September 2019

Message from the Dean

It is great to see all of our returning faculty, staff and students as well as our new students, staff and faculty coming to campus to begin the new year. I hope new and returning community members had a great summer. I certainly did, as I mentioned at Convocation, both personally and professionally.

The Provost and the President have talked about what’s ahead for the coming year, noting some big changes already in motion and more to come in the strategic plan. In Arts & Sciences, we’ll be working on our own college strategic plan as well as responding to the work of the Shared Governance Task Force.

It is a year of building for the future in many ways, so I thought Ki Gottberg’s adaptation of H.W. Longfellow’s “The Builders” was a great way to think about the importance of what we will be working on this year.

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

"The Builders" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

An adaptation by Ki Gottberg, Professor, Theatre, created for the Arts and Sciences 2019 Faculty and Staff Convocation.


Graduate Program Accreditation News

Congratulations to our colleagues in the Master of Social Work and Master of Nonprofit Leadership for receiving accreditation from, respectively, the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE) and the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council (NACC). Additionally the Master of Public Administration has been reaccredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) through 2025. Read the full story here.

Get Up and Move with Kinesiology

The Kinesiology Department is leading a “Get Up and Move” campaign to support our initiatives and further connect with our community. The campaign highlights the national exercise guidelines of at least 150 minutes of physical activity, while giving the community an opportunity to pledge their support and help Kinesiology launch future health and wellness initiatives.

“From October 1 to 7, departmental faculty, staff, and students pledge to complete at least 150 minutes of physical activity,” said Dr. Sarah Shultz, Chair of Kinesiology. “We will track our minutes and you can watch progress on our website, or through the College of Arts and Sciences Facebook page and new Instagram account.”

She added, “On October 8, we will celebrate the end of our inaugural campaign with one of our new community partners, U-Power, by participating in their annual dodgeball tournament, Dodge for a Cause.”

Learn more here on the Kinesiology website.

New Computer Lab in the Harding Building

The new computer lab in the Harding Building is complete. Psychology has the first priority in scheduling the lab for their classes. If other departments are interested in using the lab for a class, have your administrative assistant contact Lisa Ferrin about availability.

Seattle Business Magazine: Ongoing Opportunity

Seattle Business Magazine is continuing their Daring Women Q&A series, asking women who are trailblazers in their professions or businesses to share experiences, concerns and insights that inform and inspire. Each week, they feature a new profile. To learn more and to submit an entry, visit their website.

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Leadership Committee on Intersectionality and Justice

2019-20 Committee Members

  • Sarah Curtis-Tilton (18FQ-21SQ) Staff
  • Michael Ninen (18FQ-20SQ) Student
  • Serena Oduro (18FQ-20SQ) Student
  • Gary Perry (17FQ-21SQƚ) Sociology, T/TT
  • Jeanette Rodriguez (17FQ-20SQ) Theology, T/TT
  • Jason Wirth (17FQ-20SQ) Philosophy, T/TT
  • Sonora Jha, Associate Dean, ex-officio

All members appointed by or in consultation with the Dean.

ƚ Term extended after leave taken by member

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Strategic Planning

College of Arts and Sciences Strategic Planning, Phase I

These major themes were presented at the College Convocation on September 16 and feedback was gathered. Watch for the next email from the Committee.

You can view the synthesis of the work to date and detail on the Strategic Planning website.

Major themes

The following themes appeared consistently across the input gathered from faculty, staff and students. We have also included suggestions that respondents initially offered as pathways to make progress on those themes.

