Archived COE Update: 5.15


May 2015 

Dean's Doings

Over this past month I have been involved in many, many meetings with prospective partners. It has been exciting to explore possibilities for collaborative projects impacting our teaching, research and service. Thank you to all faculty and staff who have engaged in these conversations and allowed yourselves to dream big! Of note, we have been in conversation with executives from Microsoft, College Success Foundation, Universidad Centroamericana (UCA) Provost Renata Rodriques, and Global Visionaries. 

We are working on an exciting new initiative to re-envision the EDAD program – working with a steering committee to expand our reach to preparing school leaders for a variety of educational contexts – more on that in coming months! 

My travels to AERA were rewarding. It was a pleasure to attend a presentation by Laurie Stevahn of the work she and colleagues Jeffrey Anderson and Tana Hasart are doing – and seeing the multiple connections to our involvement in and contributions to the Carnegie consortium of EdD programs nationally. I thoroughly enjoyed time with my colleagues in the world of formative assessment – our symposium provided an international perspective on advancements in the field. 

From Chicago I spent time with family in Detroit and then came back to drive to Ellensburg for the WACTE meeting. Spending times with other university deans made it clear that many of the pressures and challenges we face are shared across many of our institutions.

News and Updates

Chi Sigma Iota Inductees 

Thirty-five counseling students were inducted into Chi Sigma Iota (CSI) in an April ceremony at SU. CSI is an international honor society that values academics and professional excellence in counseling. To be eligible, students must have completed at least one quarter and have a GPA of 3.5. This year’s new inductees heard from student speaker Randy Scott (a second year Community Counseling student) and keynote speaker Said Ahmed (Bailey Gatzert school counselor). Congratulations to:

Kristi Ahern, Yesenia R. Arellano, Teresita Barrera, Emily Bates, Elizabeth Blair Brincat, Krsto Sukehiro Budech, Nicole Lyn Caron, Paul Cho, Shauna M. Condry, Riley Cornett, Andrea Cravioto, Brenda E. Espinoza-Gonzalez, Nicole Ford, Leah E. Grupp-Williams, Erinn Eva Mae Hill, Nicole Kellar, Heather Kitterman, Kathryn Korch, Maeghan Mitchell, Angelica Dianne Nevarez, Anthony Johansen Orias, Inness Michaela Ballard Pryor, Heather E. Rabe, Steve Rafidi, Emily Ann Sampson, Samantha Schuh, Angela M. Southard, John Taylor, Kristofor Mikael Tingelstad, Christina Walter, Elizabeth A. Ward, Trenecsia Wilson, Katelyn Nicole Yam, Zantyah Young and Luisa F. Zapata. Faculty advisors are Kristi Lee and Bill O’Connell.

COE Staff and Faculty Milestones

Mark your calendars for Friday, May 29 from 10:30 – noon for this year’s annual Seattle University Faculty and Staff Appreciation Event (and a buffet luncheon to follow). You won’t want to miss this event since Senior Administrative Assistant Eunice MacGill will be recognized for winning the Lee Thurber Outstanding Staff Award. Father Stephen Sundborg, S.J., delivered news of the award to Eunice and her Dean’s Office colleagues in a surprise visit to Loyola Hall on Wednesday morning! 

The Appreciation Event will acknowledge the following significant milestones for these College of Education faculty and staff:

Retirements (to become Professor Emerita/Emeritus): Kay Beisse, Katherine Schlick-Noe and Jeffrey Stringer
15 years: Vida Drew, Erin Swezey and Jian Yang, 
10 years and Lee Thurber Outstanding Staff Award: Eunice MacGill
5 years: Kristi Lee, Bill O’Connell and Erica Yamamura

End-of-the-Year Celebration

Please plan to attend the COE End-of-the-Year Celebration on June 10 from 4 – 6 p.m. in Casey Commons (please note the change in venue from the first announcement) to recognize our colleagues’ achievements and say goodbye to those who are retiring this year.

