Dean's Monthly Memo, September 2018


2018-19 Arts and Sciences Strategic Planning Committee

Announced last May, we wanted to remind everyone about this important committee. Co-chairs Maria Bullon-Fernandez and Maureen Feit worked to build a representative committee based on our shared governance principles and the college's commitment to addressing intersectional issues. They requested nominations from our college shared governance bodies for the committee, including the Executive Committee, Faculty Staff Senate, the Leadership Committee on Intersectionality and Justice, the Graduate Student Council and the Student Executive Committee. The committee will lead engagement within the College for the development of the University-wide strategic plan, leading toward the subsequent development of our College strategic plan.

  • María Bullón-Fernández, Co-Chair, Professor, English
  • Maureen Emerson Feit, Co-Chair, Director & Senior Instructor, Nonprofit Leadership
  • Joseph DeFilippis, Assistant Professor, Anthropology, Sociology and Social Work
  • Alec Downing, Undergraduate Student
  • Samantha Drennon, Graduate Student, Executive Coordinator, Office of Diversity and Inclusion
  • Sonora Jha, Dean’s Liaison; Professor, Communication; Associate Dean for Academic Community, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Ali Mian, Assistant Professor, Theology and Religious Studies
  • Tasmia Moosani, Academic Advisor, Arts & Sciences Advising Center
  • Lindsay Ohab, Program Coordinator, Institute of Public Service
  • Kate Reynolds, Administrative Support, Administrative Assistant, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Lucas Sharma, SJ, Lecturer, Anthropology, Sociology and Social Work; Research Fellow, Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture
  • Sonia Barrios Tinoco, Associate Professor and Chair, Modern Languages and Culture
  • Hannah Tracy, Senior Instructor, English
  • Kevin Ward, Associate Professor, Institute of Public Service

Office Moves

You very likely don't need a reminder that we completed a series of major office moves over the summer and that a few more remain to finalize in the next few weeks.

The Psychology Department is now at home in the Harding Building on E. Columbia (formerly the Law Annex.) Other departments have shifted in Casey and Kinesiology will move into their new home on the fifth floor of Casey soon. The Indigenous Peoples Institute will celebrate their new space in October.

Also, as most of you are aware, Casey offices have been renumbered. The new system aligns with best practices related to emergency management and safety in the City of Seattle.

The Dean's Office will send out information to our students shortly before the start of classes. Programs should follow that message with their own, to help make sure students know how to find faculty members.

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Leadership Committee on Intersectionality and Justice

Save the date!

Oct. 10, 6 p.m., Campion Ballroom

Intersectionality and the Upcoming Elections

More information will come soon!

Visit the website for the latest information and events. If you have an event to share, please send it to Karen Bystrom.

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Serena Cosgrove, PhD, International Studies received a grant from the Seattle International Foundation to write a history of Central America and she has to hired International Studies student Isabeau Dempsey Belisle as her research assistant.

Claire Garoutte, Art and Art History and Serena co-led a research trip to Guatemala in June 2018 with Kristi Lee, PhD, LPC, NCC, College of Education, to investigate women's leadership to end gender-based violence. They worked with with Guatemala colleagues Dr. Ana Marina Tzul and Professor Fabiola Hutado from the Universidad Rafael Landivar. Ten SU and URL students joined them as research assistants.

Criminal Justice faculty Jackie Helfgott, PhD, and Elaine Gunnison, PhD, and Master of Arts in Criminal Justice alums Autumn Murtagh and Bridgette Navejar co-authored BADASSES: The Rise of Women in Criminal Justice.

Dr. Jackie Helfgott and Dr. William Parkin completed another successful meeting of the Misdemeanor Justice Network in New York City including a tour of Rikers Island. Seattle is a network site and Seattle University Criminal Justice and Seattle Police Department are among this group of researchers and law enforcement working together to collect data on misdemeanors to improve response to lower level offenses.

