2021 Faculty and Staff Appreciation Event

Faculty Emeriti

Mary Alberg, College of Science & Engineering

Dr. Mary Alberg is an internationally recognized theoretical physicist. Her research papers, often featuring undergraduate physics majors as co-authors, have appeared in numerous top-tier journals. Mary has secured nearly $1 million in funding from the National Science Foundation supporting her summer research with twenty-five undergraduates over the last twenty-eight years. Mary is also a gifted teacher. During her 43 years at Seattle University, she has taught a wide variety of physics courses, ranging from introductory algebra-based physics courses for life science students to upper-level theoretical physics courses. Students have been inspired by her unique, engaging teaching approach. For Mary, research and teaching are never separate domains, but represent an integrated academic enterprise. Among her numerous honors, Mary was named a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2014.

Lorraine Bannai, School of Law

Professor Lorraine Bannai received a BA with honors from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1976 and her JD from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 1979. Upon graduation, she had a distinguished career as a litigator, highlighted by her participation on the legal team that successfully moved in federal court to overturn Fred Korematsu’s conviction and held a series of important academic and administrative appointments at other institutions. Professor Bannai joined the Law School twenty-five years ago to teach legal writing and has been a leader in that field ever since. Inside the classroom and in her other interactions with students, she has developed a sterling reputation for the quality of her teaching, for her compassion, and for the special insight she brings to matters of bias and inclusion. While excelling at her legal writing duties, Professor Bannai has also become a major national voice on issues related to race and the law and one of the leading chroniclers of the governmental atrocities that Japanese Americans faced during World War II. She is the author of Enduring Convictions: Fred Korematsu and His Quest for Justice (2015), a painstakingly researched and award-winning biography. She is also the co-author of an important textbook on the treatment of Japanese Americans during World War II and has twice testified before Congress on the lessons of Japanese internment. Professor Bannai is the co-founder and Director of the Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality and has been deeply involved in the management and the substantive work of this signature program.

Robert Cornwell, College of Science & Engineering

After a successful career in industry, including ten years with The Boeing Company and five years with Exxon Mobile, Dr. Robert Cornwell joined Seattle University full-time in 2001 as Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Bob effectively drew upon the technical skills he gained in industry as he engaged in teaching, research, and tireless service to the department and the college. As department chair, Bob helped secure the PACCAR Professorship, developed new curricula, and led the department through a successful ABET accreditation.  His research was published in a widely used mechanics of materials textbook. He taught about 15 different engineering courses over the past 20 years, ranging from introductory courses to graduate-level offerings. His senior design projects made significant contributions to many companies and nonprofits, including Boeing Commercial Airplanes and Lighthouse for the Blind.

Christian Halliburton, School of Law

Professor Christian Halliburton received a BA in Anthropology from the University of California Berkeley in 1995 and his JD from Columbia University 1998. While at Columbia, he served as the Editor in Chief of the Columbia Journal of Law and Social Problems and as the director of their Moot Court competition. Upon graduation, he clerked for United States District Court Judge Barbara Rothstein here in Seattle, before joining our faculty in 2003. During the first phase of Professor Halliburton’s career he taught classes in Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Constitutional Law, and Law and Religion and served as the Faculty Advisor to a variety of organizations, including the Black Law Student Association and the Seattle Journal of Social Justice. He was voted faculty member of the year in both 2005 and 2007. In recent years, Professor Halliburton has served as the Director of our Alaska Program, living fulltime in Anchorage and managing our satellite campus. He has published articles on issues of race, culture, privacy, and surveillance in major journals such as the Hastings Law Journal and the Missouri Law Review, presented at important national conferences, and served as an officer of both LATCRIT and the Society of American Law Teachers. Closer to home, he has served on the Board of Directors of the ACLU of Washington, as a working group member for the Racial Disparity Project, and on key committees for the Intiman Theater and St. Mark’s Cathedral.

Cinda Johnson, College of Education

Dr. Cinda Johnson came to Seattle University in 2004, bringing her expertise in Special Education.  She has served as Program Director of Special Education, Chair of the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Social Justice, and Principal Investigator and Director of the Center for Change in Transition Services.  Dr. Johnson is the author of many articles and reports and of the book, Perfect Chaos: A Daughter's Journey to Survive Bipolar, A Mother's Struggle to Save Her, co-authored with her daughter Linea.

