Dean's Monthly Memo, September 2017


Seattle U made Princeton Review's 2018 Best Colleges list. Read more here.

We are in the top 50 of Sierra Magazines “Cool Schools” for sustainability practices.

Our first year of SU’s Study of the U.S. Institute for Scholars (SUSI) on Contemporary American Literature, a program authorized by the Fulbright Hays Act and sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs was a great success.

Charles M. Tung, PhD, associate professor of English, who played a key role in bringing this program to the university, serves as Director of the Institute. Ken Allan, PhD, associate professor of Art and Art History, served as the Associate Director, with administrative support provided by Tonja Brown and graduate assistant Dan Benston.

Photos are available on Facebook and the news story is here.

Faculty/Staff/Student Collaborations

Psychology faculty and one graduate of the MA program, gave presentations at the International Human Science Research Conference at the Karknosze College in Jelenia Gora in Poland, July 11-14. 2017:

  • Kevin Krycka: "The nature of Exceeding: Psychotherapy and social change processes."
  • Steen Halling: "The epiphany of the phenomenon: A case study."
  • Graduate,Jennifer Hamann: ""The phenomenology of boxing and attitude seen from the ethical Lens of Emmanuel Levinas on the Basis of Interviews and observations of boxers in the ring."

Under the direction of Theatre Professor and Merc Playhouse Artistic Director Ki Gottberg Seattle University students Hannah Mathews, Elaine Ortiz, Josh Swaby, and Brennan Bunn filled vital roles in The Merc Playhouse production of Tom Stoppard’s “The Real Inspector Hound.” They were featured in this Methow Valley News story. Also in the cast was alum Don Nelson, the editor of the paper. He promoted the show and our students in an editorial.

A group of Seattle University Criminal Justice faculty, students, alumni, and advisory committee members presented at the 2017 International Academy of Law and Mental Health (IALMH) Congress in Prague this summer. Criminal Justice Professor and Department Chair Jacqueline Helfgott, PhD, served as a member of the 2017 IALMH Scientific Committee organizing conference panels. The following SUCJ panelists presented on the following panel on topics including “Evidence-Based Practice in Corrections,” “Community-Justice Oriented Policing,” and the Amanda Knox Case:

  • Elaine Gunnison, PhD, Professor/Grad Director
  • Kim Bogucki, Seattle Police Detective, Alumni, CJ Advisory Committee Member
  • Kidst Messelu, MACJ student, Grad Marketing Assistant
  • Nadine Guyo, BACJ, Forensic Psychology
  • Caitie Healing, MACJ Investigative Criminology 2017, former United States Probation and Pretrial Services Research Analyst, current Pinkerton Crime Analyst
  • Jacqueline Helfgott, PhD, Professor/Chair
  • John Vinson, PhD, Adjunct Faculty, University of Washington Police Chief, Advisory Committee Member
  • Loren Atherley, MACJ Investigative Criminology 2010, Adjunct Faculty Member, Seattle Police Department Research Analyst
  • Emily Malterud, MACJ Investigative Criminology, Washington State Criminal Justice Training Academy Research Analyst
  • Ellary Collins, BACJ Forensic Psychology 2017, former intern with Seattle Police Crisis Intervention, 2017 Blume Scholar, current-Echo Glenn Rehabilitation Counselor
  • Richard Adler, PhD, Adler Forensic Psychiatry, Advisory Committee Member
  • Grace Goodwin, MACJ Investigative Criminology 2016, Seattle Police Department MCPP Research Analyst, current Starbucks Global Security Analyst
  • Chase Yap, MACJ Investigative Criminology 2017, Seattle Police Department MCPP Research Analyst

Congratulations to Seattle U Theatre Professor Rosa Joshi for her Gregory Awards nomination for Outstanding Director, recognizing her work on the stunning production of Bring Down the House at Seattle Shakespeare Company presented in collaboration with upstart crow collective last winter. Rosa and Kate Wisniewski, adjunct professor in theater, adapted Shakespeare's Henry VI trilogy for Bring Down the House, which was performed by an all-female ensemble, which included Kate as Margaret. Shawn Ketchum Johnson, Seattle U resident scenic designer, also received a nomination for Outstanding Scenic Design for Ghosts at ArtsWest. Shawn was the scenic designer for Bring Down the House.