Celebrate Loyola Hall's Spirit of Community Award Winners

Join in the celebration of the Spirit of Community Awards of the Center for Service and Community Engagement on May 14 from 3:30–5:30 p.m. in Campion Ballroom. MIT Associate Professor Charisse Cowan Pitre will receive the faculty award “for the many ways she treats others with fairness and faces challenges with care and commitment.” Charisse will be honored for her work as the College of Education's liaison to Middle College High School, partnering with Seattle Public Schools and identifying campus resources to support the 40 students who attend the school. She also mobilizes Seattle U students to host college preview days for neighborhood youth who attend Garfield High School and connects her MIT students to the Seattle University Youth Initiative for educational experiences that meet community needs.  
Here’s another reason to attend today’s ceremony: The Spirit of Community Staff Award goes to Kiana Parker, alternative media coordinator with Disabilities Services. Kiana will be honored for going beyond the scope of her work to create a climate of inclusiveness and accessibility on campus and in the larger Seattle community. Among her many efforts to promote inclusivity and accessibility around the city, she recently organized two disability walkthroughs of Pioneer Square to demonstrate the adversity that area has for those with mobility issues. Parker also coordinated a pair of panel discussions this spring, one on employment opportunities for those with disabilities and another where student panelists shared candid comments about their disabilities.  
Keynote speaker of the event is David Bley, director of the Pacific Northwest Initiative at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. There also will be refreshments and a special performance by the Bailey Gatzert Elementary choir. 

EDLR Program News

The Educational Leadership Governance Committee met May 7 and approved:

  • The Thematic Dissertation in Leadership Practice Criteria (formerly Standards) 
  • A new concentration, Health System Leadership 
  • The EDLR Program Assessment Plan – this evaluation model tracks learning for annual professional practice projects and culminating inquiry 

EDLR is preparing to welcome 19 students to Cohort 39 in Summer Quarter 2015.  

SDA Student Journal: New Issue of MAGIS

The ninth edition of MAGIS: A Student Development Journal, the peer-reviewed academic journal for the SDA program, is now online. This year’s journal features 11 articles by current students, alumni, faculty, and SDA partners and was brought together through the hard work of SDA’s team of 16 editors. The journal was dedicated to Jeremy Stringer in honor of his retirement and includes pieces about Jeremy’s career by Erin Swezey, Bernie Liang, and Jeremy himself. Jeremy’s piece, So You Want to Work With Students…, has some great advice for future student affairs professionals. In addition to the full journal, available to download as a PDF, you may also view the journal through a new website, which features pages for each article, so you can read through the individual pieces that interest you:

From Associate Dean Bob Hughes

The college announces its first Emerging Research Fellowships awarded Spring Quarter 2015 to:

Sam Song: Technology support to further analyze, for the purpose of publishing the research: 1) existing national data on peer ecological contexts of bullying at rural middle schools through multilevel models, and 2) qualitative data of students who have attended a conference on school safety. 

Vong Ratts: Technology support needed to conduct research through the use of photography to better understand LGBTI courtesy stigma, which refers to the experience that occurs when heterosexuals are stigmatized when they are associated with LGBTI individuals. This study involves a university-school partnership between Seattle University (SU) and Seattle Public Schools (SPS) to identify the structures that keep LGBTI bullying in place, involving heterosexual students, parents/guardians, and school staff at Nathan Hale High School.

Erica Yamamura: Research support to publish work on “Enhancing P-20 Educational Equity through Partnerships: A Case Study of a Place-Based University-Community Partnership.”  This study seeks to understand leadership and organizational development of the Seattle University Youth Initiative through examining the perspectives of multiple stakeholders.

Kristi Lee: Technology support to analyze qualitative data collected from school counseling students enrolled in a service-learning class to assess students’ perspectives and understandings about social justice.

Ashli Tyre: Research support to expand online data collection and acquire grant funding for the Staff Perceptions of Behavior and Discipline (SPBD) Survey, a tool to help achieve systemic change through school-wide positive behavior supports.

Awards were based on a competitive proposal and ranged from $700 to $2,500 to support research, which may include funding for graduate assistants (three of the awards included funding for graduate assistants).  The college plans to award Emerging Research Fellowships on an annual basis.  Faculty should look for applications in fall 2015.

