Archived COE Update: 03.16

March 2016  

Dean's Doings

Highlights from the last month include a very successful event co-hosted by the College of Education and the Alber’s School of Business and Economics – we had a full day of workshops and presentations with Dr. Wayne Cascio and received resoundingly invigorating and positive feedback from faculty and students who participated! 
Spending a week in Las Vegas to attend the Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education (AILACTE) conference and participate in Dean’s meetings for the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) and the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) Deans was an area, the LV strip is just “not me!” That said, the sessions and meetings I attended were worth the pain, so to speak! Common themes from AILACTE  included using data for continuous improvement, making candidate admissions decisions (e.g. conducing regression analyses to determine if admission criteria/requirements are in any way related to student outcome data), tracking student progress and outcomes, and developing deep and meaningful partnerships for educator preparation (including teachers, principals, counselors, etc.). Common themes from Dean’s meetings included dwindling budgets, seeking efficiencies without compromising quality, legislative mandates, and the need for policy advocacy.  I continue to sit on a planning committee through the PESB and other IHEs to investigate the establishment, use, and oversight of data systems to support our work at the program, college and accreditation levels. This work will result in a data summit later this spring involving constituent groups at various levels.
Closer to SU, I want to thank faculty who met with us in regards to building a comprehensive framework and plan to support research and development for those individuals who are captured by the concept of “Opportunity Youth.”  I have been working with the Center on Community Engagement on several new initiatives – updates on that in the future.
This update ends with the most exciting news of the past several months!  I am thrilled to announce that Dr. Tyson Marsh accepted our invitation to join our faculty next fall. Tyson comes to us with deep content and research expertise in leadership and social justice! 

News and Updates


Save the Date for COE's Graduation Ceremony 


A ceremony to celebrate our 2016 graduates from all programs is planned for Friday, June 10, 2016 at 3:30 p.m. in the LeRoux Room (Student Center 160). Please put the date on your calendars! A save-the-date will be going out at the beginning of spring quarter to all students, staff and faculty.

Spirit of Community Award Nominations Due March 20


The Center for Community Engagement is accepting nominations for the Spirit of Community Awards, which honor students, staff, faculty and community partners for their outstanding commitment to service. This year’s event takes place at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3, in Campion Ballroom. Nominations will be accepted in the following categories:

  •  Projects that innovatively respond to local, community-identified needs 
  • Undergraduate and graduate students who serve with thoughtful leadership, dedication, integrity, humility, compassion and soul 
  • Staff  members who demonstrate exceptional commitment to developing, coordinating, or sustaining projects that make a positive difference in the community 
  • Faculty  members who exemplify excellent use of academic service-learning or other modes of community-engaged teaching and scholarship 
  • Community partners who excel in all aspects of service-learning partnership 

Nominations for all awards are due by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, March 20. Visit Spirit of Community Awards to submit your nominations. For more information, contact Geni Venable at

Annual Appreciation Award for Staff and Faculty May 27

The annual Appreciation Party for Seattle University faculty and staff will be held on Friday, May 27. The program will begin at 10:30 a.m. in Campion Ballroom and coffee/tea will be provided. A noon lunch follows at the Library Plaza. All faculty and staff are invited and encouraged to attend. Members of the university community who are retiring, receiving special awards and emeritus/a status, or who are completing 50, 45, 40, 35, 30, 25, 20, 15, 10 and 5 years of service during calendar year 2016 will be recognized.

Nominations for two exemplary staff awards are now being accepted and all members of the university community are invited to submit nominations. Nominations are due by Friday, April 1st.  The nomination form  can be emailed to or sent to Human Resources, RINA 201, via campus mail. The Excellence in Leadership Staff Award and Lee Thurber Outstanding Staff Award provide the opportunity to formally recognize employees who are exemplary in their work and in their support of Seattle University’s mission, vision and values.