Increase investment in diversity, equity and inclusion

  • Deepen curricular reforms
  • Increase diversity of faculty and staff through hiring and compensation
  • Improve experience for underserved communities
  • Increase community engagement

Improve collaboration within CAS

  • Incentivize interdisciplinary exchange
  • Encourage research collaborations among our faculty
  • Increase funding for faculty with student research
  • Continue to develop and improve shared governance

Clarify our relationship with Jesuit tradition

  • Facilitate greater engagement with Jesuit tradition and ethos across College
  • Have honest dialogue about legacy of Catholic church
  • Discuss meanings of social justice in Jesuit context

Recognize our strengths in teaching and pedagogy

  • Deepen student centered focus
  • Continue to prioritize small classes
  • Keep focus on advising
  • Promote and fund innovation in teaching and pedagogy
  • Support curricular reform

Encourage creativity and innovation

  • Support creative research
  • Support curricular innovation
  • Support creativity in facilitating shared governance

Enhance global engagement

  • Increase the number of study abroad opportunities
  • Provide funding for study abroad for all students
  • Incentivize curriculum & research with a global focus
  • Argue for language requirements for all SU students
  • Engage our international students

Address issues of affordability for staff, faculty and students

  • Address the problem of high cost of living for staff and faculty
  • Address the problem of high cost of living (particularly housing) for graduate students
  • Lower the burden of debt for students (Lower tuition; raise money for scholarships; lobby for public support of education)
  • Reduce costs

Increase opportunities for professional advancement


  • Teach leadership development
  • Teach teamwork
  • Increase internship opportunities
  • Improve career advising

Faculty and Staff

  • Support and implement findings of Advance Grant
  • Support and enhance pathways for promotion of NTT faculty
  • Increase TT lines
  • Increase support of staff and enhance pathways for promotion

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Pathways to Professional Formation

There are already many events scheduled for the Fall; please let your students know about them.

Planning ahead, the annual LinkUp Alumni and Student Mentoring event is January 28.

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Dominic CodyKramers, MFA, designed sound for Book-It Repertory Theatre’s stage adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer’s book, Everything is Illuminated, and theatre major Derek Jones is the sound engineer & operator.

Catherine Hinrichsen, APR, MA, Project Director, Project on Family Homelessness, published the annual tribute to the fabulous work of their student project assistants. Take a look here to revel in the work of Connor Crinion (a new alum) and Anneke Karreman (returning for senior year). Additionally, please welcome their new assistant, Mary Lacey, a Public Affairs senior.

Felipe Murtinho, PhD, International Studies and Institute of Public Service, and Tanya Hayes, PhD, Environmental Studies and Institute of Public Service,traveled with four Seattle University students to the Andes of Ecuador.  As part of a NSF-funded research project, the students worked with Murtinho and Hayes to conduct community-driven workshops on climate change, land-use, and ecotourism.

Grad student Erin Naomi Burrows and Jasmine Mahmoud, PhD, talk about the Seattle Arts Voter Guide, a project by this summer’s “Public Policy and the Arts” class on the Washington State Indivisible Podcast (the conversation starts at 19:18). The Seattle Arts Voter Guide is non-partisan and Seattle University does not endorse nor oppose any candidate.

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Of Gifts and Gratitude

The College of Arts and Sciences has surpassed $8 million in gifts toward our current campaign goal of $6.5 million – and we are not slowing down! These donations are endorsements of the strength of our college, the work of you, our faculty, staff and students. Thank you for being thoughtful stewards of our donors’ generosity. Key priority areas for fundraising this year include funding to launch the MS Kinesiology program and specifically the Mobile Equipment Lab, program funding for Pathways to Professional Formation to benefit internship and mentorship programs for all students across the college, and scholarships. As a reminder, all gifts, of any size, to any area of the college or university count.

Spirit of Giving Day, November 7, 2019: Help celebrate the many ways donors and philanthropy make a difference at Seattle University. Watch for more information as to the many ways gifts enhance our collective success and encourage your students to share their gratitude.

Seattle U Gives, February 6, 2020, 24 hours of giving: Did you know that your department, program, project may benefit from Seattle University’s 24 hours dedicated to giving? To discuss how you can become an ambassador for this year’s efforts please contact Katie Chapman.

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Serena Cosgrove, PhD, International Studies and Central America Initiative, participated in “Women and War: Understanding the Nexus of Gender and Conflict,” a podcast with In Homeland Security.

Hye-Kyung Kang, PhD, Social Work, has received the Best Teaching Note Award for her article, “Constructing Critical Conversations: A Model for Facilitating Classroom Dialogue for Critical Learning,” which appeared in Volume 54, Issue 1, of the Journal of Social Work Education (JSWE). Her work was chosen from among all Teaching Notes published in JSWE in 2018.

