December 2020

Message from the Dean

Dear A&S Faculty and Staff Community,

Thank you.  

I have to start there. Thank you for all of the work you did in yet another challenging quarter. The work has gotten harder as the pandemic continues and I cannot express my appreciation enough. 

Approaching the holiday break, we are beginning to experience the prospect of hope with both effective vaccines and new national leadership in sight. 

As we finish this quarter, we do know what to expect for Winter and Spring 2021. The start of Winter Quarter will be fully online for at least two weeks; for some it may extend to as many as four. Spring will be very similar; however, there may be some flexibility during that quarter depending upon the vaccine and distribution. In my opinion, a fuller return to campus looks increasingly likely for Fall 2021.

We know that the past quarter was extraordinarily challenging for our students and that they are experiencing significant mental health effects. As you know, Dr. Kira Mauseth, Psychology, is a co-lead with the State of Washington DOH Behavioral Mental Strike Team; her initial presentation about the behavioral impacts of COVID-19 are still very helpful; you can view it here. She also talked to KUOW more recently about the effects of the pandemic in “Seattle Now: Preparing for the third wave.” In light of this, Dr. Katherine Raichle, Psychology, created some helpful some recommendations for planning to support students and one another in Winter Quarter. You can find those in the memo here. We will share them again when we return from break. I also encourage to reach out for the support services available to you through Sanvello online supports and the Wellspring Employee Assistance Program as you feel they may be helpful.

You have continued to publish, produce, make news and make a difference for our community and the world; congratulations to all whose accomplishments are included this month. Check out the upcoming events, as we continue to connect with our communities virtually. 

I am sure this will not be my last message to you before we all disconnect, but I wish you and yours a safe and restful holiday break, in case I miss you.

Shared Governance

David V. Powers, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Seattle University


Seattle U Choirs' new performance of John Rutter's "Candlelight Carol" is now available to watch here.

Kira Mauseth, PhD, Senior Instructor, Psychology, spoke to KUOW-FM about the effects of the pandemic in "Seattle Now: Preparing for the third wave." Katherine Raichle, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology and Associate Director of Learning & Teaching, Center for Faculty Development, responded with some recommendations for planning to support students and one another in Winter Quarter.

You can also download this information (PDF).

2020-21 College of Arts and Sciences Student Assistantship Awards

Congratulations to this year's recipients

  • Dr. Caitlin Carlson, Communication and Media, “Potential Civil Remedies Victims of Online Hate Speech Can Pursue”
  • Dr. Chengxin Xu, Institute of Public Service, “A Field Experiment on Discrimination against Immigrants in the U.S. Health Care Market”
  • Dr. Serena Cosgrove, International Studies, “Centering Marginalized Women’s Voices in the Democratic Republic of Congo”
  • Dr. Audrey Hudgins, Matteo Ricci Institute, “Investigating Development Empowerment Among a Community of Learners Consisting of Seattle University Students and Community Members in Tijuana, Mexico”
  • Dr. Nova Robinson, History/International Studies/Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, “Indexing the Routledge Global History of Feminism”

Also, thank you to the Awards Committee drawn from among last year's awardees, including Dr. Helen Liu, Professor Harmony Arnold, Dr. Anne Farina, Dr. Brooke Gialopsos, Dr. Heidi Liere, and Dr. Benjamin Schultz-Figueroa.

Arts Leadership

The Fall 2020 Quarterly Newsletter is available.

IPS Conversations

Watch the video of "Is Seattle Becoming Ungovernable?, presented by the SU Institute of Public Service and Town Hall Seattle, with Seattle City Councilmember Debora Juarez and former Council President Bruce Harrell, moderated by IPS’s Larry Hubbell, PhD, and Jodi Balter.

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Recruitment and Retention

Upcoming Undergraduate Admissions Event Dates

Sullivan Leaders’ Day: January 23, 2021: This event is for admitted Early Action students (and their families) who have applied for the Sullivan Leadership Award to move forward in the selection process.

Admitted Students of Color Reception: Saturday April 10, 2021: This event is for admitted FTIC students of color (and their families) to connect with our campus community.

Admitted Student Days (formerly Admitted Student Open Houses): Sunday April 11 and Saturday, April 17, 2021: These events are for admitted FTIC students (and their families) to connect with our campus community and get all of their questions answered prior to making their final college choice.

