Archived COE Update: 04.16

April 2016


Dean's Doings 

Dean Deanna Sands traveled to Washington, D.C. to attend the 2016 American Educational Research Association (AERA) annual meeting and will be back in the office next week. Please join her in extending a warm welcome to our six new staff at the College of Education and the Center for Change in Transition Services. Stop by and introduce yourself when you’re on the third and fifth floors!


Lisa McKillop

Role: Senior Administrative Assistant, CCTS

A Seattle native, Lisa completed two years at St. Martin’s University in Lacey before transferring to Seattle University to earn a bachelor of social work with a minor in psychology. After graduating in 2011, Lisa worked as a Therapeutic Child Care Worker at Childhaven, a King County non-profit serving at-risk children. The experience helped her realize her passion for working with children with disabilities, and she subsequently applied and was accepted to COE's School Counseling program. The same passion drew her to the CCTS, where she found a role as Senior Administrative Assistant. Lisa will graduate in the spring of 2018 and is considering opening a private counseling practice.


Adam Segal

Role: Program Coordinator, CCTS


Originally from Denver, CO, Adam graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, MO with a degree in English literature and a minor in psychology. Hoping to pursue his interest in education in a high-need area, Adam joined Teach for America and spent two years as an 8th/9th and 12th grade math teacher in Detroit, MI. He hopes to creatively apply his teaching experiences as a Program Coordinator in CCTS. Out of the office, Adam plays Ultimate Frisbee and is an avid reader of science-fiction. He also pursues an interest community of spoken word as a learning mechanism in schools. You can check out some of his own work here:


Jay Shepherd

Role: Program Coordinator, CCTS

A transplant from Orlando, FL, Jay moved to the West Coast more than 10 years ago. She earned a degree in elementary education with a minor in studio art from Humboldt State University in Arcata, CA and a master’s in Arts Management with a certificate in non-profit management from the University of Oregon. She first discovered her interest in education while teaching theater to children at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater. As a Program Coordinator in CCTS, Jay looks forward to applying her passion for theater and education in an administrative function. Feel free to quiz her on Hamlet lines…


Gina Esposito

Role: Program Coordinator for Data & Evaluation, CCTS

Gina is a Seattle native who graduated from Seattle University in 2013 with a bachelor’s in business administration. Subsequently she worked at the architecture firm CallisonRTKL as a human resources coordinator. Seeking mission-driven work outside of the for-profit world, Gina was naturally drawn to CCTS. She is currently enrolled in SU’s master of public administration and plans to graduate in spring of 2018. Gina’s favorite book is 1984 by George Orwell, and she loves 70s and disco music. Another fun fact – she has an identical twin who is also working in a grant-funded office at a university.


Kimberly Kinchen

Role: Temporary Senior Administrative Assistant to COUN, EDLR

Kimberly comes to COE with extensive experience in marketing, communications, and administrative roles in higher education settings. Most recently she managed Columbia Ideas at Work, Columbia Business School’s thought leadership magazine, where much of her work involved translating technical research language into plain English for business leaders and policy makers. She now freelances as a copyeditor, primarily for academic researchers, and also writes. She moved back to Seattle last year and enjoys rediscovering the city by foot, bus, and bicycle.


Beth Armitage

Role: Senior Administrative Assistant to AEDT, EDAD, SDAD, TSOL

Beth Armitage comes to Seattle University with extensive experience in education administration, having previously worked at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA as well as Salmon Bay K-8 School in Ballard. She was drawn to Seattle University for its reputation for excellence, its mission, and its commitment to educating the whole person. Beth has lived in Seattle since 1999, and she has two children ages 11 and 13. She loves reading (especially biographies and mysteries), traveling, and museums about buildings.

Two more profiles are still to come! Look for Rebecca McColl, Grants Manager in CCTS, and Jennifer Stanton, Associate Director in CCTS, in the next COE Update. 

News and Updates

Year of the Teacher Opens Classrooms

Faculty are encouraged to open the doors of your classroom to faculty colleagues from other disciplines during the week of May 2. The Center for Faculty Development is handling the logistics. Please sign up here. See the please visit this page for more information. 

Direct questions to Sven Arvidson or David Green

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

Five faculty from SU presented at the American Educational Research Association conference this month in the following seminars, lectures, presentations, and workshops:

