October 2021

Message from the Dean

Dear Arts & Sciences Community Members,

Hello everyone, the quarter is moving right along now and we have a host of events and announcements to share. Thanks to feedback we have received from faculty and staff, we have reorganized the content for the monthly Dean's Memo. We are now leading with the latest news from faculty, alumni, students, and staff. You will still find helpful information and announcements in the Dean's Memo and you can use the table of content links to check out the different topics.

Shared Governance

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


Claudia Bach, MA, Lecturer, Arts Leadership, developed “An Arts Guide to Federal Disaster Relief” for National Coalition for Arts’ Preparedness and Emergency Response (NCAPER) with support from the NEA and Mellon Foundation. The guide was created to help demystify federal disaster relief for the arts and culture sector by helping artists and arts organizations see what’s available, understand clearly what isn’t available, and decide if pursuing federal aid is a good use of time.

Hidy Basta, PhD, Director, Writing Center, contributed a chapter to the new book, “Pedagogical Translanguaging,” titled "Beyond Welcoming Acceptance: Re-envisioning Consultant Education and Writing Center Practices Toward Social Justice for Multilingual Writers." This book supports writing educators on college campuses to work towards linguistic equity and social justice for multilingual students. It demonstrates how recent advances in theories on language, literacy, and race can be translated into pedagogical and administrative practice in a variety of contexts within US higher educational institutions. The chapters are split across three thematic sections: translingual and anti-discriminatory pedagogy and practices; professional development and administrative work; and advocacy in the writing center. The book offers practice-based examples which aim to counter linguistic racism and promote language pluralism in and out of classrooms, including: teacher training, creating pedagogical spaces for multilingual students to negotiate language standards, and enacting anti-racist and translingual pedagogies across disciplines and in writing centers. You can receive a 50% discount on the book through November 30 by using the discount code LJC50 when you order here.

Caitlin Carlson, PhD, Associate Professor, Communication and Media, was interviewed by KOMO 4 News for “Facebook whistleblower raises questions about safeguards, regulations for platforms.”

Rebecca Cobb, PhD, LMFT, Assistant Clinical Professor and Clinical Coordinator, and Christie Eppler, PhD, LMFT, Program Director and Professor, both from Couples and Family Therapy, co-authored “Epistemological Intersections of Buddhism and Narrative Family Therapy,” with Sarah Bien and Perry Thomas Wright. Researchers conducted a focus group to explore the epistemological intersections between Buddhism and narrative family therapy (NFT). The data's themes indicate areas of overlap as well as potential disconnect regarding NFT's systemic understanding, evolving stories, and empowering epistemologies. These areas of convergence and divergence point to possibilities for the meaningful incorporation of Buddhist teachings and principles within the context of spiritually integrated NFT practice.

They also co-presented at two conferences:

  • "The Virtual Reflecting Team: A Milan Approach to Systemic Teletherapy Intervention," withvMACFT students Sam Camera and Maleigha Rogge and alumni Camille Chapin Stephanie Brownell, Washington Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Conference, Seattle, WA. 
  • "MFT as Leader?," American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy’s Leadership Symposium.

Dr. Eppler also presented “Intersectionality within Collectivist Couples,” American Family Therapy Academy Annual Conference, Virtual.

Dr. Cobb was eleccted the chair of the Elections Council at the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Mark Cohan, PhD, Associate Professor and Chair, Anthropology and Sociology, completed a collaborative research project with alum Jasmine Waland, Humanities for Teaching and Sociology, with a minor in Psychology, ’19, and Laura Titzer, Northwest Harvest, publishing “Sharing Power, Building Community: Strategies for Improving Nutrition Education at Food Pantries.”Based on interviews with food pantry customers and professionals working in the emergency food system, the report identifies how customers and professionals, each in their own way, believe that food pantries and the larger emergency food system can be transformed to be a force for food justice. More information will be available soon in an Arts and Sciences news story.

