Dean's Monthly Memo, June 2017


Congratulations to all involved in publishing the inaugural issue of the Seattle University Undergraduate Research Journal (SUURJ.)

Even if you were unable to make the annual College of Arts and Sciences All College Day event for faculty and staff last Friday, we hope you can still find a moment to congratulate this year’s Outstanding Faculty and Staff Award recipients:

  • Outstanding Advising Award: Erica Lilleleht, Psychology
  • Collegiality Award: Maria Carl, Philosophy
  • Outstanding Contract Faculty Award: Jason Miller, Anthropology, Sociology and Social Work
  • Outstanding Scholarship Award: Gabriella Gutierrez y Muhs, Women and Gender Studies
  • Outstanding Service Award: Kate Elias, Dean’s Office
  • Outstanding Staff Award: Em Olson, Art and Art History, Performing Arts and Arts Leadership
  • Outstanding Teaching Award: Angelique Davis, Political Science, Global African Studies
  • Dean’s “Unsung Heroes” Award: Sarah Curtis-Tilton, Nonprofit Leadership

Thanks to Heather Ries, Bruce Decker, Kate Reynolds, Kevin Krycka and the College Awards Committee for their hard work on our annual celebration.


Two faculty members have received Fulbright Awards. Larry Hubbell, PhD, Professor and Director of the Institute of Public Service will teach at Chittagong University in Chittagong, Bangladesh under a Specialist Award. Russ Lidman, PhD, Professor Emeriti and former Director of the Institute of Public Service, will be teaching at the Universidad de Guadalajara in June and July and then at the Instituto Tecnologico Autonoma de Mexico (ITAM) in Mexico. Read more.

Mary Kay Brennan, MSW, LICSW, Director of Seattle University’s Bachelors in Social Work announced that two prestigious undergraduate awards have been renamed in honor of two pioneers in the field of social work. The Dr. Madeline Lovell Academic Excellence Award is bestowed on the graduating senior with the highest cumulative GPA. The Taylene Watson, MSW Social Justice Award is bestowed on the graduating senior who demonstrates a steadfast commitment to advancing social justice through leadership while at Seattle University. The recipients of the 2017 awards, which will be presented on June 9 at the Seattle University Awards ceremony, are Sydney Schafer, Dr. Madeline Lovell Academic Excellence Award and Clarissa Alegre Jovellanos, Taylene Watson, MSW Social Justice Award. Read more.

Amelia Seraphia Derr, MSW, PhD, Assistant Professor of Social Work, and MSW student Maria Abdullahi recently worked with the Immigrant Family Institute in the City of Seattle’s Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs. Read more in The International Examiner

Dr. Derr was also accepted into the University of Oxford Refugee Studies Centre Summer Program on Forced Migration and will be attending in July. This selective program brings together 70 people - migrants, practitioners, and academics - from around the world to discuss best practices for meeting the needs of immigrants and refugees, and to make lasting relationships with others in the field of migration-response.

Peter Ely, SJ, of the Theology Dept delivered a paper on May 12 at the Western Regional Conference on Christianity and Literature at Point Loma University in San Diego; his topic was "Revisiting Camus' The Stranger through the lens of Daoud's The Meursault Investigation."  David Leigh, SJ from the English Department gave a paper in the same session on "Spirituality and Literature in Two Recent Novels."

Charles M. Tung, PhD, associate professor of English, gave the keynote lecture, “The Angel of Alternate History in the Space Between,” at the 19th annual conference of The Space Between: Literature and Culture 1914–1945, at the University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS, on May 26, 2017.  Tung was interviewed by The Space Between Journal in advance of the conference; read the interview.  His talk focused on strange conceptions of time and future possibilities that arose in the 1930s, which were defined by the rise of fascism, actuarial impulses of New Deal modernisms, and reconfigurations of hope in dark times.

In addition, Tung was so happy to speak to Seattle University students at the University Honors Program’s Touchstone Lecture, “Time Machines, Anthropocene Clocks, and Alternate History,” May 22, 2017. 

