Archived COE Update: 2.15

February 2015 

Dean’s Doings

This past month has flown by and been full of several exciting initiatives, not the least of which has been ALL of the activity swirling around our five faculty searches!  I want to extend my deepest gratitude to the search chairs, committee members (both internal and external) and to all COE faculty, staff, and students who supported the searches by attending teaching and research presentations, accompanying candidates at meals, and providing logistical support. I am awed and energized by the talented individuals who hope to join our college and university community.  As you know, Dr. Greg Moy will be joining the SPSY faculty…look forward to more announcements as negotiations continue through next week. 

Additional exciting activities have been in the works with our Middle College High School partnership. Dr. Charisse Cowan-Pitre has been especially busy over the last month. We are exploring opportunities to partner with a new charter high school in the International District to provide opportunities for MCHS students to co-participate in/co-design expeditions (from the Expeditionary Learning model of education) with peers in the school as well as for teachers to collaborate on problem-based learning curricular projects and participate in joint professional development opportunities. Kristina McCormick, an MIT alumna and the science/math teacher in MCHS, is piloting a curriculum that offers PBL/integrated approaches to science, math and history instruction. A big success this year was garnering support from the Seattle Public Schools to send MCHS Principal Cindy Nash and Kristina to join Charisse to attend the national MCHS conference!  

I am cheerleading budding initiatives that involve Dr. Mark Roddy and colleagues from the College of Engineering and Science to explore how SU can pursue models to support STEM teacher preparation. Mark has been working with faculty from E&S on a grant proposal (to be submitted in the next several weeks), so encourage undergraduates who represent diverse backgrounds to explore teaching as a career. As has been the case for some time, preparation of students for a wide variety of careers in STEM remains a critical area of need – it is stimulating to think about the possibilities for SU. 

I took my first trip to Olympia this last month to attend the winter WACTE meeting – Assistant Dean Brendon Taga joined me. Deans’ conversations focused on responding to the proposed federal Title II regulations that advance the use of K-12 student outcomes data tied to our graduates as the basis for mandatory state ranking of all teacher preparation programs. Rankings would then influence federal financial assistance provided to institutions in the form of TEACH grants. Other conversations centered on how the state of Washington is going to address increasing needs for teachers based on the recent passage of the class size bill as well as projections of a burgeoning number of teacher retirements over the next several years. Never a dull moment… I attended a legislative breakfast while in Olympia and met several representatives working on behalf of education and who seek to understand more deeply the array of pressing issues and their corresponding effects on students, families, the educator workforce, and for educator preparation writ large.

February will close out by having completed annual performance reviews and submission of our budget proposal for FY16.

Looking forward to daylight savings time…

News and Updates

 Counseling Student Featured in Glamour Magazine Film

Glamour magazine was here in January to videotape the unbelievable love story of alumna, Erin Roberts,'08,’17,'and her husband, Connor Rabinowitz. The two met after Connor received a heart transplant. The donor? Erin's brother, Kellan. Erin Roberts first graduated from Seattle University in 2008 with a BA in Liberal Arts and is in the process of completing her Master’s in Counseling from the College of Education. Read the story, “The Best Love Story Ever: Two Guys, a Girl and One Amazing Heart” here

To view the video, click here

COE Welcomes Dr. Greg Moy

Dr. Greg Moy will join the College of Education as an Assistant Professor in School Psychology in the Department of K-12 Teaching, Learning, and Social Justice this fall. One of four candidates for the position, Dr. Moy presented research on “Beyond Effectiveness: Unpacking Universal Social Emotional Learning Programs” in January.

 AEDT is Seattle University's First Online Degree Program

The College of Education received approval from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) in January for its Adult Education and Training degree program to go completely online effective Spring 2015. Congratulations to AEDT for being the first fully online degree program at Seattle University!

Provost’s Celebration of Faculty Scholarship February 20

This annual event begins with a keynote by Dr. Mary Alberg, “Shining Light on the Proton,” in Wyckoff auditorium at 3 PM. A reception for faculty along with a display of scholarship on the 6th floor of the Lemieux Library will follow from 3:30 to 5 p.m. 

High School Students Learn How to Help Make Schools Safer

Local high school students came to Seattle University Wednesday, February 11 for the third annual “Impact! Safe Schools,” a student leadership conference in which law enforcement officials help students with strategies they can use to create safer school communities. This year’s program focused on race equity issues as well as recognizing cues for threats of violence, especially in social media. Listen to KUOW's piece on the event through our Facebook page or on Read the full article here.

Free Tickets for Search for Meaning Book Festival

Free tickets are available to faculty, staff and students to attend Seattle University’s Search for Meaning Book Festival, which will feature some of the region’s and the nation’s most influential authors and scholars. The seventh annual festival takes place Saturday, Feb. 28. To reserve a ticket, visit faculty and staff registration.

