New Clinical Faculty Member Sought
The search continues for a clinical faculty member, on a multiple year contract, with primary experience and background in K-12 leadership. This individual will have opportunities to teach and support leadership courses and experiences across certification, master’s degrees and a doctorate of education program. As example, the COE offers an Educational Doctorate (Ed.D.) 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. The COE also offers certification in the areas of educational administration for principals and program administrators. Everyone is encouraged to share the job opening, which is posted on the COE website under Careers.
Mission Day Focus on Global Engagement
The Seattle University Educational Mission and Global Engagement: The Nicaragua Initiative, will be the focus of the 2015 SU Mission Day on Thursday, April 16.
Activities take place in Connolly North Court and begin with a continental breakfast at 8:00 a.m. followed by a program from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. A lunch will conclude the day. This year’s topic will explore both SU’s broader activities in the global context as well as the University’s particular involvement in Nicaragua through the voices of our faculty, staff and students. Five guests from the Universidad Centroamericana (UCA) in Managua including the president and members of his leadership team will be important contributors to the presentation and discussion on Mission Day.
From Assistant Dean Brendon Taga
February brought with it important developments in the areas of assessment, accreditation, admissions, and the registrar function.
We continue to engage in assessment activities and develop frameworks for continuous improvement. I am pleased to report that all of our programs have been engaged in the university assessment process. As we move away from a compliance-based model, we will be collaborating with assessment liaisons to find ways to integrate university and college resources to focus on our strategic goals. Chris Phaiah, our Assessment, Certification, & Records Specialist, and I attended the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction’s (OSPI) e-certification conference and site-reviewer training, which better positions us to guide assessment and accreditation processes. Chris also attended the Professional Educator Standards Board’s (PESB) Data Administrator’s Training Retreat to learn more about the new data system requirements under Standard 2, which governs teacher education programs. We are looking closely at these new requirements and how we can use them to support our strategic plan.
Much of our work has centered on database management. We are working with Travis Nation, Associate Chief Information Officer, to consolidate our various program databases into one user-friendly interface. He is also assisting us in identifying an alternative to Taskstream. These projects will help with data management and assessment as we move forward.
We are also working with Janet Shandley in Graduate Admissions to maximize university and college resources to improve admissions outcomes. The current focal point of our collaboration is the development of a communications plan that integrates university, college, and program admissions efforts and marketing materials. Other examples of ongoing work include leveraging TargetX, a strategic enrollment platform, to better track applicants and analyze the success of recruiting events.
I have initiated a variety of collaborations with the Registrar’s Office, all meant to streamline registration processes. A few of these initiatives include automating our course waitlists and piloting a permissions feature on SUOnline, which will allow us to enable certain students to register for classes, thereby avoiding manual registration by program assistants. These efforts, which will take place by the summer, will reduce administrative burdens and encourage student accountability. I have also advocated for the rollover of course information from year to year in the registrar’s course management system, thereby decreasing the effort expended each year to manually input course information. Another work-in-progress includes working with the Director of Retention to implement an advising platform (Starfish) for graduate programs.
In other news, the Council for Associate Deans (CAD) has been reorganized as the Associate Deans Council (ADC). Although the ADC will not include former CAD members such as the registrar and the director of retention, it will continue to serve as a community of practice to share information and discuss issues of concern.
Educator Career Services: On-Campus Recruitment Visits
In an ongoing effort to assist students and alums in our K-12 programs with a successful job search, the Educator Career Services Office organizes on-campus recruitment visits by public and parochial school districts. The visits provide opportunities for students in the MIT, SPED, School Counseling, School Psychology and Ed Admin programs to meet with potential employers in one-on-one interviews or group informational sessions. Whether they are a first-year professional or a "veteran" looking for a new position, these sessions are an excellent way for candidates to connect with districts and move towards getting hired.
Throughout Winter and Spring Quarters, representatives from school districts in Washington state and Alaska will be on campus actively recruiting our students. Currently scheduled districts include Seattle Public Schools, Archdiocese of Seattle, Bellevue, Burlington-Edison, Everett, Federal Way, Highline, Issaquah, Kent, Lake Washington, Mukilteo, Northshore, Renton, Richland, Shoreline, Tacoma and Tukwila. For more information, contact Career Educator Services Coordinator Beverley Silver.