Dean's Monthly Memo, November 2017


To support our work on intersectionality, we have added a section to the Faculty and Staff Resources area of the website, Social Justice, Inclusion and Intersectionality:

The page includes links to content from the Office of Institutional Inclusion and the Office of Multicultural Affairs. We will add content as it is developed. We also want this to be a place for faculty and staff to share information.  Please send suggested content and events (both on and off campus) that you think will be helpful to both Sonora Jha and Karen Bystrom.

Works in Progress Brown Bag Series

On November 16, 12:30 to 1:30, in Casey 516, Dr. Tanya Hayes and Dr. Felipe Murtinho will present their joint work on equity payments for environmental services in Ecuador, and Dr. Molly Clark Hillard will present her work on contemporary British literature, nationalism, cultural relativism and resistance. Colleagues are encouraged to attend.

From Sonora Jha, PhD: "This scholarly event is a wonderful chance to engage with our colleagues' work and provide feedback and support. I am also glad that, per my request, the submissions I have received engage us more deeply with issues of social justice, representation and equity. While I have received enough submissions (excellent ones) for the year, I would welcome more and perhaps hold this event twice a quarter."

Tenth Annual Imagining the World Photography Competition—Call for Entries

Submission Deadline: Monday, Dec. 4, midnight

The tenth 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, students, faculty and staff capture more than a moment in their experience—they share with us a very personal window into a world. Students currently enrolled at Seattle University who have participated in a study abroad program while attending SU, or are currently international students attending SU, as well as faculty and staff, are invited to submit photos that address the theme: “Imagining the World.” Download the form that applies to you and submit your photos. Prizes for first, second and third place are $500, $300 and $200. Entries are judged by an expert panel and the winners are exhibited in the Kinsey Gallery with an awards celebration on May 2, 2018. Learn more and submit your entry.

Sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, Education Abroad, International Student Center, Xavier Global House and Global Awareness Program. For more information, contact Bruce Decker.


The Institute of Public Service welcomed Mayoral candidates Jenny Durkan and Cary Moon on October 16.  SU’s Dr. Larry Hubbell and Joni Balter, and Crosscut’s David Kroman facilitated the conversation. KIRO7 streamed the event live and you can watch the video here.


Tanya Hayes and Dr. Felipe Murtinho were awarded $496,164 in a grant from the National Science Foundation, Decision and Risk Management division.  The three-year funded project, “What Happens when Payment Stop?” examines how the loss of payments for environmental conservation is influencing household land-use behavior and communal governance systems. Read more online.

Rachel Luft wrote a research memo, Beware of Recovering the Worst Parts: Race, Class, and Gender Guidelines for a Just Recovery, on the intersectional lessons of disaster recovery that is featured in the National Hazards Center’s Research Counts series as part of their effort to bring scholarship to post-disaster decision making in light of the recent spate of so called natural disasters. She has also continued to be interviewed by the press about the disasters and race and gender, including Women are More at Risk From Disasters Like Hurricane Harvey, Newsweek; 6 Organizations Helping Women In Puerto Rico That You Can Feel Good Supporting, Bustle; and Even in a country battered by crises, American unity is temporary, The Washington Post.

Rosa Joshi received the Gregory Award for Outstanding Director for Seattle Shakespeare Company and upstart crow collective’s production of Bring Down The House. The production received four additional awards: Outstanding Production, Outstanding Ensemble, Outstanding Actress - Mari Nelson, and Outstanding Supporting Actress - Nike Imoru.

Dr. Quinton Morris founded Key to Change, a nonprofit offering discounted classical music lessons for underprivileged students. The program was featured on KSCT9 and in the Puget Sound Business Journal (sorry, you need to be subscriber to read the story.)

Associate Dean and Professor Sonora Jha, PhD, has been selected for the 2017 Barry Lopez Fellowship. The fellowship is awarded each year to a writer based in Washington or Oregon with a strong interest in issues of justice and equity and whose work resonates in spirit with that of Barry Lopez.

Hazel Hahn, PhD, published “Rounded Edges: Modernism and Architectural Dialogue in Ho Chi Minh City,” in ABE Journal: Architecture Beyond Europe

Elizabeth J. Dale, PhD, was named an Emerging Scholar by the Association for Research on Nonprofit and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) and will be recognized at the annual conference on Nov. 16-18 in Grand Rapids, MI. (Last month’s memo included news of her Best Paper Award to be received at the same conference.) Her article, “Fundraising as women’s work? Examining the profession with a gender lens,” that will be published in a special issue on fundraisers in the International Journal of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Marketing coming out in November.

Elaine Gunnison, PhD, published a new text, Community Corrections, with Caroline Academic Press.

