Archived COE Update: 3.15

March 2015 

News and Updates

Posthumous Award of McGoldrick Fellowship Will Fund Michael Silver Scholarship for Educational Administration 

Seattle University honored our late friend and colleague Michael Silver with a posthumous award of the McGoldrick Fellowship, awarded annually to a professor who shows a passion for teaching, a deep commitment to students, and the embodiment of SU’s Jesuit mission. Typically the McGoldrick Fellow receives a paid sabbatical quarter, but SU will place the equivalent award into the Michael Silver Scholarship in Educational Administration, established by Michael’s family and COE after he passed away in August 2014. 

Michael will be honored as the 2015 McGoldrick Fellow at the SU Faculty and Staff Appreciation Party this spring. In announcing the award last week, SU President Steven Sundborg, S.J., wrote: “As we continue to mourn Dr. Silver’s passing, we are exceedingly grateful for his many contributions to the college and our university… At SU, he was instrumental in forming the next generation of leaders, serving as director of the Educational Administration Program and developing and teaching courses in leadership and administration for principals, superintendents and program administrators. To these efforts he brought wisdom, creativity and compassion. Everyone who had the opportunity to learn from and work with him is better for it today and his impact will continue to be felt by countless K-12 students whose educational experiences are being enriched by the administrative leaders Dr. Silver helped form.”

From Associate Dean Bob Hughes 

In addition to Assistant Professor Greg Moy whose appointment was announced last month, the following new faculty will join the College of Education in the fall of 2015:

Assistant Professor (Student Development Administration): Thai-Huy Nguyen, Ph.D. expected 2015, is currently researching STEM, diversity and higher education at the University of Pennsylvania. He also has a master of science in education from the University of Pennsylvania.



Associate Professor (Educational Leadership): Colette Taylor, Ed.D., an associate professor at Texas Tech University, has a research and scholarship focus on leadership, organizational policy/development, equity and access. She has a doctoral degree in educational leadership, policy and foundations and a master’s degree in counselor education, both from the University of Florida.



Assistant Professor (ELL): Kerry Soo Von Esch, Ph.D., brings her expertise and scholarship in Pre-K-12 non-native English language learners, bicultural education and STEM education to COE’s new ELL master’s program slated to begin next year. She has a master’s degree in TESOL from the University of Maryland, teaching credentials in Maryland, California and Washington state, and a doctoral degree in language, literacy and culture from the University of Washington.


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. 

Development Updates

Alumna Katie Renschler, MIT ’96, M.Ed. ’97 (TESOL) joined the College Advisory Council last fall. Katie has been a math and science teacher in Seattle Public Schools and has also worked with a team of educators on a professional development program for math and science teachers in the Puget Sound area.



Anders (Andy) Berg, B.A. ‘60, who has made a consistent President’s Club gift to a special education for more than 40 years, recently gifted his national awards to the College of Education. Currently displayed in the Dean’s Conference Room, Andy made this gift, as he puts it, “to inspire other special education teachers to stick with it, persevere and you will be successful”



In December the College of Education received a $15,000 gift from the Sarah M. Hughes Family Foundation to the MIT Alumni Fund for Excellence. The Foundation member who directed the gift, a ‘94 MIT Alumna, noted that she is “a proud graduate of the MIT program.”


Marketing and Recruiting Updates   

Ryan Hamacheck, Director of SU Wellness and Health Promotion and a Student Development Administration (SDA) grad, spearheaded recruitment efforts for our SDA program at the recent ACPA conference, an organization for student affairs professionals. Alumni like Ryan recruit at career fairs across the country for the SDA program. SDA faculty member Erin Swezey organizes the recruiting efforts, which are supported by the Marketing office, which sends promotional materials for each alum to use in their efforts.



Inquiry responses to students who are interested in COE programs will be automated by the end of this month as part of the SU customer relationship management (CRM) system, TargetX. Depending on the type of interaction or visit that took place, students will receive specific e-mails on the program(s) that interest them, along with follow-up e-mails on scholarships, student testimonials, and specialized curriculum. Automating the responses will ensure more frequent and varied responses going to each inquiry. By tracking interactions and conversions to applicants and admitted students, TargetX will allow us to better measure the success of a variety of marketing and recruiting efforts. 



We are compiling an annual calendar of all recruiting events and fairs. If your program/alumni plan to hold or attend a program information session, conference, graduate/career fairs, please send the information to Elizabeth Steeves.


Report on External Consultant Interviews

Karen Smaalders and Bill O'Connell joined Dean Sands in the interviews of two highly qualified candidates selected by the External Consultation Recommendation Committee over the past two weeks. The interview committee decided on a preferred candidate Thursday, March 12. Dean Sands will negotiate a contract in order to begin this important work in Spring Quarter. Once a contract is completed, further information about the consultant and consultation events will communicated to the College.  


For Your Benefit

Grants and Fellowships 

Academic Service-Learning Fellows learn the theory and practice of academic service learning and how to integrate this methodology into their courses. Fellows receive a $1,250 stipend and curriculum resources focused on the use of service learning as a pedagogy and meet regularly throughout the year to support each other. All faculty, tenure track and non-tenure track, are welcome to apply. Applications are due to Jeffrey Anderson, professor in the College of Education and director of the Academic Service-Learning Faculty Fellows Program, in Loyola 402, by Friday, April 24. Sponsored by the Center for Service and Community Engagement and Office of the Provost.