Bring Down the House received a total of seven nominations:

  • Outstanding Production
  • All, Outstanding Ensemble (including theatre alum Emma Bjornson, ’16)
  • Rosa Joshi, Outstanding Director
  • Mari Nelson, Outstanding Actress in a Play
  • Nike Imoru, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play (who also taught Acting for Film at SU)
  • Alice Gosti and Peter Dylan O’Connor, Outstanding Choreography (Alice has been a regular guest artist with SU, working on productions such as The Big Ambition and Women of Troy)
  • William (Bill) Satake Blauvelt  (composer) and Rob Witmer (sound designer,) Outstanding Sound/Music Design (Bill is the Maintenance Crew Lead with SU Operations and theatre alum Megan Roche, ’16, served as assistant sound designer)

Read the full story, including Seattle University’s integral role in the development of upstart crow collective and more about Theatre Puget Sound’s Gregory Awards on October 23.


Onur Bakiner, PhD, Assistant Professor in Political Science, has received the Best Book Award from the Human Rights section of the American Political Science Association (APSA) for Truth Commissions: Memory, Power, and Legitimacy.

Communication assistant professor Dr. Caitlin Ring Carlson was one of 42 women from colleges and universities across the U.S. named a Kopenhaver Center Fellow at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) conference. She was also recognized with a Law and Policy Division poster presentation award for her manuscript, "Half the Spectrum: A Title IX Approach to Broadcast Ownership. "She was featured in an article, "Hate Speech Curb Should Look Beyond Facebook, Twitter" for Deutsche Welle in Germany alongside Loyola Chicago legal scholar Alexander Tsesis.

Rachel Luft, PhD, Associate Professor of Sociology in the Department of Anthropology, Sociology, and Social Work, is quoted in this Newsweek article, Women Are More at Risk From Disasters Like Hurricane Harvey.

Brian McCullough, PhDpresented at the Green Sports Alliance Summit in Sacramento on his work with Dr. Galen Trail to evaluate the effectiveness of sport organizations environmental sustainability campaigns and best ways to design messaging to engage sport fans. They are the coauthors of Data-Driven Sustainability Marketing Campaign Strategy: Using Analytics to Address Communication, Marketing, and Business Goals. Brian, Asst. Professor in the Seattle University Master of Sports Administration and Leadership and Coordinator of our Certificate in Sport Sustainability Leadership, also co-edited a new textbook, Routledge Handbook of Sport and the Environment.

Steen Halling, PhD; Erica Lilleleht, PsyD; Kevin Krycka, PsyD; and George Sayre, PsyD (the latter used to teach in the Psychology Department, now works at the Veteran's Administration) had their article "Vital Researcher Conversations: Pivoting Past Impasses in Qualitative Research." published in the Journal of Humanistic Psychology.

Harmony Arnold, MFA, Performing Arts and Arts Leadership, was featured in the June issue of Encore Stages. (Publication page 9; PDF page 25).

Jeanette Rodriguez, PhD, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, has been invited to participate in Catholic Nonviolence Initiative's roundtable process entitled “Toward a Foundational Theology of Nonviolence." This roundtable will seek to articulate a comprehensive theology of nonviolence drawing on contemporary theological reflection and publishing on nonviolence, inclusive contextual theologies, and theologies on the care of creation. The Catholic Nonviolence Initiative (CNI) – a project of Pax Christi International – was formed after the 2016 conference. It has supported many efforts advancing the spread of nonviolence in the church and world, including Pope Francis’ historic 2017 World Day of Peace message entitled, “Nonviolence: A Style of Politics for Peace.” 

Quinton Morris toured Australia this summer, with presentations at the Maryborough Music Conference, solo recitals with Amir Farid and Ashley Hribar and a host of master classes, orchestra clinics, teacher/staff professional development workshops.

The fifteenth annual Summer Faculty Seminar in Teaching Social Justice was completed by ten faculty members from June 22 to July 7. The participants were Robert Andolina,PhD, International Studies; Ajay Abraham, PhD, Marketing; Brenda Bourns, PhD, Biology; Arie Greenleaf, PhD, Counseling (School of Education); Audrey Hudgins, MS, MRC; Rachel Luft, PhD, Sociology; Katherine Raichle, PhD, Psychology; Ebasa Sarka, PhD, Social Work; and Leighanne Thompson, JD, Law School Library. John Topel, SJ, also attended several sessions. The seminar coordinators were Jessica Imanaka, PhD, Albers and David Leigh, SJ. The seminar, supported by the Endowed Mission Fund and the Core Curriculum, focused on theories of justice, Catholic Social Thought, and the pedagogy of justice issues in the college classroom.   

Trung Pham, SJ, was featured in the Times of India in a story about his exhibition of soap carvings, Vessels in Life.

