Ringing in the 2016 new year has involved a busy month of January with a focus on deepening existing and building new partnerships, following and commenting on emerging legislative initiatives that effect educator preparation, finalizing annual performance reviews, and service to campus and national advisory committees. The context of education is shifting legislatively, financially, and in practice-based initiatives to address issues of equity and access and educator preparation (teachers, principals, school counselors, school psychologists, etc.) through partnerships across post-secondary education organizations, school districts, and community-based service organizations. SU and the College of Education are situated well to respond.
This past month we have explored with campus and community partners opportunities to address professional development needs of teachers, develop alternative routes to educator preparation, engage in collaborative research and evaluation project, and strengthen our work with Middle College High School.
Internally we have begun the budget planning process for fiscal year (FY) 17 and finalized the annual performance review process. I continue to serve on a campus committee to develop and propose a process for academic affairs to engage in a review of our academic portfolio and operations. I continue my research in the area of teachers' formative assessment practices and was asked to serve on a national advisory committee for the Northwest Evaluation Association to advance policy, professional development and inquiry on that topic. January closed with on-campus visits by finalists in our search for a new colleague in the principal certification and EDAD master's degree program.
To improve the transition outcomes for Washington students with disabilities from school to college or work, the Washington Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) awarded Seattle University’s College of Education a $3 million, two-year, sole-supplier contract effective February 1 to increase support for students with disabilities transitioning to life after high school. The contract will be managed by the college’s Center for Change in Transition Services (CCTS) and will provide coaching and training, establish pilot projects to find out what works best for transitioning disabled students, and to disseminate those best practices to all of the state’s school districts.
CCTS leaders Cinda Johnson, principal investigator; and Sue Ann Bube, project director, will add five full-time staff at the COE and contract employees will be located at educational service districts around the state (visit the COE careers website to view job postings). CCTS is known both locally and nationally for its robust data collection, analysis of post-school outcomes and statewide training. CCTS has specialized expertise in the transition of students with disabilities to employment and post-secondary education with all full-time staff having doctorates in secondary special education and related fields. It has 25 years of experience working with local school districts training teachers about legal responsibilities of providing transition services and implementation of those services, collecting and reporting post-school employment and education outcomes for students with disabilities.
The College of Education in partnership with Albers School of Business and Economics welcome Human Resource Development (HRD) expert Dr. Wayne F. Cascio to Seattle University for a day of workshops and presentations on Wednesday, February 10. Wayne F. Cascio, PhD, is a distinguished professor at the University of Colorado and holds the Robert H. Reynolds Chair in global leadership at University of Colorado-Denver. Dr. Cascio’s presentation will focus on why Human Resource Development (HRD) matters and the ways in which HRD can:
Talent Management of Nonstandard Workers, 10:30 a.m. – noon in Student Center 130Research That Influences Theory and Practice, 1:30 – 3 p.m. in Student Center 130.
Investing in HRD in Uncertain Times, Now and in the Future, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m., Student Center 160. Networking and refreshments will be from 5:30 – 6 p.m.
Please save the date for the upcoming Provost’s Celebration of Faculty Scholarship on Friday, February 26, 2016. This event will showcase university faculty scholarship conducted or completed primarily during 2015. This year’s keynote speaker will be Dr. Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs (Modern Languages & Women and Gender Studies). The event is planned for Friday, February 26, 2016 and includes:
Keynote: 3:00–3:30, Wyckoff Auditorium
Reception: 3:30-5:00, 6th floor, Lemieux Library & McGoldrick Learning Commons
To ensure that the full breadth of our faculty’s accomplishments are displayed at this event, please send your articles, chapters, books, etc. from 2015 to Casey Hicks at Hicksk@seattleu.edu, drop them at the front desk (Loyola 500), or leave them in Casey’s mailbox by Friday, February 19.
Administrative Coordinator Vida Drew will be leaving the College of Education. Her last day will be February 12. To bid goodbye to our colleague and celebrate her 15 years of service, a reception is planned on Thursday, February 11 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. for cake and light refreshments in the Dean's reception area. Please consider extending this invitation to your colleagues outside of the college who might also like to attend.
The Strategic Plan is under a final review by college faculty and will be forwarded to the Leadership and Finance Team for review on February 8. Once the plan is approved by LF&T it will be implemented for the purpose of College budgeting and resource allocation. An evaluation process will be implemented on an annual basis over the next five years to assess metrics for success; resource needs and modify the plan as the College moves forward with the goals and initiatives.