Sven Arvidson, PhD, Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies, presented “What Could a Senior Capstone Be?” in October at the 39th Association for Interdisciplinary Studies annual conference, Baltimore Md.

Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs, PhD, did a series of radio interviews with KCBS.

On November 4 at Open Books: A Poem Emporium she read from an introduction she wrote for the forthcoming book Killing Marias by Claudia Castro Luna, who just finished her term as Seattle Civic Poet.

Galen Trail, PhD, has two new publications, including Biscaia, R., Trail, G. T., Ross, S., & Yoshida, M. (2017). A model bridging team brand experience and sponsorship brand experience. International Journal of Sports Marketing and Sponsorship, 18(4), 380-399 and Trail, G. T., Anderson, D. F., & Lee, D. (2017). A longitudinal study of past attendance behavior and preseason loyalty on actual attendance, postseason loyalty, and end-of-year loyalty. Journal of Amateur Sport, 3(1), 27-49.

Dr. Trail and Dr. Brian McCullough have new co-publications, Trail, G. T. & McCullough, B. (2017). Data-driven sustainability marketing campaign strategy: Using analytics to address communication, marketing, and business goals. American Marketing Association Conference. San Franciso, CA and Trail, G. T. & McCullough, B. (2017). Marketing sustainability through sport: Testing the sport participant sustainability behavior model. North American Society of Sport Management Conference. Denver, CO

Brian McCullough participated in the United Nations’ Climate Action in the Sports Sector Dialogue in Bonn, Germany, October 30 and 31.  The meeting was scheduled to take place before the 2017 COP meetings in Bonn to outline how sport organizations can align with the Paris Climate Agreement.

Christopher A. Paul’s recent publications include Paul, Christopher A. “Performing Masculinity: Free-to-Play and Game Culture.” ReFiG. Edmonton, Canada. October 2017 and Chess, Shira and Christopher A. Paul. “We’re Studying the Wrong Fucking Games: Non-Core and the Politics of What Matters.” ReFiG. Edmonton, Canada. October 2017.

Lucas Sharma, SJ, Instructor, Department of Anthropology, Sociology, Social Work: Lucas recently gave a paper entitled "Are We Brothers and Sisters too? Marginalization of African American Catholics" at the 2017 Meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion. Also at that meeting, Lucas was a critic in an Author-Meets-Critic panel for the new book Catholic Parishes of the 21st Century. Working with the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States and the Ignatian Solidarity Network, he helped produced a new ecological examen, accessible at Lucas also gave a talk at a parish retreat at Christ Our Hope Parish in Seattle and served as the emcee for the 2017 Ignatian Family Teach-in for Justice in Washington, DC, and gave a presentation there about an anti-racism reflection guide the Jesuit Conference and he are currently working on.

Russell Duvernoy, PhD, has published an article in the October 2017 (Volume 48, Issue 5) issue of Metaphilosophy. The article is titled "Philosophical Criteria in Whitehead and Rorty."

Daniel A. Dombrowski, PhD, will become the President of the Metaphysical Society of America in 2019.  Under his leadership the organization’s annual conference will be held at Seattle U, March 29-31, 2019.

Maylon Hanold was one of 40 invited attendees to the inaugural “Transatlantic Intersections: Cross-Cultural, Cross-Sectoral Dialogue on Women and Leadership” held in Brussels, Belgium on October 11. The event was organized by representatives from RedScope Consulting, ILA’s Women and Leadership Affinity Group (WLAG), and the Sophia Foundation. As a representative of the sport industry, Dr. Hanold engaged with other women practitioners, policy makers, academics and analysts from Europe and North America, reflecting on the political, economic, social and societal leadership challenges in today’s complex world, and identifying opportunities to advance women’s leadership, including their full participation in and influencing of decision-making in their countries, organizations, and communities.

Hanold presented two papers at the International Leadership Association’s annual conference in Brussels, Belgium in October. Her papers were titled “Toward a New Approach to Authentic Leadership: The Practice of Embodied Dialogical “Thinking” and the Promise of Shared Power” and “Collaborative Theory-Building on Women’s Leadership: An Exercise towards Responsible Leadership.” Both sessions focused on new models of leadership grounded in dialogue and positioned as effective models within the context of inclusive leadership practices.

Catherine Hinrichsen, MA, project director of the Project on Family Homelessness in the Institute of Public Service (IPS), presented at two national conferences for professional communicators recently. At the ComNet17 conference in Miami Beach, Sept. 26-29, Catherine joined project funder Kollin Min of the Gates Foundation and community partner Christena Coutsoubos of Building Changes for “Sparking a Communications Ecosystem: A Guide for Funders and Partners,” a workshop on building collaboration. Then, for the Public Relations Society of America’s International Conference in Boston, Oct. 8-10, Catherine and community partner Reiny Cohen of the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance presented “Lessons from the Frontiers of Data Storytelling,” about how local housing and homelessness organizations use data and stories to advocate. The latter presentation led to an article expected to be published in Nonprofit Communications Report (John Wiley & Sons) soon. Catherine was also interviewed by KNKX for How Seattle's Mayoral Candidates Hope To Solve Homelessness.