This year’s Summer Research Fellowship was awarded to Ashli Tyre in order to continue to develop the instrument that she and her research team designed and validated to assess staff perceptions and needs for professional development (Staff Perceptions of Behavior and Discipline survey). With her award, Dr. Tyre will continue the development of this instrument and seek additional grant funds over the summer to further disseminate and develop the instrument.  A graduate student will be engaged in this work and will participate in the publishing of the research. This is the college’s second annual Summer Research Fellowship.  The initial award was granted to Kristi Lee in summer, 2014.

From Assistant Dean Brendon Taga

Our work in April focused largely on integrating accreditation and regulatory requirements into College processes and workflow. With Chris Phaiah’s diligent work and reporting, we have completed our CAEP, AACTE and Title II federal reporting obligations. I have also explored alternatives to Taskstream by participating in webinars with various vendors (LiveText, eLumen, etc.) and will share the results of those conversations shortly.  
At the end of April, Deanna and I attended the spring WACTE meeting in Ellensburg. Some issues on our radar include those that will be before the Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB) this month: the possibility that the PESB will increase edTPA cut scores; the national shift away from program evaluation frameworks and towards the use of data to inform continuous improvement processes; and whether community colleges should be able to provide add-on endorsements. Finally, I’m working with the Mayor’s Seattle Youth Employment Program (SYEP) to bring two high school interns to campus this summer.

Marketing Updates   

President Stephen Sundborg, S.J. and the Board of Trustees approved the Master’s Degree in Educating Non-Native English Speakers, a 48 credit-hour master’s degree that combines an ELL endorsement and a master’s program. Educating Non-native English Speakers: Leadership, Research, and Professional Practice will provide a specialized graduate degree for educators who serve non-native English speaking students in pre-K-12 settings. Launching in Winter Quarter 2016, the degree emphasizes a sociocultural approach to the needs of English language learners, beginning with the understanding that the context of learners’ experiences and the cultures which shape them also significantly shape the ways in which they acquire and master academic and other language categories. It will be offered in a dominantly online format, with both synchronous and asynchronous elements. Accreditation for the online format is now being sought from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

  • Twenty-nine current students, alumni and prospective students attended the first Adult Education and Training Networking Happy Hour on Saturday, April 25. Kevin Roessger plans to hold quarterly events that bring together current, former and prospective students.
  • Erin Swezey and Troy Sterk from Graduate Admissions attended the first graduate/career fair at Seattle Central College on April 15. COE programs of particular interest at the fair were SDA, Community Counseling, AEDT and EDLR.
  • Elizabeth Steeves and Beverley Silver attended the Washington Educator Career Fair on April 23, connecting with multiple current K-12 educators interested in adding certifications/degrees through COE programs.

For Your Benefit


Nepal Fundraisers

SU Fundraiser for Nepal Relief, Thursday, May 14, 4:30pm-6 p.m., PAVL 160 (International Student Center) – $5 is the recommended contribution to benefit Catholic Relief Services. You can RSVP to

  • Local events with the Nepal Seattle Society – The organization is sponsoring various fundraisers and other ways to support those affected by the earthquake. More information can be found at
  • The Seattle University Enactus Club has had a long time partnership with CAP Nepal, a non-profit organization based in Kathmandu whose mission is to eliminate gender based violence against woman and girls ( CAP needs funding to rebuild their structures in order to continue providing a safe and hospitable place for women and girls to stay. Please consider donating any amount you are able in order to help CAP Nepal rebuild and aid their local community.
  • Catholic Relief Services is taking donations to mobilize emergency relief. Donations can be made by visiting CRS.


Apps for Students with Disabilities

Smart phones and tablets can be extraordinary tools for student learning and persistence. Given the vast number of applications out there, knowing which ones are good can be challenging.  The Disabilities Services Office has arranged for Krista Greear from the University of Washington Disability Resource Center and Marshall Sunnes from Central Washington University to give a presentation on some of the most useful apps for students. This presentation is designed for students with disabilities in mind, but the apps featured are useful for many different kinds of students who struggle with organization, time management, accountability, note taking or choosing the right text-to speech software. The presentation will be on Thursday, May 28th from 3 – 4 p.m. in Loyola 203.  If you are interested in attending, please send an e-mail RSVP to  

Final Spring College Workshop

Consultant Yarrow Durbin will conduct the third of three workshops with faculty and staff on Friday, Friday, May 15 from 1 – 4 p.m. in Admin 308.

