Faculty & Staff

Rick Fehrenbacher, PhD

Dean

Email: fehrenbacher@seattleu.edu

Building/Room: LSAX 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: LSAX 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.


Wanda Gregory, PhD

Director of Digital Technology and Cultures

Email: gregoryw@seattleu.edu

Phone: 206.296.2653

Building/Room: LSAX 240

Wanda Gregory brings both a professional and teaching background in the area of interactive media, with a focus on games and transmedia storytelling, to her role as Director of the Digital Technology and Culture degree.

Before coming to Seattle University, Wanda was a full time lecturer at the University of Washington Bothell campus where she was involved in the development of their Interactive Media Design degree program and was the founding director of the Center of Serious Play (renamed the Digital Future Lab). Her classes focused on game design, emerging forms of narrative, hacker culture, digital marketing and branding, interactive media design, and entrepreneurship.

Prior to teaching, Wanda worked extensively in both traditional and interactive media industry for such companies as The Seattle Times, Corbis, Sierra Online, Wizards of the Coast, Hasbro, and Xbox Live along with a number of game start-ups. Wanda has an M.B.A. from the UW Foster School of Business, an M.A. in Communications, and a B.A. in English Literature, both from the UW. Her PhD from University College Dublin was situated at the intersection of education, game studies, contemplative science and medical informatics.

Wanda has also served on the advisory and board of trustees for organizations including: Cornish School of the Arts, Powerful Voices, Reel Girls, Foundry10, and On the Boards.


Wanda Gregory

Sarah Berry, PhD

Instructor, Digital Technology and Cultures

Email: berrysa@seattleu.edu

Building/Room: LSAX 240

Sarah Berry is an Instructor collaborating on the development of the Digital Technology and Cultures B.A. Her career has always combined scholarship and teaching with digital media design and development. After graduating from Reed College she completed a Masters in film studies at NYU and worked in video postproduction in New York and Europe. Her doctoral work at NYU was on the nexus of media representation, gender, and consumer cultures, and her dissertation was published as Screen Style: Fashion and Femininity in 1930s Hollywood (Minnesota UP 2000). As an Assistant Professor at CUNY Staten Island she taught both media studies and video production while completing a second Master’s degree at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program, where she learned web-based and physical computing. After working in commercial web design and development in New York she joined Ziba Design in Portland as a user experience designer and information architect and began teaching part-time at Portland State University. Her current development work is in data visualization with D3.js and Python, and she is researching how “maker education” and DIY culture may broaden access to and engagement with STEM skills among under-represented groups in technology.


Miles Coleman, PhD

Instructor, Digital Technology and Cultures

Email: colemanm@seattleu.edu

Phone: 206.296.5782

Building/Room: LSAX 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.


Dung Q. Tran, PhD

Instructor, Organizational Leadership

Email: trand@seattleu.edu

Building/Room: LSAX 240

Dr. Dung Q. Tran, the son of Vietnamese immigrants, is an instructor in Organizational Leadership at Seattle University.  Prior to relocating to the Pacific Northwest, Dr. Tran was an adjunct professor at Loyola Marymount University, Marymount California University, and Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles, California, where he taught undergraduate courses in Rhetorical Arts, Public Speaking, Ignatian Leadership, and Christian Ethics.


Shawn Rider, MFA

Director of Web, Applications, and Technology Studies

Email: riders@seattleu.edu

Phone: 206.220.8288

Building/Room: LSAX 240

Shawn Rider has been building websites since 1995. With an MFA in Media Arts Production from SUNY Buffalo, he specializes in content-based web applications and educational technology. Shawn has managed teams working on major web applications including PBS Learning Media, PBS Kids, and more. He has also worked on projects for NPR, National Geographic, Discovery Communications, numerous startup companies, and goverment agencies including the Department of Education and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Administration (DARPA). As part of his industry work, he has also participated in technical working groups, mentoring and tutoring programs, and developer meetups.