Hye-Kyung Kang, PhD, MSW, Director, Masters of Social Work Program and Associate Professor, presented her paper, “Influence of Culture and Community Perceptions on Birth and Perinatal Care
of Immigrant Women: Doulas’ Perspective” at the 13th International Conference on Nursing and Midwifery (ICNM), May 26-27 in Lisbon, Portugal. The conference was organized by International Association for Promotion of Healthcare and Life-Science Research (IAPHLSR). She was also accepted to the Council on Social Work Education Program Director Academy (July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018), a leadership academy for social work program directors.

Sean McDowell, Associate Professor of English and Director of the University Honors Program, concluded his term as President of the South-Central Renaissance Conference at its 65th Annual Meeting, “Exploring the Renaissance 2017:  An International Conference,” where he also presented a paper, “‘Lesse Curiosity to Hear News’:  Marvell’s Letters to Lord Wharton,” in a session sponsored by the Andrew Marvell Society.  Another of his studies of the correspondence of seventeenth-century poet and member of Parliament, Andrew Marvell, has just been published as “Justus Lipsius, Andrew Marvell, and Epistolary Style” in Marvell Studies 2.1 (2017):  1-20.

Jason E. Miller, PhD, MPH, Instructor of Anthropology, recently published a chapter titled: "This is What I Want for My Children: A Case Study of Digital Storytelling with Latino Im/migrant Parents in Central Florida” in the edited volume M. Nuñez-Janes, A. Thornburg, and A. Booker (2017) Deep Stories: Practicing, Teaching, and Learning Anthropology with Digital Storytelling. De Gruyter. He and community partner Valerie Tran from InterIMCDA in the International District, were recently selected to participate in the NIH sponsored Community-based Participatory Research Academy at the University of Michigan College of Public Health. Twelve teams of one faculty member and one community partner are selected each year to participate in an intensive summer training in participatory health-focused research and then supported while seeking NIH grants to fund the team’s community-based research agenda.

The Universidad Iberoamericana Puebla paid homage to Professor Jaime Perozo for founding Seattle University’s Latin American Studies Program and for successfully leading it for 25 years. Some of the press notes state: “To celebrate life and those who are present in it is synonym of gratefulness. It is for that reason that the Universidad Iberoamericana Puebla, through the Department of Academic Affairs, organized a ceremony to commemorate the XXV Anniversary of Seattle University’s Latin American Studies Program (LASP)” Read more here and here.

Kevin C Krycka, PsyD, has been asked to co-direct a new center based in the work of his mentor, the late Eugene Gendlin. He will join three other international scholars to advance Dr. Gendlin’s work at the Eugene T. Gendlin Center for Research in Experiential Philosophy and Psychology.

Stephen K. Rice, PhD, was interviewed by WalletHub as part of their "Ask the Experts" series on two questions, 1) What is the long-term outlook for the law-enforcement field and 2) What measures should police undertake to improve relationships with the community, especially in minority communities?

Theresa Earenfight, PhD, Professor of History and Interim Director, Office of Fellowships presented a paper at the Gender and Power conference at the University of Chicago: “Volatile, Fragile, and Unstable: Illusions of Women and Power,” on May 8.

Political Science faculty member Rose Ernst and Sociologist Rachel E. Luft co-authored an article for the Oxford Handbook volume on U.S. Women’s Social Movement Activism. Ernst, Rose and Rachel E. Luft. 2017. “Welfare, Poverty, and Low-Wage Employment.” U.S. Women’s Social Movement Activism: The Oxford Handbook of U.S. Women’s Social Movement Activism, eds Holly J. McCammon, Lee Ann Banaszak, Verta Taylor, and Jo Reger. Oxford University Press. [Invited chapter. Authors in alphabetical order].

David Patrick Connor, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Criminal Justice recently co-authored “Public and professional views of Sex Offender Registration and Notification. Criminology, Criminal Justice, Law & Society," 18(1), 1-27, with Richard Tewksbury.