  • Educating Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Learners: New Approaches to Practice in Teacher Education: Content-Specific English Learner Core Practices and Preparing Mainstream Classroom Teachers”
    • Kerry Soo Von Esch, Seattle University; Sarah Schneider Kavanagh, University of Washington  - Seattle; “Opening Spaces for Inquiry and Noticing Language: Negotiating Tools and English Learner/Science Teaching Practices” - Jessica J. Thompson, University of Washington; Kerry Soo Von Esch, Seattle University; Jennifer Richards, University of Washington; Anna Wheeler Van Windekens, University of Washington - Seattle; Karin Lohwasser, University of Washington; Manka M. Varghese, University of Washington
  • International Students and Higher Education Through a Global Lens: “Global Engagement Model for Leadership and Justice: Mexico-U.S. Study Abroad in Graduate Education” 
    • Laurie Stevahn, Seattle University; Nina L. Valerio, Seattle University 
  • Measurement of Classroom Assessment Practices: "Development, Evolution, and Adaptation of Measures of Formative Assessment Practices: Lessons From the Field”
    • Maria Araceli Ruiz-Primo, University of Colorado - Denver; Heidi Kroog, University of Colorado - Denver; Nancy Richey, Harris Park Elementary School; Louise Lynn Iverson, Gold Trail School; Ashley M. Chrzanowski, University of Colorado - Boulder; Chelsey Shade, University of Colorado - Boulder; Jennifer A. Silverstein, University of Colorado - Boulder; Xueyu Zhao, University of Colorado - Boulder; Deanna J. Sands, Seattle University    
  • Social Emotional Learning in Secondary School: "Habits for a Healthy Mind: A Pilot Study of a Mindfulness-Based Intervention With Marginalized Youth” 
    • Amy L. Eva, Seattle University
  • Service-Learning and Experiential Education: “When Experimental Design is Not Possible: An Examination of Alternative Methods for Service-Learning Research”;
    • Participant: Jeffrey B. Anderson, Seattle University

Development Updates

In the past month, the College of Education received two major gifts from generous alumnae who included the College in their wills:

Joanne Schumacher BAEd,’55

Known as a woman who was very engaged in her community, Joanne Schumacher made a legacy commitment to the College through an estate gift of $382,000 for scholarships. Some of her closest friends, many of whom are also College of Education alumna, visited the College in March for a luncheon in memory of her life and her gift to the College. please visit this page

Elizabeth Puckett, BAEd ‘60

The College of Education received a $97,000 gift from the estate of Elizabeth J. Puckett, BAEd ’60. A former teacher and librarian for many years before retiring, Elizabeth was a longtime Seattle resident and most recently lived in Moses Lake. She was born in Nortonville, Kansas on September 18, 1925, daughter of Edgar and Clara Grace. She enjoyed quilting and loved spending time with family.

Marketing Updates

Transition to Terminal Four, the new website CMS, is complete, but work continues on fixing broken links that lead to 404 error messages. Please contact Karen Smaalders or Casey Hicks with any website issues.

For Your Benefit 

Call for Papers and Proposals

  • Breakout Session Proposals are due June 1 for the Washington Educational Research Association annual conference December 7-9, 2016 at Hilton Seattle Airport Conference Center. The proposals for breakout sessions include a title and a brief (less than 100-word) abstract. Find the online proposal form More information about WERA may be found at Registration for the conference opens in September.
  • The Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) announces the launch of Impacting Education: Journal on Transforming Professional Practice (IE) an international, peer reviewed, open-access journal housed at the University of Pittsburgh. IE encourages the submission of research manuscripts, essays and book review authored by academics and practitioners that support the focus and scope of the journal. Author guidelines and the review process can be found at Articles will be accepted beginning April 15, 2016.

Take Note

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Kristi Lee (Counseling), who received tenure and a promotion to associate professor.

Admissions, Recruiting and Marketing Coordinator Elizabeth Steeves is on maternity leave and enjoying time with her son, William Hite Steeves, who was born on Friday, March 25. Elizabeth plans to be back in June.

The JesuFit combo team of Jessica Fenner, Peggy Fine, Kaelen Frashure and Karen Smaalders won the 2016 Anne Carragher Wellness Challenge last month! The six-week campus-wide team challenge invites students, faculty and staff to join together and pursue goals in various dimensions of wellness, including physical, emotional, spiritual, intellectual and social.

In Memoriam

Father Casimir “Cas” Zielinski passed away on March 4, 2016 at the age of 92.  Father Cas served in the College of Education’s Department of Counseling and School Psychology from 1979-1993 where he taught theory and practicum courses and supervised interns.   Father Zielinski’s obituary may be viewed by clicking here. A memorial service will take place on Saturday, April 16th at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Family Church in Kirkland, the parish where Fr. Cas was in residence during his Seattle University tenure.  All are welcome.

Victor “Paul” Johnson, M.D., passed away on March 9, 2016, in Sun City West Arizona after a brief illness. Paul was the husband of Margaret “Peg” Haggerty, emerita faculty member and former Dean of Seattle University’s College of Education. Paul’s full obituary can be viewed by clicking here. Memorial gifts may be made to the St. James Cathedral Kitchen, 804 9th Ave., Seattle, WA 98104 or the charity of your choice. A Mass in celebration of Paul's life is planned for Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at St. James Cathedral in Seattle.

Former COE faculty member Sandra Barker died Thursday, April 7 with family and close friends at her side. A memorial is scheduled at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 23, 2016, at the Holladay Park Plaza, 1300 NE 16th Ave, Portland, OR 97232. Donations may be sent to your local Friends of the Library or your favorite jazz station. 

In the News

Kris McDuffy, EdD '94 (EDLR), superintendent of Arlington Public Schools, has been selected as the new Edmonds superintendent.


April 15

  • Lemieux Library deadline for ordering new materials

June 15

  • Grades due by noon 

Meetings, Events and  Holidays

April 29

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

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

May 30

  • Memorial Day – Holiday 

June 6

  • Last class day 

June 10

  • COE Graduation Celebration
    3:30 – 5 p.m. – LeRoux Room, Student Center

June 11

  • Baccalaureate

June 12

  • Commencement



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