Archived COE Update: 10.14

October 2014 

Dean's Doings


This fall I have been engaged in exciting activities at various college, university and community levels. Within the College of Education, Peggy and I have hosted an Advisory Council meeting along with individual meetings of the Council’s three working groups: 1) Alumni Engagement, 2) Programming, and 3) Development. We are trying to grow the number of council members to better reflect all of our programs as well as representatives from business and community organizations.  We are very fortunate to have Council members who are wholly committed to the college.  

Peggy and I are also working on development initiatives – we were successful in securing a private donation to support the counseling and school psychology faculty in moving towards their goal of developing community-based counseling educator preparation programs! This is a very exciting initiative and one that is gaining attention widely from SU and external constituents. We have had several meetings with prospective and ongoing donors. We will benefit also from a foundation grant to support continuing teacher development in collaboration with the School of Theology and Ministry.  

Another major coup resulted in a visit to a COE alumna who runs “Hello Robin,” a well-known cookie shop on Capitol Hill. Robin Wehl Martin, our alumna, took us up on our challenge to create an SU cookie! Soon she’ll be selling specially packaged cookies with an SU logo on them to units across the campus as gifts for visitors, donors, students etc.!     

Bob Hughes and I scored a major win with the university by securing agreements to allow us to run graduate credit through continuing education – this will support our dual endorsement academies in SPED/LITC, SPED/ELL, LITC/ELL and someday (coming soon) tri-endorsements. These graduate credits will be able to matriculate into our COE master’s degree programs! 

At the university level I am active on the President’s Advisory Council and the SUYI Advisory Board, and I continue to sit through a myriad of budget meetings. In the past two months I attended and hosted a book study for the undergraduate convocation, attended the Western Conversations conference of Jesuit Institutions, and met with several SU Regents.  

I continue to connect to various community organizations: 

  • A group of Middle College High School students, Cindy Nash, MCHS Principal, COE staff and faculty joined me at the Martinez Foundation Luncheon, where two MIT grads were presenters and WOW! So proud of their achievements and commitments to education!
  • I have been connecting with a non-profit run by teachers for teachers on educational policy – it has been interesting to follow their perspectives regarding leading issues in education.
  • I learn each time I read their work and listen to them present.

I have also been meeting with key people from other community organizations and universities – and feeling as though I am getting more of a handle on the Washington context.   

Oh…and then there is my day job!  Upcoming events to look forward to: training with PESB, attending WACTE, and hosting a table at the SU GALA, where the COE will host and recognize a group of our emerti/emerta faculty! 

News and Updates

From the Associate Dean of Research, Online & Professional Learning 

  • We launched the second Highline School District ELL endorsement academy with 18 participants.
  • A new online ELL endorsement offered in partnership with the Puget Sound Educational Service District begins in January, and will be open to teachers throughout Washington state.
  • We signed an agreement with the Kent School District to offer an innovative “dual” endorsement academy in ELL and reading beginning in January.
  • The college awarded its first Summer Research Fellowship to Assistant Professor Kristi Lee, who used the grant to further her study on the impacts of service learning among graduate students. (To apply for 2015, see this year’s deadlines below.)
  • During the summer, the college co-hosted the Catholic Leadership Institute with the Seattle Archdiocese for 275 teachers from three western states.
  • Last year, nine faculty from the college participated in the training to produce online and hybrid courses offered by the university’s office of Continuing, Online and Professional Education. More are applying to participate this year.

Committee and Council Reports 

At the Faculty Technology Committee, the University Chief Information Officer announced: 

  • The University will no longer support out-of-date technology, such as VCRs and projectors. Outside vendors can convert VHS materials to digital technology, but the cost is likely higher than purchasing the same material in modern formats.
During fall and winter, campus printers will be replaced with printers that require you to scan your campus ID to print. Printers in faculty or staff offices will no longer be supported on the network and supplies must be purchased at the user's expense.
  • The University will upgrade Colleague in AY16. This is expected to significantly change operations of the University.

The Assessment and Curriculum Committee will hold an open forum on the proposed series of 11 EDLS courses that would be a part of the new specialization in Arts and Sciences leading to a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies and K-8 teacher certification. The forum will be held Monday, October 20 from 12-1 p.m. in Loyola 302. After the forum, the ACC will discuss the proposed master’s degree in ELL and the proposed Psy.D. in School Psychology. 

 Once approved, minutes of the Leadership and Finance Team meeting are posted on the shared drive at: TEAM/COE/Committees/L&FT 

In order to engage in conversation and gather input on an expected University-wide 4 percent cut in the FY16 budget, the Dean is holding a series of budget presentations. Staff and faculty have one more opportunity to hear the Dean's Budget Presentation at 2 p.m. Tuesday, October 21 in the Dean's Conference Room as part of the Professional Staff Meeting.   

Development Updates 

A gift of $100,000 from the Frost & Margaret Snyder Foundation provides three full scholarships for religious educators in Pierce County. These full scholarships allow three teachers to enter a new program for a Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies/Education next year. The new program is a collaboration between the School of Theology and Ministry (STM), the College of Education, and the Archdiocese of Seattle. 

