Faculty & Staff

Richard Fehrenbacher

Rick Fehrenbacher, PhD


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.

Trish Thomas Henley, PhD

Associate Dean

Interim Director, 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.

Heidi Carlson

Heidi Carlson

Executive Coordinator

Email: carlsohe@seattleu.edu

Phone: (206) 296-8280

Building/Room: HRDG 240

Heidi Carlson is the Executive Coordinator and Budget Manager for the School of New and Continuing Studies. Heidi is a native of the Pacific Northwest and is a true “Hiller” – grew up, and currently lives, on Capitol Hill. Heidi attended Jesuit schools (K-12) and identifies closely with Jesuit values. She is grateful to be able to work at an institution that cares so deeply for its mission, vision and values and feel a close connection with Seattle University. Heidi has worked for NCS since 2018 and previously worked for six years in Reprographic and Mailing services as the Accounting Supervisor. After taking a couple of classes offered by NCS, which she loved (Intro to Digital Design and Financial Management), Heidi decided to take the plunge and is currently pursuing a Masters in Transformational Leadership from SU’s School of Theology and Ministry. After hopping around to various Jesuit Universities, she graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Washington. When not at work or studying, Heidi enjoys connecting with friends, hanging out with her adult daughters and snuggling with her dog Carlos (Santana).

Dylan Medina

Dylan Medina, PHD

Director, Certification Programs

Email: medinady@seattleu.edu

Phone: (206) 296-5781

Building/Room: HRDG 240

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.

Aaron Ottinger

Aaron Ottinger, PHD

Faculty, Digital Technology and Culture

Email: aottinger@seattleu.edu

Phone: (206) 296-5782

Building/Room: HRDG 240

Dr. Aaron Ottinger completed his PhD in the English Department at the University of Washington. He specializes in interdisciplinary approaches to literary and technical objects. His research explores the historical links between literature and mathematics and how these ties condition human-technical relations and cognition. This historical research also informs Ottinger’s interest in the role of probability in present-day text technologies and human decision-making. Last, Dr. Ottinger specializes in theoretical approaches to digital media and culture, with an emphasis on varieties of realism.

In addition to his research, Dr. Ottinger is an enthusiastic teacher with over ten years of experience. He has taught a variety of media, literature, and rhetoric/composition courses that focus on the many ways we are increasingly mathematizing life, from wearable technology to facial recognition software. Ottinger’s pedagogical practice emphasizes critical and creative thinking, adaptation, and collaboration.

Outside the classroom, Dr. Ottinger has a passion for cooking and music. He also volunteers as a writing tutor at the Bureau of Fearless Ideas, where he enjoys working alongside Seattle University students.

Dr. Lopuch

Viviane Lopuch, EdD

Director of Organizational Leadership

Email: lopuchv@seattleu.edu

Phone: (206) 296-5461

Building/Room: HRDG 240

Dr. Viviane S. Lopuch is the Program Director for the Organizational Leadership (ORGL) B.A. degree completion program. Her experience as an adult student while working full-time, helps her connect with people juggling school, work, and life commitments.

Dr. Lopuch’s practical understanding of organizations comes from a long career at IBM; supporting manufacturing, sales and marketing functions, and as a senior financial analyst in Corporate. Her academic grounding in communication, leadership, and management enable her a systems-level view of organizations that help her explain theories and concepts in relatable ways  to working adults. 

Dr. Lopuch is also a Gallup-Certified Clifton Strengths Coach who incorporates a strengths based approach in her teaching. She is co-author of two book chapters on diversity and learning organizations, has presented at national and international conferences, and published a dissertation on the adult undergraduate experience.

Dr. Lopuch received her EdD in Organizational Leadership from Northeastern University, MA in Communication from Marist College, MA in Organizational Management from University of Phoenix, and a BA in Liberal Studies from Marist College.

Dr. Amah

Peter Amah, PhD

Faculty, Organizational Leadership

Email: amahp@seattleu.edu

Phone: (206) 296-5787

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.

Anj Ravi

Anjana Ravi, MS

Faculty, Web Development

Email: aravi1@seattleu.edu

Building/Room: HRDG 240

Born and raised in India, Anjana graduated from Anna University with a Bachelors in Information Technology. She went on to work for Cognizant Technology Solutions as a Technical Product Specialist. She realized her passion for teaching and went on to receive her Master’s in Computer Science and Engineering from Anna University. After moving to Seattle, she worked as a STEM educator, teaching Mathematics, Computer Science and Test Prep courses at Bellevue College, University of Washington, Central Washington University, Edmonds Community College, and Shoreline Community College.

Anjana has a passion for engaging historically under-served and underrepresented communities by instructing low income public housing tenants in digital literacy skills and basic computer technology. Over the summer, Anjana worked for a technology and management consultancy that partners with Microsoft to provide talent sourcing, resource management, career coaching and professional development throughout the program. As part of The New Technologists Summer Academy, she guided and mentored aspiring software engineers through the product lifecycle of mobile app development.

While not at work, Anjana Ravi enjoys spending time with family, surfing the web, swimming, listening to music and dancing.

Luke Ware

Luke Ware, MA

Instructor, Web Development

Email: warel@seattleu.edu

Building/Room: HRDG 240

Luke Ware graduated from WATS in 2016 and currently serves as Instructional Technologist for the Center for Digital Learning & Innovation at Seattle University where he helps faculty use the web and other technologies to facilitate teaching and learning online.  Luke is also a systems administrator for Canvas. Luke graduated from the University of Washington Bothell with a masters degree in Cultural Studies where he focused on how emerging technologies such as HTML5 and JS shape knowledge production. Luke is also an  award winning documentary filmmaker and has a deep understanding of copyright policy.

Megan Otis

Megan Otis, MA

Instructor, Web Development

Email: otism@seattleu.edu

Building/Room: HRDG 240

Megan M. Otis is an adjunct instructor, and graduate of the Seattle U Web Development program. After over a decade working as an administrative assistant in higher education, Megan decided to expand her skill set and enrolled in the web development certificate program. Now she puts her web skills to work as the Web Support Specialist in the Marketing Communications office at Seattle University, where she trains and supports 400+ content editors in managing their Seattle U websites. She loves teaching and empowering others to become web creators. Megan also has a BA and MA in cultural anthropology from WWU, and is a co-editor and contributing author of the book, Engaging Student Voices in the Study of Teaching and Learning (2010).

Andrew Asplund

Andrew Asplund, JD

Instructor, Web Development

Email: asplunda@seattleu.edu

Building/Room: HRDG 240

Andrew Asplund received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Washington and his MPA from Seattle University. Prior to his graduate studies, Andrew was a nuclear engineering officer and engineering training officer in the United States Navy, serving about two nuclear submarines and later training junior sailors how to operate them. He is a member of the Washington State Bar Association and is part of its Continuing Legal Education Committee. He got his start in web development in the 1990s, working for a small, independent record company in California. Now, he likes to develop web-based games and teach others how to make web apps.

Suki Kwon, MEd

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.

Diane Fishel-Hall, MS

Director, Admissions and Marcom

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 Marketing, then 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. She hopes to obtain her Doctorate in Educational Leadership, with an emphasis in Adult, Post-Secondary and Higher Education; a goal she promised her husband, before he passed, that she would accomplish. When not at work, Diane enjoys traveling, watching live sports, going to “The Salmonberries” gigs (her eldest son’s local band), and coercing her teenaged son to play anything other than Fortnite.


Christine Campbell, MPA

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.