Dean's Monthly Memo, May 2017




Congratulations to Arts and Sciences faculty who have received tenure and/or promotion:

Promotion to Full Professor

  • Rob Efird, Anthropology, Sociology & Social Work Department

Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor

  • Peter Collins, Criminal Justice Department

Promotion to Senior Instructor

  • Maylon Hanold, Masters in Sports Administration and Leadership
  • Julie Homchick, Communication Department
  • Wes Howard-Brook, Theology & Religious Studies Department
  • Kevin Maifeld, Performing Arts and Arts Leadership Department
  • Kira Mauseth, Psychology Department
  • Jason Miller, Anthropology, Sociology & Social Work Department
  • Jerome Veith, Philosophy Department

Professor Emerita/Emeritus Status

  • Tomas Guillen, Communication Department
  • Lee Holmer, Institute of Public Service
  • Trileigh Tucker, Environmental Studies Program

Communications Assistant Professor Caitlin Carlson, PhD, has two upcoming publications, likely coming out this fall. Carlson, Caitlin Ring (2017). “Lock the Bitch Up: Exploring the Role of Misogynistic Hate Speech in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Campaign. Will appear in Journal of Hate Studies Carlson, C.R. & Le, U. (2017). “Trim the Ribbon, Reconsidering the Ethics of Breast Cancer Campaigns,” Journal of Mass Media Ethics.

Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs, PhD, recently edited "Word Images: New Perspectives on Canícula and Other Works by Norma Elia Cantú," a collection of critical essays highlighting Cantú's contribution as a folklorist, writer, scholar, critic and teacher. "The Runaway Poems, A Manual of Love," a collection of her own poetry, was published recently as well. More information. 

Maylon Hanold, EdD , Associate Director and Instructor, Sport Administration and Leadership has two new publications:  Stead, V., Elliott, C., Blevins-Knabe, B., Chan, E., Grove, K. C., Hanold, M. & Smith, “Collaborative Theory-Building on Women’s Leadership: An Exercise towards Responsible Leadership in Advancing Women and Leadership: Moving the Needle through Applied Theory Building (Vol 4).(2016):37-50 and Cohen, D. T., & Hanold, M. T. "Finish Lines, Not Finish Times: Making Meaning of the 'Marathon Maniacs'". Sociology of Sport Journal, 33:4 (2016): 347-356.

Kevin D. Ward, PhD, Assistant Professor at Seattle University, Institute of Public Service had an op-ed published in the Huffington Post about saving AmeriCorps from elimination. He also had two peer reviewed articles accepted for publication: Ward, K.D. Forthcoming.  “Suited to Serve: The Antecedents and Perceptions of Public Service Motivation in National Service.” International Public Management Journal and - Ward, K.D., Epstein, D., Varda, D., & Lane, B. Forthcoming. “Measuring Performance in Interagency Collaboration: FEMA Corps.” Risk, Hazards & Crisis in Public Policy.

Charles M. Tung, PhD, associate professor of English, gave the keynote address at Florida State University’s first Graduate Literature Organization symposium, Bodies, Machines, and Objects: The Scope of the Inhuman and Posthuman, on April 14. His talk, "The Heterochronic Body of History: from Ontogeny to Alternate History," explored the relationship between the nineteenth-century biological concept of "heterochrony" -- the idea that variations in the onset, offset, and pacing of embryonic processes result in deformations of morphology and the species history it was thought to represent -- and experiments in the twentieth-century literature and art that likewise envision the body of the text and the body of history as a hodgepodge of ongoing times.  He also provided readings for, and participated in, a roundtable discussion, "Michel Serres's Flying Saucers, Mark McGurl's Time Travel," with grad students and colleagues.

Dr. Tung also was awarded a $900,000 three-year grant by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the Department of State for his proposal, “The Study of the US Institute for Scholars (SUSI) on Contemporary American Literature at Seattle University.” Tung will serve as Director of the Institute and principal investigator, with Ken Allan, PhD, associate professor of Art and Art History, serving as the Associate Director.

