Dean's Monthly Memo, September 2016


College of Arts and Sciences Faculty and Staff Convocation

We will once again convene for convocation at the Swedish Cultural Center on Wednesday, September 14, 2016, from 12:30 – 4:00 p.m. (lunch included). The center is located at 1920 Dexter Ave N., Seattle.

Convocation Transportation Information
Campus bus shuttle: A shuttle bus will leave Seattle U’s Campus at 11:45 am from the 12th and E. Marion parking lot and pick up those wishing to return to campus at 4:10 pm at the Swedish Cultural Center. Space is limited. To reserve a space on the shuttle bus, please contact Bruce Decker.
Parking: Parking is free and available in the three adjacent lots to the Swedish Cultural Center. Meter-free street parking is also available.
Metro bus from campus: Take Route MT 12 Downtown Seattle and exit at Madison St. and 4th Ave. Transfer to Route MT 28 BROADVIEW on 3rd Ave and Madison St. Exit at Dexter Ave N and Newton St.

Now on video: The Danny Woo Community Garden in Seattle’s historic Chinatown-International District has welcomed immigrants from Asia for more than 40 years. Cultural Anthropology Professor Rob Efird enlisted the aid of junior Taylor Burmer to prepare an exhibit about the unique aspects of the garden for the Wing Luke Museum. The exhibit runs through March 2017. Read the article and watch the video here.

Gaffney Chair Focuses on Women’s Leadership and Partnership in Jesuit Institutions

Theology and Religious Studies Professor Jeanette Rodriguez, the Reverend Louis Gaffney, S.J. Chair in the College of Arts and Sciences, has planned a series of events on the role of women in Jesuit institutions. A public keynote address by Dr. Joy Gordon, Ignacio Ellacuría, S.J. Professor of Social Ethics. Philosophy Department, Loyola University Chicago, on “Jesuit Higher Education and the Challenge of Gender” has been scheduled for 7 p.m. on October 6. Dr. Gordon will also present to staff and faculty at a noon luncheon. In addition, Professor Jeanette Rodriguez has scheduled a series of lunches and leadership seminars throughout the academic year. Details here.

MSAL Named in Top 20

SportBusiness International once again ranked the Master’s in Sport Administration and Leadership (MSAL) among its top 20 master’s degree programs in the world. Professor Galen Trail directs the program. More here

Honors Program Transition

Across the winter and spring quarters the University Honors Program Revision and the proposed budget for the program were both fully approved. As part of the transition, Core Honors Director Yancy Dominick will assist in the change from the Core Honors program to the Innovations track of the University Honors Program. He will fulfill his appointment as Core Honors Director by transitioning to University Honors Associate Director of the Innovations track. Sean McDowell will be on sabbatical for the coming year, and while he will continue with some responsibilities strictly associated with the revision process, past Honors Director Jim Risser will serve as Acting Director of University Honors during Sean’s sabbatical. The newest and third track, Society, Policy and Innovations, will be in development over the coming year and the process to select the founding Associate Director of that track will occur in the coming year.

College Reorganization

Since this summer, Associate Dean Kathleen LaVoy has been serving as Special Assistant for Faculty Affairs in the Office of the Provost. Kathleen will be splitting her time in 2016-17 between her responsibilities in the College of Arts & Sciences and her new role. In order to cover the many responsibilities of her position here in A&S for this academic year, Psychology Professor Kevin Krycka has agreed to serve as Co-Associate Dean of Social Sciences and Graduate Programs (SSGP, Kevin has served several leadership roles, including Psychology Department Chair and Chair of the University Rank and Tenure Committee. He will continue his current university-level role as Director of University Summer Programs. The general framework for the division of labor is that Kathleen will be continuing to work on the longer term strategic issues and Kevin will oversee the more day-to-day concerns for our Social Sciences and Graduate programs. Associate Dean Kan Liang’s responsibilities are not affected by this adjustment; everything that went to him in the past will continue to do so.  

As of July 1, 2016, projects on homelessness, including the Project on Family Homelessness and American Refugees, are administered through the Institute of Public Service. Larry Hubbell, IPS director, has taken over the responsibilities as principal investigator, formerly held by Professor Barry Mitzman. Mitzman has resigned from the college and is now working at the Gates Foundation.

