Dean's Monthly Memo, September 2015

Upcoming deadlines

Oct. 1: All proposals for 2015-16 for Curriculum Committee review are due to the Rhonda Woods by October 1, 2015. This includes the following:

  • Proposals for study abroad courses
  • Proposals for significant curricular changes and changes which involve the budgeting process
  • Proposals for program changes which do not involve the budgeting process
  • Proposals to create a new course of a new core course
  • Proposals for other curricular changes

The forms are available on the Provost’s page here.
A checklist is on the T:drive at College of Arts and Sciences/All/Curriculum Committee Forms.
All completed forms should be submitted to Rhonda Woods by your department chair.


Arts and Sciences Convocation

The College of Art and Sciences Faculty and Staff Convocation is set for 12 – 4 p.m., on September 16. We will convene at the Great Hall at Greenlake, 7220 Woodlawn Ave NE, Seattle.

Convocation Transportation Information  

Campus bus shuttle: A shuttle bus will leave campus at 11:30 am from the 12th and E. Marion parking lot and pick up those wishing to return to campus at 4:10 pm at the Great Hall at Greenlake. Space is limited. To reserve a space on the shuttle bus, please contact Bruce Decker.


Meter-free street parking is available on some city streets close to the site. Underground paid parking is available in the Whole Foods complex across the street. 

Metro buses from campus: (1) Take Route MT 2 DOWNTOWN SEATTLE at E. Union and Broadway and exit at Seneca and 4th avenue. Walk to 3rd Ave and Seneca and transfer to Route MT 16 NORTHGATE. Exit at Woodlawn and Latona NE. (2) Take Route MT 49 UNIVERSITY DISTRICT at E. Pine and Harvard. Transfer at 15th Avenue NE and NE 42nd Street to MT 48 LOYAL HEIGHTS. Exit at East Green Lake Dr. N. and 4th Ave. NE.

Grant Includes Teen Photography/Videography Project

The Center for Community Engagement received a $156,000 grant from the Kresge Foundation for art and artisan programs at Yesler Terrace. Youth, under the direction of Photography Professor Claire Garoutte, will produce a series of photographic and videographic pieces related to Yesler Terrace, its history, and its transition into a new development. The completed work will be displayed in the various community, residential, and public buildings on the site. Faculty from the Albers School of Business and Economics and the College of Education as well as Professor Brynnen Ford, Master of Nonprofit Leadership program, are also involved in the grant. Details here. Also reported in the Daily Journal of Commerce here:

New Degree Offerings

New Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Arts Degrees

The new major and minor degrees in Interdisciplinary Arts with a Specialization Arts Leadership offer a comprehensive understanding of all aspects of working in the arts. The curriculum focuses on building the business acumen of young artists who plan to produce their own work or who seek work in an arts organization. Professor Kevin Maifeld directs this undergraduate program in addition to directing the MFA in Arts Leadership. More here:

New MSW Degrees

The College is offering two new MSW degrees. Recruiting is now on for the first 2-Year MSW degree program, 63 credits, which is designed for students who did not major in Social Work as an undergraduate. The first class will start in September 2016. The Advanced Standing MSW is a 10-month degree program (36 credits) designed for students who have completed an undergraduate Social Work.  The first Advanced Standing MSW will begin in August 2017.Hye-Kyung Kang, MSW, PhD, is the MSW program director. Details here. Hye-Kyung Kang, MSW, PhD, joins the faculty as the director of the MSW program. Kang focuses her research and teaching on social work practice, community organizing and mobilization in immigrant communities and communities of color, cultural citizenship, and critical pedagogy. More here:

New Graduate Fundraising Certificate

The Certificate in Fundraising Leadership, offered through the Master of Nonprofit Leadership program, addresses the critical need for nonprofit organizations to utilize effective fundraising to fulfill their missions. Students in the 15-credit program take classes online and come to campus on one Saturday per month during the quarter. The program is designed for nonprofit employees who need to expand their skills in fundraising, including current development staff, program staff who want to move into leadership, new executive directors, and new board members. Details here.
Rankings Update

International Sports Business Journal ranked the MSAL program in the top 10 for the U.S. and top 20 in the world for 2014. Congratulations to Professor Galen Trail, program director, and his colleagues Professor Maylon Hanold and Brian McCullough.

