Dean's Monthly Memo, January 2018



Student Assistantship Awards

The Dean's office is pleased to announce the recipients of the Student Assistantship Awards. Our selection committee of last year's winners read through the high caliber proposals, and our colleagues below will be awarded student assistantships to help with their scholarly projects.

  • Dr. Caitlin Carlson: Social Media Organizations, Community Guidelines, and Hate Speech.
  • Dr. Serena Cosgrove: Surviving the Americas: Resilience and Garifuna Culture in Nicaragua.
  • Dr. Hazel Hahn: "Indochine: Urban and Architectural History, 1880-1945," and organizing the program of the French Colonial Historical Society conference in Seattle.
  • Rosa Joshi: All-female Staged Reading of Richard II at the city-wide festival, Seattle Celebrates Shakespeare, March 2018.
  • Dr. El Hadji Malick Ndiaye: PIERRE-JAKEZ HELIAS, LE DESTIN COLONISÉ Le régionalisme français à l’épreuve de la francophonie
  • Dr. Mary-Antoinette Smith: Book project - Ellen Tarry: Trailblazer of Pre-Civil Rights Interracial Justice in the Tradition of Catholic Social Action
  • Dr. Kirsten Thompson: Book Project - The Fugitive Figure: Bubbles

Special thanks to the selection committee for their hard work. The Committee included Dr. Jacqueline Helfgott, Dr. Nova Robinson, Harmony Arnold, Dr. Tanya Hayes, and Dr. Joseph DeFilippis, all of whom were awarded assistantships last year.

Undergraduate Academic Engagement Grant Program 2017

The Political Science Department submitted a request for a retention event through the Provost’s Office program. Students in political science find careers in a variety of sectors, however, it is this diversity that often makes new majors feel overwhelmed about the value of the degree. In order to provide concrete support through relationship building, the department proposed to host a “meet and greet” for current majors and political science alumni, as well as current faculty. Sending an invitation through their email list of alumni (500+ since 1999) and current advisees (129), they held the event on December 1 from 5 to 7 p.m., welcoming 24 people.

Earlier in the fall, they also started an alumni LinkedIn page from contact information from the 500 department graduates. In a few short months, 200 alums have joined. Alumni were excited to hear about this inaugural major-alumni event and many who were unable to attend sent positive messages that they would like to attend the next event.

From Dr. Rose Ernst, Chair, Political Science, “We had a great mix of current students, alumni and faculty at this event. Our department alumni coordinator created icebreaker questions (such as “Will Trump win re-election”) though we didn’t really need them as conversation was easy – and the many people even stayed past 7 p.m. All three groups of guests sat with each other and discusses their SU department experiences, politics and their careers. Other faculty and myself heard informal feedback that students and alums would like to have this type of event regularly. We are tentatively planning on hosting this type of event once a quarter. Our next event will combine a book award celebration of faculty with current major/alumni next quarter.”


Seattle University’s Theatre program has been named the Best Undergraduate Theatre Program in Washington State by OnStage Blog.

Graduate Student Professional Development

The, in partnership with Career Services will host two professional development events for graduate students in winter quarter. Further details will be available on the ASGC Facebook page.

Tea and Resumes, Monday, January 22, 5:15-6:30 p.m., ADMN 307. A&S Graduate Students are invited to bring their resume and a sample job description to the event to discuss and learn from career service professionals.

Get Connected! A&S Grad Students Networking Night, Wednesday, February 28, 4:30-6:30 p.m., STCN 160. Graduate students from the College of Arts and Sciences will have an opportunity to participate in facilitated networking with select graduate program alumni, fellow students, faculty and colleagues. 

Please encourage graduate students to attend; email ASGC with questions.

Academic Advising & Faculty Mentoring Survey

Launching January 17, the university-wide Academic Advising & Faculty Mentoring Survey will collect student feedback on advising services. The A&S Advising Center (ASAC) will be contacting departments in the coming weeks to help advertise the survey to students.

