Monday, April 17, 2006 Seattle Pacific University


Faculty Discuss the Resurrection of Jesus

As part of Celebration Week 2006, four faculty members will share their thoughts on the resurrection of Jesus from the perspective of their own life and academic discipline. Professor of Art Laura Lasworth, Associate Professor of Sociology Jennifer McKinney, Professor of Christian Scriptures Frank Spina, and Associate Professor of Physics Stamatis Vokos will participate in chapel on Tuesday, April 18, in First Free Methodist Church at 9:30 a.m.

Diddams Gives Annual Weter Lecture

In the annual Winifred E. Weter Award Lecture, SPU Associate Professor of Graduate Psychology Margaret Diddams will use Martin Buber's book I and Thou and recent writings on the nature of the soul to argue that organizations can indeed feed the souls of their employees. The lecture is Thursday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m. in Demaray Hall 150. This event is free and open to the public.

Perkins Center Spring Updates

Since January, Director of the John Perkins Center at SPU Tali Hairston has worked with organizations such as Bellevue Christian Schools and Mustard Seed Associates in an advisory capacity. He's also spoken at conferences and given workshops around the Northwest. Check the Perkins Center Web site for other upcoming events, including work with two students who will join a break-out session with David McCullough, this year's SPU Downtown Business Breakfast speaker. More

Shakespeare's “Twelfth Night"

The SPU Theatre Department presents one of Shakespeare's greatest comedies, “Twelfth Night," April 20-22, and April 27-29, in the E.E. Bach Theatre in McKinley Hall. Evening performances are at 7:30 p.m., and there will be a matinee performance on April 29 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 general admission, and $8 for students and seniors. To reserve tickets, call the McKinley Theatre Box Office at 206-281-2959 or visit the Web site. More

Student Employee Celebration on April 20

The annual Student Employee Celebration will be held in Upper Gwinn Commons on Thursday, April 20, 3-4:30 p.m. All supervisors along with student employees are encouraged to attend. Enjoy a special fondue bar and keynote speaker Ralph Palmen, corporate trainer and author of 8 Critical Lifetime Decisions. Efforts of individual students or groups of students will be recognized throughout the event. Please RSVP for your department and students by emailing Submit a brief story about the work of one or more of your student employees online. More

Do You Know a Student Interested in Graduate School?

Please encourage your undergraduate students who are thinking about graduate school to attend a workshop on Monday, April 24, 4:30-5:30 p.m. in Demaray Hall 258. Goals, researching graduate programs, and the application process will be discussed.

Global Engagement Forum, Apr. 28-29

Register now for the 2006 Global Leadership Forum titled “Evangelism and the Persecuted Church," April 28-29, on the SPU campus. Speakers include Jayakumar Christian, national director of World Vision India; Paul Freston, professor of sociology at Calvin College and author of Evangelicals and Politics in Asia, Africa and Latin America; Lamin Sanneh, D. Willis James professor of missions and world Christianity at Yale University and author of Whose Religion is Christianity?; and Priscilla Pope-Levison, SPU professor of theological studies and author of Turn the Pulpit Loose: Two Centuries of American Women Evangelists. Faculty pre-registration is $15 at Same-day registration is $25. Students receive free registration if they register before April 21, so encourage them to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity. A continental breakfast and light lunch on Saturday are included.

Faculty, Staff Discount at SPU Christian Writers Renewal

If you're interested in publishing your writing in the evangelical Christian market, you are urged to join authors and publishers for a day-and-a-half of excellent instruction and inspiration. SPU faculty and staff receive a special, discounted price of $75, which includes closing banquet with keynote speaker Dr. Calvin Miller, author of The Singer Trilogy. Choose from 22 workshop sessions in fiction, nonfiction, magazine writing, storytelling, C.S. Lewis and writing, and much more. Meet publisher representatives and published authors. For a brochure or to register, contact Bobbie Taylor in the SPU Fellows office at or 206-281-2723.