Allison Machlis Meyer, PhD, Assistant Professor, English, has been selected as an NEH Summer Scholar from a national applicant pool to attend one of 24 seminars and institutes supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Dr. Meyer will participate in an institute entitled "Beyond East and West: The Early Modern World, 1400-1800." The three-week program will be held at Indiana University and directed by Dr. Kaya Şahin and Dr. Julia Schleck.

Hye-Kyung Kang, MSW, PhD, Director, Masters of Social Work Program, reports that her chapter, “Decolonizing Social Work Practice with Immigrants: The Power to (Re)define,” was published in E. Pinderhughes, V. Jackson, & P.A. Romney (Eds.) (2017), "Understanding Power: An Imperative for Human Services." Washington, D.C: NASW Press.

Sonora Jha, PhD, Professor, Communication Department, presented a paper titled "Toward a Model of Public Scholarship: Interdisciplinarity, Creative Activism, and the Novel," at the 34th Annual Symposium of The Center for South Asian Studies at the University of Hawaii, Manoa, April 19-21, 2017.

English Professor David Leigh, S.J., PhD, published “Why Read Literature?” in Dappled Things: A Quarterly of of Ideas, Art, and Faith.  Vol. 12, No. 1. 2017.

Theology and Religious Studies Professor Ali Altaf Mian, PhD, gave this year's Naef Scholars Last Lecture on April 20 to an audience of SU students and faculty in the Wyckoff Auditorium. The multi-media's lecture title was "Gandhi or Fanon? The Question of Violence in Anti-Colonial Thinking." He has also been invited to present parts of his research on gender and sexuality in Islam at the University of Washington on May 5. His lecture is titled, "Spectral Queerness in Muslim South Asia."

Daniel A. Dombrowski, PhD, Professor of Philosophy delivered a lecture at the Metaphysical Society of America meeting at Harvard University.  The title of the talk was "Contingent Creativity as Necessary."  He has also been elected President-Elect of MSA, which will hold its annual meeting at Seattle University in 2019.

Awarded College of Arts & Sciences 2017 Summer Faculty Fellowships:

Dean’s Research Fellowship: (Faculty-Student Research Project)

  • Molly Welsh, PhD, “Chronic Exercise and Academic Stress in Undergraduate Students”
  • Naomi Hume, PhD, “Mapping Migration: Emil Filla, Otakar Nejedly and the Expressive Geographical Map.”

Faculty Research Fellowship:

  • Angelique Davis, JD, “From Mamie Till to Maria Hamilton: Black Mothers’ Quest for Justice.”
  • Tanya Hayes, PhD, “The Sustainability of Payment for Environmental Service (PES).”  

Promotion Fellowship:

  • Charles Tung, PhD, “Apocalypse and Alternative History.”

Sharon Cumberland, PhD, Professor of English celebrates the launch of "Strange with Age," her new collection of poems by, on May 3, 4 to 6 pm in Casey Commons.

Professors Emeriti George Kunz, PhD, and Steen Halling, PhD, have both been interviewed for the Archives Project at the Duquesne University Psychology Program, from which they received their doctorates.  The archive collects the stories and reflections of distinguished alumni. Kunz was interviewed by Professor Adam Will of Duquesne University at Seattle University on April 7; Halling was interviewed at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh on April 20 by Professor Claire LeBeau who is both a Duquesne alumna and a Seattle University faculty member. Halling also gave a public lecture on “Forgiving Another: Learning from Stories,” during his visit to Duquesne.

“Making Diversity Matter in a Nonprofit Accreditation Process: Critical Race Theory as a Lens on the Present and Future of Nonprofit Education,” written by Dr. Maureen Emerson Feit and MNPL alumni A. Emiko Blalock, and Khanh Nguyen has been published by the Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership in a special issue on accreditation for nonprofit studies.

American Politics Instructor Patrick Schoettmer, PhD, was featured in a recent Q13 story about Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant.


