I am trying to reach back in my memory to the holidays…they did happen!
One of my early Christmas presents was spending a full day with the Seattle University Division of Student Development. The Division has been going through a reorganization in preparation for innovating and transforming the SU student experience to meet changing times, contexts, cultures, etc. It was such a pleasure to be among a room full of people in Campion who were envisioning how SU will respond to changing students’ needs!
Once back from our break we have continued to work on streamlining and coordinating our data management systems with the university. Budget conversations continue and Tat and I submitted three new funding requests to the campus. A HUGE thank you to our admissions liaisons and others who worked with them to submit the new enrollment management template with projections for new students, continuing students and student credit hours to the university.
During the past two weeks I met candidates for the school psychology position – I am so impressed by the caliber of individuals who are interested in joining the college and SU! Thank you to all of you who have supported the search committees by participating in meals, research colloquia, teaching presentations and more informal conversations with candidates. I am looking forward to candidates for our positions in EDLR, SDA and ELL coming to campus soon!
For professional development, I joined a campus book group reading a book that focuses on the Catholic perspective of racial justice…we have made it through Chapter 1 – a very invigorating conversation!
COE Presents TEACH, Free Documentary Screening and Discussion
Everyone is invited to attend a free screening and discussion of TEACH, a documentary by Davis Guggenheim, from 5:30–8 p.m. Tuesday, February 10 in the Campion ballroom.
In his third documentary to look at education in America, Davis Guggenheim asks the question: what does it take to be a teacher? Offering a glimpse inside four public school classrooms, Guggenheim invites us to follow the struggles and triumphs of America’s education system through the eyes, minds and hearts of its most essential resource: teachers.
Among the alumni and friends of the college who have agreed to join the discussion are the evening’s moderator, Dr. Ruth Walsh McIntyre, and the following panelists: Dr. Stephan Blanford, Seattle School Board Director; Dr. Ann Foster, Co-Executive Director of National Network for Educational Renewal, and Cassandra Rodriguez Perez, ’13 MIT, algebra teacher at TAF Academy.
Networking and a light meal are planned from 5:30 – 6 p.m., followed by the a viewing of the film and a discussion on a variety of themes in TEACH, including increasing diversity, recruitment and retention, community building, mentoring and support, and motivation, inspiration and perseverance.
Please reach out to students and alumni who might be interested. Please RSVP to this free event by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Networking Night Features Dr. David Johnson ‘87
David Johnson, '87, Ed.D., will share his expertise on creative problem solving for change and success at an SU Alumni event, “The Benevolent Disruptor: Converting Unpleasant Needs into Profitable Successes.” The networking event takes place on Thursday, Feb. 26, from 6:00–8 p.m. at the Sorrento Hotel. Dr. Johnson will explore how to convert huge and seemingly intractable problems with what are considered to be dismal prospects into profitable market niches (applicable to both profit and non-profit business sectors).
Dr. Johnson has been a CEO of inpatient and outpatient mental health organizations for 28 years and he is the President and CEO of Navos, one of the largest community health organizations in the state. He is Seattle U's 2014 Professional Achievement Alumni Award winner. Tickets may be purchased by visiting: https://suadvantagefeb2015.eventbrite.com
CEJS Faculty Stipend or Course Release
Each year, the Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability supports faculty research through its Fellowship Program, which offers a faculty stipend or course release. The 2015-16 application forms are due Friday, March 6. Visit fellowships to download an application. CEJS also supports student research. If you know of a student or group of students that might be interested, please share this opportunity with them (same application and deadline).
Seattle University Climate Survey Open
Seattle University is undertaking an assessment of the current state of equity and inclusion on campus. The survey, Assessment of Climate for Learning, Living, and Working, is being conducted by Rankin & Associates Consulting. You can complete the survey online or by paper. To receive a paper version of the survey to return by mail, please contact Climate Study Working Group co-chair Monica Nixon at 206-296-6066 or email@example.com. Your responses will be entirely confidential.
The climate survey will be open through Friday, Feb. 6, 2015. Participation in the survey will help SU identify tangible recommendations and key areas for focus for the years ahead. To learn more about the survey process, please visit the website for the Task Force on Diversity and Inclusive Excellence: http://www.seattleu.edu/diversity.