Rosa Joshi, MFA, Performing Arts and Arts Leadership, talks about theater, imagination, Shakespeare, and I Henry IV with the National Endowment for the Arts in this podcast. She was also interviewed about her D.C. directorial debut with Folger Theatre’s opening production of its 2019-20 season, Shakespeare’s 1 Henry IV, running through October 13.

Sarah Shultz, PhD, Kinesiology, was interviewed for the Osteoarthritis Action Alliance’s monthly newsletter. Read the interview here.

Kate Koppelman, PhD, English and Film Studies, Medieval Studies, and Women and Gender Studies, published “Motherhood Interrupted: Borders, Bodies, and Chaucer’s Griselda” with The Medium.

Julie Homchick Crowe, PhD, Communication, published “Architectural Advocacy: The Bullitt Center and Environmental Design in Environmental Communication.” Some of the work for this project was supported by SU’s Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability.

Heather Macdonald, PsyD, Psychology and Eric Severson, PhD, Philosophy, published edited volume: Goodman, D., Severson, E., & Macdonald, H. (2019). Race, Rage, and Resistance: Philosophy, Psychology and the Perils of Individualism. New York: Routledge: Taylor & Francis Group.

Claire LeBeau, PhD, Psychology, wrote a chapter in an upcoming book, Maternal Tug. The book will be available in January 2020 from Demeter Press.

Heidi Liere, PhD, Environmental Studies, with student research assistants and volunteers, studied beneficial insects in urban community gardens (P-patches) in Seattle. Funded by a Summer Faculty Research Fellowship and an Undergraduate Student/Faculty Research Support Award (CSE), students worked with Liere to determine how the vegetation features and the surrounding landscape affect beneficial insects in Seattle's P-patches.

Kathleen Cook, PhD, Psychology, was interviewed by KUOW for their story, “Why do Seattleites Complain So Much?”

Connie Anthony, PhD, Political Science, will present a conference paper, “Global Rights and Sexuality,” at International Studies Association-West, September 27-28, in Pasadena, California.

Audrey Hudgins, PhD, Matteo Ricci Institute, had an article on critical service-learning and civic identity development accepted for publication in the Journal of Community Engagement and Higher Education.

Bryn Gribben, PhD, English, published her poems "Tail-ism" and "The Siamese Twins Have Sex, or Thank You, Harry Houdini," in, respectively, the July issue of Montana Mouthful and the August issue of Coffin Bell.  Her essay "Metaphor as Mistake" was published in the August issue of Bookends Review, and her poem "Glore Psychiatric Museum, St. Joseph, Missouri" will be published in a forthcoming issue of The Perch, a Yale journal of literature about mental health.

Emily Lieb, PhD, Matteo Ricci Institute, published “Who Broke Baltimore? We Did” in The Nation.

Caitlin Carlson, PhD, Communication, was interviewed by KIRO 7 News about Starbuck's decision to stop selling newspapers. Watch the interview.

Kimberly Hardin, EdD, Communication and Media, is featured in Parent Map’s “How to Talk to Kids About Race.”

Peter Collins, PhD, Criminal Justice, was quoted in the New York Times op-ed, When We Kill; Everything you think you know about the death penalty is wrong.” The citation was from “An Analysis of the Economic Costs of Capital Punishment in Oklahoma,” research by Dr. Collins and Matt Hickman, PhD, Criminal Justice.

Sonora Jha, PhD, Associate Dean and Professor, Communication, gave the keynote address at the annual Chuckanut Writers’ Conference in Bellingham, Washington, on June 21. Her talk was titled, “The Writer in Uncertain Times.”

Elizabeth Dale, PhD, Nonprofit Leadership, published “All in for Women & Girls: How women’s fund and foundation donors are leading through philanthropy, and it was reviewed by the Nonprofit Quarterly in “Remaking the Field: How Women’s Fund Donors Have Built a New Philanthropy.”

Marco Lowe, MPA, Institute of Public Service, was interviewed by New Day, KING 5, about the changing political scene and by Crosscut about King County elections.

