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January 18, 2019

Two Albers School of Business and Economics have teamed with a colleague in the College of Nursing on a recent publication. Authored by Bridget Hiedemann and Erin Vernon, and edited by Bonnie Bowie, “Re-Examining Genetic Screening and Oral Contraceptives: A Patient-Centered Review,” has been published in the Journal of Personalized Medicine

Hiedemann is chair and professor of economics; Vernon is assistant professor of economics; and Bowie is associate professor of nursing and assistant dean for graduate education. 

In the abstract of their article, they write, in part: “The World Health Organization classifies combined hormonal contraception as an unacceptable health risk in the presence of a known thrombogenic mutation but advises against routine thrombophilia screening before initiating combined oral contraceptives (COCs) on the grounds of high screening costs and low prevalence. From the perspective of patient-centered care, we examine cost, prevalence, and other published arguments for and against thrombophilia screening before initiating COCs. 

“Our patient-centered review draws on relevant empirical evidence concerning the advantages and disadvantages of thrombophilia screening, while placing the discussion in the broader context of evolving attitudes toward genetic testing and a shifting policy landscape that provides many women direct access to COCs and/or thrombophilia screening.” 

The full article is available at Journal of Personalized Medicine.

January 16, 2019

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.

January 16, 2019


Two men’s soccer players have been taken in the Major League Soccer (MLS) draft.

Sergio Rivas of Seattle University men’s soccer was selected by San Jose Earthquakes with the 26th pick in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft; Redhawk teammate Nathan Aune also went to San Jose with the 50th pick in the draft.

A midfielder from Albuquerque, Rivas put up four goals and 11 assists in 2018. He earned United Soccer Coaches All-Region First Team, All-WAC First Team, and WAC All-Tournament Team honors. He finished his collegiate career with 27 assists, second-most in WAC history. Read more about Rivas's story at MLS.

Aune was a United Soccer Coaches All-Region Third Team choice and an All-WAC First Team pick in 2018. As a junior, he was named a United Soccer Coaches All-American and Scholar All-American.

Rivas and Aune follow Alex Roldan (2018), Kyle Bjornethun (2017), Sean Morris (2011), and Tom Hardy (1998) as SU players previously drafted into the MLS.

- Seattle University Athletics

January 7, 2019

Lauren Van Fossen, academic advisor for the College of Arts and Sciences, is the winner of NACADA’s Region 8 Excellence in Advising - New Advisor award. Van Fossen will be honored at the region’s conference in March. 

Van Fossen earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychobiology from UCLA and a master’s in Student Development Administration from Seattle U. She also serves as pre-education advisor for any students at SU who are interested in pursuing careers in teaching and education. 

NACADA promotes students success by advancing the field of academic advising globally. The organization is comprised of more than 12,000 members representing all 50 United States, Puerto Rico, Canada and several other countries. Region 8 is made up of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, as well as the Canadian provinces of British Columbia and Alberta and the territory of Yukon.

January 2, 2019

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. 

December 21, 2018

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. Resiliency is a process of thriving, coping and mediating risk by focusing on strengths, resources and the positives. Eppler’s presentation included several narrative therapy theory-based activities that clinicians can use to enhance their own and clients’ strength-based self-care practices.

December 17, 2018

Jeffery Smith, Boeing Frank Shrontz Chair of Professional Ethics Professor and professor of management, has three recent publications. The first is his 2018 Society for Business Ethics Presidential Address—“Navigating Our Way between Market and State”—to be published in the Business Ethics Quarterly. The second is his article, “Corporate Responsibility and the Plurality of Market Aims,” accepted for publication in Business and Society Review. The last is a book chapter he coauthored—“Corporate Moral Responsibility and the Expectation of Autonomy”—to appear in the Routledge Handbook on Collective Responsibility.

December 7, 2018

For the fifth consecutive year and the sixth time in the last seven years, Seattle University student athletes posted an institutional Graduation Success Rate (GSR) of 95 percent, well above the national average of 81 percent, according to figures released by the NCAA in November. Read more.

November 23, 2018

Two faculty members were recently installed as holders of endowed chairs in the College of Arts and Sciences. 

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. The president of Seattle University bestows this award to a member of the College of Arts and Sciences faculty who is an outstanding teacher and scholar in one of the basic humanities disciplines. Visit Pigott McCone Chair to learn more about Gutiérrez y Muhs and read the remarks she delivered at the installation.  

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. You can read more about Smith and the remarks she gave during the installation at Gaffney Chair.  

The appointments of Gutiérrez y Muhs and Smith are notable firsts: Gutiérrez y Muhs is the first Chicana to hold the Pigott McCone Chair; Smith is the first African American woman to be named Gaffney Chair.  

Pictured (l. to r.): Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs, David Powers, dean of the College of Arts; and Mary-Antoinette Smith. Visit Endowed Chairs for more photos from the installation taken by Yosef Kalinko.