He was also interviewed for the KUOW Radio Active story, “How the pandemic gave me courage to explore my feminine side.”

Serena Cosgrove, PhD, Associate Professor, International Studies, and her work with the Central America Initiative, is featured in this SU Newsroom story, "Connecting to the World Virtually."

Theresa Earenfight, PhD, Professor, History and Director, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program,  participated in “Image, Object, and Meaning in the Medieval and Early Modern Worlds,” a virtual author panel on October 8, talking about her new book, “Catherine of Aragon: Infanta of Spain, Queen of England,” coming out December 8. You can watch the discussion here. She also appeared on the podcast, "Not Just the Tudors," on History Hit.

Randy Engstrom, Adjunct Faculty, Performing Arts and Arts Leadership, was recently featured on the Grantmakers in the Arts podcast, where he moderated a panel conversation about the American Rescue Plan Act and about how artists can be centered in our recovery from COVID.  Randy was joined in this conversation by a panel that included Deborah Cullinan, CEO of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts; Gonzalo Casals, commissioner of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; and Emil Kang, program director for arts and culture at the Andrew Mellon Foundation.

Kimberly Harden, EdD, Instructor, Communication and Media, was interviewed for “Aux États-Unis, Le Combat Inachevé De La Diversité” in the French magazine, Strategies.

Jacqueline Helfgott, PhD, Professor, Criminal Justice and Director, Crime & Justice Research Center,

Recent media interviews:

The final two are associated with the book she has coming out in 2022 “Copycat Crime: How Media, Technology, and Digital Culture Inspire Criminal Behavior and Violence” (Praeger/ABC-CLIO).

She also contributed “Chapter 1: History of Forensic Psychology” to the book Clinical Forensic Psychology: Introductory Perspectives on Offending, Garofalo, C., Sijtsema, J. J. (Eds.) (2022).  The chapter is co-authored by MACJ student Joslyn Wallenborn, who is also the managing editor for the journal, Criminology, Criminal Justice, Law & Society, the 2021-22 graduate Blume Criminal Justice Scholar, and works at the WA State Attorney General’s Office. 

As part of the Seattle Police Department’s Micro-Community Policing Plans, the research team, including MACJ students Alex Dvorsky and Shannon Christensen; MACJ/JD student Cierrah Loveness; and undergrad CJ student JT Melbourn completed 15 virtual community-police dialogues conducted from May 2021 to August 2021. The dialogues brought together community members and police personnel who participate in discussions using a restorative dialogue format to discuss the 2020 Seattle Public Safety Survey findings, their current concerns about public safety, harms they have experienced related to issues of public safety, and ways to work together to create positive change to improve capacity for public safety in Seattle. The dialogues included more than 100 community members and 100 police personnel across the 15 dialogues (three in each of the five SPD Precincts). The SPD MCPP Research Team is currently working on a report on the findings of the dialogues and preparing for the administration of the 2021 Seattle Public Safety Survey from October 15 to November 30, 2021. Dr. Helfgott spoke with KCPQ about the upcoming survey for "Annual public safety survey for people who live and work in Seattle starts Oct. 15."

The department held the annual Crime & Justice Advisory committee meeting on September 24 and released the 2021 Advisory Committee Annual Report. This was the second year that the meeting was held virtually. The Department of Criminal Justice, Criminology, & Forensics Crime & Justice Advisory Committee is comprised of 140 representatives from 60 agencies who work with our students and faculty in collaborative partnerships to provide internships, research assistantships, guest presentations in classes, and serve as mentors. The updated advisory committee list and our department’s 2021 Annual Report and prior annual reports can be found here.