Fall Alumni Seminars Focus on American Culture and Politics

The fall alumni seminar series, "The Future of American Culture and Politics," looks at how we might find reconciliation in the midst of division over race, religion, economics, foreign affairs, security, and democracy. Join our distinguished faculty as we read and discuss ideas and proposals on the issues in the political campaign and its results. Seminars meet on 6 Tuesday evenings beginning in October. Open to all. Details and registration here.

New faculty

Kirsten Thompson joins the English Department faculty to direct the Film Studies Program. Her research and teaching focus on American cinema and media (film noir, crime, blockbuster, and special effects); New Zealand and Pacific film and media; German cinema; and film theory, history, and animation. More here.

Ebasa B. Sarka joins the Social Work Program as assistant professor. His teaching and research interests include racial disparities in social child welfare, intervention and prevention of child maltreatment, and multicultural approaches to social work practice with children, youth, and families. More here

The Political Science Department welcomes Patrick Schoettmer, PhD, to the faculty. Schoettmer focuses his teaching on American political institutions: Congress, the Presidency, elections, and parties. His research concerns the role of religious groups in politics in the United States. More here.

Three faculty members have joined the Communication Department. Shari Ross Altarac, PhD, comes to SU from Santa Barbara City College. Her teaching and research focus on media communication, broadcasting, public speaking, communication research methods, persuasion and argumentation, and multicultural conversations. James Clune, MA, joins the college after a lengthy professional career in public relations where he’s both worked for an agency and as an in-house PR resource.  He has taught at the University of Washington. His areas of expertise include public relations and media management, script and speech writing, communications strategic planning, advertising and collateral, and social media and website content. Curtis Coates, PhD, has taught a range of communication classes including, history of media, intercultural communication, journalism, media ethics, and communication studies. He comes to the Seattle from Millsaps College where he was an Associate Profession of Communication Studies.

Stella M. Gran-O’Donnell, PhD, MSW, MPH, an Albers School of Business and Economics alumna, is a lecturer in the Social Work program. She received her doctorate in social welfare from the University of Washington. Her research efforts address and promote the physical, mental health and well-being of traditionally underserved youth, refugees and immigrants, in places (social, natural, geographic environments) through the design, development or enhancement of culturally responsive community prevention/interventions. Her teaching interests include macro/community social work practice (including organizations and policy); program (planning and) evaluation; social work practice with refugees and immigrants; critical empowerment practice with youth; community-based participatory research; grantwriting and fund development; research methods and data analysis; qualitative research; and introduction to social work (practice).

New staff

Kayla Huddleston joined the MSW program as Program Coordinator in August. Kayla received her MSW from the University of Washington, with a focus on Administration and Policy Practice, in June 2016. Her email is, and her phone number is 206-296-5539. You can find Kayla in Casey 3W.

We welcome new advisors to the Arts and Sciences Advising Center. Alemayehu Bahta, an SU alum with a major in Theology and Religious Studies, joined the staff this summer. He earned his master’s degree in Theological Studies from Duke University. Before joining the staff, he coordinated service learning experiences for students at Duke. His email is and his phone number is 296-2840. Judyline Corpuz, also an SU alum with a Psychology major and Criminal Justice minor, started in August. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Antioch University and most recently worked as a College Support Counselor at Rainer Scholars. You can reach Judyline at 296-6961, email

Julia Campbell is the new administrative assistant in the English Department. She previously worked with students and alumni at UCLA School of Nursing. You can contact her at 296-5420, email


Students and alumni have recently published their creative work in literary journals: Senior Ashlan Runyan in The Boiler, Max Delsohn ’15 in CutBank, and Scott Broker ‘16 in American Chordata, CutBank, and Entropy.


The book Traditions of Eloquence: The Jesuits and Modern Rhetorical Studies, edited by Cinthia Gannett and John C. Brereton (Fordham University Press, 2016), features “The Changing Practice of Liberal Education and Rhetoric in Jesuit Education, 1600 – 2000," by Professor David Leigh, SJ, and “Jesuit Ethos, Faculty-Owned Assessment, and the Organic Development of Rhetoric Across the Curriculum at Seattle University” by Professors John C. Bean, Larry C. Nichols, and Jeffrey S. Philpott.