The College needs to boost student participation this year, as last year’s participation lagged for A&S. It will only take students 5 to 10 minutes to complete and the results will be used to shape future advising and mentoring services in the College and university as a whole.

The ASAC will provide more information to departments soon.

If you have questions or concerns about this project, please contact Carol Schneider, Director of Student Academic Services, by email or at 206.296.5741.




Alum Lauren Ermacoff assisted Jeanette Rodriguez, PhD, with her new book, A Clan Mother’s Call. Lauren was also previously her research assistant through the Dean’s Fellowship. Lauren is currently working on her Master’s degree in international relations at Cambridge




Jacqueline Helfgott, PhD, Elaine Gunnison, PhD, Peter Collins, PhD, and Stephen K. Rice, PhD co-published The Power of Personal Narratives in Crime Prevention and Reentry: Process Evaluation of the Seattle Police Department’s IF Project in Corrections; Policy, Practice and Research.

William Parkin, PhD, coauthored Did far-right extremist violence really spike in 2017? in The Conversation, which was also picked up by the Houston Chronicle.

Rose Ernst, PhD, and Angelique Davis, JD, published "Racial Gaslighting" in Politics, Groups and Identities.

Ken D. Allan, PhD, Associate Professor of Art History, presented his paper, Mineral Vision(s): W. G. Sebald and Robert Smithson at the Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present annual conference, hosted by University of California, Berkeley at the end of October 2017. ASAP is an interdisciplinary organization oriented towards bringing scholars of contemporary literature, art, film and culture together.  Allan presented a part of a new project that comes out of his teaching of the German writer W. G Sebald’s book The Emigrants and the American artist, Robert Smithson, famous for his land art piece, Spiral Jetty in the Great Salt Lake.  Allan was part of a panel entitled, Solidity and Solidarity with colleagues Benjamin Widiss, Literature, Hamilton University; Elise Archias, Art History, University of Illinois, Chicago; Blake Stimson, Art History, University of Illinois, Chicago.

Elizabeth J. Dale, PhD, Assistant Professor, Nonprofit Leadership, published an article on Fundraising as Women’s Work with The International Journal of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Marketing as part of a special issue on fundraisers.

Amelia Seraphia Derr, PhD, MSW, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Sociology, and Social Work had an article accepted to The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society, Examining Heterogeniety of Social Support Among Asian and Latino Immigrants in the United States.

Sonia Barrios Tinoco, PhD, Associate Professor, Modern Languages and Cultures Department, created and chaired a special session called Un camino difícil/ A difficult journey: Cultural products about (il)legal Immigration at the 115th Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Conference in November. She also presented a paper entitled Aproximación a Campos de sueños, una mirada al mundo de la juventud migrante.

Theresa Earenfight, PhD, gave a talk at the University of Bonn (Germany), Dynastic Power, Charisma, and the Exotic Foreign Spanishness of Catherine of Aragon. Her paper takes up two questions: How does one become charismatic and attract the attention of other human beings in a way that gives one pause, that makes one stop and take notice? What are the markers of charisma that permit us to mark it and analyze it as a form of power and authority? She examines the sources and expressions of regal charisma Catherine of Aragon as the subject, paying close attention to her royal entry into London in 1501 and the allure of her exotic Spanish clothing and regalia.

Michael P. Jaycox, PhD, Assistant Professor, Theology and Religious Studies, published Black Lives Matter and Catholic Whiteness: A Tale of Two Performances, in Horizons, The Journal of the College Theology Society, Cambridge Core, Cambridge University Press.

Dominic CodyKramers, senior instructor in Theatre, gave up his SU Thanksgiving break, for the third year in a row, to design sound for A Christmas Carol at ACT Theatre in downtown Seattle this past holiday season.