A $50,000 gift to the College of Education/Youth Initiative partnership provides funding for additional counseling in Bailey Gatzert Elementary School. As a result of the gift, Bailey Gatzert increased a part-time counselor to a full-time position this fall. This change enables the school to provide better student support, as well as increased College of Education student involvement, learning opportunities and cultural competency development. 

Thanks to our generous community of alumni, friends, faculty and staff, the Counseling Scholarship reached its endowment minimum and now supports a Community Counseling or School Counseling student in need of financial assistance. Thank you to all of our College of Education donors who helped make this possible! 

Newly added to External Scholarships for Educators on the College of Education website are AAUW Career Development Grants, which award between $2,000 and $12,000 to students enrolling in their first graduate degree or post-baccalaureate certificate. Please pass this great opportunity along to students who fit the criteria: women who already have a bachelor’s degree, with preference given to women of color preparing to advance or change careers or re-enter the workforce. Funds are available for tuition, fees, books, supplies, local transportation and dependent care. 

Marketing Updates 

The new COE website launched last month, so this is a good time to review your program information to see if anything needs to be changed. We are continually looking for student testimonials and more information on faculty research, programs and activities that would attract prospective students and be of interest to current students. Please send any website news and updates to Karen Smaalders or  

Search marketing for all COE programs immediately started showing better results after the launch of the new website. The site features responsive design for better browsing on phones and tablets (used by 56 percent of our visitors).  

You can see (and hear) the University’s new brandHere We Dareon billboards, bus boards, radio advertising and print and online advertising throughout the Puget Sound region. COE is working to create new printed materials that fit into the new brand. If your program has not provided us with updated information for your program flyers, please give these to Casey Hicks in the Dean’s Office as soon as possible.  

You can access newly branded materials online. Please use current supplies of letterhead and business cards before ordering new supplies. 

 The SU Brand: A Q&A

Two members of the university’s Brand Leadership Group share their thoughts on how SU’s brand initiative is going so far.

In addition to Facebook and LinkedIn, COE will have its own Twitter account in December. We are happy to post any items to promote your programs, students, or alumni on social media. Send updates to

COE Update will be published the second week of every month. The deadline for all news, committee reports, and events and reminders is the 5th of the each month. 

For Your Benefit 

Faculty Ombudsperson – McKenna Lang  

The Office of the Faculty Ombudsperson was established in the fall of 2013 at the recommendation of Seattle University (SU) Faculty. The Faculty Ombudsperson is a designated neutral or impartial facilitator whose major function is to provide confidential and informal guidance to the university’s faculty to assist them with their complaints, concerns and issues; to assist faculty in identifying appropriate offices, committees, and university rules and policies; and serve when appropriate as an informal mediator of early-stage complaints and to mediate as an impartial party. The Faculty Ombudsperson is not an advocate either for faculty or administration. The Office supports a culture that is ethical and civil, and in which mutual understanding can be reached and differences resolved through respectful dialogue and fair processes. The office supplements, but does not replace, existing formal grievance mechanisms at the university. The Faculty Ombudsperson is a resource for all faculty members and all faculty are welcome. 


C. McKenna Lang, Ph.D.  

Office hours: Monday and Tuesday 

Phone: 206.296.5898 

  •  Please call to schedule a meeting 
  • Please do not leave detailed information 
  • Please leave a name, number and a good time to call 


Flu Shots Available at Discount

 Improve your odds of avoiding the seasonal flu by getting a flu vaccination each year. Seattle University’s Human Resources Department, in cooperation with the Student Health Center, offers the following incentive: Get your shot before February 1, 2015 at the Student Health Center, and receive a $5 discount and 150 wellness points. (A flu shot normally costs $20 at the Health Center.) Any faculty/staff member who is eligible for the Seattle University benefits can receive the $5 discount – just show your SU employee ID for proof of eligibility. 

Tuition Remission Benefit for Undergraduate Education 

FACHEX, a tuition remission program involving Jesuit colleges and universities, and Tuition Exchange, a similar program within a network of over 500 educational institutions nationwide, are available to dependent children of Seattle University employees with at least three years of full-time uninterrupted service with the University. The deadlines are December 15 for FACHEX and February 1 for Tuition Exchange. There is considerable competition, so it is important to apply early. Contact Ruth Roque Sanoy with questions or review the Tuition Program Benefits on the HR website. 

Free Online Resource 

Free Web Accessibility MOOC for Online Educators (WAMOE) are offered by Portland Community College & Desire2Learn open courses. Classes start October 20 and run for five weeks.  

Open Enrollment 

Open Enrollment is your annual opportunity to make changes to medical insurance and other benefits through the university.  This year’s open enrollment will start on Monday,  October 27. A new online enrollment site is available today. Once you activate your account, you’ll be able to review your 2014 benefits.  On October 27, the site will be updated to include your 2015 benefit options and premiums. The open Enrollment period ends Friday, November 14. 