Chilean Educators Visit COE

A group of 11 faculty from a Catholic university in Chile, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, visited Seattle University last month to learn about the MIT program and how continuous improvement works at the College of Education and in the state of Washington. The group heard from Associate Dean Bob Hughes, Assistant Dean Brendon Taga, and MIT Professor Mark Roddy before touring the campus. They enjoyed a lively conversation over lunch with MIT faculty, and then observed a class taught by Adjunct Professor Carol Adams. 

 LGBT Family and Parenting Research and the Public Square

 Bring your lunch to a noontime lecture on ThursdayMarch 5 to hear Dr. Gary J. Gates speak on “LGBT Family and Parenting Research and the Public Square.” The free lecture takes place from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in Sullivan Hall Room 109 in Albers and will look at the demographic characteristics of LGBT families in the US and in Washington and show how empirical evidence often contradicts popular perceptions about this population. Dr. Gary J. Gates serves as the Blachford-Cooper Distinguished Scholar and Research Director at the Charles R. Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law and Public Policy. 

Fellowship and Grant Applications Due

  •  Each year, the Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability Fellowship Program supports faculty research through a stipend or course release. The 2015-16 application forms are due Friday, March 6. Visit fellowships to download an application.
  • The Endowed Mission Fund is now accepting grant applications for the 2015-2016 academic year. Applications are due by 2 p.m. on Friday, March 20, 2015. The Endowed Mission Fund provides grants to faculty and staff for mission-related projects, research and personal development.

Please contact Eddie Salazar ( or 296-6133 with any questions you may have or for more information on the application process.

Book Group to Read Racial Justice and the Catholic Church by Bryan N. Massingale

 The Center for the Study of Justice in Society (CSJS) invites you to participate in a lunchtime book discussion group focused on Racial Justice and the Catholic Church by Bryan N. Massingale. The group will meet Fridays, April 10, 24, and May 8, from 12:30 – 2 p.m. in the Wismer Center, 400 Loyola. Racial Justice and the Catholic Church examines the presence of racism in America from its early history through the Civil Rights Movement and the election of Barack Obama. It also explores how Catholic social teaching has been used – and not used – to promote reconciliation and justice.

If you would like to participate in this discussion of Racial Justice and the Catholic Church, please respond by Friday, February 27th and indicate if you will need a copy of the book. For more information, contact Pamela Taylor at

Tickets Available to Attend Networking Night with 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). Tickets are $15 and may be purchased by visiting:

COE Presents TEACH, Free Documentary Screening and Discussion

Staff, faculty, advisory board members, students and alumni of the College of Education participated in a screening and panel discussion of TEACH, a documentary by Davis Guggenheim, on February 10.  TEACH committee members included MIT students Jackie DeLaCruz and Tymmony Keegan, Marketing Director Karen Smaalders, Development Director Peggy Fine, and Educator Career Services Coordinator Beverley Silver, along with Advisory Board members Judy Rogers and Bill and Margie Borgert. About 50 people attended the free evening event on February 10 facilitated by Dr. Ruth Walsh McIntyre. Panelists included MIT Professor Jeffrey Anderson, along with alumni Bill Dunbar, Shorewood High School Principal, Cassandra Perez, ’13 MIT, algebra teacher at TAF Academy, along with Dr. Stephan Blanford, Seattle School Board Director; and Dr. Ann Foster, Co-Executive Director of National Network for Educational Renewal. 

From the Associate Dean

The Research & Online/Professional Learning office has two endorsement academies staring in March:

This year the Research & Online/Professional Learning (RO/PL) office is launching the following four endorsement academies, three of which are online:

  • Dual ELL/Literacy Endorsement Academy with Kent School District – This pilot academy, offered at a location in the Kent school district, is a partnership between RO/PL, the PSESD and the Kent school district to offer an opportunity for Kent teachers to become endorsed in two of the district’s high needs areas.  
  • ELL Endorsement Academy Online – RO/PL and the PSESD are partnering to bring the successful site-based ELL academy to a wider audience via a new online academy beginning in March.  We are still seeking instructors for this academy.  If you know of any ELL endorsed, lead teachers, or coaches interested in applying for this teaching opportunity, please have them email Annique Atwater at

The office is also launching two more online academies this year.  We are seeking qualified developers and instructors.  If you know of any teachers endorsed in the areas below who are also lead teachers or coaches and experience in delivering professional development to teachers, please have them contact Annique Atwater at

  • SPED Endorsement Academy Online – RO/PL, the PSESD and Cinda Johnson are working on launching an online SPED endorsement academy to start in Spring 2015.  This academy will offer working teachers an opportunity to earn a SPED endorsement with learning that they will be able to apply directly to their classrooms during the course of the academy.  Visit the Professional Learning website for updates on this opportunity.
  • Secondary Math Academy Online – Slated to begin in Summer 2015, this academy will offer working teachers the chance to work toward an endorsement in secondary math.  The online delivery of this academy will open the successful site-based academy to a wider audience of Washington state teachers. 