Audrey Hudgins, EdD, Clinical Associate Professor, Matteo Ricci Institute, , with students Hallie Evans and Craig Verniest, collaborated with Fundación Esperanza de Mexico (FEM) on a Community-based Participatory Action Research (CBPR) project in the 2020-2021 academic year. Published this fall, the report, titled “A Study on Empowerment in the Fondos de Ahorro para Vivienda (FAV) of Fundación Esperanza de México (FEM),” contributes to organizational understanding of the role empowerment plays in their work of community development across the colonias in Tijuana, Mexico. The project was funded by a College of Arts & Sciences Student Assistantship. This assistantship also supported the development of a resources list for the organization which will enable connections to US-based organizations that have the capacity to support its work, which has suffered significant setbacks during the COVID-19 pandemic.

She also started an immersion program focused on migration justice in partnership with Kino Border Initiative, a bi-national non-governmental organization (NGO) that works in the area of migration and is located in Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. Offered annually, this variable credit course immerses students in the complexities of migration in the borderlands, with a focus on making humane, just, workable migration between the US and Mexico a reality. The immersion also provides a personal lens through which to critically reflect on student’s own aspirations for social change and global citizenship.

Sonora Jha, PhD, Professor, Communication and Media, published "American men are facing a silent epidemic: Their loneliness," in Desert News.

Rosa Joshi, MFA, Professor, Theatre, will direct King John by William Shakespeare in Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s 2022 season. The production will feature a cast of women and non- binary people and is produced in association with her company, upstart crow collective. 

Wingate Packard, MA, Adjunct Faculty, English, reviewed “The Lincoln Highway” by Amor Towles for the Seattle Times.

Christopher Paul, PhD, Professor, Communication, published a review of the book, “Intersectional Tech: black users in digital gaming,” for Critical Studies in Media Communication.

Casey Watkins, PhD, CSCS, Lecturer and Strength and Conditioning Coach, Kinesiology, co-authored “Peak fat oxidation is positively associated with vastus lateralis CD36 content, fed-state exercise fat oxidation, and endurance performance in trained males.”

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Derrick Belgarde, BA, Public Affairs, ’03 and MPA, ’15, talked about his personal and professional journey in “Chief Seattle Club executive director shares journey from sobriety to leadership.”

Allison Decker, LMFTA, MACFT, ’19 and Kathryn McNiel, LMFT, MACFT ’19, presented “Interpersonal Genogram: A Tool for Assessment and Intervention” at the Washington Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (WAMFT) Conference.

Bob Frause, Journalism, ’68, APR, Fellow PRSA, of Langley, Washington, received the highest honor bestowed by the Public Relations Society of America College of Fellows, the Outstanding Leadership Award, presented for only the second time since it was first presented in 2009. The College of Fellows is the gold standard of public relations professionals and is an active organization comprised of more than 350 leading practitioners and educators, each of whom has left a significant footprint on the public relations profession. The Outstanding Leadership Award was presented at the virtual induction ceremony for the 2021 College of Fellows class.

Clarissa Y. Malinao, BA, Criminal Justice, ’00, was appointed to the Circuit Court of the First Circuit (Oʻahu). Malinao is a solo practitioner focusing on criminal law in both state and federal courts. Since 2019, she has been a per diem District Court Judge of the First Circuit. Malinao was recognized in 2020 as Outstanding Pro Bono Attorney Honoree for her volunteer work with Volunteer Legal Services of Hawai‘i. She earned her JD from Whittier Law School in California.

Chrisetta Mosely, BA, Journalism, ’06, is profiled in “Meet the entrepreneur whose end game is a grocery store that caters to Black Portlanders,” published by Portland Inno, a feature of the Portland Business Journal.

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Ha’aheo Auwae-Dekker, Film Studies ’22 and Secretary of the Indigenous Student Association, had their film, Malihini, accepted for the Hawai'i International Film Festival. The film will play online November 4 through 28. The dates for in-person screening are TBD.