Admitted Transfer Student Evening Reception, College of Arts and Sciences: Tuesday, June 2, 2021: These events are for admitted transfer students (and their families) to learn more about their college, and connect with advisors, faculty, and current students within their college.

Other Colleges and Schools Transfer Student Receptions:

  • College of Nursing: Monday, April 26, 2021
  • College of Science and Engineering: Wednesday, May 19, 2021
  • Albers School of Business: Thursday, May 27, 2021

Summer Preview Day: August 18, 2021: This event is for rising high school juniors and seniors, and prospective transfer students to learn more about Seattle U as they launch their college search and prepare to apply.

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Funding Opportunities

Check out our page listing potential sources of funding for research and scholarship, including those with specific and rolling deadlines.

Selected Upcoming Deadlines

Association for the Sociology of Religion - Fichter Research Grant - February deadline

Fichter Research Grants are awarded annually by ASR to members of the Association involved in promising sociological research on women in religion or on the intersection between religion and gender or religion and sexualities.  The proposed research must be sociological in nature but applicants come from a variety of disciplines.  Applicants must also be members of the Association for the Sociology of Religion at the time of application.

NEA Creative Writing Fellowships – March deadline

The National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowships program offers $25,000 grants in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) and poetry to published creative writers that enable recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement. Applications are reviewed through an anonymous process in which the criteria for review are the artistic excellence and artistic merit of the submitted manuscript. The program operates on a two-year cycle with fellowships in prose and poetry available in alternating years. For FY2022 (March 2021 deadline, the next cycle) fellowships in prose are available and guidelines will be available in January 2021.

Acton Institute Novak Award – March deadline

Named after the distinguished American theologian Michael Novak, this $15,000 award rewards new outstanding scholarly research into the relationship between religion, economic liberty, and the free and virtuous society. This award recognizes those scholars early in their academic career who demonstrate outstanding scholarly merit in advancing the understanding of theology’s connection to human dignity, the importance of the rule of law, limited government, religious liberty, and freedom in economic life.  Eligibility: scholars who have received a doctorate from an accredited domestic or international program in the previous five calendar years. Nominees must be studying theology, religion, economics, philosophy, business, or a related field.

NEH Fellowship Program - April deadline

NEH Fellowships are competitive awards granted to individual scholars pursuing projects that embody exceptional research, rigorous analysis, and clear writing.  Applications must clearly articulate a project’s value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both.  Fellowships provide recipients time to conduct research or to produce books, monographs, peer-reviewed articles, e-books, digital materials, translations with annotations or a critical apparatus, or critical editions resulting from previous research.  Projects may be at any stage of development.  NEH invites research applications from scholars in all disciplines, and it encourages submissions from independent scholars and junior scholars.

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Kira Mauseth, PhD, Senior Instructor, Psychology serves as co-lead for the Behavioral Health Strike Team for the Washington State Department of Health. In March, she created a document, updated throughout the pandemic, to reflect projections about what is likely to happen in the disaster response and recovery cycle for behavioral health in order to inform planning and resource strategies. This past month, a new team assisted her with the forecast.

“A group of SU undergraduate students provided research assistance for the November forecast,” she said. “Their research helped give me the necessary background information on the disaster cascade concept as well as some of the current trends in burnout and compassion fatigue.”

The student team includes Breanne Coulthard, Chemistry; Joanna Corpuz, Psychology ’22; Isabel Gilbertson, Psychology and Public Affairs ’22; Sydney Lindell, Psychology ’21; Kes Sorensen, Psychology ’21; and An Than, Psychology and Criminal Justice ’23.

Some of the students shared thoughts on the project and you can read them here. The project will extend into winter quarter and quite likely into spring as well, at least as long as the response is active, which is likely to be some time.

Angelique Davis, JD, Associate Professor, Political Science and Associate Appointment, Global African Studies, Pre-Law Program, and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and her research partner, Rose Ernst, PhD, are cited in this BBC story.

Jacqueline Helfgott, PhD, Professor, Criminal Justice and Director, Crime and Justice Research Center, and Elaine Gunnison, PhD, Professor, Criminal Justice and Director, Master of Arts in Criminal Justice, published, “Gender-Responsive Reentry Services for Women Leaving Prison: The IF Project’s Seattle Women’s Reentry Initiative. Corrections: Policy, Practice and Research.” Fifty free copies are available here.

William Parkin, PhD, Associate Professor, Criminal Justice, and Jacqueline Helfgott, PhD, published two Op-Eds.

