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 loved and justice reigns.

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 2023, eight faculty members ended distinguished careers with decades of service:

  • Assistant Professor of Biology and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Cindy Bishop, DVM
  • Assistant Professor of Teacher Education, Dan Bishop, PhD
  • Professor of Family and Consumer Sciences, Sandra Hartje, PhD
  • Associate Professor of Mathematics, Steven Johnson, PhD
  • Professor of Historical Theology, Richard Steele, PhD
  • Professor of Management and Information Systems, Gerhard Steinke, PhD
  • Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, Sharleen Kato, EdD
  • Education Librarian, Cynthia Strong, MLS
  • Professor of Clinical Psychology, Beverly Wilson, PhD


Emeriti Faculty Events 2023-24

 *All events subject to change or cancellation* 
Opening Kickoff
Tuesday, September 5, 2023
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 
First Free Methodist Church
New Student Convocation
Saturday, September 9, 2023
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. 
Tiffany Loop
Emeriti Luncheon
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 
Upper Gwinn Commons 
*Hosted by President Deana Porterfield
Science Lecture
Upper Gwinn Commons
Spina Lecture Series (SOT sponsored)
Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2023
7:00 p.m. 
First Free Methodist Church
Winter Quarter Faith, Diversity, and Science Lecture 

Marston Lecture 
Palmer Lecture 

Emeriti Tea 
Tuesday, March 19, 2024
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. 
Upper Gwinn Commons 
*Hosted by the Chief Academic Officer
Weter Lecture
Tuesday, April 9, 2024
7:00 p.m.
Upper Gwinn Commons
*Hosted by the Faculty Life Office

Walls Lecture
Retirement Dinner
Thursday, May 2, 2024
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 
Upper Gwinn Commons 
Graduate Commencement 
Friday, June 7, 2024
Tiffany Loop 
Ivy Cutting 
Friday, June 7, 2024
Tiffany Loop 
Undergraduate Commencement
Saturday, June 8, 2024


Emeriti Faculty Contacts


   Ruby Englund
 Emeriti Faculty President 
 Dick Sleight

 Emeri-Times Editor
 Mike Macdonald


  Marilyn Severson 
  Prayers, Cares, and Concerns

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.
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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

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