Faculty & Staff

Rick Fehrenbacher, PhD

Dean

Email: fehrenbacher@seattleu.edu

Building/Room: HRDG 240

Dr. Rick Fehrenbacher is dean of Seattle University’s School of New and Continuing Studies and Director of the Center for Digital Learning and Innovation. Prior to joining Seattle University in October of 2012, Dr. Fehrenbacher was a professor of English and Director of Distance and Extended Education at the University of Idaho. He has published on such topics as Chaucer, Beowulf, Arthurian legend and Tolkien. Dr. Fehrenbacher received his Ph.D. from Duke University, M.A. from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and a B.A. from the University of Southern Mississippi. Before returning to school, Dr. Fehrenbacher served in the U.S. Army as an intelligence analyst in West Berlin, Germany.


Dean Rick Fehrenbacher

Trish Thomas Henley, PhD

Associate Dean

Instructor, Digital Technology and Cultures

Email: henleyt@seattleu.edu

Phone: 206.296.5346

Building/Room: HRDG 240

Dr. Trish Thomas Henley is the Associate Dean of the School of New and Continuing Studies and supervises the recruitment, admissions, and advising team. Dr. Henley received her Ph.D. in English Literature from Florida State University (2007). Her research and teaching interests include early modern drama and poetry; cultural studies; gender and sexuality studies; performance theory; curricular design; and e-learning. She has designed online, hybrid, and face-to-face courses on topics ranging from early modern drama to sexuality studies and developed a hybrid B.A. degree-completion program in Digital Technology and Cultures. Her most recent publications include The Oxford Handbook of Thomas Middleton (co-edited with Gary Taylor, Oxford U.P., 2012) and “Automated Marlowe: ‘Hero and Leander’ 31-36” (co-written with Bruce Boehrer, Exemplaria 20 [2008]: 98-119). As a former returning adult student, Dr. Henley is dedicated to broadening Seattle University’s transformative education to adult returning students and to ensuring that our adult learners have the support and resources needed to achieve their educational and career goals.


Miles Coleman, PhD

Director, Digital Technology and Cultures

Email: colemanm@seattleu.edu

Phone: 206.296.5782

Building/Room: HRDG 240

Dr. Miles C. Coleman is an Instructor in the program on Digital Technology and Cultures. His research and teaching interests include ethics; rhetorical theory and criticism; participatory cultures of media; science communication; new media and society; moral philosophy (online); and classical rhetoric. Scholastically, Dr. Coleman is interested in fostering critical thinking about information communication technologies to support student success and responsible action toward social justice, by connecting community and classroom, promoting conditions for living a good life. Dr. Coleman received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington, and his M.A. and B.A. from California State University, Sacramento.

Some Recent Publications:  

“Courage And Respect In New Media Science Communication,” Journal of Media Ethics  30.3 (2015): 1-17.

“Connecting Integrity, Respect, And Ethical Disagreement In Darwin and Dawkins,” Philosophy & Rhetoric 48.3 (2015): 293-313.


Dylan Medina, PHD

Instructor, Digital Technology and Cultures

Dylan Medina is an Instructor in the Digital Technology and Cultures program. His research and pedagogy are deeply invested learning and its application to future contexts. His MA and PhD research focuses on how students acquire and deploy rhetorical strategies and skills within the social, material, and technological landscapes in which they work.

The investment in learning lead Dylan to develop a transition workshop for service members, which he taught for four years at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. He was invited to participate on the Conference on College Composition and Communication’s task force on Student Veterans and contributed to the resulting position statement. Presently, Dylan is leading a team developing Cluster—a suite of tools that work like a personal writing trainer—and for fun he’s developing an app in Django that helps people cook and eat better.

Dylan returned to the academic world as an adult student and is deeply committed to the transformative potential of both education and digital technology. His present and future work is dedicated to pushing the boundaries of them both.


Dylan Medina, PHD

Viviane Lopuch, EdD

Director of Organizational Leadership

Email: lopuchv@seattleu.edu

Phone: 206.296.5461

Dr. Viviane S. Lopuch is the Program Director for the Organizational Leadership B.A. degree completion program. She comes to Seattle University from Marist College, where she served as Faculty Director for the Liberal Studies major for adult undergraduates. Prior to academia, Dr. Lopuch worked in sales, marketing and finance roles for the IBM Corporation, while also attending college and graduate school as a part-time, adult student.