Both awards are intended recognize employees who: 

  • Demonstrate a high degree of commitment to the university, its mission and values. 
  • Are outstanding performers in their work and inspire others to excel. 
  • Treat others with respect, dignity and recognize the unique importance of all persons. 

Please contact Jane Billbe via phone (x5866) or e-mail ( with any questions.

COE Alumna to Receive Professional Achievement Award 

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. 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. She is the first woman and the longest serving Chancellor in the three-school system. To register to attend the celebration, please visit


News from Research and Online/Professional Learning (Associate Dean Bob Hughes)


The Professional Learning office is launching three online endorsement academies this year:  

  • The second ELL Endorsement Academy will begin at the end of April.
  • The Special Education Endorsement Academy will launch in June.
  • The Secondary Math Endorsement Academy will launch in September.

From Assistant Dean Brendon Taga

This past month there have been several developments related to enrollment, business continuity, accreditation and continuous improvement, adjunct faculty support, and PEABs.
Strategic Enrollment. The crux of our work in March focused on strengthening our enrollment policies related to recruitment, admissions, and retention. We will soon be initiating conversation with Graduate Admissions to adjust admissions cycles to better conform to industry norms and ensure that we are responsive to pressures on applicants to make informed decisions across competing programs. We have also assigned each admissions liaison a TargetX account so program faculty can directly access applicant data from the university’s customer relationship management platform; through this platform, faculty can view communications between applicants and staff, faculty, and graduate admissions. Elizabeth Steeves, Karen Smaalders, and I are also working with each program to ensure that welcome communications are in place and are suitable (customized) for program preferences and objectives. I am also working with Kristi Lee, Scholarship Committee Chair, and Dean Deanna Sands to better manage and leverage scholarships to increase enrollment and retain students. To better support faculty advising functions, I’ll be working with faculty and professional advising staff across campus to offer opportunities for COE faculty to participate in brownbags and engage colleagues at best practices workshops.  Chris Phaiah and I are also looking into generating routine reports to support advisors to identify students who are at risk and who should be placed on probation. Finally, I’ve completed interviews for a graduate assistant position who will support enrollment management efforts, particularly those for small programs. This GA would be ready to support our programs in the new year.
Business Continuity Planning & Emergency Response. In coordination with the college’s building marshals and the Dean’s Team, I drafted plans that address business continuity and emergency response in the event of an emergency.  Those plans are a part of a larger university and leadership review and shall be shared for further feedback after further conversations at the university level.
Accreditation & Continuous Improvement. To support accreditation efforts, Chris Phaiah and I are providing support to faculty in the School Psychology and School Counseling programs, which have NASP and CACREP accreditation reports due on the horizon. On behalf of Seattle University, I attended an accreditation workshop hosted by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). The search for a TaskStream alternative is still moving forward and we plan on exploring vendor demos in the month of April. I’m also working with university counsel and program faculty to review and revise partnership agreements that range from internships to teacher candidate placements.
Adjunct Faculty Support. I am working in collaboration with the department chairs, Bill O’Connell and Sam Song, to develop adjunct faculty training modules in Canvas. We are also revising the adjunct faculty handbook and drafting syllabi templates/standards that can be used to guide syllabus development and ensure consistent policy implementation across courses and programs.
Professional Educator Advisory Boards. Our PEAB liaisons are working with their boards to update membership rosters and I’m working with appointing professional organizations to ensure we have active professionals informing the important work that our certificated programs do.

Development Updates

 Seattle University Trustee, General Peter Chiarelli, recently designated a $25,000 campaign gift to veteran mental wellness research at the College of Education. After reviewing and discussing research, methods, advancements, challenges, and potential opportunities for this research with Arie Greenleaf and Kevin Roessger, Chiarelli earmarked this generous gift to allow the assistant professors to expand the number of research participants and refine their research methods. Chiarelli’s gift represents a vote of confidence in the Growing Veterans research and will add credibility to the research project when approaching other organizations and foundations for future funding. Great news for our faculty members and for veterans who will benefit from the results. To learn more about the University’s campaign and donor opportunities, contact Peggy Fine.