In addition to his mainstream web development work, Shawn also creates experimental and avant garde web applications and content. His stories have been featured in The Iowa Review Web, and his dynamic video work has been featured in the Washington DC International Film Fest and broadcast internationally. He has built mobile apps and widgets for standalone hardware devices including iOS devices, Android devices, and more.


Becky Peltz, MBA

Instructor of Web, Applications, and Technology Studies

Email: peltzr@seattleu.edu

Building/Room: LSAX 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.


Sandra Lavinia Uter, MSIST

Instructor of Web, Applications, and Technology Studies

Email: uters@seattleu.edu

Building/Room: LSAX 240

Born in the UK and raised in the USA, Sandra graduated from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) with a B.A. in Mathematics.  After graduating from UMBC, she went to work for The Boeing Company where she has held various positions and has lived in Missouri, Virginia, and Washington.

While living in Virginia, Sandra completed an M.S. in Information Systems Technology at The George Washington University.  After moving to Washington, she felt a need to share her skills and knowledge with others and decided to join the Seattle University family as an Adjunct Professor.  Sandra is very excited to be able to share her programming and web development knowledge and skills, as well as career experiences with her students.

While not at work, Sandra enjoys traveling the world, biking, snorkeling, online shopping, and watching her favorite TV shows.


Fernando Jose Delgado, ME

Instructor, Web, Application, and Technology

Email: delgadof@seattleu.edu

Building/Room: LSAX 240

Born and raised in Puerto Rico. He graduated from the University of Puerto Rico with a B.S. in Computer Science and a M.E in Software Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico. While completing his B.S., Fernando started building websites for small and big companies back home including private schools, health insurance, shopping malls, and was the lead developer in a creative agency.

He is very excited to be here and help transfer knowledge to students as they pursue this exciting and challenging path.

While not at work, Fernando enjoys watching his favorite team, Real Madrid, going to the movies, reading comics, golfing and water polo.


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.


Tyler Fox

Admission Counselor

Email: foxtyl@seattleu.edu

Phone: 206.296.5530

Tyler is the Admissions Counselor for Seattle University’s School of New and Continuing Studies. As an Admissions Counselor at Seattle University, Tyler is here to help facilitate applicants into the School of New and Continuing Studies.

He graduated from Bradley University with a BA in Secondary Education, English. Active in admissions since 2007, he has worked with undergraduate, graduate and certificate students in a variety of different settings. Tyler worked as an Admissions Advisor University of Western States in Portland, OR for the past  4 1/2 years  with traditional and non-traditional students on the admissions and academic advising side of things and National University of Health Sciences, located outside of Chicago, IL,  as an Admissions Counselor handling mostly certificate and bachelor seeking students.

Tyler considers himself to be a life-long learner and loves working in an educational setting with motivated students. An Illinois native, he is a Cubs and Bulls fan. When he is not at work, you can usually find him on the tennis court or exploring a new part of this vibrant city.


Sara Reiner

Director of Marketing

Email: reiners@seattleu.edu

Phone: 206.296.2461

Sara Reiner is the Director of Marketing and Communications the School of New and Continuing Studies. Prior to coming to NCS, Sara was the Director of Marketing for the School of Management at the University of San Francisco. Before moving into higher education, Sara has held various marketing roles at startups in Silicon Valley, gaming and enterprise software companies.  Sara earned her B.A. in Journalism in 2000 from Western Washington University. Sara comes to campus every day with her Canine Companions for Independence Service Dog, DeMilo.


Elizabeth Weaver

Executive Coordinator

Email: walline@seattleu.edu

Phone: 206.220.8280

Elizabeth Weaver is the Executive Coordinator to the Dean of the School of New and Continuing Studies, the Associate Dean, the Director of Digital Technology and Cultures, the Director of Organizational Leadership, and the Director of Web, Application, and Technology Studies. Elizabeth earned her M.Ed. in Student Development Administration at Seattle University and a B.A. in Psychology from Gonzaga University.