The college has partnered with the College of Arts and Sciences to create a new undergraduate specialization in elementary teaching that will begin in fall, 2016. This new specialization will lead to a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies, as well as a K-8 teaching credential and an ELL endorsement. For more information, see: https://www.seattleu.edu/artsci/interdisciplinary-liberal-studies/elementary-education-K-8.
The college’s office of professional learning is offering its second round of the successful online ELL endorsement academy for in-service teachers in March. This academy allows teachers to earn an additional endorsement to their credential so that they will be qualified to provide instruction to the increasing numbers of non-native English speaking students in area schools. For more information, see: http://www.seattleu.edu/education/professional-development/endorsement.
The college’s new master’s degree program in Educating Non-Native English Speakers began offering courses in this term. For more information, see: http://www.seattleu.edu/education/ell.
It’s been a busy, but productive January. The college continues with its work to develop and clarify policies and processes. In coordination with the Dean’s Team (Deanna, Bob, and I), Marketing Director Karen Smaalders and Admissions Coordinator Elizabeth Steeves, we have developed an enrollment communications plan and clarified faculty and staff roles in the recruitment, admissions, and retention process. Our efforts will be put forth for feedback at the next faculty and staff council meetings.
One actionable equity issue that arose this year was the mandatory imposition of recreation fees on students enrolled in online programs. Some AEDT students who never set foot on campus were being charged for access to our UREC facilities. I worked with UREC and other university constituents to remove the fee and create an opt-in membership for our AEDT and ENES programs. The membership is $65 per quarter and students can register as the front desk in the Connolly Center.
Another critical task that is wrapping up is the updating of partnership agreements with school districts. Many of the college’s placement agreements expired at the end of 2015 and I am glad to report that there is only one outstanding agreement that will be completed by week’s end. Also, Deanna, John Green, and I attended the Washington Association of Colleges for Teacher Education’s (WACTE) spring meeting, where we learned more about the state’s adoption of an indicator-based model of program review and assessment. To address the need for better adjunct support, I am working with the department chairs to develop online training opportunities related to assessment, rubrics, and effective Canvas practices. I am also continuing my work on identifying an alternative to Taskstream, which at this stage involves working with university-level constituents and finalizing project specifications. By the March faculty meeting, I hope to have another iteration of a continuous improvement calendar to support program assessment and development at the college and university levels.
The Internal Revenue Service has issued the 2016 optional standard mileage rate. Effective Jan. 1, 2016, the university will reimburse at a rate of 54 cents for each business mile driven. This is a decrease from the previous reimbursement rate of 57.5 cents. For further information, see: https://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/2016-Standard-Mileage-Rates-for-Business-Medical-and-Moving-Announced
The Seattle University Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability (CEJS) invites papers for its second biennial conference “Just Sustainability: Hope for the Commons” to be held in Seattle on August 7-9, 2016. Attendees will have a unique opportunity to connect with researchers, businesses, and communities that are bringing EJS issues to the fore of public discourse. Authors will have the opportunity to publish papers in a special issue of the journal Interdisciplinary Environmental Review. The conference goals are to:
CEJS invites papers related to environmental justice and sustainability from all fields of discourse, including but not limited to environmental studies, theology, business, philosophy, engineering, education, law, international development, anthropology, religious studies, geography and the natural sciences. Authors should submit abstracts by February 22nd, 2016 by using the conference paper submission system. Full papers will be due on July 1st, 2016, and final versions of accepted papers will be due on October 1st, 2016.
Congratulations to Thai-Huy Nguyen, SDA assistant professor, who was selected by his region of the Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education (NASPA) for the Emerging Faculty Leader Academy (EFLA) for 2016-2017. The NASPA Emerging Faculty Leader Academy is a one-year program for emerging faculty leaders who want to gain knowledge, techniques and experience in order to develop and sustain a fulfilling faculty career. Thai is the only faculty member chosen from this region, which includes seven states and two Canadian territories.