Marketing Updates  

  • Our “new” website in TerminalFour is slated to go live (finally) next week! We are excited that this new CMS will allow us the flexibility for more creative design in the months to come. 
  • Work to transition the website over Seattle University’s photographer hopes to take photos of our COE graduate students in and out of classrooms during spring quarter. If you are willing to have Chris Kalinko take photos, please contact Karen Smaalders with the day and time of your class and some possible dates in Spring Quarter. 
  • Marketing meetings with admissions liaisons will be occurring in April in order to begin work on the 2016-17 marketing budget.  
  • 71 students applied for School Psychology for the Summer/Fall 2016 program start compared to the 42 completed applicants at the same time last year. 
  • SDA also received more applications this year. The program reviewed 119 applications for the Fall 2016 start compared to 107 applicants for Fall 2015. 
  • Kaelen Frashure will be filling in as marketing, recruiting and admissions coordinator for Spring Quarter while Elizabeth Steeves is on maternity leave. A temporary worker will be filling in to help support Kaelen’s work for the EDLR and Counseling programs.  
  • Thirty prospective students attended our College of Education open house on February 8. Half of these students have already submitted or completed an application to one of our programs. Another eight students have at least opened an application. This means that 73% of the prospective students who attended the event have entered into the application process! Thank you to all of you who help to represent your programs at these events! 

Program News 

The Student Development Administration program just completed its admissions process with Thai-Huy Nguyen serving a leadership role and leveraging his professional experience as an admissions professional. Highlights include:
  • 56% of admits identify as students of color 
  • 12% are NASPA NUFP Fellows, elite national program to increase the number of historically disenfranchised & underrepresented professionals in the field.  
  • The mission of the NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program is to increase the number of historically disenfranchised and underrepresented professionals in student affairs and/or higher education, including but not limited to those of racial and ethnic-minority background; those having a disability; and those identifying as LGBTQ. 
  • SDA finished one of two sets of Preview Days (yield days) in collaboration with the Division of Student Development.

For Your Benefit

New University Curriculum Change Forms

A revised set of university curriculum change forms is now available on our website at: The proposal forms include New Program, Revise Program, Suspend/Terminate Program, New Course, Revise Course, Delete Course, and Miscellaneous Change. The Office of the Provost will no longer accept the previous versions beginning in June 2016.
A revised electronic Proposal Transmittal Form (PTF) will be required for all new proposals being submitted after March 15 to ORSSP (grants currently in process may use the old form). The new form is also a fillable form with fields for digital signatures, which allows ORSSP to go paperless and facilitates faster transmission of documents between offices. If you need to set up digital signature files, there are instructions on the ORSSP website. For the new PTF and the digital signatures instructions, please go to and click on “Forms.” If you have questions about the new PTF, please contact Shawn Bell at

Zen Meditation for Daily Living

Eddie Salazar will lead Zen Meditation in the Multifaith Prayer Room in Campion Hall April 4, 11, 18 and 25 from noon – 1:00 p.m. One-hour sessions will be followed by a simple soup lunch from 1 to 1:30 p.m. Feel free to come with your curiosity, questions and “beginner’s mind.” All are welcome, and no experience with any kind of meditation is required, however, attendance at the first session on April 4 is required. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Eddie Salazar ( or 296-6133).

Calls for Papers

Submissions are due March 31 for the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion International Conference June 22-24 in Cyprus. This year’s conference theme is Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Human Rights in Times of Austerity. The conference welcomes participation by academics, policy makers, and practitioners. More information is available at or by e-mail Pamela Taylor.