The website College Factual has ranked us 15th in the nation in the category “Liberal Arts/Sciences and Humanities.” We were the top Jesuit college in the West and came in second in all Jesuit colleges, with Georgetown receiving the #1 ranking. Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies ranked #4 in the nation and #1 in the West by Professor Sven Arvidson directs the program. More here:

Fall Alumni Seminar Series

What is Happening to our Common Home?  The Debate About Pope Francis’s Recent Letter on The Environment and the Economy

When Pope Francis’s letter, Laudato Si, appeared in June 2015, it caused a stir in
newspapers and media around the world.  It raised questions about the ecology and the
economy in the U. S., Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America.  What does this have to do with
faith?  With Catholic social teaching?  With our responsibility to creation and to human ecology?
Join us as we read and discuss this long and eloquent document about the future of our planet.

Join Seattle University faculty presenters: David Boness, Physics Dept; Wesley Lauer, Environmental Engineering; Catherine Punsalan, Theology; Jessica Imminaka; Patrick Howell, S. J. and others for discussion on the proposals of Pope Francis and participate in the worldwide debate they have caused. Seminars take place on 6 Tuesday evenings during the fall quarter. Details here.

International Development Internship Program

The International Development Internship Program is a 20 credit, three-phase academic program that explores social justice issues while cultivating leadership skills as a change agent at a local non-governmental organization NGO in a developing country. Internships are available in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Scholarships and financial assistance are also available for students starting this September. A 15-credit internship during the winter quarter counts toward one elective. For more information contact Professor Rishi.


Psychology faculty and alumni presented at the International Human Science Research Conference held in Norway in August. Angela Fernandes, MAP  '15, presented "The professional confessional: Moral integrity in psychotherapy and how a culture is healed one person at a time;" Professor Emeritus Steen Halling, presented "The lifeworld as the source of ethics: Interpreting Emmanuel Levinas," Professor Claire S. LeBeau presented "Embodied collaborative research and maternal guilt: A therapeutic style of inquiry,' and Psychology Chair Erica Lilleleth presentedd "Expecting the unexpected: Autopathography as a path to experiential understand."

Psychology Professor Kevin Krycka, MAP program director, was in London speaking on "A Horizon of Asymmetry: Toward a Psychotherapy and Psychology that Exceeds" and his new book, Psychology for the Other. More here.

Theatre Professor Rosa Joshi s directing the comedy “John Baxter Is a Switch Hitter” at the Intiman Theatre. The new comedy by local playwrights Ana Brown and Andrew Russell is inspired by an outrageous-but-true story that hits close to home. Joshi directs a vibrant cast of local actors including alum Meme Gracia '15. Current student Meghan Roche '16 is assistant to the sound designer. The play runs Aug. 20 - Sept. 27. More here

In the News: Photography Professor Claire Garoutte has been working with teen videographers and photographers to document the redevelopment of Yesler Terrace, Seattle's oldest subsidized housing project, on KING 5 TV here.

Music Professor Quinton Morris wrote the script, directed, acted, and recorded all for a short film on  18th century famed athlete-violinist-composer Chevalier de Saint-Georges.  Collaborating on this project were alumni Molly Tomhave and Katie Manteca (Theatre), Daniel Dovinh and Maggie Molloy (Music), and Michael Notestine (costume design). The film is set to be shown at the Seattle Art Museum on October 16 and at the Louvre in January. Watch the trailer here

Criminal Justice Professor Hickman and MACJ graduate Loren Atherley published “Reliability of the Force Factor Method in Police Use-of-Force Research” with Patrick Lowery and Geoffrey Alpert in Police Quarterly here.

Criminal Justice Professor and Chair Jacqueline Helfgott and Criminal Justice research assistants Chelsea Conn-Johnson ’13, MACJ ’16, and Natasha Wood ’15 issued “Seattle Police Department Crisis Intervention Team Culture Survey Final Report,” which presents results of a survey of Seattle Police Personnel on their perceptions of the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) model in law enforcement. A pdf of the report is here.

