Award Winners

We wish to celebrate our Seattle University faculty colleagues who have been honored with accolades, both internally and externally, in the last academic year.

University-level awards

2016 Provost's Awards for Faculty Excellence

2016 Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching

Professor Dean Spade, in the School of Law, is the second to be honored with the Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Professor Spade involves students in his teaching to help them draw connections between legal doctrines and the reality of the poor. He is a co-developer of The Racial Justice Leadership Institute, which has broad-reaching importance in offering education that enhances the historical purpose of Jesuit education. His teaching has been described by former students as simultaneously demanding academic rigor and offering a platform for personal growth and reflection to encourage students to pursue justice, not just a job.

2016 Provost's Award for Excellence in Research, Scholarship, and Creative Endeavors

Professor Bryan Adamson is a national voice in clinical legal education, he has brought his integrative and creative approach to bear as a member and former Director of the Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic in his course and program designs, which  tackle contemporary issues such as political protest and policing, mortgage foreclosure, carceral debt, and critically, provide legal representation to members of our communities who might otherwise go without assistance. His scholarship has examined civil rights through the lens of the judicial procedures, and how media institutions rationalize and reinforce racial hierarchies through narratives constructed around historically marginalized groups.


If you would like to find out more about the Provost's Awards, or if you would like to nominate one of your colleagues to receive one of these awards, you can download the forms from the Awards section at the foot of the following page from the Academic Affairs website: (opens in new window).


2016 Alumni Association's Distinguished Faculty Award

Dr. Sean McDowell, English & Honors Program

Click here to read more about Dr. McDowell's Distinguished Faculty award.


2015-16 Faculty of the Year Award

Michael Spinetta

Dr. Michael Spinetta, Psychology


2016 McGoldrick Fellowship

Dan Dombrowski, PhD, Professor of Philosophy

Click here to read more about Dr. Dombrowski's McGoldrick Fellowship.


College/School Awards

Albers School of Business and Economics

Meenakshi Rishi

2016 Beta Gamma Sigma Teacher of the Year:

Dr. Meenakshi Rishi, Economics


College of Arts & Sciences

Christina Roberts

2016 Outstanding Teaching:

Dr. Christina Roberts, English/Women & Gender Studies

Matthew Hickman

2016 Outstanding Scholarship:

Dr. Matt Hickman, Criminal Justice

Kate Koppelman

2016 Outstanding Service:

Dr. Kate Koppelman, English

Chris Paul

2016 Collegiality Award:

Dr. Chris Paul, Communication

Jacquelyn Miller

2016 Dean's Award:

Dr. Jacquelyn Miller, History/Faculty Development

School of Law

Terri LeClercq Courage Award:

Professors Laurel Oates and Mimi Samuel, Legal Writing

Click here to read more.

College of Science & Engineering

Katie Frato

2016 Outstanding Teacher:

Dr. Katherine Frato, Chemistry

Eric Bahuaud

Katie Oliveras

2016 Faculty Innovation:

Dr. Eric Bahuaud and Dr. Katie Oliveras, Mathematics

Eric Larson 

2016 Outstanding Faculty Advisor:

Dr. Eric Larson, Computer Science & Software Engineering

Agnieszka Miguel

2016 Dean's Award:

Dr. Agnieszka Miguel, Electrical & Computer Engineering


Fulbright Awards

2016-17 Fulbright Scholars

Dr. Mara Adelman; Communication (emerita); China

Dr. John Carter; Math; Norway

Click here to view a record of all Seattle University Fulbright Scholars (1999-present).

For more information on the Fulbright Scholar program, please click here or contact Dr. Jacquelyn Miller at or 206-296-5446.

If you or one of your Seattle University faculty colleagues have won awards and you wish to see it celebrated on this page, please let us know at