Discovered box reveals grandfather’s baseball past in The Northwest Asian Weekly describes how Marie Wong, PhD, helped connect Doug Tsujii with his grandfather’s award-winning baseball career.  “It is one of the more gratifying exercises I’ve ever been involved with after such a long period of time,” Wong said of her role in helping connect the dots to finding Iga and unveil an interesting past his descendants never knew. “It took 103 years, three countries, and a number of people to see that this medal reached its home.” The story was also shared in the " Bulletin" published by Nikkei National Museum in Vancouver, BC.

Jodi O'Brien, PhD, gave a lecture series on "Gender and Sexuality Diversity" for the University of Washington Medical School.  This series is part of a lifecycle sequence for medical students and is broadcast to the regional network that includes medical schools in Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho (WWAMI).

Ali Altaf Mian, PhD, (Theology and Religious Studies) published the peer-reviewed journal article: “Troubling Technology: The Deobandi Debate on the Loudspeaker and Ritual Prayer.” Islamic Law and Society 24.4 (2017): 355-383. He also presented a paper entitled, “The Concept of Taqlid: A Philosophical Inquiry,” at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Boston.

Charles M. Tung, PhD, associate professor of English, presented a paper, “Apocalyptic Alternate History,” at the ASAP/9 Conference hosted by the University of California, Berkeley, Oct 26-29, 2017.  At the conference, he also presented work on the politics of multitemporality in a seminar on “Impossible Times.”

A new collection of essays edited by Sonora Jha, PhD, Professor of Communications at Seattle University, and Alka Kurian, Senior Lecturer in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington Bothell was published in November. New Feminisms in South Asia: Disrupting the Discourse through Social Media studies the resurgence and re-imagination of feminist discourse on gender and sexuality in South Asia as depicted in its cinematic, literary, and social media narratives.

Quinton Morris, DMA, was named to Music America Worldwide’s “30 Professionals of the Year: Movers and Shapers.”




Congratulations to the members of Seattle University's Ethics Bowl team, Samantha Fisher, John R. Gavin, Caroline Lambert (Humanities), Gavin Pandya, Serena Oduro, Garrett Solberg, and Hana Stodder, and coach Dr. Ben Howe, for taking first place in the regional Ethics Bowl competition. The Northwest region includes teams from Washington, Oregon, Montana, and Arizona. The SU team won five out of its five matches and qualified to go to the national competition in Chicago in March, 2018. Read the story in Seattle University News.

Seattle University’s debate union hosted one of the largest worlds style parliamentary debate tournaments in the nation in early December. With 68 teams coming from California, Kansas, Wyoming, British Columbia, Colorado, Illinois, Alaska, Michigan as well as the Northwest, attending participants commented on the tournament’s efficiency and hospitality—the tournament even finished on schedule. The tournament followed a successful quarter of competition for our young team of debaters who were in elimination rounds at the Lewis and Clark tournament and 2nd place open team and top novice teams at the Northwest BP Debate Scrimmage. The team meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:15 to 8:15pm each week for practice debating and topic discussions and is excited about competitions in the winter and early spring quarters.

Micky Rowe was accepted into the MFA in Arts Leadership but had to defer starting to next fall after being cast in the lead of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at Syracuse Stage in New York. He is thought to be the first openly autistic actor to play the demanding role of Christopher, a 15-year-old with autism who sets out to solve a mystery. He was featured in this New York Times story.




Aerica Banks, ’10, BA, Environment Studies, Public Affairs and Public Policy,  and Truman Scholar, was recognized in Forbes’s 2018 “30 Under 30, Social Entrepreneurs.” Aerica was recognized as a co-founder of BEACON, a Google funded organization working to transform Washington DC into a model city for an inclusive ecosystem that supports women entrepreneurs. She is currently a Patent Policy Analyst at Google.

Christopher C. Harmon , ’77, BA, Foreign Languages and Honors Program, has a new book out, The Terrorist Argument: Modern Advocacy and Propaganda, co-authored with Randall G. Bowdish. Chris' parents are Bob Harmon, Professor Emeritus, and Gina Harmon, who worked at Seattle U for many years, including serving as director of the International Studies Office.