Committee and Council Reports

College Consultant Recommendation Committee

The Lead & Finance Team affirmed the recommendations of a final report by the College Consultant Recommendation Committee and advised that two preferred candidates be interviewed to determine whether the consultant is a good fit and to begin to outline a scope of work to serve as the basis of formulating a contract. The interviewing team will include Dean Sands, Bill O’Connell and Karen Smaalders. Documents from this committee may be found in COE/Committees/COE/L&FT/LFT 14-15/Consultation Rec Committee.  

Scholarships and Awards Committee

The Scholarships and Awards Committee awarded 16 scholarships totaling $40,000 to continuing students in COE graduate programs. Receiving highest priority for funding were under represented students with the highest levels of financial need. 

Graduate Education Council 

Limited money for graduate recruitment proposals from "Rapid Response Funds" is available through Bill Ehmann's office . Proposals that were funded last year were between $300 and $5,000. Most of the requests were below $1000. The projects are more likely to be approved with matching funds from marketing, so please contact Marketing Director Karen Smaalders with ideas. The prospectus should include what you hope to accomplish, why this is important, and the budget. 

Marketing Updates

  • COE programs were among the most popular graduate degrees sought out by students at the January 24 Grad Open House. 
  • MIT marketing efforts will continue through the spring with the extension of the deadline to May 1.
  • Marketing for AEDT will expand beyond the Puget Sound now that the program has received its official approval to go completely online.
  • Earlier this month 30 students attended an Open House for AEDT, EDAD, COUN, MIT, SPED, SPSY and TESOL on Feb. 4 in Loyola Hall. We were pleased with our first multiple program open house, which resulted in several students actually starting an application to our programs the very next day! We will be planning a similar open house in early May so be on the lookout for information on that soon.

For Your Benefit

 New Printers Arriving on Monday

Technicians from the MPS project will be on-site to deliver and install new multifunction devices at Loyola Hall on Monday, February 23 according to the following schedule:  

  • LOYA 100G - 8 a.m.
  • LOYA 205 - 9 a.m.
  • LOYA 305 - 10 a.m.
  • LOYA 300 - 11 a.m.
  • LOYA 500 - 2 p.m.

Delivery & installation takes about 15-20 minutes per device. On-site training is available after each device delivery.  Self-help training is available on-line, and the Help Desk can help you find answers to MPS questions.  If you missed the on-site training you can contact the Help Desk to schedule another on-site visit; when you call, keep in mind the MPS team will be busy with device installations for most of February. Instructions can be found here:

After your workstation is ready, the MPS multifunction device will be ready for immediate use.  When you’re ready to print:

  1. Select the SU Print Queue
  2. If prompted, select an account
  3. Find the nearest MPS station
  4. Log in to the MPS device (Campus Card or username/pwd)
  5. Select your print job
  6. Collect your document

Lemieux Library Materials Requests Due by March 27

This year, the Departmental Allocation for Lemieux Library Materials (AY14/15) for the College of Education is $9,120. The library is noting that recommendations for orders will be accepted and placed throughout the year.  Please send your orders directly to Bob Novak, with a cc: Vida Drew.   All funds need to be encumbered by the deadline of March 27, 2015.  Recommendations received in excess of the allocation will be returned to the requestor or held for placement in FY 2016.

Take Note

Megan Garay began working this month as the administrative assistant supporting the MIT, LITC, and SPED programs. Originally from the San Francisco bay area, Megan moved to Seattle in 2009 to attend Seattle University where she studied psychology and creative writing. After graduating in 2013, Megan joined the Jesuit Volunteers Corps and traveled to Portland, Maine to serve as a case manager for adults with mental illness. Before starting at the COE, Megan spent six months as a nanny for a Seattle family. In her free time, Megan knits, swims, and is learning to play the drums.  

Sue Ann Bube, Ed.D., Director of the Center for Change in Transition Services, is the new editor of the Washington ASCD journal, Curriculum in Context

Students of Middle College High School at Seattle University showcased a variety of their recent art projects in music production, video production, clay sculpting, projection art, digital design, and painting in the Loyola Lobby on February 12.