November 21, 2018

The following post by Joe Phillips, dean of the Albers School of Business and Economics, originally appeared in his blog. 

The Albers School of Business and Economics held a ceremony on Nov. 16 to recognize our new endowed professors and chairs for 2018-19. Endowed chairs and professorships are a particularly important resource for a business school to have. They are a valuable tool for attracting and retaining outstanding faculty. If Seattle University and the Albers School are to attain our aspirations for academic excellence, we can only do so with a strong portfolio of endowed chairs and professorships. 

We have the good fortune to have five endowed chairs—the Frank Shrontz Chair in Professional Ethics, the Lawrence Johnson Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship, the Khalil Dibee Endowed Chair in Finance, the Thomas Gleed Chair in Business Administration and the Robert O’Brien Chair in Business. 

We also have five professorships. They include the Robert Bosanko Endowed Professorship in International Economics and Finance, the David E. Tinius Professorship in Accounting and the three Albers Professorships named after George, Eva and Genevieve Albers. 

The Albers family was a generous supporter of Seattle University, and to honor that support our school was named the Albers School in the early 1970s. In 2001, we received a generous endowment gift from the estate of Genevieve Albers which among other things created the Albers Professorships. It was George Albers who founded a successful food processing business that was sold to Carnation, and then bought by Nestle. The Albers brand was sold by Nestle to Continental Mills, a Seattle-based firm that uses the brand today for corn meal and grits. 

At our ceremony, we installed Professor Matt Isaac (right) as the sixth holder of the Genevieve Albers Professorship. The professorship is a three-year appointment awarded for excellence in teaching, research and service. 

Matt joined our faculty in 2011 and teaches principles of marketing, sales management, brand management, marketing strategy and even consumption and happiness to undergrad and grad students. His research focuses on consumer judgement and decision-making. He has published in the top journals of his field, including the Journal of Consumer Research, the Journal of Marketing Research and the Journal of Marketing—all among the top four academic journals in marketing—as well as the Journal of Consumer PsychologyJournal of Retailing and Journal of Advertising Research. His work has been featured in the popular press, ranging from the New York Times to Fast Company to Forbes and many others. 

We also installed Professor Claus Portner as the 17th holder of the Robert D. O’Brien Endowed Chair in Business. The O’Brien Chair is a two-year appointment that rotates among our full-time faculty. The appointment is made on the basis of the recipients record in teaching, research and service, as well as a proposal on how to best use the resources of the endowed chair. 

Robert O’Brien served on SU’s Board of Regents from 1963 to 1971 and on the Board of Trustees from 1971 to 1999. He is given major credit for helping SU through the financial difficulties it experienced in the 1970’s. He had a lengthy career at Kenworth Motor Truck from 1943 to 1958 and then Paccar beginning in 1958, retiring as chairman in 1978. 

Claus (left) joined our faculty in 2011 and teaches courses in quantitative methods, microeconomics and development economics. His research interests include household and population economics, development and labor economics. His publications have appeared in such leading journals as the Review of Economics and Statistics, Demography, the Journal of Development Economics and Economic Development and Cultural Change. He has also worked as a consultant with the World Bank on development and population issues. 

Claus has served on CAPCOM, is on the Office of Sponsored Research Advisory Board, and on Department Faculty Search Committees. 

Congratulations to Professors Isaac and Portner on their appointments to these endowed positions!

November 9, 2018

According to the University of Colorado, Albers Marketing faculty rank 86th in North America in terms of research impact, placing SU ahead of such schools as Arizona State, Michigan State and Iowa. According to a University of Texas-Dallas ranking, SU is 97th.

November 1, 2018

Charles Tung, associate professor of English, organized and chaired the Paleofuturism roundtable at the ASAP/10 conference, Oct. 17-20, in New Orleans.  He also presented the paper “The Mathematician and the Image-Maker: Vilem Flusser’s Medium Historicity” on the Scale, Representation and the Ontology of the Present roundtable.

October 25, 2018

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. 

Betty Binns Fletcher served as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit from 1979 to 2012. The Washington native was one of the first women to become partner at a major law firm and the second woman to be appointed to the Ninth Circuit court. 

Learn more here.

October 25, 2018

Tom Kelley, a former faculty member in accounting, has been named chairman of the board of directors of Washington Federal, Inc. Kelley has been serving on the board as vice chairman since March. 

After a long and successful career at Arthur Andersen, Kelley joined the Albers in 2002 and taught at SU until retiring in 2012. 

Washington Federal, Inc. is the parent company of Washington Federal N.A., a national bank that operates 236 branches in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Arizona, Texas, Nevada and New Mexico. 

Learn more at Business Insider.

October 19, 2018

School of Law Professor Lisa Brodoff has been named a 2019 Great Teacher Award. Given by the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT), the award recognizes Brodoff’s more than two decades of excellence as an educator. 