Quinton Morris, DMA, Associate Professor in Performing Arts and Arts Leadership in the College of Arts and Sciences and director of Seattle University’s Chamber and Instrumental Music Program will receive the 2017 Provost's Faculty Award for Excellence in Research, Scholarship, and Creative Endeavors

Felipe Murtinho, PhD, Assistant Professor, International Studies and Institute of Public Service, coauthored “Communal Participation in Payment for Environmental Services (PES): Unpacking the Collective Decision to Enroll. Environmental Management,” 59(6), 939-955, Murtinho, F. and TM Hayes (2017) and “The impact of payments for environmental services on communal lands: An analysis of the factors driving household land-use behavior in Ecuador,” World Development, 93, 427-446, Hayes, TM, F. Murtinho and H. Wolf (2017)

English Professor and department chair María Bullón-Fernández, PhD, published “Gower and Gender” in The Routledge Research Companion to John Gower, ed. Ana Sáez-Hidalgo, Brian Gastle, and R. F. Yeager.

Sven Arvidson, Director and Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies, has been named Co-Editor of Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies. A print journal founded in 1982, it is the flagship publication of the international Association for Interdisciplinary Studies.

SU Department of Criminal Justice Drs. Matt Hickman and Pete Collins spoke before the WA State Supreme Court Minority and Justice Commission on jury diversity and the lack across Washington state on May 24. Dr. Hickman and Collins’ research was also featured in a Q13 news story, “Jury of your peers? Not if you’re a minority in Washington, study shows.” These are only the most recent of Drs. Hickman and Collins work that is making its way into key legislative policy and discourse following the recent use of their work on the economic costs of capital sentencing in WA (and other states) death penalty abolition legislation.


Jessica Chandler (Master of Arts in Criminal Justice-Investigative Criminology and College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Leadership and Professional Engagement Awardee) and Brooke Fincken (Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice-Forensic Psychology) were hired by Seattle Police Department and will begin Basic Law Enforcement Academy just a day after graduation.

Congratulations to graduating senior anthropology major Palmyra Jackson who was awarded a prestigious summer internship co-sponsored by the American Anthropological Association (AAA) and the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art (SNMAA). Only two graduating seniors or first-year graduate students from across the country are selected each year for the highly competitive AAA Summer Internship Program. Jackson will split her time between interning at the AAA offices in Arlington, VA and with the SNMAA in Washington, DC where she will help curate an upcoming exhibition.

Heidi Franz graduates with a BFA Photography on June 10, and she celebrated another milestone in late April when she earned three gold medals and two silver medals as the sole Seattle U competitor at the USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships in Boulder, Colorado. Read more

The SU English Department Honors Program salutes twelve students who presented papers at conferences this spring. Melissa Schade and Jane Kidder presented at all three conferences, with 3 conferences; Natalie Jaech, Brendan Kehoe, Emma Foster, and Jeffery Harrell presenting at two. The other students presenting included Annabelle ForsterHailey SpencerJuliet Von RohrMolly MartinMichael McDonnellClarissa Olivares, and Melissa Schade. Read more.

Congratulations to the College of Arts and Sciences students who received the prestigious Naef Scholarship for 2017-18.

  • Sufia Ahmad, Senior/Arts and Sciences, Psychology
  • Aidan Avery, Senior/Arts and Sciences, Philosophy
  • Conner Chung*, Senior/College of Arts and Sciences, Psychology and Criminal Justice
  • Nicolas Cruz*, Senior/College of Arts and Sciences, Sociology and Biology
  • Cole Dedmon, Junior/College of Arts and Sciences, Political Science
  • Marta Game, Junior/College of Arts and Sciences, Strategic Communications
  • Annet Rangel*, Senior/Arts and Sciences, Communication Studies
  • Marthadina Russell, Senior/Arts and Sciences, International Studies and French

*Returning Naef Scholar

Join us in congratulating and celebrating our undergraduate commencement award winners at the A&S Graduating Student Reception and Awards Ceremony on Friday, June 9. Read about this year’s award recipients.

Congratulations to the following students who will be awarded the 2017 Graduate Commencement Awards for the College of Arts and Sciences.