The 9th Annual Imagining the World: Study Abroad and International Photography Competition highlights the College of Arts and Sciences’ participation in the global community. Through this contest for students that study abroad and for international students on our campus, our students capture more than a moment in their experience—they share with us a very personal window into the world. Join us for the opening reception in the Kinsey Gallery on Thursday, May 4, 5 to 7 p.m. You can also view the photos here.

Study Abroad First Place:

  • Amy Bryant, Senior; Marketing, Entrepreneurship

Study Abroad Second Place

  • Tanya Petruk, Senior; English Major, French Minor

Study Abroad Third Place:

  • Mandy Rusch, Senior: Design

International Student Winners First Place:

  • Bowen Chen, China, Graduate Student; Master of Science and Finance - Albers School of Business

International Student Winners Second Place:

  • Kawla Alhamad, Saudi Arabia, Graduate Student; Special Education

International Student Winners Third Place:

  • Yukiyo Mitsuishi, Japan, Sophomore; Political Science

Study Abroad Honorable Mentions

  • Abdul Kassamali, Senior; Electrical Engineering
  • Mandy Rusch, Senior; Photography
  • Tanya Petruk, Senior;English Major, French Minor
  • Alexis W. Castle, Senior; French
  • Aidan Avery, Junior; Philosophy/French
  • Koby Andrews-Howards, Senior; Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies / International Studies & History
  • Justine Noel Skillings, Senior; Nursing
  • David Traina, Senior; Mechanical Engineering

International Honorable Mentions

  • Bowen Chen, China; Graduate Student; Master of Science and Finance - Albers School of Business
  • Andrea Calles Smith, Ecuador; Graduate student; Sport Administration and Leadership
  • Nhan (Tim) Nguyen, Vietnam; Graduate Student; Computer Engineer
  • Tanya Stark Loretto, Canada; Graduate Student; School of Theology and Ministry
  • Ning (Sharon) Zhou, China; Graduate Student; Master of Fine Arts - Arts Leadership
  • Hans Leandro, Indonesia; Senior; Finance

Environmental Studies major Jason McCue recently won the local Sound Off music competition and also made an appearance on King 5’s New Day program with Margaret Larson.

Seattle University Criminal Justice graduate students Elisabeth Walls, Sara Murphy, Chase Yap, Carol Burciaga, Elisa Kumar, Caitlin Sullivan, and Jessica Chandler participated in FBI mock child abduction training at Snoqualmie Ridge

Josef Venker, SJ, MFA, Department of Art & Art History, announced that five students have been awarded full scholarships by Write On Calligraphers to attend the 35th annual Letters of Joy Calligraphy Conference, May 5 & 6. Congrats, Anna Fuller, '19, BA/Humanities and BA Digital Design; Joey Grable, '17, BA/Digital Design; Emmelene Guzon, '20, BA Business Administration/International Business; Angela Kawano, '17, BS Nursing; and Mariel-Christine Mulqueen, '19, BA English.


Captain Benes Z. Aldana, ’91, BA Political Science (cum laude), chief trial judge of the U.S. Coast Guard, has been selected as president of the National Judicial College

Megan Leonard, Film Studies alum and Seattle International Film Festival programmer, was featured in the Seattle Times. “I started as a programming assistant at SIFF when I was a sophomore film student at Seattle University, and basically never let go.”

MFA in Arts Leadership alum Shirley Wang was featured in a KCTS story, “From China to America: Bridging Cultures With Music: How Shirley Wang is defying Asian music stereotypes with an unlikely instrument — the guzheng.” 

Seattle University's social justice mission is up close and personal for Areesa Somani, '17. As a Muslim-American, she chose to research hate speech for her Strategic Communications class project. Her activism and passion for service landed her an internship at President Obama's White House.


May 4 and 5, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Vachon Gallery: Digital Design Exhibition (final two days of exhibition)

May 4, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Le Roux Room (STCN 160): Chair’s Colloquium , Dr. Tony Greenwald: The Selling of ‘Implicit Bias." The concept of implicit bias is being sold both by psychologists bringing applications to public attention and by commercial  interests offering to cure the damages implicit biases can cause.  A byproduct of any scientific work being propagated beyond its originating disciplines is that non-experts will generate pseudo-knowledge that lacks solid empirical roots.  This talk describes both what is solidly established empirically and misconceptions that are best dispelled.