Call for Presenters

WERA/OSPI’s annual conference brings together educational leaders, teachers and researchers from across the Northwest to explore practical applications of new research and evaluation studies.
“Learning, Leading, Linking: Promoting Growth for All,” will be held
December 9-11, 2015, with pre-conference workshops on December 9  at the Hilton Seattle Airport Conference Center. Breakout Session Proposals are due June 1, 2015. The proposals for breakout sessions include a title and a brief (less than 100 word) abstract. Find the online proposal form here. More information about WERA may be found at Registration will open in September.

12 Months of Giving

In May the College of Education is focusing attention on Literary Source, a Community Learning Center. Literacy Source has provided adult literacy services in the Seattle area since 1986. Our mission is to build a literate community and promote self-sufficiency by providing learner-centered instruction to adults in English literacy and basic life skills. We offer Adult Basic Education, ESL classes and tutoring, computer literacy, workplace skills, citizenship and civics classes, and GED preparation classes. To learn more, visit

Take Note

Erica Yamamura has been appointed as the Faculty Council Liaison, Region V, for NASPA Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education which represents seven states [AK, ID, MT, NV, OR, UT, WA] and two Canadian territories [BC & Alberta]. Her primary role in this position will to serve as a faculty voice for the 14,000-member student affairs professional association.

LITC adjunct instructor, Stephanie Guerra, was named a winner of the 2015 Bonnie Campbell Hill Washington State Literacy Leader Award. The award from the Washington Organization for Reading Development (WORD) honors passionate educators dedicated to improving the literacy lives of students. Stephanie was honored for her work guiding young women in incarceration to find their voices through writing.

Sydney Allen, undergraduate worker for Center for Change in Transition Services, presented her undergraduate research paper, “Medical Billing in Sexual Assault Care: Protecting Survivors and Supporting States,” at the “Celebration of Student Scholarship,” on May 8. Seattle University’s Undergraduate Research Conference is sponsored by the SU Undergraduate Research Association (SUURA) in May of each year. 

Erica Yamamura, Principal Investigator of New Horizons in Student Affairs: Exploring non-4-Year College/University Job 1 Experiences, received a research grant from the Summer Faculty Research Fellowship Program at Seattle University to conduct research on alumni perspectives on seeking jobs and working in student development professional settings outside of 4 year colleges and universities (e.g. non profit, human resources, college recruiting, community colleges, and open access institutions)


Publications, Papers, Presentations and Projects

Bacon, C. (May 7, 2015). Information literacy and professional development, Professional development panel on University of Washington School of Library and Information Science.

King, J. A., & Stevahn, L. (2015). Competencies for program evaluators in light of adaptive action: What? So what? Now what? In J. W. Altschuld & M. Engle (Eds.), Accreditation, certification, and credentialing: Relevant concerns for U.S. evaluators. New Directions for Evaluation, 145, 21-37. 

Stevahn, L., & King, J. A. (2014). What does it take to be an effective qualitative evaluator? Essential competencies. In L. Goodyear, E. Barela, J. Jewiss, & J. Usinger (Eds.), Qualitative inquiry in evaluation: From theory to practice (pp. 141-166). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. 

Stevahn, L., Anderson, J., & Hasart, T. (2015, April). Community-based research in the education doctorate: Lessons learned and promising practices. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL.  

Stevahn, L. (2015, March). What’s love got to do with it? Cultivating constructive human relations in program evaluation through Interactive Evaluation Practice (IEP). Professional development workshop presented at the 20th Annual Minnesota Evaluation Studies Institute (MESI) Spring Training, St. Paul, MN.

