Dean Deanna Sands extended a warm welcome to new staff and faculty at last week's New Academic Year Welcome Reception, attended by more than 70 faculty, staff, students, alumni, SU colleagues and community friends! Starting this fall (or starting new jobs) are: Visiting Professor Honorine Nocon; new faculty Kerry Von Esch (ENES), Grey Moy (SchPsy), Thai Nguyen (SDA), Colette Taylor (EDLR), Steven Schuetz (MIT instructor) and Sue Ann Bube (Research Scholar); and new staff Jessica Fenner (Senior Administrative Assistant).
Pamela Taylor helped organize Saturday's sold-out Seattle Race Conference, which included keynote speakers Sam Song on "Learning Your Implicit Biases as First Steps for Personal Growth" and Leticia Nieto of Saint Martin's University on "Awakening to What Works: Practical Approaches to Deep Social Change." More than 500 attended the 11th annual conference, which was held at Seattle University and featured speakers from Seattle Public Schools, the ACLU, the Washington State Bar Association, Governor's Interagency Council on Health Disparities, Washington State Minority and Justice Commission, Seattle Office for Civil Rights, and Seattle Girls School, among others.
Colleagues in each school and college have declared 2015-16 the "Year of the Teacher." This is a grassroots movement among faculty to promote what we see as a main goal and virtue of our institution within the Jesuit context-teaching and learning. The Fall Kickoff on Friday, October 16 from 3:30 - 5 p.m. in Lemeuix Library Faculty Lounge is a festive, catered event where teachers meet teachers. An unconventional gathering where faculty will be invited to express insights, tales and dreams related to teaching. The year's events will also be previewed. All faculty is invited and encouraged to RSVP. Amy Eva is the College of Education's representative for the Year of the Teacher planning group.
The College of Education is currently advertising the position of Assistant, Advanced Assistant, or Associate Professor in Education Leadership (Tenure-track) to start in September 2016. This individual will have opportunities to teach and support leadership courses and experiences across certification, master's degrees and a doctorate of education programs. The person in this position will have major responsibilities to support the principal/administrator certification and master's degree program. In addition, the person in this position can provide support to an Educational Doctorate (EdD) to develop executive leaders for school, district, community college and higher education, non-profit, and government or social service settings with a focus on social justice. To learn more, visit our Careers page.
News from Research and Online/Professional Learning:
Endorsement academies taking off
The college's endorsement academies where K-12 teachers can be qualified for additional endorsements in high need areas continue to serve more of our region's teachers. In the spring, the college launched its first online endorsement academy for teachers to earn an ELL endorsement. In addition, we are offering multiple academies in partnership with Puget Sound Educational Service District and specific districts. We currently are offering endorsement academies in Kent and Highline districts, with an additional one planned for Tacoma Schools in the winter. We also have additional endorsement academies in development and planned to launch in winter and spring, 2016. This year, the college will offer endorsement academies in ELL, math, and special education.
First endorsement academy with graduate credit
As an integral component of the college's new English for Non-Native English Speakers (ENES) master's degree, as of fall term, teachers who complete the ELL endorsement academy may elect to take the academy courses for graduate credit. Of 21 teachers enrolled in our first academy in this model for fall, 2015, nine are enrolled for graduate credit, and those nine tell us that having a graduate degree in ELL was a major reason for deciding to enroll in the endorsement academy.
Co-sponsoring of two events with Global Visionaries
According to its website, Global Visionaries is a youth-led organization that challenges and transforms young people into socially and environmentally conscious global leaders. Through Global Visionaries' unique three part learn-participate-lead approach, its participants are empowered to maximize their potential. Formed in 1995 and incorporated in 2002, Global Visionaries is based in Seattle, WA, welcoming participants from across the U.S.
Over the summer, the college co-sponsored two events with Global Visionaries, a week-long conference and a day-long workshop. Both were well attended and were a great first-step partnership with the organization.
Number and quantity of grant proposals submitted
Members of the college submitted five grant proposals in AY 14 and 10 in AY 15. In addition to doubling the number of proposals, the dollar amount of requests also doubled from $1.4 million in AY14 to $2.8 million in AY15.
Grants workshop for faculty
In late June, Elizabeth Kozleski provided an intensive, two-day grant writing workshop attended by six COE faculty. In addition to being the chair of special education at the University of Kansas, she has an extensive record of receiving grants that have fueled an impressive scholarship agenda. Attending faculty had the opportunity to receive individualized advice from her.
New donor impact publication published
The launch of a new College of Education publication, SPARK, named to recognize the impact our donors make to our college, coincided with the October 6 welcome event. The first edition of this annual publication features stories of how we are working in the four areas of the strategic plan to conduct research, build programs, and engage students, faculty and the community on a global and local level, and the ways in which donors have helped and can continue to help towards these goals. More than 4,000 copies being mailed to COE stakeholders, donors and friends this month. Copies are available from Marketing and Communications Director Karen Smaalders.
Website updates will improve functionality
The long-awaited change to TerminalFour, a new CMS (content management system) for the SU website, is scheduled for November. The new website will look similar to our current site, but it comes with much greater functionality and flexibility for designing pages and including elements such as blogs, podcasts and RSS feeds on our site. We are excited about the changes and look forward to being able to create a more compelling website as we learn to use the new system. Training sessions will be scheduled in November for staff who update the website. Any changes to the old website should be made in October before the transition to the new site. If you have a change that needs to be made, please contact Karen Smaalders or a program admin.