Music Professor Quinton Morris wrote, produced, and made his acting debut in the film “Breakthrough,” which was selected for inclusion in the 2016 Las Vegas Lift-Off Online Festival. The film honors the life and music of Chevalier de Saint-Georges, a violinist and composer of African origin who, against all odds, rose to become one of the most prolific and forgotten figures of the 18th century. More here.

Political Science Chair Connie Anthony delivered a conference paper at the Western Political Science Association, which was held in March in San Diego: “US Foreign Policy as Culture Change: Redefining Sexuality in Africa?”

The chapter "Aloneness is not the last word: A dialogal phenomenological study of deep connection," authored by English Professor Jennifer Schulz, MAP ’03, PhD; Instructor Kate Guts, MAP ‘11, Adam Pierce, MAP ’10, Elisabeth Romatz MAP ’14, and Emeritus Professor Steen Halling, PhD, was published in The Qualitative Vision for Psychology: An invitation to a human science approach (Duquesne University Press). More here.

Emeritus Professor Steen Halling and alumni Karl Chan-Brown, MAP ’01, Laura Anne Douglass, MAP ’10, Julia Keller, MAP ’10, and Marie McNabb, MAP ‘03 published "What is money? A qualitative study of money as experienced" in The Humanistic Psychologist (American Psychological Association, Vol 44, No 2).

In the news: Criminal Justice Professor William Parkin on the link between hate crimes and terrorism, in several media outlets, including and The New Republic here, also published in the

In the news: Theatre Professor Ki Gottberg directed "Venus in Fur" this summer at the Merc Playhouse in Twisp, WA, where she is the artistic director. In the Methow Valley News here.

The Office of Jesuit Mission and Identity announced that Professor Nova Robinson is a Jesuit Mission Fellow for 2016-17. The program engages faculty in a year-long exploration of the foundational principles of Jesuit education and practical application for pedagogy and scholarship. The cohort of fellows meets regularly throughout the year to support each other in the process of learning more deeply about our Jesuit educational mission, and faculty receive a modest stipend.

In the news: Communication Professor Sonora Jha’s op ed "Dear America, Our Boys Are Hurting" in the Establishment here.

Sociology Professor Rachel Luft presented the paper "Racialized Disaster Patriarchy" on a plenary panel, called "Natural and Unnatural Disasters: Human Crises and Law's Response," at the Law & Society annual meeting in New Orleans (June 2016). She also published "Men and Masculinities in the Social Movement for a Just Reconstruction After Hurricane Katrina" in a new book, Men, Masculinities and Disaster, edited by Elaine Enarson and Bob Pease. It is the first book ever published on disaster and masculinity. Details here. In her chapter, Luft focuses on gender identity, exploring the gendered mechanisms that differentially advanced men into movement leadership, and also the gendered symbolic meanings of ostensibly gender-neutral practices. Her interest centers on the practices that promote the dominance of men and masculinity after crisis as well as those that work to destabilize it.

Criminal Justice Professor Elaine Gunnison published Women, Crime, and Justice: Balancing the Scales, which provides a comprehensive analysis of the role of women in the criminal justice system as offenders, victims, and practitioners. More here.

In the news: Curator Amanda Donnan is featured in "New curator of Seattle University art galleries focuses on innovation, engagement" in the Seattle Times here.

Philosophy Professor Dan Dombrowski presented "A Rawlsian Approach to Nonhuman Animal Rights" at the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics at Oxford University in July.

Political Science Professor Angelique Davis was invited to participate in a small convening, organized by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, designed to address the issues of violence, trauma, and healing and the specific impacts on Boys and Young Men of Color (BMOC) scheduled for August 18-19, 2016 in Cincinnati Ohio, The goals of this interactive and engaging convening were three fold: (1) Develop a set of recommendations that will help the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the new Forward Promise national program office structure grants related to violence, trauma and healing for BMOC; (2) Identify ways the BMOC field can elevate trauma and healing, beyond educating communities about what violence, trauma and healing and move toward what is really needed for BMOC to address these issues; and (3) Determine if attendees are willing to continue working together and continuing the conversation on how best to elevate and leverage solutions for BMOC related to violence, trauma and healing.

History Professor Tom Taylor is presenting “Close Encounters: The World on Two Wheels” at Union College in Schenectady, New York, in mid-September. His talk is based on his research about Thomas Stevens, who successfully completed the first bicycle trip around the world. He will also conduct a workshop for the college’s history department to help them develop strategies on globalizing their history curriculum.