A group from and affiliated with the graduate program in Psychology attended and presented at the International Human Science Conference at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC, June 24-28. Claire LeBeau, PhD and Elaine Webstera, MAP graduate, presented their research on "The embodied experience of vulnerability between first time parent couples." Kevin Krycka, PsyD, gave a talk on “The paradox of caring in emotionally saturated times." Marie McNabb, a MAP graduate, discussed her research on "Money in everyday use: symbolic form and symbolic intent." Steen Halling, PhD, Professor Emeritus, gave a talk entitled "Not just a Lone Ranger: The possibility of collaborative approaches to phenomenological analysis," and also ran a half day workshop on "The dialogal phenomenological approach to research."

Caitlin Carlson, PhD, Communication and Media, and new Communication and Media alum Hayley Rousselle presented their Top Faculty Paper for the Law and Policy Division of Association of Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication, entitled, "Report and repeat: Investigating Facebook's hate speech removal process.” Dr. Carlson is working on a manuscript entitled, "Online harassment of women journalist and its impact on U.S. Press freedom” with Haley Witt (Class of 2019) and Madison Collier (Class of 2018). She presented that project at the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR)conference in Eugene, Oregon in June.

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Sean H. McDowell, PhD, English and Director of the University Honors Program, published volume 34 of the John Donne Journal, a special issue on “John Donne and the Bible” he edited with guest editor Chanita Goodblatt of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. In addition to contributions by scholars from the Middle East, Europe, and North America, the volume includes McDowell’s tribute essay on noted seventeenth-century scholars John R. and Lorraine M. Roberts. In addition, McDowell published another essay, “Henry Vaughan’s Welsh Bird,” in volume 21 of Scintilla: The Journal of the Vaughan Association. This essay is a chapter of a book project McDowell is writing on the influence of Welsh culture on Anglo-Welsh poet Henry Vaughan (1621-1695). Meanwhile, in June, McDowell was the invited respondent to a session on “Donne in Our World” at the Thirty-Third Annual John Donne Conference in Lausanne, Switzerland. Over the course of the summer, three of McDowell’s poems were published in three literary magazines, two in the U. S. and one in Ireland: “Edward Herbert and the Pigeon” in Clover, a literary rag; “Between Two Rivers in Galway” in Cirque: A Literary Journal of the North Pacific Rim; and “Chicken Soup” in Poetry Ireland Review.

Sonora Jha, PhD, Communication and Media and Associate Dean, published "Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka, And The ‘Right Kind Of Woman’" in The Establishment.

Harmony Arnold, MFA, Performing Arts and Arts Leadership, was the stylist for the New York Times AR team’s first rendition of video that you can walk around.

Rick Malleus, PhD, co-authored Coming Home Your Way: Understanding University Student Intercultural Reentry with Marina Micari.

Jennifer Schulz, PhD, Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies and English, and Director, SU-Pacific Northwest Ballet Educational Partnership, published an article based on her IDLS 3200: Special Topics: Trauma Narratives course, “The Impossibility of Witnessing and the Imperative to Listen: Teaching Trauma in an Interdisciplinary Classroom.” Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, volume 36. She also published a book chapter entitled "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Clinic" which just came out in the 2018 Routledge Handbook of Wellbeing. The chapter is a work of creative non-fiction that draws from phenomenology as it tells a story of a community clinic that treats mentally ill and impoverished adults.

Rob Efird, PhD, Anthropology and Asian Studies, is presenting Nature For Nurture: Environmental Education, Nature Experience, and T=the Healthy Chinese Child on September 13 at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University. At the invitation of the Hong Kong-based NGO Partnerships for Community Development, on July 28 he gave a Chinese-language public lecture in Dali, China entitled "Renshi Women Jiaoxia De Tudi!: Yi Difang Wei Jichu De Huanjing Jiaoyu Tansuo (Know the Land Beneath Our Feet!: Exploring Place-Based Environmental Education)".

Alfred Pérez, PhD, Social Work, presented a paper at the 6th International Conference on Adoption Research (ICAR) in Montréal, Quebec titled “A comparative analysis of the post adoption, guardianship, and emancipation experiences of young adults who exited foster care." He also served as an expert consultant to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families (ACF) on post adoption and guardianship instability (PAGI) on August 29-30, 2018, in Washington, D.C Consultancy included bringing critical knowledge around research, policies and practices about children who exit foster care through adoption or legal guardianship.