Key Dates: 

Open enrollment: Monday, October 27 through Friday, November 14. 
Annual Benefits Fair: October 28, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., LeRoux 160 
Choosing Benefits in 2015’ workshops: 
  •             October 30, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m., Bannan 102  
  •             October 30, Noon - 1 p.m., Bannan 102 
  •             November 4, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m., Engineering 200 
  •             November 4, Noon - 1 p.m., Engineering 200 

Take Note

 Memorial Service for Michael Silver 

A memorial service for our friend and colleague, Seattle University Associate Professor Michael Silver, will be held Tuesday, November 4, at 4 p.m. in the Chapel of St. Ignatius on the SU Campus. A reception is planned immediately following in the LeRoux Room in the SU Student Center. Everyone is welcome to attend. 


Congratulations to Program Assistant Kaelen Burton, who married Damon Frashure on October 4, at the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Seattle. (Her new last name is pronounced “Fraser.”) 

Educational Career Center Coordinator Beverley Silver traveled to New York City last month for the birth of her granddaughter, Samara Abigail Silver, born September 25. Samara is Beverley’s third grandchild (and the first child for parents Joe and Meghan Silver). 


The following faculty members are currently on sabbatical: 

Associate Professor Mark Roddy, fall quarter 

Associate Professor Mary Graham, fall, winter and spring quarters

Teacher Endorsement Academies: Increasing Teacher Skill in High Need Content Areas  

Over the last six years more than 230 teachers from across the Puget Sound Educational Service District region have participated in this unique learning experience offered by Seattle University College of Education and the PSESD: Teacher Endorsement Academies tailored to a participating district’s curriculum in order to best meet the specific needs of that district. Beginning this fall, TEA is adding online training. 

2014 Service Day Video  

On Seattle University’s Service Day (August 14), volunteers painted, cleaned, pulled weeds and hauled concrete blocks. Among our College of Education volunteers were Annique Atwater, Chris Phaiah, Bill O’Connell, Peggy Fine, Eunice MacGill, Tat Lam, Casey Hicks and Karen Smaalders. Some of their efforts (and a close-up of the new COE water bottle) are featured in the Service Day video published in The Commons and on YouTube

Publications, Papers and Presentations 

Roessger, K. M. (2014).  The effect of reflective activities on instrumental learning in adult work-related education: A critical review of the empirical research. Educational Research Review. Advance online publication. doi:  10.1016/j.edurev.2014.06.002 

Roessger, K. M. (2014).  The effects of reflective activities on skill adaptation in a work-related instrumental learning setting. Adult Education Quarterly. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0741713614539992

Roessger, K. M. (2014). Designing an online program using UDL and adult learning principles. Paper presented at the 30th annual conference on Distance Teaching & Learning, Madison, WI. 

Professor Katherine Schlick-Noe’s middle grade novel, Something to Hold, has been nominated for the 2015 Sasquatch Award, a program of the Washington Library Media Association. Elementary schools use the list of nominees to select and promote books for students. Katherine has been receiving calls about author visits from teachers and librarians, many of whom are alumni of the MIT and LITC programs at SU: “I'm setting up a number of visits to classrooms and schools and am excited to support our graduates as they live out the commitment to reading that our programs support!” Congratulations, Katherine!  

Assistant Professor Kristi Lee received funding from Seattle University’s Office of Global Engagement to travel to the Universidad Centroamericana of Nicaragua (UCA) in Managua, Nicaragua to attend “International Seminar on Migrations: For a Fairer World without Borders.” Faculty and staff who focus on migration research and practice at Jesuit universities and Central American organizations attended the conference. Lee presented her talk, “The Mental Health of Female Immigrates in the United States,” entirely in Spanish! Additionally, she was appointed an Ambassador for the International Registry of Counsellor Education programs, an organization that assists international programs to develop counselor education programs. This is the inaugural cohort of ambassadors, of which there are only 12.  



Past Due

  • Adjunct and facilitator hiring forms are past due. Please bring the signed forms to Tat as soon as possible. 

October 27

  • Tenure and Promotion files due to department chairs 

October 28

  • Winter quarter textbook orders due to the bookstore 

October 31

  • Tenure and promotion files due from chairs to Dean’s Office  

November 3

November 5

  • Submit items for COE update

November 10

November 12

November 17

  • Sabbatical requests due to Dean’s Office   

November 24

  • T&P files from Personnel Committee to Dean  

December 1

December 8

December 15

  • FACHEX request forms due 

 Dates to be Determined

  • Faculty Evaluations due to Dean’s Office  
  • Program budget requests to Dean  

Meetings, Events and Holidays 

October 17

 November 5

  • MIT Information Session: 1-2 p.m., Loyola 200 

November 11

  • Veterans Day (Holiday) 

November 14

  • Faculty Meeting, 9 a.m. – noon 
  • TESOL Information Session: 5-7 p.m., Loyola 202 

November 17

  • SDA Open House: 6-7:30 p.m., Loyola 200 

November 19

  • MIT Information Session: 1-2 p.m., Loyola 200 

December 3

  • MIT Information Session: 1-2 p.m., Loyola 200 


The next COE Update will publish in November. Send items for the next issue to by November 5.