Professor Kevin Maifeld, MFA, was elected vice president of Association of Arts Administration Educators (AAAE) at the organization’s annual meeting in June. In addition to directing the MFA in Arts Leadership, Maifeld directs the BA in Interdisciplinary Arts with a Specialization in Arts Leadership. More here.

Communication Professor Sonora Jha is the latest writer-in-residence at Hugo House. More here.

Criminal Justice Professors Jacqueline Helfgott, department chair, and Elaine Gunnison, director of graduate programs, have been appointed co-editors of the Journal of Criminology, Criminal Justice, Law & Society for a three-year term beginning February 2017. The academic journal, a publication of the Western Society of Criminology, features articles on research and practice related to criminology, criminal justice, and criminal law and society. Also included are essays and commentary on crime, law, and justice policies. More here.

A&S Annual Awards
The following awards were presented at All College Day in June:

Outstanding Contract Faculty Award provides the occasion for the College to recognize a colleague in a full-time non-tenure track position who has met the criteria for the Outstanding Teaching, Scholarship, or Service Award (or who has made an outstanding contribution in a combination of areas): Kevin Maifeld, MFA in Arts Leadership

Outstanding Teaching Award provides the occasion for the College to recognize the successful embodiment of the Jesuit and Catholic ideal of liberal education by a colleague whose courses are recognized by students and faculty alike as being uncommonly rigorous and challenging, and whose delivery of these courses is again recognized by students and faculty members as having a major impact on the intellectual, spiritual, and/or personal development of the students. Innovative student-centered teaching methods deserve special recognition: Christina Roberts, English/Women and Gender Studies

Outstanding Scholarship recognizes the publication of a book, the production of a creative work, or the publication of a series of articles by a colleague that scholars in her or his discipline judge as representing a significant contribution to the field: Matt Hickman, Criminal Justice

Outstanding Service recognizes a colleague who has given generously of his or her time and energy to the department, the College, the University, the community, or the profession, and whose service has had a significant positive impact on those to whom it has been given: Kate Koppelman, English

Outstanding Academic Advising Award recognizes a colleague who has had a major impact on the intellectual, spiritual, and/or personal development of students through serving as their academic adviser: Lindsay Ohab, Institute of Public Service

Outstanding Administrative Staff recognizes a member of the administrative staff who has made an outstanding contribution to the staff, faculty, and students of the College: Heather Reis Fike, Dean's Office

Collegiality Award provides the occasion to recognize a member of the Arts & Sciences community who supports the effectiveness, well-being, advancement, and professional growth of her/his colleagues. This award recognizes an individual who has a significant positive professional and personal impact on the health and happiness of others in the college as we work together on our shared educational mission. All faculty and staff in the College of Arts & Sciences are eligible: Chris Paul, Communication

Dean's Award recognizes a member of the College of Arts and Sciences faculty or staff who has performed meritorious service to the college and is awarded at the discretion of the dean: Jacquelyn Miller, History

A&S Standing Committees Election Results
The College of Arts and Sciences has new and continuing members on its standing committees. The complete listing is at this link.


Social Work student Morgan Burdick, class of 2017, received a Critical Language Scholarship from the US Department of State to study Punjabi in India this summer. Burdick, who is already proficient in Spanish, Urdu, and Hindi, sees a critical need for social workers to understand and be familiar with the languages and cultures of immigrants and refugees in the Seattle area. More here.

Junior Sarah Huffman and sophomore Grace Kurtz took top honors in the college essay contest sponsored by the Washington Consortium for the Liberal Arts. Huffman received first place in the third and fourth year student category along with a $1000 award. Kurtz took second place in the first and second year student category and received a $750 award. More here.


In the News: Katie (Street) Manor, Master of Sport Administration and Leadership class of 2010, manages as the Foundation Coordinator at the Northern Texas PGA in association with Deloitte and United Way. She developed the program that has awarded over $760,000 in college scholarships to deserving high school seniors, many of whom are the first in their families to ever graduate from high school, let alone attend college. Their stories and video are at this link.


Faculty sabbaticals
These members of our faculty will be on sabbatical for 2016-17: Carol Wolfe Clay, Sonora Jha, Sean McDowell, Harriet Phinney, and Matthew Whitlock.

