COE Update Draft Page

October 2016

Dean's Doings

Over the past several months as we were winding down summer activities and preparing for a new academic year, I spent time engaging with colleagues across the country on common topics, many of which revolve around large questions such as the role of schools and colleges of education in today’s society. Our larger context continues to evolve and yet in some cases stays stagnant. The topics remain eerily the same yet in many cases persist for far too many decades. Examples abound: quality education for students who face great challenges of poverty, discrimination, bigotry and systems that perpetuate long-standing oppression and inequitable opportunities; and the obfuscation of ‘high quality’ with narrow definitions of and strategies for teaching and learning, continuous improvement, assessment, educator preparation, etc.  Across the country we, as well as our peers, face declining enrollments, tightening budgets and increased competition.

I am hopeful, however.  As I look at the program enhancements and development in the College of Education, the increased formal partnerships we are establishing with our district and community-based organizations, and the successes of our alumni, it is clear that we are moving forward through our teaching and scholarship to offer responsive strategies to the current pressures and opportunities. Further, I am hopeful that our internal work this year on creating and codifying policies and procedures will result in creating a firm foundation by which we continue to grow and thrive!

Wishing you all the best as we enter into AY 16-17!

News and Updates

Green Star

The green star on the front door of Loyola Hall is the sign that we have a gender neutral bathroom. Visit the third floor to check it out!

Let's Eat!

A remodel of the 5th floor kitchen is complete! The new kitchen features a refrigerator with a water dispenser, a dishwasher and an eating counter. We're planning a potluck breakfast to celebrate the new space later this month -- look for details coming soon.

Meeting Dates

Dates for college-wide meetings and department meetings for the upcoming year are listed below and will be included in the monthly COE Updates. The location will be provided as each meeting date approaches. All meetings are scheduled for noon-3 p.m. except October 14 (noon-4 p.m.) and April 20 (1-3:45 p.m.).  Please add all the dates to your calendar. 

Friday, Oct. 14 Department meetings

Thursday, Nov. 17 Department meetings

Friday, Dec. 9 College meeting (& holiday meeting)

Friday, Jan. 20 College meeting

Thursday, Feb. 16 Department meetings

Thursday, March 9 Department meetings

Thursday, April 20 College meeting

Thursday, May 18 Department meetings

Friday, June 2 College meeting (& end of year celebration)

From the Associate Dean

This fall, Research & Online/Professional Learning launched two new online Endorsement Academies: Math for secondary teachers and special education.  These two new programs will join the ELL online Academy that is now in its second year. Additionally, the college is offering a site-based dual endorsement academy (reading and ELL) in the Highline School District. The special education and ELL academies are both available for graduate credit that matriculates into a master’s degree in their respective areas.

Marketing Updates

The following recruiting events were/are scheduled this fall:

  • College of Education Open House, October 6, 5:30-7pm – SU
    • Idealist Graduate Fair, October 10, 5-8pm – SU
    • EDLR Online Info Session, October 11, 6-7pm - online
    • Grad Admissions Open House, October 14, 4:30-6:30pm – SU
    • MIT Info Session, October 19, 1-2pm - SU
    • Evergreen State College Graduate Fair, October 19, 11am-3pm – Evergreen
    • Western Washington University, October 20, 10am-2pm – WWU
    • EDLR Online Info Session, November 1, 6-7pm – online
    • MIT Info Session, November 2, 1-2pm – SU
    • MIT Info Session, November 16, 5-6pm – SU
    • Seattle University Graduate & Professional Fair, November 17, 11am-2pm – SU
    • MIT Info Session, December 7, 1-2pm – SU
    • MIT Info Session, December 21, 1-2pm – SU
  • Please send your individual accomplishments and committee, department and program updates to at the end of the month so we can include these in next month's Update
  • We want to gather some stories of past decades to help the College of Education celebrate the 125th anniversary of Seattle University. If you have a story or photo about your work and colleagues in Loyola Hall, the College (or School) of Education, and Seattle University from the past, please send us your memories. We will be creating a College of Education timeline for everyone to enjoy!
  • If you haven’t seen the inside of the Seattle University-wrapped Seattle Streetcar that stops adjacent to the Broadway Garage, hop on before the end of October! The inside of the car features the College of Education.
  • Your news helps us spread the word about our great programs! Please send in any story ideas so that we can promote our students and programs! If you have any recent research, publications, or presentations please send those as well to


For Your Benefit 

Day-long Symposium for Educators

The Poverty Education Center and the Southern Poverty Law Center's Teaching Tolerance project present "Teaching the Voting Rights Act," a day-long symposium for K–12 teachers, education students and professionals, and community members that will take place on Saturday, January 23. The purpose of the symposium is to help educators make connections between scholarship and practice and also between past and present, so the event will include a panel discussion by local scholars who work on voting-rights history and advocacy; a keynote address by Maureen Costello, the director of Teaching Tolerance; a screening and discussion of the new documentary Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot; and a professional-development workshop to help teachers put this content to work in their own classrooms. Teachers will get clock hours for their participation in the symposium. 