Serving God, Even in the Mundane

Short story writer, social activist, television producer, and Milton Center Fellow Laura Good will give a reading and a lecture on vocation on Tuesday, April 18, at 7:30 p.m. in SPU's Art Center Gallery. Drawing on her work in international relief and television, she'll examine what it means to follow the call to serve God and cultivate one's created purposes, even in the mundane. The Milton Center, located at SPU through Image journal, is a program dedicated to fostering excellence in creative writing by Christians. This event is free and open to the public.

Historian David McCullough Comes to Campus

David McCullough, historian and best-selling author of such books as 1776 and John Adams, is the featured speaker for SPU's annual Downtown Business Breakfast on Tuesday, April 25. This year's invitation-only event is expected to draw 1,200 business and community leaders. McCullough, two-time Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner, will also speak on campus at 1 p.m. the same day. This lecture is free and open to the public.

Nominations for Leadership Awards

Please consider nominating an individual or group that has shared something extraordinary with our campus this year. Forms can be picked up at the Student Programs front desk or an electronic copy can be requested by emailing Nomination forms need to be returned to the Student Programs front desk by May 1 to be considered. Nomination categories include Student Scholar of the Year; Student Group of the Year; Student Organization Advisor of the Year; Student Event of the Year: Service Orientated Program; Student Event of the Year: Educational; and Student Event of the Year: Entertainment. Please note, nominations cannot be submitted for events that have not yet taken place.

Summer Housing for Student Employees

As you begin to hire students for summer jobs, please remember that on-campus summer housing is available on a first- come, first-served basis. Applications including location and price are now available in the Office of University Services, and must be received by Tuesday, May 9. Advise your student employees to complete an application if they are hoping to live on campus during the summer. If you have any questions, contact University Services at 206-281-2188, or

Pet Photo of the Week

“Smokey (13 years old) and Copper (two years old) take a quick nap after a time of play. Smokey is the older brother, and Copper knows his place. If Smokey is sitting in Copper's way, Copper finds another route. Copper is ½ Labrador and ½ Irish setter. Smokey was born wild in a garage across the street. Both have mellowed with age!" Mark Miles, director of advancement services.

Fac/Staff Bulletin Deadlines

The Fac/Staff Bulletin is published every week on Monday. If you have information or event news, please send it as soon as possible to the Fac/Staff Bulletin editor (Tracy Norlen) at, or submit an item directly from the Fac/Staff Bulletin. The next deadline is Thursday, April 20. The next publication date is Monday, April 24.


Johnson Performs Unique Piano Program

Professor of Music Wayne Johnson is currently performing a unique program titled “Keyboard Wizards of the Gershwin Era," a lecture-recital series featuring American keyboard music from the 1920s and 30s. He recently performed for the spring concert series at the Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island, and for Sherman Clay's noon artist series in Seattle. He has also been invited to perform as guest artist at the Washington State Music Teachers Convention at Ocean Shores in June.

MacDonald, Webb Publish Article

Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy Don MacDonald and Assistant Professor of Graduate Psychology Marcia Webb, both of the School of Psychology, Family, and Community, have the lead article in the March issue of Journal of Psychology and Christianity. The article is titled "Toward Conceptual Clarity with Theories of Psychotherapy." It addresses the topics of (a) theories and treatment models, (b) electicism and syncretism in theory applications, and (c) proposed criteria for constructing and evaluating theories.