May 4, 4-5 p.m., Pigott Auditorium: The Film Studies Program welcomes actor and director Val Kilmer, who will talk about his new film, "Citizen Twain.” Please RSVP Shea Taisey of the English Dept to reserve your seat ( Limited availability, with priority given to Film majors; select reserved seats will also be available for English and Theater majors.)

May 4, 5-7 p.m., Stuart Rolfe Community Room in ADAL / Kinsey Gallery: Imagining The World Photography Competition Awards Ceremony and Artist Gallery Opening. Exhibition runs through June 2.

May 5:  5-7 p.m., Casey Commons: Master of Arts in Criminal Justice (MACJ) 10th Anniversary and Reunion,

May 5, 6-10 p.m., 6-10 p.m., Four Seasons Hotel, Ballroom: 32nd Annual Alumni Awards. Recipients include Arts and Sciences alumni, Jim Dykeman (University Service) and Carolyn Ronis (Community Service.)

May 5-7: Alumni Grand Reunion Weekend

May 6, 10 a.m.-noon: College of Arts and Sciences Open House, Grand Reunion Weekend

May 8-12: Priority Registration for 17FQ.

May 10 -21: The Big Ambition by Ki Gottberg, directed by Professor Rosa Joshi, Lee Center for the Arts. This new contemporary musical work, written on and with SU students, will look at an old fairytale anew, and explores the need to fit and/or defy cultural ideas of selfhood and success. 

May 11, 4 p.m. Wyckoff Auditorium: Rutgers University History Professor Leah DeVun, scholar, artist, and award-winning author, presents this year’s Seattle University Medieval Studies keynote address, “The Medieval Hermaphrodite: Gender, Race, and the Boundaries of the Human in the Middle Ages.”

May 12: Last day to withdraw from 17SQ classes.

May 12 -  9 a.m., Student Center 160. Launch of the inaugural volume of the Seattle University Undergraduate Research Journal (SUURJ) presented in association with the Seattle University Undergraduate Research Association (SUURA).

May 12, 7:30 – 9 p.m., Pigott Auditorium: Young Artist Competition and Festival

May 15, 5:30-7 p.m., Pigott Auditorium: “Activism is Our Heritage: Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and Activism.”  Remarks: Dr. Hye-Kyung Kang; Director SU MSW Program. Keynote: Miriam Yeung, former Executive Director of the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum and Activist-in-Residence, Smith College 2017. Reception follows.

May 17, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m., Casey 516: "Time Machines and Timelapse Aesthetics in Anthropocenic Modernism," Charles Tung, Associate Professor, English

May 17, 6:30 - 8:30, Pigott Auditorium: "Liberalism and Racial Justice," Seattle University Department of Philosophy Endowed Lecture with Dr. Charles W. Mills, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, City University of New York Graduate Center

May 18, 4:30-7:30 p.m., Vachon Gallery: BFA Photography Exhibition Reception. Exhibition runs through June 9.

May 22, 8 p.m., Pigott Auditorium: Seattle University Choirs Talent Show

May 25, 5-7 p.m., Campion: Senior Class Toast: Faculty and staff are invited by individuals in appreciation for their support.

May 29, 7:15 a.m., Friends of American Lake Veterans Golf Course: Tee-Off-Fore-Troops: MSAL sponsored golf tournament honoring veterans.

June 2: All College Day

June 2, 7:30 p.m., Pigott Auditorium: Fall Student Chamber Concert

June 9, 4 p.m., Pigott Auditorium: A&S Undergraduate Awards Ceremony

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

Grad Program Info sessions

May 17, 5:30 p.m., Casey Atrium: Graduate Programs in Nonprofit Leadership, 5:30 p.m.


The next Dean’s Monthly Memo comes out in June. Send items for the next issue to Karen Bystrom by May 17.