Academic Attire Rentals for Commencement

Seattle University’s graduate commencement ceremony will take place at Key Arena on Sunday, June 12 at 3:00 p.m.  For those who do not own academic attire, the University is pleased to cover the rental expense for you.  Please submit your order for academic attire by April 1.  Individuals who place orders after April 1 will be assessed a $30 late fee.  Please contact Kathy Straughan from the Seattle University Campus Store to place your order.

Take Note

SDA student Nik Bowen '16 (anticipated graduation) won first place in the NWACUHO Annual Case Study Competition, a competition for new professionals (broadly defined as a student’s first three years of professional work). Bowen competed in a team comprised of himself and four other students, one from each other state/province in the Northwest region. Each year at the annual NWACUHO conference, new professionals are given the opportunity to participate in a case study competition. Participants are placed into inter-institutional groups and given a residence life or housing scenario to analyze. On the second day of the conference, groups give presentations, which are judged by senior residence life and housing officers. This year's case study competition asked teams to respond to an incident in which biased comments on the YikYak social media platform targeted international students.

In the News

Publications, Papers and Presentations


McGuire. M.E. “It’s that time again: Teaching the Presidential Election Using the Story Path Approach, Washington State Council for the Social Studies K-8 Conference, Seattle, WA, February 2016. 

McGuire. M.E. (2016). The Transcontinental Railroad: The Chinese experience from gold mountain to golden spike. Culver City, CA: Social Studies School Service. 

Ratts, M. J., Singh, A. A., Nassar-McMillan, S., Butler, S. K., & McCullough, J. R. (2016). Multicultural and social justice counseling competencies: Guidelines for the counseling profession. Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development, 44(1), 28-48. 


Ratts, M.J., Singh, A.A., S., Butler, S.K., Nassar-McMillan, McCullough, J.R. (February 2016). Multicultural and social justice counseling competencies: Practical applications in counseling. Counseling Today. 
Ratts, M.J., Singh, A.A., Nassar-McMillan, S., Butler, S.K., McCullough, J.R. (June 2015). Multicultural and social justice counseling competencies. Retrieved from Endorsed by the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development on June 29, 2015 and the American Counseling Association on July 20, 2015. 


March 23

  • Grades due by noon

March 11

  • Emergency research funding requests due to Bob Hughes

 March 20

  • Spirit of Community Award nominations due

April 1

  • SU Faculty Award Nominations due to Associate Dean
  • Commencement academic attire rental requests due
April 14
  • Deadline for submissions for the Seattle University Undergraduate Research Association (SUURA) Celebration of Student Scholarship. Submission forms and information for undergraduate students presenting at SUURA are available on the Office of Research Services and Sponsored Projects (ORSSP) website.
April 15  
  • Tax day!
  • Deadline for departmental allocations for Lemieux Library materials. Faculty are urged to recommend materials primarily for the benefit of students and their learning and secondarily for the benefit of faculty and their research. Submit all requests to Casey Hicks, who will forward requests directly to our Librarian Liaison, Chris Granatino

Meetings, Events and Holidays

March 11

  • COE Faculty Meeting, Bellevue campus

March 13

  • Daylight savings begins

March 14

  • Last class day of winter quarter

March 25

  • Easter break – office closed through March 28
March 28
  • Easter break - office closed 

April 7

  • University Mission Day 
  • Seattle University Undergraduate Research Association (SUURA) Celebration of Student Scholarship
  • Graduate research presentations
April 15
  • COE Faculty Meeting, Loyola 203

April 29

  • 31st Annual Alumni Awards Celebration; 6 p.m., Four Seasons Hotel, Seattle. Register here.

May 3

  • Spirit of Community Awards Celebration; 4 p.m., Campion Ballroom

May 13

  • Seattle University Undergraduate Research Association (SUURA) Celebration of Student Scholarship
  • Graduate research presentations

May 27

  • Faculty and Staff Appreciation Event;11 a.m., Campion Ballroom 
The next edition of COE Update will publish in April. Send items for the next issue to no later than Friday, April 8. 

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