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Of Gifts and Gratitude

The Campaign for the Uncommon Good has reached 99 percent of its $275M goal! The College of Arts and Sciences has raised more than $9.4 million (140 percent of our goal). Read the newsletter here. Every gift across all college and university programs counts and is making a difference.

Year-End Season of Giving Reminders: Please look through department mail and forward any donation checks to Advancement Services, Admin 305B, 901 12th Ave., Seattle, WA 98122. As many review year-end giving this time of year, the best way to make sure a credit card donation is credited to the College of Arts and Sciences in 2020 is to donate online here or have their donations post-marked and mailed in by December 31, 2020. If a specific program/initiative is not listed, select other, and write in details in “comments”. Additional details around donating to the university may be found on the Seattle University Giving pages, or direct inquires to Katie Chapman by email or 206-398-4401.

Thank you for being partners in stewarding our donors’ generosity.

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Cailtin Carlson, PhD, Associate Professor, Communication and Media, was cited in Venture Beat’s story ”Facebook’s redoubled AI efforts won’t stop the spread of harmful content and in Dynuz, "Avaaz: Facebook continues to fail at flagging false and misleading posts about U.S. elections." She published an article, "Hate Speech as a Structural Phenomenon, First Amendment Studies," DOI: 10.1080/21689725.2020.1837649

Serena Cosgrove, PhD, Associate Professor, International Studies, is finishing the second edition of “Understanding Global Poverty: Causes, Capabilities, and Human Development” with co-author Benjamin Curtis, PhD for publication next year by Routledge.  This second edition will include a chapter on immigration by Audrey Hudgins, EdD, Clinical Associate Professor, Matteo Ricci.

Elizabeth Dale, PhD, Assistant Professor, Nonprofit Leadership, was interview for “Ask the Experts” on Wallethub for a feature on charitable giving. Read it here. Her research on the Pride Foundation was included in the publication of The Ford Foundation’s reflection on participatory grantmaking which was also featured in Nonprofit Quarterly; read the article here.

Anne Farina, PhD, LICSW, Assistant Professor, Social Work, is one of the 2020 Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Research Award Winners for her project "Effectiveness of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy as a Mental Health Treatment: An Evidence and Gap Map."

Bryn Gribben, PhD, Senior Instructor, English, published a number of poems this year.

Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs, PhD, Professor, Modern Languages and Cultures and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, co-edited Presumed Incompetent II: Race, Class, Power, and Resistance of Women in Academia with Yolanda Flores Niemann. PhD, and Carmen G. Gonzalez, JD. Jodi O’Brien, PhD, Professor, Sociology and Associate Appointment, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, contributed to the book. Read a review of the book here. Dr. Gutiérrez y Muhs has finished several manuscripts during her sabbatical, one quarter, and turned in full manuscripts for two anthologies, a poetry collection of Latinx poets, Floricanto: Flower and Song, being published in Madrid, bilingually:  by Polibea Press, and one with a contract with San Diego State University Press, a multi-genre anthology of Latinx  women writers, scholars, poets.

Jacqueline Helfgott, PhD, Professor, Criminal Justice and Director, Crime and Justice Research Center, participated in two interviews:

Matt Hickman, PhD, Chair and Professor, Criminal Justice, was interviewed about his research, “Police Use of Force and Injury: Multilevel Predictors of Physical Harm to Subjects and Officers,” on KOMO Radio. Listen here.

Julie Homchick Crowe, PhD,  Assistant Professor, Communication and Media, presented a paper at the Association for the Rhetoric of Science, Technology, and Medicine’s conference on Social Justice entitled “Anti-Science as Anti-Justice.”

Marco Lowe, MPA, Adjunct Faculty, Institute of Public Service, talked about his new book, “Powershift,” in two more interviews about the upcoming presidential transition.

Jasmine Mahmoud, PhD, Assistant Professor, Arts Leadership was awarded the 2020 ASTR Collaborative Research Award along with scholars Megan Geigner (Northwestern University) and Stuart Hecht (Boston College) for co-editing a new book called “Makeshift Chicago Stages: A Century of Theater and Performance.” Their book will be published by the Northwestern University Press in the Spring of 2021. Watch the virtual award ceremony here. She published "'Black and Center': Collaboration, Color, and Care" in the South Seattle Emerald. Read her column here.

