Message from the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

David V. Powers, PhD

The College of Arts and Sciences plays a central role in Seattle University’s mission as a Jesuit university. Our pedagogical, scholarly and creative endeavors sharpen students’ ethical and critical thinking skills, ignite their imagination and creativity, and prepare them to lead justly and compassionately in a diverse and changing world. Our broad approach is based on the mission and values of the university.

We developed a College Strategic Plan through deep faculty and staff engagement, then selected 23 Key Target Initiatives that directly support the University's Strategic Directions while focusing our efforts on specific areas of strength and growth for the College of Arts & Sciences.

The Target Initiatives are grouped into five key areas:

  • Annual Review, Rank and Tenure;
  • Curriculum;
  • Social Justice Training;
  • Recruitment and Retention; and
  • Research and Professional Development Support.

The lead committee for implementing this plan is the CAS Strategic Action Committee for Inclusive Academic Excellence, a combined faculty, staff and student committee.

We are excited to move forward with this plan as a path to meeting the changing needs of our students as they engage the realities of the world today, preparing them for rapid change and professional opportunities with values, experience and understanding for their whole lives.

Image of the cover of the 2020 College of Arts and Sciences Strategic Plan

Strategic Action Committee for Inclusive Academic Excellence


  • Heather Reis Fike
  • Laura Hauck-Vixie


  • Sonia Barrios Tinoco
  • Natalie Cisneros
  • Angelique Davis
  • Anne Farina
  • Christina Roberts
  • Sharon Suh


  • Sreeja Stanam (Class of 2023)