Madeline Berkman, Jackson Cooper, Stefanie Fatooh, Carol Rosco and Kati Simek, all MFA ’22, have worked to update the "Seattle Arts Voter Guide (SAVG)" for the upcoming Seattle and King County elections.  The nonpartisan SAVG was launched in 2019 as a part of former Seattle U professor Dr. Jasmine Mahmoud's "Public Policy and Advocacy in the Arts" course and has continued since then with contributions from MFA students.

Hallie Bergford, Kinesiology and Seattle U Soccer, and Regie Grady, Kinesiology and SU Track and Field, are nominated for Women’s Sports Star of the Year (College) by the Olympia and Beyond Sports Commission. Tickets for the free virtual event on November 3 are available here.

Jackson Cooper. MFA ’22, was also part of the team working with Inspire Washington to plan the recent Seattle Candidate Forum moderated by Marcie Silverman and Vivian Phillips.

Trés McMichael and Jackson Cooper (both MFA '22) were featured in a recent article where they shared their personal reflections on pursuing a career and degree in the arts, their reasons for choosing Seattle U to do so, and their future career goals.  Here are excerpts of what they had to say:

Trés McMichael: "I chose to pursue my MFA at Seattle University because of the focus on social justice at its core. The topics of anti-racism, intersectionality, and decolonization have shown up during each of my courses. We engage in thoughtful and challenging discourse about these subjects and discuss how to create a more just and liberated world through our work in the arts. I have been able to show up fully and authentically as a queer Black man since my first class. It has been freeing for me as I continue to grow in the field and work towards the change I know we need in the world with others who want to see that same change."

Jackson Cooper: "Be constantly curious and always center the work. Remind yourself of why you are doing it — go into the rehearsal room, watch a dress rehearsal, go see the shows you’re promoting. Always have the art at the center of what you do."

Read the full article here.

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Christina Juarez has been promoted to Program Manager for Matteo Ricci Institute. Congratulations!

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Videos: Recent Events

The video recordings of two events are available on our Arts, Lectures, and Events page.

  • Paul Kidder, PhD, Professor, Philosophy, talked about his book, "Minoru Yamasaki and the Fragility of Architecture" in a virtual event with Elliott Bay Book Company.
  • Kira Mauseth, PhD, Senior Instructor, Psychology, presented “Workplace Trends, Resources, and Strategies: Reopening, Reorienting, and Navigating Unknowns, Behavioral Health during COVID-19.” 

Seattle University Undergraduate Research Journal

The deadline for student submissions to the sixth volume is October 22, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Share this opportunity with your students. They can find submission information here. Last year's volume is available here.

Student Assistantship Awards

Seven assistantships are availabe this year, for 53 work hours each (students may work in-person or remotely, in keeping with University protocols and the needs of your project).

These assistantships are intended to support faculty scholarship and creative work. To be considered for one of these assistantships, submit the following in electronic form:

  • One to two-page description of the proposed scholarly work or creative project.
  • A description of the specific responsibilities of the student research assistant in one page or less. Also state the learning opportunities for the student.
  • A notation of the number of student research assistantships you may have received in the past three academic years.

A faculty committee of past assistantship recipients will assess applications using the following criteria:

  • Equitable distribution of research assistantships among faculty.
  • Potential of the work to lead to a peer-reviewed publication or presentation of work (e.g., the quality of the project design, evidence of prior preparation, having a publisher or presentation venue in mind).

Email your application to Sonora Jha and cc Kate Reynolds by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, November 2.

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Pathways to Professional Formation

Amy O'Brien, MEd, Professional Formation Coordinator is sending a weekly, P2PF Update memo to keep faculty internship supervisors, chairs, program directors, and staff informed of current internship postings and professional formation updates. The goal is to disseminate internship postings to as wide a reach of Arts & Sciences students as possible, and to share with you helpful resources, internship best practices, and upcoming events. Not all internship postings will be relevant to your students, but as we know, oftentimes one’s major(s) and life skills can translate to a wide array of positions and organizations. Please forward to students in your majors and minors any content you think could be beneficial for them to know about.

