Dean's Monthly Memo, November 2015


Student Assistantships
Deadline: November 6, 2015

Each year the College of Arts & Sciences funds a number of student assistantships, and we plan to continue that tradition for this academic year. The college can support 5 assistantships at $910. As the rate goes up in January to $13 per hour, that would account for approximately 70 hours. These assistantships are intended to support faculty scholarship and creative work. To be considered for one of these assistantships, please submit to Kathleen LaVoy the following in electronic form:

  • One to two page description of the proposed scholarly work or creative project.
  • A description of the specific responsibilities of the student research assistant in one page or less.
  • A notation of the number of student research assistantships you have received in the past three years (2011-2014).

Applications will be assessed by a faculty committee (past recipients of these assistantships) using the following criteria:

  • Learning opportunities for the student.
  • Equitable distribution of research assistantships among faculty.
  • Potential of the work to lead to a peer-reviewed publication of presentation of work (e.g., the quality of the project design, evidence of prior preparation, having a publisher or presentation venue in mind)

Global Grants
Deadline: November 4, 2015

Funding is available for Global Grants in Academic Year 2016. These grants are intended to provide meaningful international experiential learning opportunities for faculty, staff and students. The updated Call for Proposals/submission form is available here.


New Curriculum Change Forms

A revised set of university curriculum change forms is now available here. The proposal forms include New Program, Revise Program, Suspend/Terminate Program, New Course, Revise Course, Delete Course, and Miscellaneous Change. The Office of the Provost will continue to accept the previous version of curriculum forms through Academic Year 2015-16, and will no longer accept the previous versions beginning in June 2016.

Please note: The University Core curriculum course proposals are handled through a separate process. A description of that process and associated forms can be found here.

Art Lending Library Opens

Good Neighbor is group exhibition-cum-art lending library that convenes the work of over 20 artists and artist collectives from the northwest and beyond. The Hedreen Gallery is functioning as a hub of dispersed activity, offering each of the sculptures, paintings, drawings, photographs, prints, and artist books included in the exhibition for temporary loan to anyone with a Seattle University identification card. Borrowers are invited to check out an object of their choosing, install it in their home for one week, and post a photograph of the work in situ to the gallery’s Instagram feed. Available pieces will remain on public view at the Hedreen alongside borrowers’ photos of absent works, which extend the exhibition into private spaces and bring domestic objects into spontaneous dialogue with art. The lending library program ends January 31.

Criminal Justice Department Launches Citywide Public Safety Survey

Under contract from the Seattle Police Department, Criminal Justice faculty and students have launched a citywide “Seattle Public Safety Survey.” The purpose of the survey is to solicit feedback on public safety and security concerns from people who live or work in Seattle. The evaluation and the implementation of the survey is being conducted by a research team that includes Criminal Justice Professor and Chair Jacqueline Helfgott and Professor Will Parkin, five graduate students who are research assistants/analysts housed in each of the five SPD precincts, and an undergraduate research assistant. The online survey is accessible here.



In the News: Institute of Public Service Professor Kevin Ward advocates for expanding national service opportunities in an op ed in the Seattle Times here.  

English Professor Sean McDowell, Director of the University Honors Program, has been elected a member of the International Association of University Professors of English (IAUPE).  This organization was founded shortly after World War II to ensure the continuance of the academic study of English as a global phenomenon even during times of future wars.  The association boasts more than 500 members on six continents.  It meets every year for a week-long conference, alternating between English and non-English speaking countries.  The next conference is in London in July 2016.  Membership is by external nomination and election only. Additionally, McDowell presented an essay on “Henry Vaughan’s Welsh Bird” at “The Marcher Metaphysicals Conference” at Gregynog Hall in Wales in October.

Communication Professor Caitlin Ring Carlson received the Faculty of the Year award for academic year 2014-15. Carlson was the overwhelming favorite based on votes cast by the graduating class of 2015. More here

Criminal Justice Adjunct Faculty member Dr. Stacy Cecchet consults on stealth-action tactical shooter video game Epsilon to ensure appropriate inclusion of subject matter on sex trafficking. More here.

Professor Angela C. Beard has been named to oversee the new graduate Certificate in Fundraising Leadership. More here.

Philosophy Professor Paulette Kidder published article, "Emergency, Climate Change, and the Hermeneutic Virtues," in Philosophy Today, Volume 59, Issue 4, Fall 2015.

Sociology Professor Jodi O’Brien has been named the inaugural director of the university’s Wismer Office for Faculty Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence. More here.

Latin American Studies Director Marc McLeod presented “Cuba and the United States Today” as part of the “No One’s World” program of the Global Affairs Center at Shoreline Community College in October.

In the News:  Music Professor Quinton Morris and his film "Breakthrough" are featured in City Arts. More here.:

The work of Art Professor Wynne Greenwood is on exhibit at The New Museum in New York City through Jan. 10. She recently won the prestigious Neddy award for Northwest artists. More on her exhibit here.