Matt Hickman, PhD, Criminal Justice, is quoted in “Police use of force data ‘a huge mess’ across the U.S.”

Christopher Paul, PhD, Communication, talks about his book, “The Toxic Meritocracy of Video Games,” on YouTube for Centre of Excellence in Game Culture Studies. His earlier book, “Wordplay,” is featured on this podcast by Ranged Touch.

Nalini Iyer, PhD, English and Asian Studies, and Meenakshi Rishi, PhD, Albers and Asian Studies, presented on Indian history, economics, politics, and culture to the Stryker Brigade at Joint Base Lewis McChord. This briefing was an opportunity for the officers to prepare for their joint exercises with the Indian Army’s Assam Regiment in September 2019.

Michael P. Jaycox, PhD, Theology and Religious Studies, presented a paper at the Catholic Theological Society of America titled “The Challenge of Privileged Anger: Moving from Moral Impotence to Sustainable Solidarity.”

Naomi Hume, PhD, Art and Art History, curated “Unsettling Femininity: Selections from the Frye Art Museum Collection” at the Frye Art Museum, opening on September 20. She will give a talk on September 21 and leading tours of the exhibition October 24 and December 14.


Jaisy A. Joseph, PhD Candidate, Theology and Ministry  presented two papers at the 74th annual Catholic Theological Society of America, “One Long Epiclesis: The Eucharistic Table as Diaspora Space,” and “The Church as Leaven and Pilgrim: A Postcolonial Turn to the Interstices. The first detailed a need to consider the entangled, wounded histories of the unassimilable, the conquered, and the enslaved that gather around the Eucharistic table for healing and worship. The second paper considers the significance of an interstitial perspective for a church called to exist spatially between peoples as reconciliatory leaven and temporally between the promise and fulfillment as pilgrim.

During the 7th Annual Syro-Malabar Catholic National Convention, she presented two sessions. The first session elaborated on the distinction between wandering and journeying as a means of asking what vision we have as an immigrant reality here in the US. The second session honed in on these questions by presenting the struggle for identity among the second generation in this diasporic faith community spread across the United States.

Tanya Hayes, PhD, Environmental Studies and Institute of Public Service, taught a 3-day workshop on conducting interdisciplinary research to support sustainable development in rural communities in Bolivia.  The workshop included graduate students and professors in the social and natural sciences at the Universidad Católica in La Paz, Bolivia.

EL Hadji Malick Ndiaye, PhD, Modern Languages and Culture, published two books in French, “Temps divers: Poésies” and “Pierre-Jakez Helias, le destin colonisé : Le régionalisme français à l'épreuve de la francophonie.

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Shasti Conrad, Sociology and International Studies, 2007, was featured in the Northwest Asian Weekly story, “Woman of color leads King County’s Democrats to a better future.

Rabbi Kami Knapp, International Studies, 2005 was appointed as the new rabbi for Congregation Or Shalom synagogue in Berwyn, PA.

Jeff Thomas, MPA 2009, was named the new Community Development Director for the City of Marysville, Washington.

Gordon McHenry, Jr., Political Science, '79, was named the new CEO of United Way of King County.

Lisa Lefeber, MPA, 2010, was named the next CEO for Port of Everett, the first woman to be selected for this top leadership role in the Port’s 100-year history.

Grace Stetson, English and Film Studies, 2015, talked frankly about the financial challenges in pursuing her graduate education after earning her BA at Seattle U in this article.

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Olivia Gaughran, majoring in Social Work and Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies, writes for Medium, including this recent essay, “Struggling With An Addiction to Chaos & How I Choose Worthiness.”

Kinesiology students Ella Fisher and Monet Kumazawa won the SU Undergraduate Research Award for Group Projects with their project, “The Relationship between Physical Activity Knowledge, Exercise Behavior, and Barriers in First-Year Undergraduate Students.” 

The Northwest Conference President recently released the rankings for British Parliamentary Debate and Seattle U debaters are highly rated. Listed as Best in the Northwest are Alyssa Gaston (First Team); Flora Lloyd and Ryan Shook (Second Team); and Hatcher Chapman, Flora Lloyd, Lily Panetta, and Alex Lindgreen-Ruby (Honorable Mention.)