Becky Peltz, MBA

Instructor of Web, Applications, and Technology Studies

Email: peltzr@seattleu.edu

Building/Room: HRDG 240

Becky Peltz is a Web Development Instructor in the Seattle University WATS program.  She graduated from University of Washington with a BA in Psychology and an MBA.  She has worked as a programmer, systems analyst and software engineer in the Seattle area for 35 years! While her early work involved Database programming, she has been developing on the Web since the Internet moved into the business world.  She has had the good fortune to work with a number of great Northwest Organizations including Boeing, REI, Expeditor International, Seattle Childrens, and F5 Networks as well as to serve as a teacher at North Seattle College, City University, and now Seattle Univeristy.


Oleh Amah, PhD

Instructor, Organizational Leadship

Email: amahp@seattleu.edu

Building/Room: HRDG 240

Dr. Amah’s personal attributes and professional credentials include a PhD in Leadership from Gonzaga University, MBA (Bus-tech) from the University of Washington, and M.A from Fordham University in NY. His M.Div. in Theology at CUA in Wash, DC and undergraduate degree in Philosophy/Ethics round out the package.

Amah has taught young and adult learners in a variety of modalities and in different topic areas for some universities in the U.S. and overseas. His research and scholarship are considerate with a consistent record of invited talks/lectures, book and journal publications, as well as grants, fellowships and other honors.

Amah’s practical professional experiences include work in profit and nonprofit management and employee relations. He has also consulted globally, working with banks, construction firms, healthcare organizations, publishing houses and tribal leaders. With all of that, Amah also enjoys providing services for his local church and community through meaningful projects.


Suki Kwon

Academic Counselor

Email: kwonsu@seattleu.edu

Phone: 206.296.6937

Suki Kwon was born and raised in South Korea.  She graduated from Oregon State University with a B.A. in English Literature and an M.Ed. in College Student Services Administration. While in graduate school, she gained valuable experience working as an academic advisor in the Educational Opportunities Program. Suki has a wide range of experience in the area of academic advising. She was a Senior Academic Counselor in the Evening Degree Program at the University of Washington, and it was there she found her passion for working with adult learners. Previously, she oversaw academic advising in the College of Arts and Sciences at Seattle University.  She is very excited to be back on campus at Seattle University and is committed to helping students identify their interests and design academic plans that utilize many opportunities at Seattle University. While not at work, Suki enjoys painting, running, hiking, and cooking.


Linda Kelly

Admissions and Transfer Specialist

Email: lkel@seattleu.edu

Phone: 206.296.6943

Linda Kelly, a 35-year veteran employee of Seattle University, came to the School of New and Continuing Studies in April of 2015.  She formerly served in the Undergraduate Admissions Office, University Advancement, and the Counseling Center.  Linda earned her B.A. in Psychology in 1995 and is near completion of her M.A.Ed in Student Development Administration from Seattle University.   A non-traditional student throughout her own studies in higher education, she has a first-hand understanding of the unique needs of part-time adult students.


Christine Campbell

Admissions Counselor

Email: campbellchr1@seattleu.edu

Phone: 206.296.5530

Christine Campbell is the Admissions Counselor for the School of New and Continuing Studies. Prior to joining Seattle University, she was the Policy Director and Senior Research Analyst at the University of Washington’s Center on Reinventing Public Education where she researched and studied issues of equity and access in K-12 education. That work led her to want to address barriers and work more closely with adult and nontraditional students who want to complete or pursue new studies to move forward in their careers and life. Before joining CRPE, she provided GED Support for Parenting Teens at Rainier Vista and was a job skills trainer for opportunity youth at at the Seattle Indian Center. She is on the board of Hey Mentor, a nonprofit founded by first generation college students to support their high school peers in applying to and succeeding in college. She received her BA in English at Villanova University and her MPA from the University of Washington.


Diane Fishel-Hall

Director, Marketing and Communications

Email: fishelhalldi@seattleu.edu

Phone: 206.296.2461

Diane migrated to Washington from the Midwest with her family ten years ago and fell in love with the Pacific Northwest. She graduated from Indiana University with a B.A. in Graphic Design and with an M.S. in both Information Technology and Administrative Management from Central Washington University. As the “trailing spouse” of a professor in Cultural Anthropology and Folklore, Diane never imagined shifting from her over 20 years of experience in the private marcom sector into higher education. Now, she cannot imagine working in any other industry and has found her passion in helping universities to connect with students and vice versa. When not at work, Diane enjoys traveling, watching sports live, and coercing her teenager to play anything other than Fortnite.