Kira Mauseth, PhD, Senior Instructor, Psychology, presents a weekly media brief  with the DOH for behavioral health issues related to the response to the pandemic as co-lead for the Behavioral Health Strike Team. Part of this week's brief was aired by NCWLife Evening News in Wenatchee. Watch it here.

Aakanksha Sinha, PhD, Assistant Professor, Social Work, published “Innovating with Social Justice: Anti-Oppressive Social Work Design Framework” in the International Journal of Design for Social Change, Sustainable Innovation and Entrepreneurship. 1(1), 65-77.

Sharon Suh, PhD, Professor, Theology and Religious Studies published “Once The Buddha Was Born as Keanu Reeves: The Shaping of Buddhism in American Film and Popular Culture,” in CrossCurrents. She appears in the second episode of “Eater’s Guide to the World” on Hulu, talking about her work in Buddhism and Mindful Eating. She also co-presented “Community Kitchen: Mindful Cooking & Eating,” an interactive workshop blending nourishing cooking with mindful eating to offer an experience that is both festive and intentional.

Kirsten Moana Thompson, PhD, Professor and Director of Film Studies, participated in four talks/panels:

  • "Tattooed Light and Embodied Design: Intersectional Surfaces in Moana" Northwest Research Media Commons (Consortium of Pacific Northwest Universities Online), Nov. 13, 2020
  • "Animated America: Animated Advertising from Times Square to Walt Disney", Seattle University Lightning Research Talks, Nov 5, 2020
  • Moderator, Q & A, Indigenous Futures Panel. Social Justice Film FestivalTransform: Another World is   Possible, October 8th, 2020.
  • "Quick, Quick—Like a Bunny! The Ink and Paint Machine, Female Labor, and Color Production at   Disney during the Classical Era" 24 Sept, 2020, Columbia University Seminar Series Online

Kevin Ward, PhD, Director and Associate Professor, Public Affairs, and his colleague, Katrina Miller-Stevens, PhD, received the “2020 Governance Section Best Research Paper Award” at the annual meeting of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) for the article, “Public Service Motivation Among Nonprofit Board Members and the Influence of Primary Sector of Employment” in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly.

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Nick Acosta, BA, Humanities for Teaching 2008, began publishing “New Morality Zine: in 2014 to document hardcore punk in Chicago and beyond; two years ago, he made it a label too. NMZ has put out four releases in the past month, including “A Hell Like No Other” by local band Si Dios Quiere, “Thank You for Being Here Pt. I” by Oklahoma shoegazers Cursetheknife, and its 29th and most recent, a demo by Oklahoma posthardcore act G.I. Bill. Read more.

Lena Beck, BA, Humanities for Leadership 2017, published "Tension Builds Over Old Aquaculture Practice" with Coastal Review Online. She is currently a graduate student at the University of Montana, pursuing a master's in environmental science and natural resource journalism.

Twyla Carter, JD, 2007 and BA, Criminal Justice 2004, is featured on page 22 of the Seattle U School of Law’s Fall 2020 issue of Lawyer Magazine. She is senior staff attorney for the ACLU’s Criminal Law Reform Project based in New York City. Read the magazine.

Lisa Nowlin, BA, History 2006, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington, was one of the attorney’s representing Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County in their lawsuit against Seattle Police Department for excessive force against protesters. Read the Seattle Times article.

Ben McCarthy, MFA in Arts Leadership 2014, was named Vice President of Development at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation.

Joe Nguyen, Humanities and Finance, 2006 and 2020 Alumnus of the Year was  elected Assistant Floor Leader by the Washington State Senate Democratic Caucus.

ChrisTiana ObeySumner, BA Psychology with Honors 2013, MNPL 2016, MPA 2020, is presenting "Crossroads in Theatre: An Introduction to Disability Justice," December 9 in partnership with Sound Theatre Company. Learn more here.

Johanna Wender, MA, LMHC, CMHS; MAP 2012, and her team at King County Sexual Assault Resource Center (KCSARC) were presented with the Sarah Haley Memorial Award for Clinical Excellence at the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies annual conference. The award recognizes KCSARC for consistency in delivering high quality, evidence-based, trauma-focused services.  KCSARC was nominated by several nationally- and internationally-recognized experts in the field. KCSARC's clinical team was cited for their commitment to all victims of sexual assault or abuse, ensuring all survivors have access to effective treatment to help them recover from trauma, regardless of their background, life experiences, or ability to pay for treatment. Johanna is also the founder of Bravura Counseling. Read more here.