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.



Please share the word with COE students that the Advocates In Disability Award (ADA) Program is now accepting applications. The $10,000 award is a collaboration of  The HSC Foundation and the Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation. The selected recipient is awarded $3,000 in recognition of his or her disability advocacy and will receive up to an additional $7,000 in funding for a project to benefit the disability community. The Advocates in Disability Award (ADA) program awards and encourages a young adult with a disability between the ages of 14 and 26 who is dedicated to positively affecting the lives of individuals with disabilities and their families. The program also supports an innovative project developed by the recipient to serve and empower individuals with disabilities. Learn more and apply online at: Applications must be received by April 10.


New Printers are here 

New printers have been installed on every floor of Loyola Hall. If you need help printing, try the self-help training available online, or the SU Help Desk can help you find answers to MPS questions.  

Call for Articles 

Journal of Online Learning ResearchJOLR is a peer-reviewed, open access, quarterly international journal devoted to the theoretical, empirical, and pragmatic understanding of technologies and their impact on primary and secondary (K-12) pedagogy and policy in online and blended environments.



International Journal of Education and Social ScienceInternational Journal of Education and Social Science (IJESS) is a monthly online, peer-reviewed and open-access journal published by Research Institute for Progression of Knowledge (RIPK), UK that accepts high quality empirical and theoretical research papers, case studies, literature reviews and book reviews. 


Take Note

Associate Professor Mary Graham received the Counselor Educator of the Year (2014) in the State of Washington award from the Washington School Counselor Association.

Associate Professors Bill O'Connell and Mary Graham presented on ethical and professional issues for Seattle Public School Elementary School Counselors on Tuesday, February 24th at SPS main office in Seattle.  Bill presented his research on privacy and confidentiality in the school setting.  Bill and Mary fielded questions from counselors regarding ethical dilemmas in practice.  One of the attendees was a member of the Kenyan tribe that Mary visited recently as part of her sabbatical work. Two graduates of the program (from awhile back) introduced themselves and received a smart looking Seattle U pencil bag courtesy of COE marketing department to remind them of their alma mater.

Monthly charitable organization: Each month the College of Education is highlighting organizations in which the faculty and staff work closely. This month we focus on Imagine Housing, dedicated to developing affordable rental homes for the very lowest income families in east King County. The nonprofit’s annual fundraiser, Imagine Auction & Dinner, will be Saturday, March 21st in Bellevue. View a PDF of the event. 

Publications, Papers, Presentations and Projects


 Eva, A. (2015, February). Body scans, breath awareness, and positive emotions: Using a mindfulness-based intervention to support marginalized youth. Presentation at Bridging the Hearts and Minds of Youth Conference, UCSD, San Diego, CA.

Graham, M.A., Scholls, M., Smith, S., & Wittman (2014). Three creative approaches to counseling supervision. The Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, 9(3), 415-426.

Ratts, M.J. (March 2015). Counselor-Advocate-Scholar Model: A Delphi study. American Counseling Association National Conference. Orlando, CA.

Ratts, M.J., Singh, A., Nassar-McMillian, S., Butler, S.K., & McCullough, R. (March 2015). Revision of the AMCD multicultural counseling competencies: Future directions in counseling practice and research. American Counseling Association National Conference. Orlando, CA. 


Graham, M.A. (2015). Counselor Education Roundtable. Washington School Counselor Association. Seattle, WA. Service Learning, Immersion and International Projects. 

Graham, M.A. (2014) Parent Education Workshops for Indigenous Parents and Infant Care.  Casa Jackson. Antiqua, Guatemala.

Graham, M.A. & Smith, M.A. (2015). Phase Two: Empowerment of Kenyan Girls and Boys. Hamomi Children's Center, Nairobi, Kenya.

O’Connell, W. & Graham, M.A.  (2015). School Counselor Confidentiality and Ethical Concerns. Seattle Public School District. Seattle, WA.


March 20

Endowed Mission Fund Applications Due


March 25

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


March 27

Lemieux Library Materials Requests Due (Send your orders directly to Bob Novak, with a cc: Vida Drew) 


March 30

Faculty volunteers are needed for Commencement Name Readers. Please contact Vida. 


April 24

Academic Service-Learning Fellowship applications due to Jeffrey Anderson, Loyola 402. 


Meetings, Events and Holidays

March 13 

13th Annual Crab Feed: 5:30 – 11 p.m., Campion Ballroom 


March 22-29 

Spring Break 


March 30

Spring Quarter begins 


April 3 

Good Friday (Holiday) 


April 6 

Easter Monday (Holiday) 

 April 14 

Scholarship Appreciation Luncheon 


 April 16 

 Seattle University Mission Day 



 Educational Mission and Global Engagement: The Nicaragua Initiative: Connolly North Court, (classes before 1:30 p.m. cancelled) 


 April 18

30th Annual Alumni Awards 

April 19 

Chi Sigma Iota Induction ceremony: 4 – 5:30 p.m., Casey Commons 


April 20 

Graduate Admissions Open House: 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Student Center 

April 23  

Washington Educator Career Fair: Tacoma Dome, sponsored by WA School Personnel Association 


April 25 

 Quarterly AEDT Networking Happy Hour: 4:00 – 5:30 p.m., Casey Atrium 


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