Counseling Symposium: ‘A Faceless Movement’
The Seattle Journal for Social Justice (SJSJ) in conjunction with Seattle University Counseling Program, Seattle University College of Nursing and the Seattle University Gender and Women Studies Program invites you to attend “A Faceless Movement: Searching for a System that Promotes Empowerment Among All Survivors of Gender Violence” on February 20, 2015. The symposium will take place at the Seattle University School of Law Annex from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
This symposium will cover topics such as domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking, and seeks to hold an interdisciplinary discussion about Gendered Violence, focusing on the justice system’s response to victims and how it can be improved. This is a non-traditional symposium. Experts will present along side authors to provide an educational experience for all. There will also be a breakout session at the end of the day that will allow all those in attendance to discuss the topics that were presented throughout the day.
Please feel free to forward this invitation to anyone who may be interested in attending. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Rachel Bryant at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please RSVP at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/F95KRRK
Ceradwen Bacon began working last week as COE’s part-time instructional designer. She was most recently at City University of Seattle, where she supported faculty using technology in the classroom. Ceradwen will be working until June 30 to launch COE's online programs planned for the next six months. Although most of her time will be spent on professional development programs, she may have time to help support or counsel faculty who are developing online or hybrid courses. To contact her to see if she can fit you into her schedule, e-mail email@example.com or visit her in Loyola 410. When she isn’t here working, Ceradwen is painting, dusting her bee collection, and searching to find the best cinnamon roll in the Seattle metropolitan area.
This year the Research & Online/Professional Learning (RO/PL) office is launching the following four endorsement academies, three of which are online:
College Consultant Recommendation Committee
The College Consultant Recommendation Committee is in the process of reviewing the names of consultants forwarded to the committee using a rubric that includes significant elements acquired from the COE short climate survey. All COE members are encouraged to view the minutes, the rubric and subsequent documents by following this path: COE/Committees/L&FT/LFT 14-15/ Consultant Rec Committee. The task of the committee is to provide a shortlist of recommendations by January 30th to the L&F Team. Comments and additional consultant recommendations are welcome and may be forwarded to Bill by the end of Friday, January 24 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scholarships and Awards Committee
The Scholarships and Awards Committee met this week to start reviewing 80 applications for 15 scholarships aimed to help retain continuing students in COE programs. Award letters will go out by February 15.
Academic Assembly (AcA)
The new draft of the Faculty Handbook has been sent to all faculty for review. The Academic Assembly strongly encourages all faculty to review this draft, participate in the open fora with the Faculty Handbook Revision Committee to discuss issues and concerns, and also share those issues with your College of Education AcA representatives. The AcA will be voting whether to approve the revised draft in early March.
College of Education ByLaws Group
A group of faculty has met once to begin the process of developing bylaws for the COE. All continent, tenure track, and tenured faculty are invited to participate in this process by attending the next meeting of this group on Tuesday, Feb. 3 at 10:00 a.m. in Loyola 200.
Several Open Houses and Information Sessions are scheduled in the next three weeks (see below). Thanks to all programs for participating! A reminder to all staff and faculty to collect names and contact information so that prospective students attending can be entered into TargetX. Any names should be given to a program admin or Elizabeth. Please contact the Marketing office with any questions on the following events:
Seattle University Graduate Open House
All COE programs represented
Saturday, January 24
SU Student Center
College of Education Open House
AEDT, Community Counseling, EDAD, MIT, School Counseling,
School Psychology, Special Education and TESOL
Wednesday, February 4
Loyola Hall, Seattle University
TESOL Information Session
Friday, February 6
International Student Center, SU
The new brand is evident on COE and Seattle University websites, which were updated with new colors and fonts recently. Seattle University also changed the landing pages for several critical areas on the main SU website: the SU Home Page, Admissions, Student Life, Alumni, Academics and Graduate Programs. SU MarCom is interested in learning more about the user experience, so if you have feedback on navigating through these SU landing pages either for yourself or from students, please contact Karen Smaalders .
Early SDA applicant numbers (we are still within the 10 day processing period for Grad Admissions) indicate that we will have an even larger applicant pool than last year. Good job to all who recruit new students – it is clearly working! It has been a bit of a chaotic week in MIT, but we are excited to say that the overall admission pool numbers for Spring 2015 are strong – and the program is on track to pull in a good group of new students in March. A HUGE thanks to Eunice, Casey and the MIT faculty for all of their hard work!