Charlotte West, an SU alumna who received a Fulbright to Sweden is writing for Inside HigherEd and published this article with advice for counselors helping college applicants write their essays.




    • January 11, 8:30-10:30 a.m., Casey Atrium, Dean's Quarterly Coffee Break, College of Arts & Sciences and Matteo Ricci College.
    • January 11, 6- 7:15 p.m., Pigott Auditorium, Constitutional Stress Test: Can the Democracy Survive the Current President? Conversation with Bob Ferguson and Bill Ruckelshaus regarding the health of the American democracy. Sponsored by the Institute of Public Service. Tickets available online.
    • January 16, 6-8:30 p.m., Casey Atrium. Student Advocacy and Activism. The Department of Anthropology, Sociology, and Social Work’s year-long series of Social Justice Teach-Ins. ASSW students, staff, and faculty are working together in small groups to plan a series of social justice-related Teach-Ins, scheduled for throughout the 2017-2018 year.  Students, staff, and faculty from across the entire University are welcome to attend.
    • January 16, 12:30-1:20 p.m., Bannan Auditorium, #MeToo: Women, Media, and the Law, an informal conversation. Moderators are Professors Kirsten Thompson (Film Studies), Caitlin Carlson (Communications/Journalism), and Theresa Earenfight (Women & Gender Studies and History).
    • January 16, 6-8 p.m., ADM 203, Alumni Seminar Series, Christian Unity and World Peace: Ecumenism and Dialogue Among World Religions after 500 Years. (Series dates include January 30; February 13, 27; March 13.)
    • January 18, 11 a.m., Pigott 101, Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration. Agents of Change, film screening with Professor Hank McGee. Reading: “Letter from Birmingham Jail" Sponsored by Global African Studies.
    • January 18, 6:30 p.m. Casey, Rm. 516, Qualitative Research Interest Group: two former Seattle University graduate students, Matt Stichman (clinician at Fairfax Hospital) and Cynthia Engel (Director of Interdisciplinary Studies and Professor at Central Washington University), will talk about the ins and outs of carrying out a qualitative MA thesis, followed by questions and discussion.
    • January 23, 4-6 p.m., Casey Commons, Book Launch by New English Department Faculty Member Juan Reyes: A Summer's Lynching: a Novella in Thirteen Loops
    • January 24 - March 3, Opening Reception Thursday, January 25, 6-8 p.m., Hedreen Gallery, Favorite's Favorite's Favorite. In this new, annual, three-person group exhibition series coordinated and produced by Hedreen Gallery, Hedreen Gallery reaffirms its long-running commitment to support creative experiments and risk-taking from local artists. (Fav’s)(Fav's)(Fav) 2018 artists are (Fav)(Seattle) = D.K. Pan; (Fav)(DK) = Christopher Paul Jordan; (Fav)(DK*Chris) = RYAN! Feddersen. Learn more.
    • January 30, 6-8 p.m., ADM 203, Alumni Seminar Series, Christian Unity and World Peace: Ecumenism and Dialogue Among World Religions after 500 Years.
    • February 2-3, Seattle U Campus, Crosscut Festival @SeattleU.
    • February 1, 6 p.m., Casey Commons, Freedom Day Celebration: Jesuit Catholic Universities: Sites of Liberation or Exploitation?  Talk by Professor Thomas Murphy, SJ. Reading: Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution. Sponsored by Global African Studies.
    • February 6, 11 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Campion Ballroom, Internship Fair
    • February 8, 12:30-1:30 p.m., PIGT 102, WQ All College Meeting and Discussion of Matteo Ricci College Transition
    • February 8, 1:30 p.m., Women Writing the Body: A Reading and Panel Discussion with Reagan Jackson, Sonora Jha, Theo Pauline Nestor, and Natalie Singer
    • February 13, 4-6:30, Campion Ballroom, A&S Alumni & Students Connect, sponsored by College of Arts & Sciences Student Executive Council & Dean’s Leadership Council, Career Services, Board of Regents, Alumni Association
    • February 13, 6-8 p.m., ADM 203, Alumni Seminar Series, Christian Unity and World Peace: Ecumenism and Dialogue Among World Religions after 500 Years.
    • February 14, 2:30 - 2:45 p.m., Campus wide, Drill - Shelter in Place
    • February 20, 2018, 5:30 -7:15 p.m., Seattle University Student Center 160, LeRoux Room, Black & Brown Panel: What it Means to Be a Person of Color in the Workplace. Tickets available online.  The Black & Brown Panel is hosted by the African American Alumni Chapter at Seattle University (AAAC@SU) for members of the community to discuss topics and issues relevant to the black and brown community of Seattle University. During our first panel in February we will hear from individuals in the greater Seattle community about what it means to be a person of color in the workplace.
    • February 20, 6-8:30 p.m., Casey Atrium, Queer Trans Voices (Creative project), Department of Anthropology, Sociology, and Social Work’s Social Justice Teach-In.
    • February 22, 7 p.m., Wyckoff Auditorium,  Everyday Life: Impetus and Obstacle to KnowledgeLeroux Lecture, Fr. Michael Barber, S.J., Leroux Endowed Chair in winter quarter.
    • February 22, 7 p.m. Pigott Auditorium, Catholic Heritage Lecture: American Catholicism, Xenophobia and Immigration. Panelists: Arturo Chavez, Ph.D., Laurie Cassidy, Ph.D., and Catherine Punsalan-Manlimos, Ph.D. This year’s Catholic Heritage Lecture Series is focusing on the theme “That We May Be One: Racial Justice and the Catholic Church.” To prepare, faculty and staff are invited to join a reading group that will discuss Cassidy’s book The Scandal of White Complicity in U.S. Hyper-Incarceration: A Non-Violent Spirituality of White Resistance. The group will meet on Friday, Feb. 2 and 16 from 12:30-2 p.m. Books are provided, and lunch will be served. To join the reading group, please RSVP to
    • February 22- March 4, Lee Center for the Arts, The Madwoman of Chaillot, by Jean Giraudoux, Directed by Jane Nichols
    • February 24, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., SU Campus, Search for Meaning Festival