Sean McDowell, PhD, Associate Professor of English and Director of the University Honors Program, presented a paper on “Edward Herbert Within the Fellowship of Plain Speakers” at the “Herbert in Paris” conference in Paris, France, May 18-21, 2017.  While there, he also gave a reading of his poetry with other poets from the U. S., Canada, and France as part of the Atelier POEM series at Sorbonne University – Nouvelle (Paris 3).

Olha Krupa, PhD, Assistant Professor, Institute of Public Service published an essay in Government Finance about the necessity of intergovernmental transfers from the Federal Government to the States.

Mary Kay Brennan, PhD, was awarded her Doctorate in Social Work with the first cohort in the St. Kate’s –St. Thomas School of Social Work. Read more about the program and class.

Michael Spinetta, PhD, will serve as the College of Arts & Sciences Collegium Director for a three-year term beginning this fall. The A&S Collegium program supports all tenure track faculty in the college as they progress toward tenure. Dr. Spinetta is an Associate Professor in the Psychology Department who came to Seattle University in 2010 after completing an NIAAA Postdoctoral Fellowship at San Diego State University and his scholarly work is in the field of behavioral neuroscience. Thank you to Dr. Donna Teevan, who is stepping down from the Directorship as she becomes Chair of the Theology and Religious Studies Department. Donna, we appreciate and thank you for your years of leadership in this role.

Arts and Sciences Associate Dean Dr. Kevin Krycka will co-direct the Eugene T. Gendlin Center for Research in Experiential Philosophy and Psychology, a new center based in the work of his mentor, the late Eugene Gendlin. Dr. Krycka has also served on the Board of Trustees of The International Focusing Institute, founded by Dr. Gendlin.

“Christianity in China”, is a new course proposal from Dr. Kan Liang for summer study abroad, which will open to both undergraduate and graduate students university wide. The course is expected to offer in Spring/Summer quarters of 2018 and is supported by the Endowed Mission Fund.

Dr. Jodi O'Brien, professor of Sociology,was on this panel at the American Sociological Association's annual meeting in Montreal.

Arts Leadership faculty member Jamie Herlich, MFA ’11, has been named to the Theatre Communications Group Board of Directors. She is also the Development Director for Seattle Repertory Theatre.

Elaine Gunnison, Phd, and Jackie Helfgott, Phd, Seattle University Criminal Justice, published "Critical Keys to Successful Offender Reentry: Getting a Handle on Substance Abuse and Mental Health Problems" in The Qualitative Report.

Criminal Justice professor Matthew Hickman, PhD, was recently quoted in The Oregonian in an article about police oversight.

Dr. Kirsten Moana Thompson presented at three conferences this summer. "Light, Color and Motion: Animated Materiality in Moana," Society for Animation Studies Annual Conference, And Yet it Moves!  Università degli Studi di Padova, Italy, July 3-7, 2017. Moana: From Flaherty to Disney" (Keynote), New Zealand Studies Association (NZSA), Contested Territories in the Pacific, University of Strasbourg, France, July 7-10, 2017.  "Lanu Moana (Blue) and Brown Skin: Disney Color Design and the Pacific," Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS), Chicago, USA, March 22-27, 2017.


Derrick McLean, '13 (Psychology) is in training for the 2018 Olympics.

Lawrence Pitre, MFA ’17, was featured in Real Change, in a story about his summary project.

Leilani Lewis, MNPL ’14, is a finalist for the Mayor's Arts Award for Emerging Leader in the Field through the Office of Arts & Culture Seattle.

Greg Lulay '96, staffed David Zwirner's booth at the Seattle Art Fair. Among the artists represented was Yayoi Kusama, whose exhibition at Seattle Art Museum has been a huge success.

Congratulations, Taylor Farley, Seattle University Nonprofit Leadership alum, on your new job with White Center Community Development Association.

Alumna Hollis Wear Wong and The Flavr Blue performed for the Downtown Seattle Association Out To Lunch concert series on July 17.

Congratulations to Dan Giuliani, MSAL '10 and Volt for being named to Seattle Business Magazine's list of "100 Best Companies to Work For" in Washington State.

Congratulations to Bridget Brako Kusi, MNPL 2017, who was awarded a 2017 fellowship from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). Bridget will be working in Corporate and Foundation Relations in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington.