Motivated by a desire to grow and learn as a teacher, Brodoff recently went back to school as a law student, auditing a legal writing class taught by Professor Mary Bowman. The yearlong class gave her a better understanding of how professors in the Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic, which she directs, can better collaborate with legal writing faculty in ways that help students. (Brodoff, by the way, was in good hands—SU’s Legal Writing Program is consistently ranked among the best in the nation.) 

Of Brodoff, SALT writes: “The selection committee was overwhelmed by the impact you have had on your colleagues and students, and the sense of community your teaching and engagement has created. Your nominators were excited by your ability to support and listen to those around you in a manner that creates a more dynamic environment, and your skill as a mentor and teacher in all the roles those words encompass. You have modeled a commitment to teaching and a passion for social justice and, while the nomination was signed by ‘just a fraction of Lisa Brodoff’s fans,’ our committee’s process allowed your fan base to expand to all of us having the opportunity to consider your nomination.” 

Committed to advancing teaching excellence, social justice and diversity, SALT has been working for more than 40 years to improve the legal profession, the law academy and expand the power of law to underserved communities. 

Visit School of Law to learn more about Brodoff and the award.

October 10, 2018

Ben Kim, professor of management in the Albers School of Business and Economics, has coauthored two publications in Issues in Information Systems. One is with Albers graduate students Sharmila Muralidharan, Katrina Phiri and Sonal Sinha:  “Analysis and Prediction of Real Estate Prices: A Case of the Boston Housing Market.”  The piece is titled “Parallel Polylithic Architecture: Microservices.”

October 10, 2018

Amelia Derr, assistant professor of social work, continued her partnership with the City of Seattle Office for Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (OIRA) by offering two community-based programs recently. Derr and the OIRA team completed the second year of the Immigrant Family Institute (IFI) in June, a program designed to build systems knowledge, leadership and self-advocacy skills for immigrant families with youth of ages 10-14 who have had experience with the juvenile justice system or feel vulnerable to having such an experience. 

The focus of the IFI is to: 

  • build youth and caregiver knowledge and advocacy skills regarding their rights in the juvenile justice, law enforcement, education, and city service systems
  • build and heal relationships between police officers and immigrant families
  • increase police officer knowledge and cultural responsiveness regarding immigrant families 

More than 70 youths participated in the program this year.  The IFI is currently being featured as a model program by the Police Executive Research Forum, a national organization that sets best practices in policing. 

Building on the success of the IFI, and in response to requests from the participants, Derr and partners at OIRA developed and ran Strengthening Immigrant Families (SIF), a program to support family cohesion adapted from the Strengthening Families Program 10-14, an evidence-based prevention program. This past summer the first pilot session was delivered in four languages simultaneously to great success. This is the first time this evidence-based program has been adapted for multi-lingual participants. It will run again next year. 

Click here for a faculty profile of Derr.

- College of Arts and Sciences

October 4, 2018

Seattle University is one of 26 colleges and universities out of 648 schools to be named to The Princeton Review's Green Honor Roll. This follows SU being named a top-10 school when it comes to being green according to Sierra Club’s 2018 “Cool Schools” rankings. (We were ranked #8 this year–up from #48 in 2017–and SU was the only university in Washington State to make the magazine’s top 20.) 

Last month the university announced its decision to divest from fossil fuels within the next five years.

September 28, 2018

Rob Efird, professor of anthropology and sociology, and Asian studies, gave a talk this month at Harvard University’s Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies. Efird presented “Nature for Nurture: Environmental Education, Natural Experience, and the Healthy Chinese Child.” 

Drawing upon nearly a decade of field work, Efird discussed the emergence of, and challenges facing, environmental education in China. “For the past 15 years,” materials for the event explain, “the Chinese Ministry of Education’s attempt to promote environmental education in public schools has faced nearly insurmountable structural obstacles. By contrast, there is a growing popular embrace of the value of nature exposure for children’s health and well-being.” 

Efird’s research on environmental learning in China includes several book chapters, articles in the Journal of Contemporary China and Environmental Education Research, and a co-edited volume (with John Chi-Kin Lee) entitled Schooling for Sustainable Development Across the Pacific (Springer, 2014). He spent a year in Kunming as a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar during 2011-2012, and was a National Committee on U.S.-China Relations Public Intellectual Program Fellow from 2014 to 2016. 

Speaking at Harvard was a homecoming for Efird who received a master’s in Regional Studies—East Asia from the university before earning a doctorate in Socio-cultural Anthropology from the University of Washington. 

The Fairbank Center is a post-graduate research center promoting the study of modern and contemporary China from a social science perspective.

September 24, 2018

The 2018 Nursing Outlook Excellence in Research Award went to first author and College of Nursing Dean Kristen Swanson for her paper "Mentors' perspectives on supporting nurse faculty scholars," while first author and Professor Danuta Wojnar received the Education award for her paper "Preparing nursing students for enhanced roles in primary care: The current state of prelicensure and RN-to-BSN education." Nursing Outlook is the journal of the American Academy of Nursing.