Joseph Nicholas DeFilippis, PhD, Social work is the co-editor of a three-book series that was recently released: Yarbrough, M.; Jones, A.; & DeFilippis, J.N. (Eds.) (2018). Queer Families and Relationships After Marriage Equality. Oxfordshire: Routledge; DeFilippis, J.N.; Yarbrough, M.; & Jones, A. (Eds.) (2018). Queer Activism After Marriage Equality. Oxfordshire: Routledge; Jones, A.; DeFilippis, J.N.; & Yarbrough, M. (Eds.) (2018). The Unfinished Queer Agenda After Marriage Equality. Oxfordshire: Routledge. Within those three books, he had two articles published: DeFilippis, J.N. (2018). A new queer liberation movement: And its targets of influence, mobilization, and benefits. In DeFilippis, J.N.; Yarbrough, M.; Jones, A. (Eds.) Queer Activism After Marriage Equality. Oxfordshire: Routledge; DeFilippis, J.N. (2018). Introduction. In DeFilippis, J.N.; Yarbrough, M.; Jones, A. (Eds.) Queer Activism After Marriage Equality. Oxfordshire: Routledge.

Rosa Joshi, MFA, Performing Arts and Arts Leadership, is directing an all-female cast in Richard III in a co-production with upstart crow collective and Seattle Shakespeare Company, opening September 14, which was featured in a story in CityArts. She did a reading at the Seattle Public Library of excerpts of the play to try to draw new audiences to Shakespeare.

Aakanksha Sinha, PhD, MSW, Social Work, conducted a workshop “Design Thinking: A Tool to Engage Clients to Improve Social Service Delivery and Create Sustainable Change” for social work practitioners and researchers at the Social Work, Education and Social Development in Dublin, Ireland. She also presented two papers “You can’t have one without the other: exploring well-being and the interconnected lives of women and children” and “ Exploring Factors Associated with Educational Outcomes for Orphan and Abandoned Children in India” at the Social Work, Education and Social Development in Dublin, Ireland.

As Co-editor (with Marcus Hunter) of the Routledge Book Series, Sociology Re-Wired, Jodi O'Brien, PhD, Sociology and Women and Gender Studies, released two new book projects in collaboration with the Association of Black Sociologists: Caged Women: Incarceration, Representation, and Media (Shirley Jackson and Laurie Gordy); and The New Black Sociologists (Marcus Hunter. She presented a paper at the Roots and Branches of Interpretive Sociology Conference (Philadelphia) titled: "Beyond Gender? Interpreting/Experiencing Gender in Contemporary Contexts." She also published an article, LGBTQ Mental Health, in the latest issue of Conversations - p. 37.

Marie Wong, PhD, Institute of Public Service, Asian Studies Program, and Public Affairs. was quoted in the Seattle Times article, Chinatown’s elders are being priced out of their traditional neighborhood.”

Tanya Hayes, PhD, Institute for Public Service and Environmental Studies, and Felipe Murtinho, PhD, International Studies and Institute for Public Service, published a paper on the equity impacts of conservation payments to indigenous communities in Ecuador, “Communal governance, equity and payment for ecosystem services” published in Land Use Policy 79(2018); 123-136.

Kirsten Moana Thompson, PhD, Film Studies, presented “Boundary crossings: Beaches, waterfalls, reefs and other liminal spaces in Moana (Disney, 2016),” at the New Zealand Studies Association Annual Conference, Regional Identities and Coastal Communities of the Pacific, June 27-30, Aveiro, Portugal, 2018. She has also been appointed a Pacific Studies Performance Based Research External Reviewer  for Pacific Studies Research in the 2018 National evaluations of all New Zealand university Research Outputs (every 7 years all research outputs for NZ universities are evaluated by external commissioners). She published “Rainbow Ravine: Color and Animated Advertising in Times Square, 1891-1945.” Joshua Yumibe, Sarah Street and Vicky Jackson, eds. The Color Fantastic: Chromatic Worlds of Silent Cinema, Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2018: 161-178.

Erica Rauff, PhD, Kinesiology, published “Mobile Health Technology in Prenatal Care: Understanding OBGYN Providers’ Beliefs About Using Technology to Manage Gestational Weight Gain” in the Journal of Technology in Behavioral Science.