You can reach Amy by email or at 206-296-2840.

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Funding Opportunities

Franklin Research Grants - December 1 deadline

The Franklin program is particularly designed to help meet the costs of travel to libraries and archives for research purposes; the purchase of microfilm, photocopies, or equivalent research materials; the costs associated with fieldwork; or laboratory research expenses.

NEH Public Scholars Program - December 15 deadline

The Public Scholars program supports the creation of well-researched nonfiction books in the humanities written for the broad public.  It does so by offering grants to individual authors for research, writing, travel, and other activities leading to publication. The program is intended to: a) encourage non-academic writers to deepen their engagement with the humanities by strengthening the research underlying their books; and b) encourage academic writers in the humanities to communicate the significance of their research to the broadest possible range of readers.

National Science Foundation, Accountable Institutions and Behavior (AIB) Program - January 15 deadline

Supports basic scientific research that advances knowledge and understanding of issues broadly related to attitudes, behavior, and institutions connected to public policy and the provision of public services. Substantive areas include (but are not limited to) the study of individual and group decision-making, political institutions, attitude and preference formation and expression, electoral processes and voting, public administration, and public policy. The Program also supports research experiences for undergraduate students and infrastructural activities, including methodological innovations.

Other upcoming NSF funding opportunities for social scientists include the Cultural Anthropology Program, the Law & Science Program, and the Developmental Sciences Program.

More from the Office of Sponsored Projects

Faculty Research Lightning Talks: 2021 Summer Faculty Fellows

Thursday. October 28, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

  • John Armstrong, College of Arts & Sciences: Local government climate policy transitions: building from modest to ambitious actions
  • Charisse Cowan Pitre, College of Education: Collectivized Teacher-Led Spaces to Empower and Support Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Educators
  • Christie Eppler, College of Arts & Sciences: Meaningful Experiences of Relational Teletherapists during the Coronavirus
  • Jennifer Fricas, College of Nursing: Pandemic, Protests, & Perseverance: Learning from the Experiences of BIPOC
  • Nursing Students Through Participatory Photography
  • Stephen Luckey, College of Science & Engineering: Impact of exercise on mitochondrial function in young and aged mice
  • Aditya Mishra, College of Science & Engineering: Does renewable and energy storage integration green the electric grid?
  • Alic Shook, College of Nursing: Stigma Power and Sickle Cell Disease
  • Erin Vernon, The Albers School of Business & Economics: Experiences of Caregivers and Hospice Leaders with Telehealth for Palliative Care: A Mixed Methods Study

Learn more here.

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Voices of the Border

October 19, 6:30 p.m., Pigott Auditorium

Join us for a conversation with co-editors Dr. Tobin Hansen and María Engracia Robles Robles, ME. The conversation will be held in English and Spanish, with real-time translation from Spanish to English. American Sign Language interpretation will be available. This event is open only to Seattle U students, faculty and staff. Advance registration is required; learn more and register here. Seattle U COVID-19 safety protocols will be in effect, including masks. Attendees must present their Safe Start Health Check confirmation. Sponsored by Seattle University Common Text Program, Matteo Ricci Institute, International Studies, Modern Languages and Cultures, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Center for Jesuit Education

Virtual Transversal: Poetry & Performance by Urayoán Noel

October 20, 4-6 p.m., Zoom

A bilingual poetry event featuring English/Spanish translations of the author's new book, Transversal, just released by the University of Arizona Press. Join us on Zoom here. Questions? Contact Dr. Susan Meyers, Creative Writing Program Director by email.