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Events (Pacific time, unless otherwise noted)

  • Now available - released in the Provost's Holiday Card: The Seattle University Choirs - Virtual Choir Performance,"Candlelight Carol." Watch it here.
  • December 8, time TBD, Redhawk Squawk: One Athlete’s Journey. A chat with Anthony Washington. Register here to receive the Zoom link.
  • December 9 and 10, noon, Arts Leadership Book Club and Reading Redhawks with Jasmine Mahmoud, PhD, Assistant Professor, Arts Leadership. Imagining Seattle: Social Values in Urban Governance by Serin Houston.  Register for the Zoom link here.
  • December 9, 6 p.m., Set in Stone: What Should We Do With Controversial Monuments? Humanities Washington presents a panel discussion with Jasmine Mahmoud, PhD, and Reiko Hillyer, Lewis & Clark College, moderated by Marc Carpenter, PhD candidate in history at the University of Oregon. Free. December 10, 3-4:15 p.m. EST, Critical Race Conversations: Shakespeare and Race in Performance,. Rosa Joshi, Chair, Performing Arts and Arts Leadership and Professor, Theatre, joins Tyler Fauntleroy, New York actor, and Dr. Farah Karim-Cooper, Professor of Shakespeare Studies, King’s College London and Head of Higher Education & Research at Shakespeare’s Globe, for a discussion presented by the Folger Shakespeare Library. 
  • December 14, release date: Seattle University Choirs with DigiPen Vocal Ensemble - Virtual Choir Performance, "Remembering Decembers"
  • January 19, 12:30 p.m., The Trump Legacy and What It Means for a Biden Administration, join Dr. Julia Azari, Associate Professor of Political Science at Marquette University for a conversation hosted by the Seattle U Political Science Department the day before the 2021 US presidential inauguration. Participate in the even here
  • January 21, 6 p.m., Free-to-Play: Mobile Video Games, Bias, and Norms. Join author Dr. Christopher Paul for a discussion about his latest book, an examination of free-to-play and mobile games that traces what is valued and what is marginalized in discussions of games. Learn more and register for the free event. Presented by the Seattle U Communication and Media Department and College of Arts and Sciences and Elliott Bay Book Company.
  • January 28, time TBD, Reading Redhawks: Tanya Hayes, PhD, Professor and Director, Institute of Public Service, and Program Director, Environmental Studies; and John Armstrong, PhD, Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies. More information here.
  • February 2, 12:30-1:30 p.m., “Rescripting Rape and the Victim-Survivor in Maxine Hong Kingston, Bharati Mukherjee, and Patricia Chao” By Robin Field. Presented by the 2020-22 Pigott McCone Chair, Professor Nalini Iyer, PhD, and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. “Writing the Survivor: The Rape Novel in Late Twentieth-Century American Fiction identifies a new genre of American fiction, the rape novel, that recenters narratives of sexual violence on the survivors of violence and abuse, rather than the perpetrators.
  • March 4-13, Uncharted Waters: A tri-production with Seattle U Theatre, Cornish College of the Arts, and University of Washington School of Drama.  SU Theatre faculty, students, and staff embark on a new adventure for Winter Quarter with a cross-town theatrical collaboration the likes of which Seattle has never seen. The partners invite the community to join us as we meet the challenges of isolation with radical togetherness. Seattle U Performing Arts and Arts Leadership Chair Rosa Joshi directs William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Cornish College of the Arts’ Sheila Daniels and UW Drama acting alum Porscha Shaw (co-direct a devised piece in response to themes in Shakespeare’s play. Both productions will feature student casts from all three schools, and the artistic and production work of students, faculty, and staff from all three schools, and both will be rehearsed and performed entirely online. Online, tickets on sale February 4.
  • March 5, time TBD, Roots of Injustice: The Structural Sources of America’s Penal State. Seattle University Crime and Justice Research Center presents a continuing education event featuring David Garland, author of Punishment and Modern Society, The Culture of Control, The Peculiar Institution, America’s Death Penalty, Mass Imprisonment, The Welfare State. Information available here.

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College and Academic Calendar

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Graduate Program Information Sessions and Open Houses

The next deadline is January 25, 2021 for distribution the week of February 8, 2021.

Reminder: we do not publish the Dean's Memo in January due to the holiday break.

The Dean’s Monthly Memo is published the second full week of the month, September through December and February through June. Send your updates at any time to Karen Bystrom.