Hye-Kyung Kang, PhD, MSW, Social Work, presented her paper, “Community-based participatory research with marginalized refugee youth to promote community capacity development: principles, practices, and challenges,” at the Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education, and Social Development in June, at the Royal Dublin Society, Dublin, Ireland. She has been accepted into the 11th cohort of the Leadership Academy for Deans and Directors (LADD), an institutional leadership training program for social work deans and directors of the National Association of Deans and Directors. She also co-wrote a chapter in a recently published book, Varghese, R., Matta, A., & Kang, H.-K. (2018), The Ladies’ Salon: Building intellectual and personal collectives(s). In. M. Runell & K. Smith (Eds.), Uncommon bonds: Women reflect on race and friendship. New York: Peter Lang.

Quinton Morris, DMA, Performing Arts and Arts Leadership and Global African Studies, was featured in the Renton Reporter and KING 5 TV regarding Key to Change, the local nonprofit he founded to help create access for South King County youth to music, specifically though string instruments.

Jackie Helfgott, PhD, Criminal Justice, published an Op-Ed on Crosscut, Background checks give false sense of security at airports. She was also interviewed for the Real Change article, Homelessness among top crime concerns in Seattle U survey and the Seattle Times article, Fear of crime in Seattle neighborhoods exceeds reality.

Matthew Hickman, PhD, Criminal Justice, recently published a piece in the journal, PLOS ONE, which builds on three decades of research towards producing national estimates of police use of force in the U.S.

Peter Collins, PhD, Criminal Justice, wrote the introduction to an important new report: "Potential Cost-Savings of a Severe Mental Illness Exclusion from the Death Penalty: An Analysis of Tennessee Data."

Byron Schenkman, MA, Performing Arts and Arts Leadership, taught at the new Aquilon Music Festival this summer.

Emily Susan Lieb, PhD, Matteo Ricci Institute, received one of the inaugural ACLS Project Development Grants for her research project entitled, ‘“The City’s Dying and They Don’t Know Why”: How Baltimore Suffocated a Neighborhood and Sabotaged its Future.’ The $5,000 seed grants are a new component of the longstanding American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship program, and are designed to provide support to humanities faculty at teaching-intensive institutions. This year’s 15 grantees were selected from the pool of applicants who had advanced to the final stage of the ACLS Fellowship competition.

Larry Hubbell, PhD, Institute of Public Service, published “Living the Social Justice Brand: Attracting Prospective Students to a Masters of Public Administration Program.”

Elizabeth Dale, PhD, Nonprofit Leadership was quoted in “Facebook fundraiser to help immigrant children tops $20 million with global donations.”

Ines Miranda, PhD, Modern Languages was promoted to Senior Instructor.

Donna Teevan, PhD, Associate Professor and Chair of the Theology and Religious Studies Department, presented a paper at the annual meeting of the College Theology Society in June at St. Catherine’s University in St. Paul, MN. Her paper, “Bernard Lonergan on the Revolution in Catholic Theology,” was selected for publication in the peer-reviewed annual volume of the Society titled “You Say You Want a Revolution”?: 1968-2018 in Theological Perspective (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2019).

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Theatre and Women & Gender Studies alum Meme Garcia performed the most recent version of "House of Suenos," originally created as her senior honors project, June 15-24 at 18th and Union.

Lynnwood Police Department Officer Shannon Ro, MACJ, graduated from the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission’s Basic Law Enforcement Academy.

Soohye Jang, MFA, is Head of International Relations at the Seoul Section of International Dance Council (CID-UNESCO) in Seoul, working as a Producer for annual international dance festivals.

Tina Yu, MFA, is now the Development Coordinator for the 5th Avenue Musical Theatre.

Diane Narasaki, MNPL, was named Japanese American of the Biennium in the field of Business/Industry/Technology by the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) at their National Convention in Philadelphia this July. The Japanese American of the Biennium Award is the highest public award of the National JACL. Since 1950, the National JACL has recognized and honored those Americans of Japanese ancestry whose outstanding achievements in different fields of endeavor have received regional and national recognition and whose contributions have added to the sum of human knowledge and/or enhanced the quality of life in our society.

Jeffrey Grant, MAP, published "Projective Identification, Concretely Experienced: A Preliminary Daseinsanalytic," in the latest issue of Existential Analysis, 29.2.