Managed Print Services (MPS) to Replace Current Printers
New MPS devices that will print, copy and scan from workstations and personal computers will arrive at Loyola Hall in late February/early March. Faculty and staff will be able to print to MPS devices from their workstation, and from personal computers via virtual desktop. Some configuration will be required for campus Mac workstations; look for additional instructions (coming next week) at http://www.seattleu.edu/support/guides/print/. Each multifunction device includes copy and scan-to-email functionality. Fax and mobile print functionality will be added at a later date.
Mileage Rate Increase
Effective Jan. 1, 2015, the university will reimburse at a rate of 57.5 cents for each business mile driven. This is an increase from the previous reimbursement rate of 56 cents.
Please note that the most cost-effective method of transportation shall be used for business travel (i.e. airfare, taxi, auto rental). When requesting reimbursement of business miles driven, please print out a detail of the mileage between the origin and destination of travel. This can be found on Google maps, MapQuest or Yahoo maps.
Please contact the Controller’s Office with any questions: (206) 296-5880.
Snow Closure Policy
Snow closure or delayed opening decisions are typically made by 5:30 a.m. so that an announcement can be disseminated by 6 a.m. Snow delays or closures will be posted on the university home page and the Hotline (206-296-2200), and announced on local radio and TV stations.
Weather conditions can change so please look for updates throughout the morning.
In all cases, faculty and staff should use their best judgment about how safe it is to travel based on the conditions near their homes. Please inform your supervisor (by e-mail or phone) if you are not able to come in to the office.
Seattle U License Plates Are Here!
Drive with pride while supporting student scholarships with the new Seattle University license plates! Seattle U license plates are available through the Washington Department of Licensing. A Seattle U license plate will initially cost $72.75, of which $28 goes directly to support the Seattle University general scholarship fund. Order online or visit a DOL office if you want to keep your existing plate number.
Congratulations to SDA Associate Professor Erica Yamamura, who received a SU 2015 Summer Faculty Fellowship for her proposed work, “New Horizons in Student Affairs: Exploring Non-4-Year College/University Job 1 Experiences.” Summer Faculty Fellowships provide financial support for tenure-track or tenured faculty and full-time librarians who are involved in an active program of scholarship, including the scholarship of discovery, integration, application and teaching. The program’s goal is to support faculty efforts to build on previous scholarly or creative endeavors (e.g., for the writing of grant proposals) or to move projects in a new direction (providing the basis for future external support or publications).
Hughes, R.; Arbogast, J.; Kafer L; & Chen J. (2014): Evaluation as a Collaborative Activity to Learn Content Knowledge in a Graduate Course. Adult Learning. 18 August 2014. DOI: 10.1177/1045159514546213
Hughes, R. (2015): Recruiting, Retaining, and Benefiting From a Diverse Community College Faculty: A Case Study of One College’s Successes, Community College Journal of Research and Practice. DOI: 10.1080/10668926.2014.885401
Roessger, K. M. (2015). An evaluation tool for reflective activities in trades training: Gilbert’s worthy performance theorem reformulated. Performance Improvement, 54(2), 16-26.
Feuerborn, L.; Tyre, A.; & King, J. (2015). The Staff Perceptions of Behavior and Discipline Survey: A tool to help achieve systemic change through Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support. Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, 17(2), 1-11.
Roessger, K. M. (2015, January 20). How Seattle University leverages Canvas to maximize learning. Presented at the monthly meeting of the Association for Talent Development – Puget Sound Chapter. Retrieved from http://www.astdps.memberlodge.com/event-1791199
Roessger, K. M., & Greenleaf, A. (in progress: IRB approved). The effects of making content relevant to positive memories on retention: Using derived relational responding to construct meaning.
Greenleaf, A., & Roessger, K. M. (in progress: IRB pending). The effects of care farming on post war veterans’ wellbeing and symptoms of PTSD and depression.
Roessger, K. M. (in progress: IRB approved). Age and academic advising contacts in adult community college learners: Evaluating self-direction in academic planning.
Johnson, C., Bube, S. A., & Roessger, K. M. (under review). Increasing employment outcomes for young people with learning disabilities. Submitted to the Spencer Foundation. $50,000
Greenleaf, A., & Roessger, K. M. (under review). The effects of care farming on post war veterans’ wellbeing and symptoms of PTSD and depression. Submitted to the National Institute of Health. $300,000
The next COE Update will publish in February. Send items for the next issue to Education@seattleu.edu by February 12.