Institute of Public Service Professor Marie Wong is part of a historic restoration consultant team that is developing a plan for the West Kong Yick landmark building in Seattle’s International District, thanks to a grant from King County 4Culture. More here. Her commentary, "What’s going to happen to the C-ID without Donnie Chin?" was published in the Northwest Asian Weekly here.

Criminal Justice Professor Stephen Rice edited Envisioning Criminology: Researchers on Research as a Process of Discovery (Springer, 2015) with Professor Emeritus Michael Maltz of the University of Illinois at Chicago. The book includes his “Getting Emotional,” and a chapter by Criminal Justice Professor Matthew Hickman: “'I Want You to Wear Something for Me': On the In Situ Measurement of Police Stress and the Potential Rewards of Channeling One’s Inner Experimentalist." More here.

Philosophy Professor Dan Dombrowski testified before the European Union Parliament on the rise of anti-human rights extreme religious lobby groups in European institutions. More here.

Art History Professor Ken Allan joins Seattle Art Museum Curator Catharina Manchanda in a discussion of Robert Rauschenberg. SAM’s current exhibit "Robert Rauschenberg: Art and Life in Real Time," runs through July 4, 2016.  "Conversations with Curators: Robert Rauschenberg’s Material Culture" is set for Nov 18, 2015, at Seattle Art Museum, 6 – 8 p.m. Details here. SU students can come to the office in the Fine Arts building to register for a free ticket.


MACJ students Caitlin Healing and Raymond Cowles were selected as research assistants with U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services Offices Western District of Washington. Special thanks to U.S. Probation Chief Connie Smith who is a member of the Seattle University Department of Criminal Justice Advisory Committee and a CJ alum for developing this collaborative academic-agency research initiative between the Criminal Justice Department and U.S Probation and Pretrial Services. Throughout the academic year 2015-16, the students will be working with U.S. Probation and Criminal Justice Professors Jacqueline Helfgott and Elaine Gunnison on evidence-based practice in U.S. Probation. This is another exciting development and opportunity for agency-academic partnership.

English Department Honors student Vincent Chien '15 had his NCUR paper published in the Proceedings of NCUR 2015. His essay, "'Keep Them at Arm’s Length': Relationships between Homosociality and Power in Anthills of the Savannah," can be found here.  His work was selected when he was a junior, so he has now published in the NCUR journal two years in a row.

English major Annie Gala '15 was also published in the Proceedings. Her paper, "’Specks of Voiceless Dust’: Midnight's Children and the Impact of the Bildungsroman on the National Narrative of Postmodern India,” can be found here.
These two papers came from Professor Nalini Iyer's Literature of India course.


Details are on the Campus Calendar.

Oct. 26 – Nov 13: 16WQ advising period

Nov. 4: The "Story" Behind Nonfiction PEP (Profession, Education, Publication) Talk & literary reading with Kevin Grange ’04, author of Beneath Blossom Rain, and Lights & Sirens, 4- 6 p.m., Bannan Auditorium. Free.

Nov. 5: MA Criminal Justice Information Session, 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 7 & 21: Fall Preview Days

Nov. 10: MA Criminal Justice/JD Information Session, 12 – 1:15 p.m.

Nov. 10: Film screening, “Bloodworth, An Innocent Man,” 6 p.m., Pigott Auditorium

Nov. 12: Certificate in Fundraising Leadership Information Session, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Nov. 12 – 22: Theatre Production of “Female Transport,” By Steve Gooch. Lee Center for the Arts. Ticket required.

Nov 16: 16WQ registration begins

Nov. 16: MA Psychology Information Session, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Nov. 17: MFA Information Session, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Nov. 17: Bastard Feudalism in Late Medieval England: Purpose, Power and Problems, presented by Professor Alex Brondarbit, University of Winchester, 4 – 5:30 p.m., Wyckoff Auditorium. Free.

Nov. 18: Master of Nonprofit Leadership Information Session, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Nov. 19: MSW Information Session, 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 20: HD Broadcast, 5th annual Huffiness discussion with 8 national leaders and thinkers in Sports Medicine meeting at Texas A&M for 15-minute science conversations, sponsored by the Center for the Study of Sport and Exercise. 11 a.m., Pigott Auditorium. Free.

Nov. 25: Scratch, an evening of unlimited performance possibilities. Lee Center for the Arts, 7:30 PM. Free. Donations will support student produced work.

Dec. 1: MA Psychology Information Session, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Dec. 3: MA Criminal Justice Information Session, 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 3: Student Chamber Music Concert, Pigott Auditorium, 7:30 PM. Ticket required.

Dec. 4: Arts and Sciences Holiday Party

Dec. 4: Photography Lecture: Frank Gohlke presenter, Wyckoff Auditorium, 6:30 PM. Free

Dec. 4 & 5: Choir Concert: A Festival of Christmas: How Great our Joy! St. Joseph Church, 8:00 PM. Ticket required.

Dec. 8 & 9: Directing Scenes, Lee Center for the Arts, 7:30 PM. Free. Donations will support student produced work.

Save the Date

Jan. 13: Dean’s Coffee Hours, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Apr. 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 January. Send items for the next issue to Laura Paskin by December 4.

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