Future of LGTBQ Politics and Scholarship
  • Professor Tanya Hayes (Institute of Public Service and Environmental Studies): Food Security in the Amazon: An exploration of livelihoods, resources, institutions, and sustained access to food. Funded for two students.
  • Theology and Religious Studies Professor Ali Altaf Mian, book project: "Muslims in South Asia: Embodies Spaces, Textual Traces"
  • International Studies and History Professor Nova Robinson: "Modern Arabic Philology: Transcribing Nazik Al-Abed Beyhum’s Handwritten Letters into Typescript”
  • Theology and Religious Studies Professor Jeanette Rodriguez: "Women’s Leadership and Partnership in Jesuit Higher Education"

Special thanks to the Dean who enabled funding for these awards and the selection committee of Professors David Connor, Michael Spinetta, Molly Welsh, Dominic CodyKramers, and Joseph DeFilippis.


Congrats to senior Anthropology Major Nicole Harvey who was awarded a competitive internship with Campus Community Partnership for Health (CCPH). CCPH promotes health equity and social justice through partnerships between communities and academic institutions. Amongst other things, Harvey will be responsible for developing media content around the 20th anniversary of CCPH.

Digital Design senior Mandy Rusch, published on the global blog of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Create Change, "A day to change how we think about art, advocacy and homelessness” here.
Rusch is an assistant with the Project on Family Homelessness, housed in the Institute of Public Service.

In the news: David Rue, MFA in Arts Leadership, class of 2017, in the Stranger here.


Auburn City Councilmember Claude DaCorsi, MPA ’11, published Alba Nuova: A New Dawn, the Story of a 19th Century Italian Immigrant, a novel based on his family that settled in the United States in the late 19th century. More here.

In the news: Zachary Burns, BFA '13, was awarded a 2016 project grant from Artist Trust. More here.


Congrats to Criminal Justice Professor William Parkin and Claudia Parkin on the birth of Ariana Parkin, born November 19, 8 lbs. 15 oz.

On sabbatical winter quarter: Tom Taylor, History

Meet Our New Staff

We welcome Diane Tomhave, Program Coordinator in the Indigenous Peoples Institute. Diane was born in North Dakota on the Turtle Mountain Reservation. She has BA in Psychology from UC Riverside and an MA in Theology from Fuller Seminary. She lives in Seattle with her husband, a local writer, two teenage sons, and their calming little dog, Darla. Diane is in Casey 508, and her email is

Molly Brown is the new office and special projects assistant at the front desk in the Dean’s Office. Molly, a first-year political science student who is considering a double major in English, sings with the Seattle University choir and plays piano. In her free time, she likes to play piano, write, walk around the city, and watch Netflix. Molly's email is


Rhonda Woods takes over as manager of the Jesuit Residence, Arrupe House, on January 3 but will continue to work one day a week in the college until a replacement is hired. Danielle Potter is leaving IPS and moving to California; her last day in the college is January 6. Laura Paskin is retiring from the world of paid work; her last day on campus is January 20.

Decrease in Business Mileage Reimbursement Rate to 53.5 cents

Effective Jan. 1, 2017, the university will reimburse at a rate of 53.5 cents for each business mile driven. This is a decrease from the previous reimbursement rate of 54.0 cents. 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, Bing maps, or MapQuest. Contact the Controller’s Office with any questions: (206) 296-5880


The advising period for spring and summer class registration will occur January 23 – February 10. Spring quarter class registration begins February 13 and Summer registration begins February 21.

Jan. 4: Faculty - Staff Senate Winter Quarter Meeting, 3:15 - 3:45 Executive Session, 3:45 - 4:45 Open Meeting, Casey 517
Jan. 11: Addressing West Coast Homelessness, with Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee.  6:30 - 7:40 p.m., Pigott Auditorium
Jan. 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day, offices closed
Jan. 18: MNPL Annual Celebration, 5:30 p.m., Student Center 160
Jan. 24: Deans Coffee Hour for faculty and staff in Arts and Sciences and Matteo Ricci, 8:30 - 10:30 a.m., Casey Atrium
Jan. 27-28: The 10th annual “Giving Voice to Experience” conference
Jan. 28: Seattle Arts Leadership Conference, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Feb. 7: Internship Fair, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Campion Ballroom.

Grad Program Info sessions

Jan 3: MSW, 5 – 6:30 p.m. (online)
Jan. 5: Criminal Justice, 6 p.m. Casey 516
Jan. 10: MA Psychology, 6 p.m. Casey 516
Jan. 11: MSW, 6 - 7:30 p.m., Casey 516
Jan. 12: MFA, 6:30 – 8 p.m. JEFF classroom
Jan. 18:  MSW 6 - 7:30 p.m.  Casey 516
Jan. 21: All SU Grad Programs Open Houses, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Student Center
Jan. 25:  Nonprofit Leadership, Casey 517, 5:30pm - 6:30pm RSVP
Feb. 2: Criminal Justice, 6 p.m. Casey 516
Feb. 6: MFA 6:30 – 8 p.m., JEFF Classroom
Feb. 15: Nonprofit Leadership Happy Hour, Casey Atrium 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 16: MFA, 5 p.m., PST, ONLINE

Provost Search Campus Visits

Two finalists will visit campus during which time there will be a Faculty Forum, a Campus Open Forum and meetings with other constituencies. In early January, information about the candidates will be posted on the Provost Search website.

Please note the following dates and times:

Wednesday, January 18
Faculty Forum: 12:30-1:30 in Pigott Auditorium
Campus Open Forum: 1:45-2:45 in Pigott Auditorium

Friday, January 20
Faculty Forum: 12:30-1:30 in Pigott Auditorium
Campus Open Forum: 1:45-2:45 in Pigott Auditorium


Feb. 15: LeRoux Endowed Chair Martin Moleski, S.J., Professor of Religious Studies and Catholic Theology at Canisius College, presents “The Tao of Dogma,” 7 p.m., Casey Commons.
Feb. 20: Presidents Day, offices closed
Feb. 25: Search for Meaning Festival
March 2: Arts and Sciences Graduate Students Get Connected Networking Night
April 14 -  17, Easter break, offices closed
June 2: All College Day

The next Dean's Monthly Memo comes out in February. Please send items to Bruce Decker by January 27.