Helfgott, Conn-Johnson, and Wood also co-authored with Professor Matt Hickman, alumni Lauren Atherley, MACJ ’10,  Beck Strah, MACJ ‘10, and Elizabeth Neidhart, MACJ ’08, John Vinson, Chief, University of Washington Police Department, and Professor Joycelyn Pollock, Texas State University, “Evaluation of the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission’s ‘Warrior to Guardians’ Cultural Shift and Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training.” The report  presents results from an evaluation of the impact of curriculum changes implemented as part of the Warrior to Guardian cultural shift including Crisis Intervention Training , Blue Courage Training, and Tactical Social Interaction training. A pdf of the full report is here

Helfgott and Criminal Justice Professor Elaine Gunnison, along with graduate student Cecilie Wilhelm MACJ ’15,  published  “Correctional Practitioners on Reentry: A Missed Perspective” in the Journal of Prison Education and Reentry here. Helfgott was also interviewed by the Guardian re copycat shootings here

Helfgott, Hickman, and MACJ alum Andre Labossiere '12 published "A descriptive evaluation of the Seattle Police Department's crisis response team officer/mental health professional partnership pilot program” in the International Journal of Law and Mental Health. More here.

In the News: Theatre students Gabrielle Sigrist and Lizzie Aguirre, class of 2018, performed in The Importance of Being Earnest, directed by Theatre Professor Ki Gottberg, at the Merc Playhouse.. More here.

All College Day faculty-staff award recipients

A&S Outstanding Contract Faculty: Hilary Hawley, English
A&S Outstanding Staff Member: Stephanie Lewis, English
A&S Outstanding Advisor: Rick Malleus, Communication
A&S Collegiality Award: Katherine Raichle, Psychology
A&S Outstanding Service Award: Mary Kay Brennan, Anthropology, Sociology and Social Work
A&S Outstanding Scholarship: Elaine Gunnison, Criminal Justice
A&S Outstanding Teaching: Jaime Perozo, Modern Languages
Dean’s Award: College Shared Governance bodies – Faculty Staff Assembly and College Task Force on Shared Governance


In the News: Professor Maylon Hanold, acting director of the Master of Sport Administration and Leadership program, discusses ultrarunning in Pacific Standard Magazine here.

In the News: Sociology Professor Rachel Luft was teaching in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina hit. Who is at the greatest risk when a disaster strikes? What are the lessons learned? Read her op ed in the Seattle Times here:
in the Seattle Times here.

Professor Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs, Modern Languages Department and the Women and Gender Studies Department, is the inaugural recipient of the Provost’s Award for Excellence in Research, Scholarship, and Creative Endeavors. The award was bestowed at commencement. More  here.

In the News: ABC featured an article and posted the video produced by Film Studies Professor Evan Briggs about a preschool in Seattle, where child care takes place throughout a campus which is also home to more than 400 older adults. "Present Perfect" was shot over the course of the 2012-13 school year. More here. Also posted on WTOP, WJBD, WHAS, Good Housekeeping,, MTV, and other sites.

MFA in Arts Leadership Professor Deborah Faye Lawrence received a Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2015 Irving and Yvonne Twining Humber Award, from Artist Trust. More here.

In the News:  Communication Professor Sonora Jha published an op ed about the Charleston shooting and #BlackLivesMatter in the Seattle Globalist here.

Criminal Justice Professor Will Parkin published online, with co-authors Joshua D. Freilichb & Steven M. Chermak,  “Tea Party Mobilization and Power Devaluation,” in Sociological Spectrum here. He also published “Investigating the Applicability of Macro-Level Criminology Theory to Terrorism: A County-Level Analysis,” with Joshua Freilich, Amy Adamczyk, Steven Chermak, and Katharine Boyd, in the Journal of Quantitative Criminology here.

In the News: Criminal Justice Professor Peter Collins comments on juvenile crime in the Tacoma News Tribune here.