Kelly Co-authors Book with Olympic Gold Medalist

University Communications Specialist Clint Kelly and 2004 Olympic gold medalist Carly Patterson co-authored the recently published book titled Carly Patterson: Be Strong. Carly became only the second person in U.S. gymnastics history to take the gold in the All-Around category – the other was Mary Lou Retton. The book, published by Positively for Kids, Inc., in Kirkland, is one in a series of books about positive sports role models who, in their own words, encourage children to achieve by becoming people of character. Learn more at their Web site. More

Nemtchinova, Graduate Students Present at TESOL

Associate Professor of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and Russian Katya Nemtchinova made two presentations at the 40th annual TESOL convention March 20 – 24, in Tampa, Florida. She organized a presentation titled “Does Teacher Preparation Online Always Work?" and participated in a colloquium titled "Cultural Border Crossing of Nonnative English Speaking Teacher Educators." Katya was also the faculty sponsor of the SPU team that helped organize the Graduate Student Forum, a student-run mini-conference held in conjunction with the convention. The SPU student team consisted of Allison Neeland (team leader), Robin Rogers, Teresa Creelman, Julie Drews, and Katie Culbertson. Four of the five students made presentations at the forum. SPU MA-TESOL students will have prime responsibility for organizing the Graduate Student Forum at the 2007 TESOL convention, which will be held in Seattle.

Stevenson Presents at NACFLA

Instructor of Spanish Jeff Stevenson presented on the topic “Combining Mission and Academic Opportunities" as part of a panel discussion on study abroad at the 16th annual Conference of the North American Christian Foreign Language Association, March 30 – April 1, in Waco, Texas. He also shared lessons learned during a recent study abroad and mission trip to Santiago, Chile, in December 2005 with nine SPU students

Gallagher's Essay Published

The Gift of Story: Narrating Hope in a Postmodern World, edited by Emily Griesinger and Mark Eaton (son of President Eaton), was recently published by Baylor University Press. It includes 18 essays on ways contemporary writers and their works envision hope. One of the essays was written by Susan VanZanten Gallagher, professor of English and director of the Center for Scholarship and Faculty Development. The essay is titled "Reconciliation and Hope: Confessional Narratives in South Africa."

Welcome, Marie

The Office of Human Resources would like the SPU community to join us in welcoming Marie Baldwin, program coordinator in graduate psychology.


SPU Biology Students Win Award

The Northwest Branch of the American Society for Microbiology held its annual meeting on the University of Washington campus, March 10 – 12. This meeting was attended by more than 300 leading microbiologists from across the country, and hosted more than 80 poster presentations by graduate and undergraduate students. Two SPU students, Bethany Samuelson and Julienne Duringer, received the award for best student poster presentation for their work describing the identification of genes in Agrobacterium vitis involved in the elicitation of a hypersensitive response on non-host tobacco. This award included a certificate and a $50 prize. Please join the biology department in congratulating Bethany and Julie for their outstanding work and for showcasing the quality of student research at SPU!


Faculty Positions

Assistant Professor of Art
Assistant Professor of Art (Visual Communication)
Visiting Instructor of Biblical Studies
Assistant or Associate Professor of Education (Two positions)
Assistant/Associate Professor of Educational Administration
Director of Engineering Programs
Business and Social Sciences Librarian
Instructor or Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Professor of Family and Community Nursing: Pediatric Specialization
Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program in Physics Education
Assistant or Associate Professor in Clinical Psychology(Two positions)
Assistant or Associate Professor of Cognitive Psychology
Assistant Professor of Sociology
For more information on all current faculty vacancies, visit the Web site or call (206) 281-2508 with any questions about a job opening or to refer potential faculty members to SPU. More

Staff Positions

Assistant Volleyball Coach (temporary, 16 hrs/wk), Athletics
Campus Program Coordinator, Office of Student Programs
Graduate Nursing Admissions Counselor, Graduate Center
Major Gifts Officer, Corporate, Foundation and Major Gifts
Multi-Skilled Trades I, Camp Casey
Nurse Practitioner (20 hrs/wk), Health Services
Planned Giving Specialist, University Advancement
Program and Budget Manager, School of Psychology, Family and Community
Program Coordinator, MFA, College of Arts and Sciences
Residence Life Coordinator, Residence Life
Security Officer I, Safety and Security
Student Financial Services Counselor, Student Financial Services
Undergraduate Academic Counselor, Student Academic Services
Web Communications Manager, University Communications
Web Designer/Developer, University Communications

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