Jackie Leibsohn, College of Education

Jackie Leibsohn arrived at SU in 1991 and has served in the Counseling Mental Health program since that time. Among her many contributions, Dr. Leibsohn has served as Program Director and Department Chair. An active mental health practitioner, Dr. Leibsohn is the author, among other works, of Basic Counseling Responses and Basic Counseling Responses in Groups. She is a well-regarded teacher who consistently exhibits care for students.

"What an amazing career I have had at Seattle University for the past 30 years. I feel like the luckiest person in the world to have found a place so early in my career to grow both professionally and personally. I have loved my time at SU, having had the opportunity to work with so many amazing students, faculty, staff, and administrators. I have been honored to be a part of the counseling program and its commitment to impacting the lives of others. I wish you all the best as you continue to give your heart and soul to each other, the students, and your own personal and professional growth." —Jackie Leibsohn

Kan Liang, College of Arts & Sciences

Biography coming soon.

"Time really flies, and I am kind of surprised that I am retiring. Seattle University is the only place I have worked in the US, and it has been over a quarter of century now. So, it is a mixed feeling to leave. I will miss many colleagues and friends here, particularly those in History Department, Asian Studies, International Studies, and Dean's Office of the College of Arts & Sciences." —Kan Liang

Teresa Ling, Albers School of Business & Economics

Teresa Ling has been a member of the SU faculty since 1996, teaching primarily in the areas of statistics and quantitative methods. Although not the most popular courses among our students, it is not uncommon for alumni to consider her to have been among their favorite instructors, and this is especially true of our students from Asia and the Middle East. Students have found her to be rigorous, supportive, responsive, and available. In 2003, she was named Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Programs, and it is a role where her focus on students has shined through. Teresa has been a great champion for undergraduate students when it comes to any number of issues, such as course scheduling, unintended consequences of curriculum changes, or the special circumstances of international students. Outside of her administrative role, Teresa has been very involved with the Arrupe Seminar at the university level as well as the Albers Arrupe Alumni Group at the school level. Both indicate her strong support for the SU mission, as does her volunteer activity with Campus Ministry.

Laurel Oates, School of Law

Professor Laurel Currie Oates received her BA with honors from Western Washington University in 1973 and her JD cum laude from the University of Puget Sound School of Law (now Seattle University) in 1978. After clerking with the Washington State Court of Appeals, she returned to the Law School to help design our signature Legal Writing Program, which she had helped motivate during her law student career. She played the leading role in building that program, which has long been ranked as one of the very top programs in the nation and which has served as model for dozens of other programs across the country. Professor Oates served as its director from 1982 until 2012. At the same time, Professor Oates served as one of the co-founders of the Legal Writing Institute, which now has more than 2400 members, and as one of the co-authors of some of the core texts of modern legal writing teaching, including The Legal Writing Handbook, Just Research, Just Memos, Just Briefs, and Just Writing. During the second half of her career, Professor Oates had devoted a significant amount of her professional energy to promoting the teaching of legal writing across the globe, teaching courses and workshops in Afghanistan, Botswana, China, Ethiopia, India, Liberia, South Africa, and Uganda. For many of her achievements, Professor Oates has been awarded the Burton Award for Outstanding Contributions to Legal Writing Education; the Marjorie Rombauer Award for Contributions to the Teaching of Legal Writing the Tom Holdych Award for Meritorious and Transformational Service, the Global Legal Skills Award; and the Terri LeClercq Courage Award.

Christopher Rideout, School of Law

Professor Christopher Rideout received a BA with honors from the University of Puget Sound in 1972, and an M.A. and Ph. D. in English from the University of Washington in 1977 and 1982, respectively. After teaching briefly at the University of Washington, he joined the University of Puget Sound faculty in 1978, initially as a member of the English Department. He quickly became involved in the development of our revolutionary legal writing program and transitioned to teaching at the Law School. Professor Rideout’s expertise on rhetoric and writing pedagogy were essential in developing the top-ranked legal-writing program in the country and he served as an Associate Director of that program for many years. He has served as a Chair of the Borad of the Legal Writing Institute, written over twenty articles on legal writing and rhetoric, and given over 100 presentations at national conferences. At the Law School, Professor Rideout has been an acclaimed teacher and institutional leader, who has developed innovative courses that have supplemented our core legal writing program, including Advanced Legal Writing, Law and Literature, and our various drafting courses and labs, chaired our Budget Committee over ten times, and been elected Professor of the Year four times.