In the News: Seattle University's Project on Family Homeless, administered by the Center for Strategic Communications under the direction of Professor Barry Mitzman, is featured in the latest edition of Community Impact here.  

In the News: Criminal Justice Professor Matt Hickman on police training and reasonable use of force, in Crosscut here.

In the News: Institute of Public Service Professor Marco Lowe on the Seattle City Council primary election, on KING 5 TV here and a follow-up campaign update here. He also commented on the contest between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton here.

Congratulations to new committee members and thank you to everyone who participated in the nomination process and voting:

A & S Representative to the Academic Assembly, a 3-year term (2015–2018): Erik Olsen
College Rank and Tenure Committee, a 3-year term Full Term (2015–18): Tanya Hayes
College Rank and Tenure Committee, to serve the remainder of a term (2015-16): Naomi Kasumi
Curriculum Committee, two-year terms (2015–17): Matt Rellihan and Allison Meyer
UCOR Satellite Curriculum, three-year term (2015–18): Tracey Pepper
Graduate Satellite Curriculum Committee, 3 -year terms (2015–18): Elaine Gunnison, Kevin Maifeld
Space Committee, 3-year terms (2015–18): Laura Hauck-Vixie, Naomi Rosenberg. Carol Clay, Georg Koszulinski, Elise Murowchick, and Henry Kamerling
Global Affairs Committee, 3-year term (2015–18): Saheed Adejumobi


Jack Crook, Strategic Communications major, was named to the 2014-15 Honors Court by the National Association of Basketball Coaches for his exemplary performance both on the basketball court and in the classroom. More here.

Shirly Phung (MFA ’16) performed with top musicians from China and other local musicians for the Pacific NW Cultural Exchange Council’s concert, “Melody from China,” on July 25.

In the News: Seattle University in partnership with the Pacific Northwest Ballet celebrates with PNB Soloist Kiyon Gaines as he graduates on June 14. He gave his final performance on Sunday, June 7. Listen to the KUOW story here.

In the News: Criminal Justice graduate student Jennifer Burbridge, MACJ ’16, discusses her research project at the Seattle Police Department Southwest Precinct, in the West Seattle Herald. Read the article here.

In the News: Criminal Justice graduate students are conducting research for the Seattle Police Department, on KING 5 TV. More here.

Student in the News: Can Gulan, MFA '17, comes to Seattle from Istanbul. After working at the Smithsonian, he chose the MFA in Arts Leadership to learn the necessary tools to lead an art institution. More here.

Student Awards
Bill and Paula Clapp Humanitarian Scholarship for AY 2015-2016: Marthadina Russell, International Studies.
Washington Consortium of the Liberal Arts (WaCLA): Jillian Fields, majoring in Social Work with a Criminal Justice minor, won First Place for 1st and 2nd year students in the statewide essay competition on the value of a liberal arts education More here  


In the News: Political Science alum Malia Burns '06, is the principal of Summit Sierra charter school, which just opened in Seattle's International District. More here.

In the News: Sandrine Espie, MPA '11, co-founder of the nonprofit MUSES, is providing job preparation and assistance to refugees and immigrants seeking opportunities in the fashion industry, in the International Examiner here.

In the News: Social Work alumna Shiree Turner Fowler ’01 was named Teacher of the Year by Greenville County Schools. More here

In the News: Leilani Lewis, MNPL 14, Director of Communications and Marketing at the Northwest African American Museum  has been selected as juror for the 2016 edition of the CVG Show, an annual statewide juried art competition, in the Kitsap Sun here.

In the News: Recent graduate Charly McCreary, MFA in Arts Leadership ’15, is the co-founder and managing director of the Cabiri, here in the Queen Anne News here.

In the News:  Courtney Warner, new director at Carson City's Senior Center, received her Master in Sport Administration and Leadership in 2008. More here.

In the News: Journalism alum Martha Tesema, '13, was invited for this extensive Q&A article published in The Atlantic after she challenged journalist Conor Friedersdorf for his critique of the #‎BlackLivesMatter activism at the Bernie Sanders rally here.