These members of our faculty will be on sabbatical during the fall quarter: Alex Adame, Stephen Chan, Rosa Joshi, Alexander Mouton, and Jeffrey Philpott.

Update re the Content Management System (T4)

Bruce Decker is responsible for adding and deleting faculty and staff from the main directory and department/degree faculty-staff collections. Now is a good time to review faculty and staff listings in your department.
If someone needs to be added, please provide Bruce  with the following:
•Degree and the area of study (example: PhD, Political Science)
•Office location (Building and room #)
•Photo - Laura or Bruce can take headshot photos if necessary.
•CV (NOTE: Do not use home addresses, personal phone numbers, or personal email addresses on the CV.)
•Bio - Description of research/teaching/areas of interest if not included in CV.

If someone needs to be deleted, please send Bruce the answers to the following questions:
• Is the person permanently leaving SU?
• Is the person leaving your department but remaining employed at SU in another department?
• Is the person leaving SU temporarily and returning during the academic year?
As with any new system, we are still experiencing some glitches and working out the bugs with the new CMS. Please let Bruce know if you encounter any difficulties.


Details are on the Campus Calendar.

Sept. 8: Grad EC Retreat, Renaissance Seattle Hotel, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Sept. 14: A&S Convocation, 12:30 – 4 p.m., Swedish Cultural Center

Sept. 16: EC Retreat, 12 – 5:30 p.m., Central Library

Sept. 19: Academic Day – new FTIC Student Convocation, 9 a.m. -12:00 noon

Sept. 19: Arts and Sciences New Faculty Orientation, 2 - 4 p.m., Garrand 114

Sept. 19: Graduate Student Welcome, 3 - 6 p.m.

Sept. 20: A&S New Student Welcome, 10 a.m. – 12 noon

Sept. 20: Transfer Student Convocation, 12 - 2 p.m.

Sept. 29: Mass of the Holy Spirit and Reception

Oct. 6: Dr. Joy Gordon, Ignacio Ellacuría, S.J. Professor of Social Ethics. Philosophy Department
Loyola University Chicago, presents “Jesuit Higher Education and the Challenge of
Gender,” as the first lecture in a series of events sponsored by the Gaffney Chair in the College of Arts and Sciences, Professor Jeanette Rodriguez. 7:00 p.m., Pigott Auditorium. Dr. Joy Gordon will also present to faculty and staff at noon. RSVP’s required. Details forthcoming.

Transfer Orientations
Sept. 7: Transfer Orientation (concurrent family program)
Sept. 8: Transfer Orientation (consolidated session)
Sept. 14: Make-Up Transfer Orientation
First Time in College Orientations
Sept. 15: Make-up Summer in Seattle Orientation

Grad Program Information Sessions
Sept. 22: MA Psychology
Oct. 4: MSW
Oct. 6: MACJ
Oct. 6: MFA (online)
Oct 10: Seattle Idealist Graduate Fair
Oct. 14: All SU Grad Programs Open House
Oct. 20: MSW


Oct. 24: Candidates forum, sponsored by IPS and moderated by Joni Balter and Larry Hubbell, with 7th Congressional District candidates, Pramila Jayapal and Brady Pinero Walkinshaw, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m., Pigott Auditorium

Nov. 3: Deans Coffee Hour for staff and faculty from Arts and Sciences and Matteo Ricci, 8:30 - 10:30 a.m., Casey Atrium

Nov. 5: The university is celebrating its 125th anniversary, and signature events are being scheduled throughout the year. The 125th Anniversary Gala is set for Nov. 5, 6 p.m., Westin Hotel, Seattle .

Nov. 14: Inaugural Peter L. Lee Endowed Lecture in East Asian Culture and Civilization, featuring Johns Hopkins University Professor Tobie Meyer-Fong, a historian specializing in the cultural and social history of Qing China; 4:30 p.m.

Fall Quarter Holidays (offices closed)
Nov. 11: Veteran’s Day
Nov. 24 – 25: Thanksgiving Break
Dec. 22 – 30: Christmas Break (Re-open Jan. 2)

125th Anniversary Events
Feb. 2 – 5: Homecoming Weekend
Feb. 25: Search for Meaning Festival
May 5 – 7: Alumni Awards and Grand Reunion Weekend
June 11: Undergraduate and Graduate Commencement

The next Dean’s Monthly Memo will publish in October. Send items for the next issue to Laura Paskin by September 20.