Emeriti Faculty

The Seattle Pacific University Emeriti Faculty is an organization of SPU faculty and administration whom the University has honored for meritorious service. 

The vision of the Emeriti Faculty is to work toward a world in which people are whole, and love and justice reign.

The mission of Emeriti Faculty is to continue collegial fellowship among members, actively supporting the ongoing mission of the University, and continuing participation in the intellectual and spiritual life of the Christian higher education community. In doing so, recognizing that this enhances the spiritual, psychological, and physical well-being of its members.

New Emeriti Faculty

In 2022, nine faculty members ended distinguished careers with decades of service:

  • Associate Professor of World Christian Studies, Miriam Adeney, PhD
  • Professor of English, Tom Amorose, PhD
  • Associate Professor of Business, Bruce Baker, PhD
  • Professor of Educational Administration and Supervision, John Bond EdD
  • Professor of Educational Ministry, Robert Drovdahl, PhD
  • Professor of History, Alberto Ferreiro, PhD
  • Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, Sharleen Kato, EdD
  • Professor of Mathematics, Robbin O'Leary, PhD
  • Professor of English, Mark Walhout, PhD

Emeriti Faculty Events 2022-23

 *All events subject to change or cancellation* 
Opening Communion/State of the University Address
Thursday, September 1, 2022
 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
 Royal Brougham Pavilion
New Student Convocation
Friday, September 9, 2022
 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. 
 Tiffany Loop
Emeriti Lunch
 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 
 Upper Gwinn Commons 
 *Hosted by the President 
Science Lecture 
 Tuesday, January 17, 2023
 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. 
 Upper Gwinn Commons 
Day of Common Learning
Wednesday, January 25, 2023
Keynote Address: TBD
Speaker: TBD
*Hosted by the Faculty Life Office

Winter Quarter Faith, Diversity, and Science Lecture 

 Marston Lecture 
 Tuesday, February 7, 2023
 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
 Upper Gwinn Commons 
 *Hosted by the Faculty Life Office
 Palmer Lecture 
 Thursday, February 9, 2023
 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. 
 Emeriti Tea 
 Tuesday, March 21, 2023
 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. 
 Upper Gwinn Commons 
 *Hosted by the Provost 
Weter Lecture
Tuesday, April 11, 2023
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Upper Gwinn Commons
*Hosted by the Faculty Life Office

Walls Lecture
Wednesday, April 19, 2023
7:00 - 8:30 p.m. 
Upper Gwinn Commons 
Retirement Dinner
Thursday, May 4, 2023
 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 
 Upper Gwinn Commons 
Graduate Commencement 
 Tiffany Loop 
 Ivy Cutting 
 Tiffany Loop 
Undergraduate Commencement


Emeriti Faculty Contacts

    George Scranton
  Emeriti Faculty President 

  Emeri-Times Editor

  POSITION OPEN! If interested, please contact George Scranton.  

 Marilyn Severson

  Marilyn Severson 
  Prayers, Cares, and Concerns Coordinator

Emeriti Faculty Benefits

Privileges for emeriti faculty are as follows:

  • Use of SPU library and library privileges.
  • A mail address, email account, bookstore discount, and dining privileges in Gwinn Commons at faculty rates (in order to gain the library check-out, bookstore, and dining privileges, emeriti need an ID card which can be obtained at SPU's University Services Office (3220 6th Ave. W.).
  • Conversion of Term Life insurance to Whole Life within 30-day period.
  • Continuation of benefits as provided by COBRA.
  • Listing in the University Catalog.
  • Entitlement to participate with the faculty in all University events (e.g., Commencement, Ivy Cutting, Baccalaureate, New Student Convocation).

Additional privileges not listed in the handbook:

  • Free admission to Falcon Athletics events for you and three guests in Royal Brougham Pavilion. (*Emeriti ID card needed)
  • Two free tickets to SPU’s matinee theatre performances.
  • Mid-week Faculty/Staff House reservation privileges at Camp Casey (holidays and summer months excluded).
  • A free campus parking pass provided by the President’s Office each fall.
  • Use of the Graduate/Faculty reading room in the library.
SPU campus

Emeriti Newsletter

Access most recent EmeriTimes Newsletter.

View past editions in the EmeriTimes Newsletter Archive.

Contact Evette Hackman (ehackman@spu.edu) with any questions.

Emeriti Directory

Stay connected! To request a printed or digital copy of the 2022-23 Directory, email provost@spu.edu

University Calendar

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