Graduate Program Information Sessions


  • January 10, 12;30-1:45 p.m., online, Master of Arts in Psychology Online Info Session
  • January 10, 5:30 p.m., Casey 516, Nonprofit Leadership Information Session
  • January 16, 6:30 p.m., Jefferson Building, Suite 401, MFA Arts Leadership Info Session
  • January 27, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Student Center, First Floor, Winter Quarter 2018 Graduate Programs Open House
  • February 7, 6:30 p.m., Jefferson Building, Suite 401, MFA Arts Leadership Info Session
  • February 13, 5 p.m., online, MFA Arts Leadership Virtual Info Session
  • February 21, 5:30 p.m., Casey 500, Nonprofit Leadership Information Session
  • March 1, 5 p.m., Online, MFA Arts Leadership Virtual Info Session


Academic Calendar

  • January 12, Last Day to Add/Drop or Change Grading Option
  • January 13-15, Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend: No Classes
  • January 22, Roster Checks for Winter Quarter Due
  • January 22 – February 9, Advising Period: Spring & Summer 2018
  • February 1, Last Day to Apply for Graduation: Summer & Fall 2018
  • February 2, Last Day to Remove “I” Grade: Fall 2017
  • February 1, Last Day to Apply for Graduation: Summer & Fall 2018
  • February 2, Last Day to Remove “I” Grade: Fall 2017
  • February 12, Registration Begins: Spring 2018
  • February 17-19, Presidents’ Day Weekend: No Classes
  • February 20, Registration Begins: Summer 2018
  • February 23, Last Day to Withdraw From Classes


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