Three COE faculty received awards from the Summer Faculty Fellowship Program, which provides financial support for tenure-track or tenured faculty involved in an active program of scholarship, including the scholarship of discovery, integration, application, and teaching. They include:
Gregory Moy: “New Contributions to Social Emotional Learning Using Single Program Meta-Analyses”
Ashli Tyre: “Facilitating School-Wide Implementation of Positive Behavior Support: Understanding and Supporting Educators as They Change Their Discipline Practices”
Kerry Von Esch: “EL/Math Studio Days: Integrating a Focus of English Learner Students within Mathematics Instruction in Pre-Service Teacher Education”
Bob Conyne, William Allen Endowed Chair AY 2013-2014, provided an update for the College of Education. First, Bob sends warm regards to the COE faculty and staff. He recently returned to Ohio from a three-month consultation contract in Japan.
At the American Counseling Association (ACA) Conference in Montreal this Winter, Bob will receive the honor of ACA Fellow, joining the ranks of influential counseling folks such as Allen and Mary Bradford Ivey, David Kaplan, Sam Gladding, Dianne Borders, Clemmont Vontress, Rebecca Toporek, Patricia Arredondo, Don Locke, Marcheta Evans, Judy Lewis, Rita Chi-Ying Chung and Cirecie West-Olatunji.
Bob is working on a revision of a co-authored book with Fred Bemak titled Professional Journeys. The book is focused on courage, innovation, and risk-taking, with a new cast of exciting characters. Bob provided a professional development seminar for the university on the same topic that some COE faculty attended.
Finally, Bob continues to publish with his Graduate Research Assistant and School Psychology major, Perry Firth. As co-authors, they have published a chapter in a Turkish book and have one coming out on preventing school shootings in the International Handbook of Prevention Science (Oxford University Press). If you would like to contact Bob, his e-mail is: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Alumni Award for Professional Achievement is being awarded to exemplary COE alumna Jill Wakefield, EdD, ’92, a visionary who has paved the way for women to attain leadership positions in higher education. In 1992, Jill graduated from Seattle University with a Doctorate in Educational Leadership. An adjunct professor in the Seattle University graduate program from 1999–2007, Jill joined the Board of Trustees in 2010. After 40 years of increasing responsibility in the Seattle Colleges system, Jill is retiring as Chancellor in June. She is the first woman and the longest serving Chancellor in the three-school system.
John Dougherty, ’66, Athletic Development Officer for Seattle University, is the recipient of the 2016 University Service Award for his lifelong dedication to Seattle University. After graduating from Seattle University with a degree in education, John took a job with The Boeing Company. In 1990, he joined Vacation International in Bellevue as director of corporate sales. After 12 years, he was named vice president of sales and marketing. For the past 8-½ years, John has dedicated himself to securing the financial resources necessary to grow Seattle U Athletics. He was party to the decision to return to Division I and has instituted a multiyear gift program and athletic events that have raised more than a $1 million in each of the past four years.
Celebrate the achievements of outstanding Seattle University alumni and faculty at the 31st Annual Alumni Awards Celebration on Friday, April 29, at 6 p.m. at the Four Seasons Hotel Seattle. To register or to host a table, please visit https://seattleualumniawards2016.eventbrite.com.
The Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA) has named EDLR alum Steven Webb, Ed.D., superintendent of Vancouver Public Schools, the 2016 Superintendent of the Year. The award recognizes the outstanding leadership of superintendents.
International School physics teacher Ryan Lafferty, ’10 MIT, is the only Washington state teacher to win one of this year's $25,000 Milken Educator awards: http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/education/bellevue-physics-teacher-wins-25000-national-award/
Sarah Thomson, MA '12 (SDA), was appointed Executive Director of Career Services at Seattle University.
Roessger, K. M. (2016). Skills-based learning for reproducible, demonstrable expertise: Looking elsewhere for guidance. Journal of Vocational Education & Training. Advanced online publication.
Greenleaf, A., Williams J. M., & Roessger, K. M. (2015). The health outcomes of connecting with nature: Evidence to guide counselor education. The Sable Journal of Health & Human Development, 1(1), 63-78.
Roessger, K. M. (2015, November 17). Re-conceptualizing reflection for prediction and influence: A relational frame theory account and preliminary empirical support. Presented at the 64th annual American Association for Adult and Continuing Education Conference. Oklahoma City, OK.
Roumell, E., Archuleta, K., Nabb, L. W., Dodd, B. J., Tan, F., & Roessger, K. M. (2015, November 15). Trends and issues in adult and higher education: Reorienting our approach to adult education toward greater integration. Presented at the 34th Annual Meeting of the Research-to-Practice Conference in Adult and Higher Education. Oklahoma City, OK.