Congratulations to Danielle Potter and husband Brian Dague on the birth of Bennett Potter Dague on May 14 at 4:36 p.m., 8 lbs 5.3 oz and 21 1/4 inches long.

Elizabeth Dale joins MNPL faculty in January. More here

Jaime Jamison joins the staff as the new Director of Development for the College of Arts & Sciences. Jaime, who replaces David Chow, will also work with the Fostering Scholars program in addition to his responsibilities for Arts & Sciences. Jaime joins us from the University of Washington School of Social Work where he served as the Associate Director for Advancement, successfully securing individual major gifts, bequests and corporate and foundation gifts totaling $6.7 M.Prior to his time at UW, Jaime has held leadership roles as a youth minister, infantry soldier, and project manager at UW Special Markets Office of Annual Giving.

Peggy Stevens transferred to the Department of Anthropology, Social Work and Sociology as an administrative assistant in the Master of Social Work program. Peggy previously worked in the MFA in Arts Leadership program.

New Part-time Academic Advisors in the A&S Advising Center

Leigh Miller comes to the college with previous experience in advising and the Office of the Registrar at Seattle University. A graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences with a degree in History and minor in English, she has additional volunteer and professional experiences in banking, religious education, youth programs, and ministry.

Amy Lonn-O’Brien has a Master of Education in Student Development Administration from Seattle University and has previous experience in advising, admissions, and teaching. She received her BA in History from the University of Washington.

Lauren Van Fossen, a graduate student in the Student Development Program, is working with first and second year students. Previously, she worked in New Student and Transition Programs and served in leadership roles in Greek Affairs at the University of California Los Angeles. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychobiology and is a member of the International Golden Key Honour Society.

Faculty-Staff Directory Updates

Have you moved your office or changed your phone number, title, or affiliation? Only you can update your SU directory information at this link:  To update your listing in the College of Arts and Sciences, please send your information to Laura Paskin.

Faculty Sabbaticals

The following faculty are on sabbatical for the 2015-16 academic year: Galen Trail, Maria Bullon-Fernandez, Phil Barclift, Jim Risser, Connie Anthony, Kathleen Cook, and Yitan Li.
The following faculty are on sabbatical for the fall quarter only: Jeff Philpott, Franc Guerrero, Lee Holmer, Marie Wong, and Dan Dombrowski.


Details are on the Campus Calendar here.

Sept. 9: Master of Nonprofit Leadership information session
Sept. 16: Arts and Sciences Convocation
Sept. 18: A&S Executive Committee Retreat
Sept. 21: First-Year Student Convocation
Sept. 21: New Faculty Training
Sept. 22: New Student Welcome
Sept. 22: Transfer Student Convocation
Sept. 22: MA Psychology Information Session
Sept. 28: Y en a Marre Presentation and Discussion
Sept. 30: Documentary Film Showing: Boy Saloum: Documentary on Y en a marre
Oct. 1: Mass of the Holy Spirit
Oct. 1: MA Criminal Justice Information Session
Oct. 2: Master of Social Work Launch Party
Oct. 5: MFA Arts Leadership Information Session
Oct 8-10: AJCU Arts and Sciences Deans Conference
Oct. 13: Dean’s Coffee Hours, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m., Atrium
Oct 13: Seattle Idealist Graduate Fair
Oct. 14: MA Psychology Information Session
Oct. 16: All SU Graduate Programs Open House
Oct. 21: Master of Nonprofit Leadership Information Session
Oct. 22: All College Quarterly Meeting
Oct, 28: Ursula K. Le Guin: Common Text
Oct. 29: MA Psychology Information Session

Save the Date

Dec. 4: Holiday Party
Jan. 13: Dean’s Coffee Hours, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m., Casey Atrium
Feb. 16: All College Quarterly Meeting, 12:30-1:30 pm., Casey Commons
Apr. 12: All College Quarterly Meeting, 12:30-1:30 pm., Casey Commons
Apr. 21: Dean’s Coffee Hours, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m., Casey Atrium
May 5: Imagining the World Awards Reception
June 3: All College Day

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