Julie Shapiro, School of Law

Professor Julie Shapiro received a BA from Wesleyan University in 1977 and her JD magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law in 1982. Before entering academia, she clerked for a federal judge in Philadelphia and then spent nearly a decade as a groundbreaking civil rights lawyer in that city. Since joining the Law School in 1990, Professor Shapiro has routinely taught both first-year Civil Procedure and upper-level courses in Family Law, Law and Sexuality, and Civil Rights, where her combination of intellectual rigor and laid-back style have made her a student favorite and shaped an entire generation of litigators and family lawyers. Professor Shapiro is also a nationally recognized scholar and advocate on issues relating to the family law rights of LGBTQ families. She is the author of more than a dozen important publications about the family rights of LGBTQ families and the effects of reproductive technology on our culture and our legal system and her work has been frequently cited by courts and by advocacy organizations and has shaped litigation strategy in important cases here in Washington and across the nation. She has lent her expertise in most of the major cases that have shaped family law and the rights of LGBTQ individuals in modern Washington, most notably In re L.B., which established the rights of de facto parents in the state of Washington, and Andersen v. King County, the case challenging Washington's Defense of Marriage Act. In recognition of her many contributions, Professor Shapiro has been the recipient of honors and awards from a diverse set of organizations including the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, the AIDS Law Foundation, the Greater Seattle Business Association, the Northwest Women’s Law Center, and Public Justice, and is the only non-medical-professional ever invited to join the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.

Mark Taylor, School of Theology & Ministry

For twenty out of his twenty-five years at Seattle University, Mark Lloyd Taylor, Ph.D., has made the School of Theology and Ministry his professional home. He has taught courses in theology, worship arts, and preaching, and especially enjoys coming alongside students as they integrate their theological standpoints, ministerial identities, and spiritual practices. Mark’s scholarship has addressed topics from God’s relationship to the world and Christology, gender, and human embodiment to liturgical theology and the theology of childhood. Dialogue partners have included Søren Kierkegaard, Frances J. (Fanny) Crosby, Herman Melville, and Karl Rahner, SJ, while the resources of feminist and womanist theologies, process theology, and postmodern reflection have shaped Mark’s critique and retrieval of theological traditions. Mark’s teaching and scholarship form a continuous loop with his own active lay ministry at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Seattle as licensed preacher, liturgist, vestry member, senior warden, chair of a successful capital campaign for a building renovation, and Godly Play instructor (Montessori-based program of children’s Christian formation).

"I was underemployed (to say the least). I had been teaching for over a decade at several other colleges and universities – but never managed to connect both a institutional mission match with a permanent faculty position. And then, in spring 1996, Sue Secker offered me the chance to teach a course for the undergraduate Department of Theology and Religious Studies. That grew into a full-time replacement appointment for 1996-97. Then subsequent annual letters of appointment that included courses in the Matteo Ricci College and the Honors Program.

Sometime in there, Sharon Callahan approached me about teaching a class for the newly launched School of Theology and Ministry. Which then became two classes the next year and finally a tenure-track appointment beginning in fall 2001. By 2006, I was acting dean of the school. Quite a trajectory from my original role as a lowly adjunct!

Seriously, I will always be grateful to Seattle University as a Jesuit-Catholic institution with its ecumenical graduate program in theology for welcoming me – an Episcopalian, a jumbled up feminist-womanist-postmodernist-process theologian – and providing such a good institutional home for my teaching, scholarship, and service, such that they might become fully their true selves.

Which makes it all the more bittersweet to celebrate my 25th anniversary at SU remotely because of COVID and as the School of Theology and Ministry ceases to be. I can only promise to try and treasure the many, many wonderful moments. Thank you so very much." —Mark Taylor

Pamela Taylor, College of Education

Dr. Pamela Taylor joined the College of Education in 2003. She served as Director of the university's Center for the Study of Justice in Society from 2011-2015, during which time she sponsored numerous university and community events.  In recent years, her teaching has been centered in Multicultural and Social Justice courses that provide an important foundation for students across the College.  Dr. Taylor is nationally and internationally known for her expertise in leading Racial Healing Circles.