Sarah Miller, ’17 is (re)joining the Center for Community Engagement team, serving in the new role of Post-Undergraduate Shinnyo Fellow for 2017-2018. Sarah recently graduated from Seattle University in Environmental Studies specialized in Policy, Politics, & Justice with a minor in Philosophy. Through her love to learn about the world around her, she has participated in various programs through the Center for Community Engagement the four years she attended Seattle University. Starting at Catholic Community Services was the first step to volunteering with various organizations in the city. She then volunteered as a tutor at Yesler Terrace, became a trip leader through Partners for Action in the Community, partnered with Interim in the Chinatown/International District through the Summer Shinnyo Fellowship, embodied a Serve Local Ambassador, and volunteered with Seattle Tilth Alliance as part of the Veggie Crew. During her time as a volunteer, organizer, and leader she has expanded her knowledge in that every piece to the community is important for the overall cohesive strength of the city. During this post-undergraduate Shinnyo Fellowship she hopes to further sharpen her skills and learn about a new puzzle piece to further clear her vision of how non-profits contribute to the betterment of our societies.


The Office of Fellowships is pleased to announce that College of Art and Sciences students Isabelle Jong and Nicole Freitas have received the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. The Gilman Scholarship, sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, is a nationally competitive grant program that fosters mutual understanding between people of the U.S. and of other countries with the aim to promote friendly, sympathetic, and peaceful relations. Learn more here.



  • Sep. 7, 5:30-7:30 P.M., Casey 516, Master of Social Work, Virtual Information Session
  • Oct. 10, 6-8:30 p.m., Alumni Seminar Series, first event. Remaining series dates: Oct. 24, Nov. 7, Nov. 21, Dec. 5.
  • Sep. 12, 11:30 A.M. - 1:30 P.M., Casey 200, Master of Social Work, Online Information Session   
  • Sept. 12, 5-5:45 p.m., MFA in Arts Leadership, Virtual Info Session
  • Sep. 19, 5:30-7:30 P.M., Casey 516, Master of Social Work, Virtual Information Session   
  • Sep. 27, 11:30 A.M. - 1:30 P.M., Casey 500, Master of Social Work, Online Information Session
  • Sept. 27, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Casey 516, Nonprofit Leadership, Information Session
  • Oct. 5, 6 p.m. Casey 516, Master of Arts in Criminal Justice, Information Session
  • October 9, 5-8 p.m., Campion Ballroom, Idealist Grad Fair. Learn more about public-interest graduate programs from across the United States and around the world. Free and open to anyone interested in learning about graduate school. Hosted by Seattle University's Master of Public Administration and Master of Nonprofit Leadership programs.
  • Oct. 11, 11:30 A.M. - 1:30 P.M., Casey 500, Master of Social Work, Online Information Session
  • Oct. 16, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Jefferson Building, 1401 E Jefferson Street, Suite 401, MFA in Arts Leadership, Information Session
  • Oct. 17, 5:30-7:30 P.M., Casey 516, Master of Social Work, Virtual Information Session   
  • Oct. 17, 6:30-7:45 p.m., Casey 5th floor, MA in Psychology, Information Session
  • Oct. 18, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Casey 516, Nonprofit Leadership, Information Session
  • Oct. 24, 11:30 A.M. -1:30 P.M., Casey 500, Master of Social Work, Online Information Session
  • Oct. 26, 5-5:45 p.m., MFA in Arts Leadership, Virtual Info Session
  • Oct. 31, 5:30 P.M.-7:30 P.M., Casey 516, Master of Social Work, Information Session

Academic Calendar

  • Sept. 6, Non-Matric Registration: Fall 2017
  • Sept. 6, noon-5 p.m., A&S: New Chairs/Directors Workshop
  • Sept. 7-8, SU: New Faculty Institute
  • Sept. 9, last class day for intersession
  • Sept. 13, noon, grades for intersession due
  • Sept. 13, 12:30-4 p.m., A&S Convocation
  • Sept. 15, 9-11 a.m., President's Welcome for Staff & Faculty
  • Sept. 15, noon-5:30 p.m., A&S Executive Committee Retreat
  • Sept. 15, 5-8:30 p.m., A&S: Faculty and Staff Senate Retreat
  • Sept. 18, 9:30 am.-1 p.m., SU: Academic Day / New Student Convocation
  • Sept. 18, 2-4 p.m., A&S New Faculty Training
  • Sept. 19, 12:30-1:45 p.m., SU: Transfer Student Convocation
  • Sept. 19, 2-4 p.m., A&S New Student Welcome
  • Sept. 16-28, Welcome Week
  • Sept. 18, 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m, Academic Day
  • Sept. 26, Last Day to Add/Drop or Change Grading Option
  • Sept. 27, 3 p.m., Provost Convocation (3pm)
  • Oct. 1, Last Day to Apply for Graduation: Winter 2018
  • Oct. 3, Roster Checks for Fall Quarter Due

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