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Veronica Espitia, Cultural Anthropology, and Adilia Watson, Environmental Studies, participated in the 2018 cohort of the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars program at the Conservation Scholar Summit in August. 

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  • Now through October, ADAL, Kinsey Gallery, Imagining the World Photo Competition
  • Now through Oct. 20, Wed.-Sat., 1-6 p.m., Hedreen Gallery, gravity jokes
  • Sep. 17, 7 p.m., Campion Ballroom, An Evening with John Kerry
  • Sep. 18, Vachon GalleryVachon Gallery, Mon.-Fri., 9-4 p.m., Pull Request: Collaborative Code Art
  • Sep. 24, 6:30-8:30 p.m., ADAL-Rolfe Room, MAP Student Orientation, First-year Masters of Arts in Psychology students
  • Sep. 27, 12:30-1:30 p.m., HRDG, Psychology Student Open House
  • Oct. 6, Seattle University campus, Indigenous Peoples Institute at Seattle U and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction's Office of Native Education hosts conference focused on Washington State's Since Time Immemorial (STI) tribal-sovereignty curriculum. Concludes with an opportunity to celebrate the launch of IPI's new office space, near Seattle U's newest residence hall, Vi Hilbert Hall.
  • Oct. 10, 4:30-7:30 p.m., Vachon Gallery, exhibition reception for Pull Request: Collaborative Code Art
  • Oct. 10, 6 p.m., Campion Ballroom, Intersectionality and the Upcoming Elections
  • Oct. 15, 5-8 p.m., Campion Hall Ballroom, 2018 Idealist Graduate Fair, free and open to anyone interested in learning about grad school. Co-sponsored by Nonprofit Leadership and Master in Public Administration.
  • Oct. 19, 7-8:30 p.m, LeRoux Room, STCN 160, Clinical psychologist Dr. Enrico Gnaulati will give a free public lecture on the value and effectiveness of psychotherapy. 
  • Oct. 27, 10 a.m., Wing Luke Museum, Dr. Marie Rose Wong: Building Tradition: Pan-Asian Seattle and Life in the Residential Hotels. Tickets available here.

More College of Arts and Sciences events

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Graduate Program Information Sessions

  • Sep. 17, 6 p.m., Nonprofit Leadership Information Session
  • Oct. 4, 6 p.m., Master in Criminal Justice Information Session
  • Oct. 5, 4 p.m., Graduate Open House, Fall 2018
  • Oct. 11, 11 a.m., MFA Arts Leadership Online Info Session
  • Oct. 15, 5 p.m., Idealist Grad Fair, sponsored by Nonprofit Leadership & Master in Public Admin

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Academic Calendar

A&S and SU Beginning of the Year Events

  • Sept. 13, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., offsite, A&S: Grad Directors Retreat, Directors of A&S Grad Programs
  • Sept. 17, 12:30-4 p.m., A&S Convocation, All A&S Faculty & Staff
  • Sept. 18, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. A&S: New Transfer Student Welcome, A&S Department Representatives & New TR Students
  • Sept. 21, 9-11 a.m., SU: President’s Welcome, All Faculty & Staff
  • Sept. 21, noon-5:30 p.m., A&S: Executive Committee Retreat, A&S Executive Committee Members
  • Sept. 23-Oct. 4, Welcome Week
  • Sept. 24 , 10 a.m.-noon, A&S: New FTIC Student Welcome, A&S Department Representatives & New Students
  • Sept. 24, 2-4 p.m., Pigott 101, A&S: New Faculty Training, All New FT and PT A&S Faculty
  • Sept. 25, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., SU: Student Academic Day, A&S Department Representatives & New Students
  • Sept. 26, See schedule, SU: First Day of FQ Classes, SU Faculty, Staff and Students
  • Sept. 27, 3-5 p.m., SU: Provost’s Convocation, SU Faculty and Staff
  • Sept. 28, 10:30 a.m.-noon, SU: Mass of the Holy Spirit, SU Faculty, Staff & Students; classes cancelled from 10:05 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

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The Dean’s Monthly Memo is published the second full week of the month, September through November and January through June. Remember to send your updates to Karen Bystrom