Fall Recruitment Events
The college is involved in a variety of recruitment events this fall, including:
EDLR Alumni Honor John Morford and Celebrate Scholarship Victory on Tug Boat Cruise
Alumni from the EDLR program-representing nine different class years-came together on Sept. 29 to celebrate reaching the $50,000 endowment fundraising goal for the John Morford Leadership Scholarship. Alumna, donor, and faculty member Tana Hasart, EdD '95, and her husband Rex Hasart, hosted the alumni event on their vintage tug boat-the R.W. Confer. Thanks to EDLR Alumna Julie Hungar, EdD '82, who chaired the fundraising committee, and Pauline Cline, EdD '84, who created a matching gift campaign for donors, this scholarship for EDLR students will live on in perpetuity. The first recipient will benefit in fall 2016. Founder of the EDLR program, and professor emeritus, John Morford attended the event with his daughter, Kathleen McGinn, a Harvard business professor. The $50,000 endowment will generate about $2,250 for EDLR students every year. Next steps for the campaign is to grow the Morford Scholarship to $200,000 in order to provide about $9,000 to benefit students.
Consultant Yarrow Durbin continued to work with fulltime faculty, staff and administration this fall with two workshops, one with new staff and faculty to review the work from last spring, and the second with all staff and faculty to move forward on working on issues identified by the college community. In the meantime, a smaller group of faculty and staff volunteered to continue working on development of norms for communication and interaction as part of Yarrow's work on strengthening trust and collaboration in times of change. Another workshop for all fulltime faculty and staff will be held on Friday, November 6 from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in Loyola 203.
All tenured or tenure-track faculty in the College of Education are invited to apply for funding to support their ongoing scholarship during the 2015-16 academic year. The college has budgeted funds that offer an opportunity for faculty to receive funding in two categories: 1. Allocations of funding for operational expenses (e.g., purchase of software, payment to a consultant to support analysis, payment of gift cards for study participants, travel, etc.) that must be expended (with the appropriate invoices and documents submitted) by the end of spring, 2016 term. 2. Allocations to hire a graduate research assistant for the 2015-16 academic year. Electronic applications are due to Bob Hughes by October 30. Award announcements are expected by November 6.
Margit McGuire was elected president of Academic Assembly.
Congratulations to Sue Ann Bube, a recent graduate of the SU College of Education's EDLR program, has now been promoted to the faculty position of Assistant Research Scholar. Sue Ann is the director for the Center for Change in Transition Services. Her research interest include special education students and their transition from high school to postsecondary education and training, removing barriers for deaf and hard of hearing students, and using the Concerns Based Adoption Model to measure fidelity of implementation. In her free time, she enjoys crocheting and quilting.
Jessica Fenner joins the College of Education this fall as the Senior Administrative Assistant for the MIT, SPSY, SPED, ELL and LITC programs. She started working at the COE this summer when she filled in at the front desk and we are so fortunate to have her back at Loyola this fall. Jessica moved to Seattle from Wisconsin, where she gained a love of the outdoors living near the Apostle Island National Lakeshore. She earned a dual major in Art and Communication and a dual minor in Art History and International Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Following college she spent a year in Germany working at an internship at an art gallery and teaching English to business professionals.
Steven Schuetz, who has worked with families and adolescents in the Puget Sound region for over 20 years, joins the MIT faculty this fall. A founding board member of Street Youth Ministries, he has served on the board of the Washington State Chapter of GLSEN, worked as director of youth residential services for a community mental health agency, served as a child protection services social worker and operated a small family counseling practice in downtown Seattle. He has more than 10 years experience as a private educational consultant focusing on improving teacher-primary caregiver communication for students with mental health challenges. He holds a master's degree in marriage and family therapy from Seattle Pacific University and expects to graduate with a doctorate in education with an emphasis in curriculum and leadership from Northeastern University next year. Most importantly, he loves his students!
Funding was approved for Year 2 of COE/SUYI Gatzert Counseling Initiative, which includes full-time salary for school counselor/supervisor (Said Ahmed) and partial scholarships for two counseling interns (Shamai Larsen and Elizabeth Swarny). Bill O'Connell (with the help of Mary Graham) will coordinate outcome research this year for a report to Mental Wellness Foundation, the organization that funded the grant.
O'Connell, W. & Norman, R.* (2015, October). Experiential Exercises to Enhance Cross Cultural Supervision. Paper presented at the Association for Counselor Educators and Supervisors (ACES) conference, Philadelphia, PA. (Co-authored with Dr. Rhonda Norman from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.)
Yamamura, E.K. (2015, October). Place-Based University-Community Partnership Development: Highlights and Growing Edges of the Seattle University Youth Initiative. Paper presented at the 2 nd Place-Based Community Engagement Initiatives Institute, Seattle University Center for Community Engagement and University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
Yamamura, E.K. (2015). SUYI Tool Kit 2015: Seattle University Youth Initiative. Seattle, WA: Division of Academic Affairs, Center for Community Engagement, Seattle University.
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