Lawrence Pitre, MFA ’17, has been featured widely in media recently, highlighting his part of his thesis, a series of 28 colorful paintings that reflect his passion for community and cultural history.  "We Are One" series documents the rapidly changing landscape of Seattle's Central Area and captures the rich cultural fabric of one of the city's oldest neighborhoods. The paintings were recently on view at the Northwest African American Museum. Watch the Seattle Channel documentary.

Alex Stone, BPA ‘12, is featured in the latest issue of A World Awaits You (AWAY): Spotlight on Sub-Saharan Africa.

Alumni & Students

Dee Smolar MFA ’17,and Jhenn Whalen MFA  ’18, presented at the Social Theory, Politics and the Arts (STP&A 2017) Conference in Minneapolis on October 13 and 14. The topic was Creative Disruption in the Arts. Also presenting were Boiye Kim, MFA ’15, who is now a PhD student at Hongik University, and Wong Jo Chang (former MFAL Faculty member) teaching at Hongkik University, South Korea.


Congratulations to Rosie Sabaric on her new position as Program Coordinator with the Art & Art History and Performing Arts & Arts Leadership programs. Welcome to Lilly Newell, our interim Senior Administrative Assistant in the Dean's Office. 



  • Nov. 7, noon, online, MSW Information Session
  • Nov. 7, 5-6:30 p.m., Admin 321, Women & Social Organizing in Tunisia and Egypt: Panel Discussion, presented by SU Women & Gender Studies, supported by the United States Department of State Professional Fellows Program.
  • Nov. 7, 6-8:30 p.m., Admin 221, Alumni Seminar Series
  • Nov. 9-19, Lee Center for the Arts, Mother Courage, by Berthold Brecht, directed by Rosa Joshi and featuring Ki Gottberg as Mother Courage. Buy tickets online.
  • Nov. 9, 4:00-6:00 p.m., John Popko Lounge, Library, Women and Gender Studies Book Launch Party. New Feminisms in South Asian Social Media, Film, and Literature: Disrupting the Discourse, co-edited by Sonora Jha (Communication) and Alka Kurian (UW Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences).
  • Nov. 9, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Jefferson Building, Suite 401, MFA Arts Leadership Info Session
  • Nov. 13, 6 p.m., Wyckoff Auditorium, The Global African Studies Program’s McGee Lecture. Dr. El Hadji Malick Ndiaye presents “Venus Noire,” a film about racism and misogyny in 19th century Europe. Discussion follows.
  • Nov. 14, 5-7 p.m., LeRoux Room, Book launch: A Clan Mother’s Call: Reconstructing Haudenosaunee Cultural Memory, By Dr. Jeanette Rodriguez with Clan Mother Wakerahkats:teh of the Mohawk Nation. RSVP by Nov. 10. Sponsored by The Indigenous Peoples Institute, The Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture, Canadian Studies, The Theology and Religious Studies Department, The Theiline Pigott McCone Chair and The Gaffney Chair
  • Nov. 15, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Casey 500, Nonprofit Leadership Information Session
  • Nov. 16, 6 p.m., on campus, MSW Information Session
  • Nov. 16, 6-8 p.m., Bannan 402, Documentary Film: "8 Borders, 8 Days" by Amanda Bailly. Presented by SU Women & Gender Studies.
  • Nov. 21, 6-8:30 p.m., Admin 221, Alumni Seminar Series
  • Dec. 1, 3:30-6 p.m., Casey Atrium, Arts & Sciences Holiday Party.
  • Dec. 1-2, 8 p.m., St. Joseph Church (18th E and E Aloha), Festival of Christmas Choir Concerts. Ticketed event. Choir Concerts Information Line: 206.296.5372
  • Dec. 5, 6-8:30 p.m., Admin 221, Alumni Seminar Series

Academic Calendar

  • Nov. 10, Veteran’s Day, No Classes
  • Nov. 13, Registration Begins: Winter 2018
  • Nov. 15, Last Day to Remove “N” Grade: Fall 2016
  • Nov. 22-25, Thanksgiving Break, No Classes
  • Dec. 2, Last Class Day
  • Dec. 4-9, Final Exam Week
  • Dec. 10-Jan. 2, Winter Break
  • Dec. 13, noon, Grades Due
  • Dec. 13, 6 p.m., Grades Posted to SU Online
  • Dec. 18, Non-matric Registration: Winter 2018
  • Dec. 25-Jan. 2, Administrative Offices Closed


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