  • Wallace Loh Academic Excellence Award: Pavan Brar, Master of Arts in Psychology
  • Leadership and Professional Engagement Award: Jessica Chandler, Master of Criminal Justice
  • Social Justice and Community Engagement: Andrea Lim, Master of Fine Arts Leadership

Congratulations to our Letters of Joy Calligraphy Conference scholarship recipients, awarded by Write On Calligraphers, a local calligraphy guild and organizer of the conference on May 5 and 6, Angela Kawano, Senior, BS Nursing; Emmelene Guzon, Freshman, BA Business Administration/International Business; Joey Grable, Senior, BA/Digital Design; Mariel- Christine Mulqueen, Sophomore, BA English; Anna Fuller, Sophomore, BA/Humanities and BA Digital Design.)

Results of the 2017 "Count Us In" point-in-time count of homelessness were announced by All Home last week. The sobering news, sensitively presented, included an infographic created for All Home by project assistant for the Project on Family Homelessness, Seattle University senior Mandy Rusch.

Faculty & Staff Generosity – Thank you!

As we reach the end of spring quarter, we are sharing an update on the SU Faculty & Staff Giving Campaign. As of Wednesday, May 31, SU is at 33% participation in the campaign. This means that 33% of eligible faculty and staff (full time, non-adjunct) have made a financial contribution, of any size, to Seattle University this academic year. The College of Arts and Sciences is at 17%. These gifts, no matter the size, are an additional signal to our community – alumni, parents, students, and our neighborhood – that we truly believe in the work we are doing every day. Thank you to all who have made a gift this academic year. As a reminder gifts made through Seattle U Gives and Give Big count toward our Faculty and Staff giving.

If you haven’t participated in the campaign yet, there is still time! Please consider making your gift before the end of the quarter.

You can also print the forms and return a hard copy to advancement Services, located in ADMN 305B.

Thank you for sharing all of your gifts with Seattle University, each and every day. In gratitude, Katie Chapman, ’98, Development Director


Public events

  • June 9, 4-5 p.m., ceremony, 5-6 p.m., reception, Pigott Auditorium, A&S Graduating Student Reception and Awards. The College of Arts and Sciences is proud  to invite faculty, staff, graduating seniors and their families to celebrate at the College of Arts and Sciences Graduating Student Reception and Awards Ceremony. This event formally recognizes undergraduate student achievement and is one of the high points of the academic year. This ceremony and reception convey a sense of intellectual excitement and promise of future success to our entire graduating class.
  • June 9, 6-8 p.m., Kinsey Gallery, Art Honors Showcase
  • June 10, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Pigott Building: MFA in Arts Leadership Project Presentations
  • June 10, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m., Sheraton Hotel Grand Ballroom: President’s Commencement Brunch
  • June 11, 9:30 a.m., Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony
  • June 11, 3 p.m., Graduate Commencement Ceremony
  • June 28, noon – 1 p.m., online via Zoom Video, Master of Nonprofit Leadership information session
  • July 12, 6:30- 9 p.m. (tentative) Pigott Auditorium, Seattle Mayoral Candidate Forum on Housing and Homelessness. Moderated by Enrique Cerna of KCTS-TV. Presented by Seattle University’s Project on Family Homelessness (Institute of Public Service) and Solid Ground, in partnership with leading local housing and homelessness advocacy organizations. The event is free; registration will open mid- to late June. For more information, please contact Catherine Hinrichsen.

Academic Calendar

  • June 14, by noon, Spring grades due.
  • June 19, first 4-week, 8-week and 10-week sessions begin
  • June 23, last day to add/drop or change grading option, first 4-week, 8-week and 10- week sessions
  • July 3, last day to withdraw, first 4-week session
  • July 15, last class day, first 4-week session
  • July 17, second 4-week session begins
  • July 21, last day to add/drop or change grading option, second 4- week session
  • July 24, last day to withdraw, 8-week session
  • July 31, last day to withdraw, second 4-week session
  • August 7, last day to withdraw, 10-week session
  • August 12, last class day, 8-week & second 4-week session
  • August 14, intersession begins
  • August 16, noon, grades due first 4-week, second 4-week, and 8- week
  • August 28, last day to withdraw from intersession classes
  • August 30, grades due by noon for 10-week session
  • September 9, last class day for intersession
  • September 13, noon, grades for intersession due

The next Dean’s Monthly Memo comes out in September. Send items for the next issue to Karen Bystrom by August 15. (Feel free to send as they happen!)