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Rick Fehrenbacher



Building/Room: HRDG 240

Dr. Rick Fehrenbacher is Dean of Seattle University’s School of New and Continuing Studies and Director of the Center for Digital Learning and Innovation. Prior to joining Seattle University in October of 2012, Dr. Fehrenbacher was a professor of English and Director of Distance and Extended Education at the University of Idaho. He has published on such topics as Chaucer, Beowulf, Arthurian legend and Tolkien. Dr. Fehrenbacher received his Ph.D. from Duke University, M.A. from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and a B.A. from the University of Southern Mississippi. Before returning to school, Dr. Fehrenbacher served in the U.S. Army as an intelligence analyst in West Berlin, Germany.

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Trish Thomas Henley


Associate Dean
Instructor, Digital Technology and Cultures

Phone: 206.296.5346

Building/Room: HRDG 240

Dr. Trish Thomas Henley is the Associate Dean of the School of New and Continuing Studies and supervises the recruitment, admissions, and advising team. Dr. Henley received her Ph.D. in English Literature from Florida State University (2007). Her research and teaching interests include early modern drama and poetry; cultural studies; gender and sexuality studies; performance theory; curricular design; and e-learning. She has designed online, hybrid, and face-to-face courses on topics ranging from early modern drama to sexuality studies and developed a hybrid B.A. degree-completion program in Digital Technology and Cultures. Her most recent publications include The Oxford Handbook of Thomas Middleton (co-edited with Gary Taylor, Oxford U.P., 2012) and “Automated Marlowe: ‘Hero and Leander’ 31-36” (co-written with Bruce Boehrer, Exemplaria 20 [2008]: 98-119). As a former returning adult student, Dr. Henley is dedicated to broadening Seattle University’s transformative education to adult returning students and to ensuring that our adult learners have the support and resources needed to achieve their educational and career goals.

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Heidi Carlson

Executive Coordinator

Phone: (206) 296-8280

Building/Room: HRDG 240

Heidi Carlson is the Executive Coordinator and Budget Manager for the School of New and Continuing Studies. Heidi is a native of the Pacific Northwest and is a true “Hiller” – grew up, and currently lives, on Capitol Hill. Heidi attended Jesuit schools (K-12) and identifies closely with Jesuit values. She is grateful to be able to work at an institution that cares so deeply for its mission, vision and values and feel a close connection with Seattle University. Heidi has worked for NCS since 2018 and previously worked for six years in Reprographic and Mailing services as the Accounting Supervisor. After taking a couple of classes offered by NCS, which she loved (Intro to Digital Design and Financial Management), Heidi decided to take the plunge and is currently pursuing a Masters in Transformational Leadership from SU’s School of Theology and Ministry. After hopping around to various Jesuit Universities, she graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Washington. When not at work or studying, Heidi enjoys connecting with friends, hanging out with her adult daughters and snuggling with her dog Carlos (Santana).

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Dylan Medina


Director, Certificate Programs
Instructor, Digital Technology and Cultures

Phone: (206) 296-5781

Building/Room: HRDG 240

Dylan Medina is an Instructor in the Digital Technology and Cultures program. His research and pedagogy are deeply invested learning and its application to future contexts. His MA and PhD research focuses on how students acquire and deploy rhetorical strategies and skills within the social, material, and technological landscapes in which they work.

The investment in learning lead Dylan to develop a transition workshop for service members, which he taught for four years at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. He was invited to participate on the Conference on College Composition and Communication’s task force on Student Veterans and contributed to the resulting position statement. Presently, Dylan is leading a team developing Cluster—a suite of tools that work like a personal writing trainer—and for fun he’s developing an app in Django that helps people cook and eat better.

Dylan returned to the academic world as an adult student and is deeply committed to the transformative potential of both education and digital technology. His present and future work is dedicated to pushing the boundaries of them both.

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Aaron Ottinger


Faculty, Digital Technology and Cultures

Phone: (206) 296-5782

Building/Room: HRDG 240

Dr. Aaron Ottinger completed his PhD in the English Department at the University of Washington. He specializes in interdisciplinary approaches to literary and technical objects. His research explores the historical links between literature and mathematics and how these ties condition human-technical relations and cognition. This historical research also informs Ottinger’s interest in the role of probability in present-day text technologies and human decision-making. Last, Dr. Ottinger specializes in theoretical approaches to digital media and culture, with an emphasis on varieties of realism.

In addition to his research, Dr. Ottinger is an enthusiastic teacher with over ten years of experience. He has taught a variety of media, literature, and rhetoric/composition courses that focus on the many ways we are increasingly mathematizing life, from wearable technology to facial recognition software. Ottinger’s pedagogical practice emphasizes critical and creative thinking, adaptation, and collaboration.

Outside the classroom, Dr. Ottinger has a passion for cooking and music. He also volunteers as a writing tutor at the Bureau of Fearless Ideas, where he enjoys working alongside Seattle University students.

