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Faculty News & Notes

May 15, 2019

Get the latest news on achievements, published works and guest speaking roles for Seattle U faculty.

Albers School of Business and Economics

Professors Cathy Cao and Meena Rishi have been appointed to endowed faculty positions. Cao was appointed by President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., as the Dr. Khalil Dibee Endowed Chair in Finance for 2019-23. Cao succeeds Peter Brous, who has held the chair since 2015. Rishi has been appointed as our 2019-22 Eva Albers Professor. Rishi succeeds Quan Le, whose term is expiring at the end of this academic year.

Ben Kim, professor of management, has coauthored two publications in Issues in Information Systems: “Analysis and Prediction of Real Estate Prices: A Case of the Boston Housing Market” and “Parallel Polylithic Architecture: Microservices.”

David Reid, professor of management, has coauthored an article, “Indexing Innovation within China,” which has been accepted for publication in the Competitiveness Review.

College of Science and Engineering

Margarita Takach, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, has been awarded the 2018 Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) Regional Advisor Excellence Award.

College of Arts and Sciences

Christie Eppler, program director and professor in Couples and Family Therapy, presented “The Resilient Family Therapist” at the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy's 2018 National Conference in Louisville. Eppler’s presentation explored how couples and family therapists can augment their self-care practices by using components of resiliency theory.

Maureen Emerson Feit, director and senior instructor of Nonprofit Leadership, is a contributor to Reframing Nonprofit Organizations: Democracy, Inclusion and Social Change, a new book offering critical perspectives on the history, leadership and management of nonprofits. In her chapter, Feit draws on critical race theory to surface and examine strategies for addressing racial bias in nonprofit human resources. 

Brian McCullough, associate professor of Sport Business Leadership, has authored “Bold and visionary leaders can make climate action a commercial strength,” which appears in Sport Sustainability Journal. McCullough has published extensively on the relationship between sustainability and sports.

Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs, professor of Modern Languages and Cultures and Women and Gender Studies, was installed as the Theiline Pigott McCone Chair in Humanities. A two-year appointment, the Pigott McCone Chair in Humanities is dedicated to promoting scholarly life among faculty.

Mary-Antoinette Smith, associate professor of English and Women and Gender Studies, was installed as the Reverend Louis Gaffney, S.J., Chair. Made possible by the Jesuit community at SU, the Gaffney Chair promotes issues germane to the Jesuit mission and identity of the faith that does justice and supports the Jesuit ideal of teaching.

Charles Tung, associate professor of English, published the article “The Angel of Alternate History and Apocalyptic Hope” in Apocalypse, a special issue of ASAP/Journal. The article examines a strain of alternate history in which timelines that exist side-by-side slowly desynchronize from one another and call attention to the differently paced, differently scaled catastrophes that are arriving or headed toward us.

School of Law

School of Law Dean Annette Clark received the Betty Binns Fletcher Leadership and Justice Award on Oct. 17. Presented by MAMA Seattle (Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association), the award recognizes Clark’s work on behalf of women in the legal profession. Also receiving the award with Clark was Kellye Testy, former SU School of Law dean and current president and CEO of the Law School Admission Council. 
Vermont Law School honored Professor Carmen Gonzalez as a Distinguished International Environmental Law Scholar for 2019. Gonzalez teaches torts and environmental law at the School of Law.
“Professor Gonzalez is an internationally renowned scholar and educator with a deep commitment to environmental justice, and we are exceedingly proud that she has been chosen for this prestigious honor,” says Dean Annette Clark, ’89.

School of Theology and Ministry

Rev. Mark Chung Hearn authored Considerations for Religious Education in Light of White Normativity, which is published in The Journal of the Religious Education Association. Hearn is director of contextual education and assistant clinical professor of contextual education and ministry in the School of Theology and Ministry.