King, J., & Stevahn, L. (2015, March). Essential Competencies for Program Evaluators (ECPE). Professional development workshop presented at the 20th Annual Minnesota Evaluation Studies Institute (MESI) Spring Training, St. Paul, MN.

Stevahn, L. (2014, October). The global evolution of evaluator competencies and the professionalization of evaluation in voluntary organizations of professional evaluators (VOPEs)—Essential Competencies for Program Evaluators (ECPE): An ongoing journey in the USA. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Evaluation Association, Denver, CO. 

Stevahn, L. (2014, October). Qualitative inquiry in the practice of evaluation: Perspectives on theory and practice—What does it take to be an effective qualitative evaluator? Essential competencies. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Evaluation Association, Denver, CO. 

Stevahn, L. (2014, September). Cultivating culturally responsive evaluation in organizations by integrating community-based research into the educational leadership doctorate. Paper presented at the Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment 2nd Annual Conference: Forging Alliances for Action, Chicago, IL. 

Stevahn, L. (2014, August). Learner-centered teaching for student-centered learning. Professional development workshop presented at Trinity Lutheran College, Everett, WA.  

Harwick, R., Tyre, A. Beisse, K., & Thomas, C. (in press). Intervention Targets for Youth with Disabilities in Foster Care. School Psychology Forum: Research in Practice.

Reed, D., Wexler, J., & Tyre, A. (April, 2015). The school as parent: Partnerships in educating wards of the state. Featured panel presentation at the annual convention of the Council for Exceptional Children in San Diego, CA.

Feuerborn, L., Tyre, A., & King, J. (2015). The Staff Perceptions of Behavior and Discipline (SPBD) Survey: A tool to help achieve systemic change through schoolwide positive behavior supports. Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, 17(2), 116-126.

Feuerborn, L. & Tyre, A. (2015). How do staff perceive schoolwide positive behavior supports? Implications for teams in planning and implementing schools. Preventing School Failure, 1-17.

Ozuna, T., Saenz, V.B., Ballysingh, T.A., & Yamamura, E.K. (in press). Increasing Latina/o student success: Examining culturally responsive college-readiness in the Rio Grande Valley of south Texas. Journal of School Leadership.

Yamamura, E.K. (2015, May). Affirmative Action: Its Critics, Its Future, and What Works to Promote Diversity on Campus. Panelist for Affirmative Action Panel. Poverty Education Center. Seattle University, Seattle, WA.

Yamamura, E.K. (2015). Assessment of Fall 2015 Learning Communities Workshops, Division of Student Development, Seattle University.

Yamamura, E.K. (2015). Assessment of Winter 2015 Learning Communities Workshops, Division of Student Development, Seattle University.

Yamamura, E.K. (2015). Final Report: Assessment of 2014-2015 Learning Communities Workshops, Division of Student Development, Seattle University.

Yamamura, E.K., Bowen, N., & Oakland, J. (2015, May). Building Community for Commuter Students: Learning Communities in Action. Practitioner session presented at the Universal Leadership Conference, University of Washington, Bothell, Bothell, WA.

Yamamura, E.K., Goss, E., & Tolentino, P. (2015, May). Building Community for Transfer Students: Learning Communities in Action. Practitioner session presented at the Universal Leadership Conference, University of Washington, Bothell, Bothell, WA.



June 5


  • Professional plans due 


Meetings, Events and Holidays

May 14 
Spirit of Community Celebration: 4 p.m., Campion Ballroom.

May 15
Faculty Meeting: 9 a.m. – noon, Loyola 203, lunch to follow
College Workshop with Yarrow Durbin: 1 – 4 p.m., Admin 308

 May 18
Staff Council Meeting: 10 a.m. - noon, dean's conference room


May 21
Showing What We Tell: Building Cross-Racial Relationships: 6:30 p.m., Pigott Auditorium
May 22
Racial Justice Workshop: 1 – 5 p.m., Student Center 130
May 29
Faculty and Staff Appreciation Event: 10:30 a.m. – noon, Campion

 June 5

Faculty Meeting: 9 a.m. - noon, Loyola 203 

June 10
COE End-of-the-Year Celebration: 4-6 p.m., Casey Commons
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