Adam Schiff: Midnight in Washington

October 21, 6 p.m., Virtually Hosted by Elliott Bay Book Company, info and tickets here

From 2017 onward, few people anywhere in the United States were more of a direct witness to the assault on our democracy, or did more to defend the Constitution and our institutions, than U.S. Representative Adam Schiff of California’s 28th Congressional District. As Chair of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, he led the investigation and first impeachment trial of Donald J. Trump. In his new book, Midnight in Washington: How We Almost Lost Our Democracy and Still Could (Random House), he lays out that story - and much more. Cosponsored by Seattle U's Institute of Public Service and Master of Public Administration.

The Indigenous Peoples Institute Presents the Second Annual "Honoring Indigenous Voices"

Monday, October 25, 2021,6-8 p.m.

Pigott Auditorim (Doors close at 6 p.m.); Webinar Information TBD

This event is student lead, faculty supported and nourished into existence. Our three panelists, yetaxwelwet (Anna Hansen), Kasey Nicholson, and Brooke Pinkham, will lead the discussion on intergenerational trauma; specifically surrounding mandated boarding school and residential schools for First Nations and Native American youth in the 19th and 20th centuries. We will explore its fall out and continuing effects on Indigenous communities across Canada and the United States. In sharing personal stories on health, healing and self-discovery on their journey back to their roots, the Indigenous speakers will provide insight to current students from all backgrounds and majors. Learn more here.

We Hereby Refuse: Japanese American Resistance to Wartime Incarceration

October 26, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Virtual Event Register on Eventbrite

The Pigott-McCone Endowed Chair in the Humanities and the English Department welcome Dr. Tamiko Nimura who will speak about her recent book, We Hereby Refuse: Japanese American Resistance to Wartime Incarceration. This graphic novel about Japanese Americans is co-authored with Frank Abe and artists Ross Ishikawa and Matt Sasaki. For more information, contact Dr. Nalini Iyer by email. Register here.

A Conversation with Judge LaDoris Hazzard Cordell

October 26, 6 p.m., Zoom

Real Time Captioning will be available.

"Her Honor," My Life on the Bench...What Works, What's Broken, and How to Change It. In “Her Honor”, Judge LaDoris Hazzard Cordell provides a rare and thought-provoking insider account of our legal system, sharing vivid stories of the cases that came through her courtroom and revealing the strengths, flaws, and much-needed changes within our courts. Judge Cordell, the first African American woman to sit on the Superior Court of Northern California, knows firsthand how prejudice has permeated our legal system. And yet, she believes in the system. From ending school segregation to legalizing same-sex marriage, its progress relies on legal professionals and jurors who strive to make the imperfect system as fair as possible. Tickets ($5 or $31, including the book) available online. Seattle University students, faculty and staff can access their code for free tickets here(with SU credentials.) Presented by Elliott Bay Book Company; Northwest African American Museum; and Seattle University College of Arts and Sciences, Criminal Justice, Criminology & Forensics Department; School of Law; and Black Law Student Association. 

Seattle U Theatre presents The Vampire or The Bride of the Isles

  • Preview: Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m.
  • Opening Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m/
  • Performances, Nov. 13, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 14, 4:30 p.m.

Free at the Lee Center for the Arts, more information here.

The most popular melodrama of 1820 London returns to life in new modern adaptation! Directed in a “live radio theatre” format, the audience will watch a small cast playing many characters, creating the sounds, scenes and voices in this good versus evil tale of dark doings on a romantic island off the coast of Scotland. Adaptation and Direction: Ki Gottberg; Set: Visiting Guest Artist and Professor Emeritus Carol Wolfe Clay; Sound: Dominic CodyKramers Costumes: Harmony Arnold; Lights: Amiya Brown.

Extremely limited COVID-safe seating

College and Academic Calendar

All College Meeting

October 21, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Zoom

Strategic Directions Forums

October 21, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Pigott Auditorium

October 27, noon-1 p.m., virtual (Zoom link to come)

Reigniting our Strategic Directions draft available here.

Academic Calendar

Find the most recent Academic Calendar dates here.

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Graduate Program Information Sessions and Open Houses

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. The next deadline is Thursday, November 4.