James Harvey ’14, Ed.D., the executive director of the National Superintendent Roundtable who earned his doctorate at COE last year, recently published a study on international indicators of school performance, based on the dissertation he defended last fall. The study was released by the Roundtable and the Horace Mann League in Washington, DC, in January. The study has garnered extensive media coverage including an op ed in the Washington Post which mentions Seattle U. Some of the recent media links are below:

 SDA Student Nani Vishwanath (also our SUSDA student organization chair) was one of two students named to the homecoming court (Dario Ogaz, another student, was also nominated). Read more at:

 Kiana Parker, Alternative Media Coordinator in SU’s Disability Services in Loyola Hall, has organized a follow-up to the successful walk-through of Pioneer Square with Seattle City Council member Tom Rasmussen from a wheelchair to highlight its lack of accessibility for individuals with mobility challenges. (That walk-through was covered by Real Change Newspaper). This time, the walk-through will be with Scott Kubly, Director of Seattle’s Department of Transportation  on Friday, March 6th from 3 – 4 p.m. at the Entrance of the Pioneer Square Transit Tunnel station on 3rd and Yesler.  RSVP directly to Kiana if you are able to participate. Also, Kiana will be donating her power wheelchair to a homeless man who currently navigates the streets in a manual chair; contact her if you would like to contribute to new batteries.   

Healing thoughts go out to Kaelen Fashure, Senior Administrative Assistant, and Vida Drew, Administrative Coordinator to the Dean, who are both recovering from surgeries. They both plan to be back in the office on March 9. 

 Educator Career Services Coordinator Beverley Silver organized and facilitated the annual MIT Mock Interview Day, which included a panel discussion by HR professional from Seattle, Federal Way, Highline and Snoqualmie Valley school districts, followed by mock interview panels conducted by human resource directors and principals. The annual event helps prepare MIT students for actual job interviews.


Publications, Papers and Presentations

Feuerborn, L., Wallace, C. & Tyre, A. (2013). Gaining staff support for schoolwide positive behavior support: A guide for teams. Beyond Behavior, 22(2), 27-34.

Greenleaf, A. T. (2014). Helping make the best of a bad situation: Career counseling young adults in the aftermath of the Great Recession. Journal of Employment Counseling, 51(4), 158-169. doi:

Greenleaf, A. T., Bryan, R. M., & Pollock, J. B. (2013). Nature-based counseling: Integrating the healing benefits of nature into practice. International Journal for the Advancement of Counseling, 35(3). doi: 10.1007/s10447-013-9198-4.

Greenleaf, A. T., Jones, A. M., Malone, I., & Kenney, V. (2015, February). Nature-Based School Counseling: Integrating the Benefits of Nature into Comprehensive School Counseling Programs. Presentation at the Washington School Counseling Association (WSCA) Conference, Seattle, WA.

Lee, K. A., Dewell, J. A., Holmes, C. M. (2014). Animating Research with Counseling Values: A Training Model to Address the Research-to-Practice Gap. The Professional Counselor, 4(4). 303-315

McGuire, M. (2015, January). Visiting North Korea Up Close and Personal: A Peek Behind the Curtain. Presentation at SU International Week.

McGuire, M. (2015). Making Global Connections Developmentally Appropriate for Young Children: The Story Path Approach. Presentation at Washington State Council for the Social Studies K-8Conference.

Norman, R. & O’Connell, W. (2014).  Harambee: A mentoring program to recruit and retain students of color in counselor education. Journal of Counselor Practice, 6. 20-36

Williams, J. M., Greenleaf, A. T., Albert, T., & Barnes, E. F. (2014). Promoting educational resilience among African American students at risk of school failure: The role of school counselors. Journal of School Counseling, 12(9). Retrieved from    




 February 20 

  • Deadline to apply to AEDT, TESOL, School Psychology, or EDAD for Spring Quarter start

March 1

  • Deadline to apply to School Counseling or Community Counseling for Fall Quarter start

March 6 

  • CEJS Faculty Stipend or Course Release Applications Due

March 20

  • Endowed Mission Fund Applications Due

March 25

  • Grades Due by noon; posted online by 6 p.m.

Meetings, Events and Holidays


February 20

  • Faculty Meeting: 9 a.m.; Loyola 203   
  • Provost’s Celebration of Faculty Scholarship: 3 p.m. lecture at Wyckoff auditorium, 3:30 – 5 p.m. reception at Lemieux Library 6 floor. 
  • Puget Sound Blood Center Blood Drive: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (closed noon-1 p.m.); 
  • Bloodmobile at the Bellarmine Turnaround 

February 26

  • Networking Night with Dr. David Johnson: 6-8 p.m.; Sorrento Hotel  

March 4

  • Is College a Level Playing Field? Inequality on Campus and College Success: 7-8:30 p.m.; Wyckoff Auditorium 

March 22-29

  • Spring Break 

March 30

  • Spring Quarter begins 


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