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Event descriptions and more on the Arts and Sciences Event page.

  • Up from the Table, a new exhibition by Creative Justice, Sept. 28 - Nov. 24, Hedreen Gallery
  • Arts Leadership Book Club, Oct. 3, 5:30-7 p.m., Hedreen Gallery
  • Master of Social Work Accreditation Celebration, Oct. 4, 5-7 p.m., Casey Commons
  • Tasveer Film Festival, with two screenings presented by Film Studies, Sept. 27, 6:30 p.m., “Kaifinama” and Oct. 3, 7 p.m., “Reason”, Pigott Auditorium
  • Social Justice Film Festival and Film Studies, Oct. 6, 4-6 p.m., Wyckoff Auditorium
  • How to Use Your Liberal Arts Degree in Tech Panel, Oct. 10, 12:30 p.m. - 1:20 p.m., Student Center 210
  • Amplify: Nonprofit Leadership’s 25th Anniversary, Oct. 11, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Campion Ballroom
  • Digital Design Careers in Tech Panel, Oct. 17, 12:30 p.m. - 1:20 p.m., Student Center 210
  • Environmental Studies and the Beacon Food Forest, Oct. 19, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Beacon Food Forest
  • Are & Be Series: Education Re-imagined, with Joelle Pretty and Angie Jenkins, Oct. 23, 6-7 p.m., Casey Commons
  • Discussion with Timothy Wise on the Future of Food, Oct. 29, 12:30-1:20 p.m., Bannon 102
  • Pacific Science Center Career Trek, Nov. 1, 8:15 a.m. – noon, Pacific Science Center.
  • The Misanthrope by Moliere, translated by Richard Wilbur, directed by Ki Gottberg, Nov. 13 -17 and 20-21, Lee Center for the Arts
  • Bites of Reality: An informal pizza conversation series, featuring Ellen Chestnut, Attorney, US Dept. of Education, Office of Civil Rights, Nov. 14, 12:30 p.m. - 1:20 p.m., Administration Bldg 321
  • LinkUp: An Alumni and Student Mentoring Event, Jan. 28, 4 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., Student Center 1st Floor

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Graduate Information Sessions and Open Houses

  • Thursday, October 3, 6 p.m., MACJ Information Session
  • Friday, October 4, 4 p.m., Graduate Open House Fall 2019
  • Tuesday, October 8, noon, MFA Arts Leadership Online Info Session
  • Tuesday, October 8, 6 p.m., MSW Info Session, in person
  • Thursday, October 10, noon, MSW Info Session, Online
  • Monday, October 14, 6 p.m., MFA Arts Leadership Info Session
  • Tuesday, October 15, noon, MSW Info Session, Online
  • Wednesday, October 16, 6 p.m., MSW Info Session, On Campus
  • Tuesday, October 22, noon, MNPL Online Info Session
  • Tuesday, October 22, 6 p.m., MSW Info Session, On Campus
  • Thursday, October 31, noon, MNPL Online Info Session
  • Thursday, November 7, 6 p.m., MACJ Information Session
  • Thursday, December 5, 6 p.m., MACJ Information Session

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College and Academic Calendar

  • October 1, 12:30 p.m. A&S College Budget Meeting, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Casey Commons
  • October 1, Last Day to Add/Drop or Change Grading Option
  • October 1, Last Day to Apply for Graduation: Winter 2020
  • October 3, Mass of Holy Spirit (Classes Between 10am-1:30 pm Canceled)
  • October 8, Roster Checks for Fall Quarter Due
  • October 10, 8:30-10:30 a.m., Dean’s Coffee Hour, Casey Atrium
  • October 21-November 8: Advising Period for Winter 2020
  • October 17,  12:30-1:30 p.m., A&S FQ All College Meeting
  • October 25-27, Family Weekend
  • October 28, Last Day to Remove “I” Grade: Spring & Summer 2019
  • November 1, Last Day to Apply for Graduation: Spring 2020

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

The next deadline is October 7.