Please mark your calendars for two PEC-SPLC symposiums later in the year:

  • Saturday, March 11: Teaching About Immigration and Migration [in celebration of Cesar Chavez Day]
  • Saturday, May 13: Teaching About Racism

Call for Proposals

The 13th Annual International Globalization, Diversity and Education Conference is accepting proposals for papers, panels, workshops and posters until noon on Dec. 5. The conference, Living With(in) Borders: Immigration, Indigeneity, and Education, invites researchers from a wide range of disciplines to examine the following questions: How can researchers and practitioners contribute to more nuanced understandings of immigration, indigeneity, and education? How do we teach the historical record and ongoing issues of enslavement, dominance, and forced migration?

Diverse perspectives that address the conference theme are encouraged, including such topic as:

  • Student activism and immigrant justice
    Post-colonial and Indigenous perspectives towards decolonizing research
  • Land Education and Place-Based Education
    Immigration and language rights
  • Tribal sovereignty
    Teaching immigration and indigeneity in K-12 and higher education
  • Allies in education and immigrants and indigenous peoples

The annual conference will be held at Airway Heights, WA, on Feb. 15-17. For more information, visit

A Silent Retreat in the Ignatian Tradition for faculty and staff will take place Nov. 4-6 at the Palisades Retreat Center in Federal Way. The weekend is sponsored by the Center for Jesuit Education and includes time for personal reflection, presentations by spiritual directors and the opportunity to enjoy the quiet natural beauty of the Northwest. The subsidized cost of $100 includes two nights of single-room lodging and all meals; scholarships are available.  To register, visit Ignatian Silent Retreat. For more information, please contact Eddie Salazar 296-6133 or

SUDDS financial training is scheduled on Thursday, Oct. 20 from 1-2:30 p.m. The training covers the four general ledger reports currently available in SUDDS and provides information on the financial data currently available, the foundational fiscal policies that provide context for this data, and ways in which the financial reports can be used for effective and efficient budget management. To register, RSVP to; For more information contact Kerry Keller-Ash at

The Center for Community Engagement, Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability and Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture are offering a joint information session on Tuesday, Oct. 18 from 5-6 p.m.  at the Center for Community Engagement (13th and Cherry). Faculty can learn about all the faculty-related opportunities in the three centers. Fellowships, support for community-engagement teaching and scholarship, and research opportunities will be the focus of each center’s brief presentation. Center staff and faculty will be on hand to answer questions and share examples of past projects. RSVP at ConnectSU. Contact Elizabeth O’Brien with any questions at


Take Note

Associate Dean Bob Hughes announced he will retire at the end of the 2016-17 academic year.

Stacey Robbins was awarded AERA’s SIG Workplace Learning Dissertation of the Year Award.

“We like their philosophy of looking at the whole child, their commitment to justice and diversity, and the real view that all kids can learn no matter what their circumstances are, and their focus on project-based learning.” – Margit McGuire, talking about TAF academy in a story by Geekwire. The online magazine GeekWire features a story on the STEM-focused Technology Access Academy (TAF) – where half the students qualify for free or reduced-price lunches and yet 100 percent of graduates are accepted into college. Margit McGuire and MIT grad Carlito Umali are among those interviewed. 

Bill O’Connell’s submission, “Impact of Counseling at a High-Poverty, Urban Elementary School,” to the American Counseling Association’s 2017 conference, will be a featured Research Focused Session. The conference will be held March 16-19 in San Francisco, CA. 

The following faculty are on sabbatical for this year: Margit McGuire, Kristi Lee, Erica Yamamura and Pamela Taylor. Fulltime faculty joining the College of Education for this academic year include Carol Adams and Jim Dunnigan (MIT), Jo Callaghan (School Psychology) and Christy Bauman (Counseling).

Meetings, Events and Holidays

October 14

  • Department meetings
    Noon - 4 p.m. - Loyola 301 & 302
  • Graduate open house
    4:30 p.m. - STCN 120

November 11

  • Veteran's Day
    No classes; offices closed

November 17

  • Department meetings
    Noon- 4 p.m. - Loyola 301 & 302

November 24 & 25

  • Thanksgiving holiday
    Offices closed

December 3

  • Last class day

December 5 - 10

  • Final exam week 

December 9

  • College Meeting/ Holiday Celebration
    Noon - 3 p.m. - Loyola 301 & 302

December 22 - January 1

  • Winter break
    Offices closed 

January 3

  • Classes begin

January 16

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
    No classes

January 20

  • College Meeting

February 16

  • Department Meetings

February 20

  • President's Day
    No classes

March 9

  • Department Meetings

March 13 - 17

  • Spring Break
    No classes

April 6

  • University Mission Day
    Classes before 1:30 p.m. canceled

April 14

  • Good Friday
    No classes

April 20

  • College Meeting

May 2-12

  • Final exams

May 13

  • Spring Commencement

May 18

  • Department Meetings

May 26-29

  • Memorial Day Weekend
    Offices closed

June 2

  • College Meeting/ End-of-Year Celebration


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