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Viviane Lopuch


Director, Organizational Leadership

Phone: 206.296.5461

Dr. Viviane S. Lopuch is the Program Director for the Organizational Leadership B.A. degree completion program. She comes to Seattle University from Marist College, where she served as Faculty Director  for the Liberal Studies major for adult undergraduates. Prior to academia, Dr. Lopuch worked in sales, marketing and finance roles for the IBM Corporation, while also attending college and graduate school as a part-time, adult student.

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Peter Amah


Instructor, Organizational Leadership

Building/Room: HRDG 240

Dr. Amah’s personal attributes and professional credentials include a Ph.D. in Leadership from Gonzaga University, MBA (Bus-tech) from the University of Washington, and M.A from Fordham University in NY. His M.Div. in Theology at CUA in Wash, DC and an undergraduate degree in Philosophy/Ethics round out the package.

Amah has taught young and adult learners in a variety of modalities and in different topic areas for some universities in the U.S. and overseas. His research and scholarship are considerable with a consistent record of invited talks/lectures, book and journal publications, as well as grants, fellowships, and other honors.

Amah’s practical professional experiences include work in profit and nonprofit management and employee relations. He has also consulted globally, working with banks, construction firms, healthcare organizations, publishing houses, and tribal leaders. With all of that, Amah also enjoys providing services for his local church and community through meaningful projects.

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Luke Ware


Instructor, Web Development

Luke Ware graduated from WATS in 2016 and currently serves as Instructional Technologist for the Center for Digital Learning & Innovation at Seattle University where he helps faculty use the web and other technologies to facilitate teaching and learning online. Luke is also a systems administrator for Canvas. Luke graduated from the University of Washington Bothell with a masters degree in Cultural Studies where he focused on how emerging technologies such as HTML5 and JS shape knowledge production. Luke is also an award winning documentary filmmaker and has a deep understanding of copyright policy.

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Megan Otis


Instructor, Web Development

Megan M. Otis is an adjunct instructor, and graduate of the Seattle U Web Development program. After over a decade working as an administrative assistant in higher education, Megan decided to expand her skill set and enrolled in the web development certificate program. Now she puts her web skills to work as the Web Support Specialist in the Marketing Communications office at Seattle University, where she trains and supports 400+ content editors in managing their Seattle U websites. She loves teaching and empowering others to become web creators. Megan also has a BA and MA in cultural anthropology from WWU, and is a co-editor and contributing author of the book, Engaging Student Voices in the Study of Teaching and Learning (2010).

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Andrew Asplund


Instructor, Web Development

Andrew Asplund received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Washington and his MPA from Seattle University. Prior to his graduate studies, Andrew was a nuclear engineering officer and engineering training officer in the United States Navy, serving about two nuclear submarines and later training junior sailors how to operate them. He is a member of the Washington State Bar Association and is part of its Continuing Legal Education Committee. He got his start in web development in the 1990s, working for a small, independent record company in California. Now, he likes to develop web-based games and teach others how to make web apps.

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Suki Kwon


Academic Counselor

Phone: 206.296.6937

Suki Kwon was born and raised in South Korea.  She graduated from Oregon State University with a B.A. in English Literature and an M.Ed. in College Student Services Administration. While in graduate school, she gained valuable experience working as an academic advisor in the Educational Opportunities Program. Suki has a wide range of  experience in the area of academic advising. She was a Senior Academic Counselor in the Evening Degree Program at the University of Washington, and it was there she found her passion for working with adult learners. Previously, she oversaw academic advising in the College of Arts and Sciences at Seattle University.  She is very excited to be back on campus at Seattle University and is committed to helping students identify their interests and design academic plans that utilize many opportunities at Seattle University. While not at work, Suki enjoys painting, running, hiking, and cooking.

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Diane Fishel-Hall


Associate Director of Admissions

Phone: 206.296.2461

Diane migrated to Washington from the Midwest with her family ten years ago and fell in love with the Pacific Northwest. She graduated from Indiana University with a B.A. in Graphic Design and with an M.S. in both Information Technology and Administrative Management from Central Washington University. As the “trailing spouse” of a professor in Cultural Anthropology and Folklore, Diane never imagined shifting from her over 20 years of experience in the private marcom sector into higher education. Now, she cannot imagine working in any other industry and has found her passion in helping universities to connect with students and vice versa. When not at work, Diane enjoys traveling, watching sports live, and coercing her teenager to play anything other than Fortnite.

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Christine Campbell


Admissions Counselor

Phone: 206.296.5530

Christine Campbell is the Admissions Counselor for the School of New and Continuing Studies. Prior to joining Seattle University, she was the Policy Director and Senior Research Analyst at the University of Washington’s Center on Reinventing Public Education where she researched and studied issues of equity and access in K-12 education. That work led her to want to address barriers and work more closely  with adult and nontraditional students who want to complete or pursue  new studies to move forward in their careers and life. Before joining CRPE, she provided GED Support for Parenting Teens at Rainier Vista and was a job skills trainer for opportunity youth at at the Seattle Indian Center. She is on the board of Hey Mentor, a nonprofit founded by first generation college students to support their high school peers in applying to and succeeding in college. She received her BA in English at Villanova University and her MPA from the University of Washington.