Ellen Bayer, AMC, Assistant Professor

Bayer presented her nonfiction essay "Green Burial, Home Burial: A Return to Redbud Hill" at The Association for the Study of Literature and Environment Conference (ASLE) in June and "'The strata of my history': Of Time and Place in Wendell Berry's That Distant Land” at the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association (RMMLA) Conference in October.

Asao Inoue, Associate Professor and Director of University Writing

Inoue was nominated and on the 2015 ballot for a position on the Executive Board for the Council of Writing Program Administrators, a national organization. Professor Inoue will also keynote the annual Basic Writing Workshop held the day before the Conference on College Composition and Communication in March 2015. Inoue’s article “The Living Scholarship of Composition Studies: A Case for Students-as-Scholarship,” came out in College Composition and Communication 66.3 in February 2015. Inoue was interviewed by the editor of Hybrid Pedagogy for a new podcast section of their journal that will come out this winter.

Asao Inoue, Associate Professor and Director of University Writing

In 2015, Inoue published Antiracist Writing Assessment Ecologies: Teaching and Assessing for a Socially Just Future through the WAC Clearinghouse/Parlor Press and “The Living Scholarship of Composition Studies: A Case for Students-as-Scholarship,” in College Composition and Communication. Inoue also published the forward “On Antiracist Agendas.” for Frankie Condon & Vershawn A. Young (Eds.) book Anti-Racist Activism in Rhetoric, Composition, and Communication and co-wrote the chapter “Theorizing the Reflection Practices of Hmong College Students: Is 'Reflection' A Racialized Discourse?” with Tyler Richmond in Kathleen Blake Yancey’s (Ed.), A Rhetoric of Reflection.



Beverly Naidus, Arts, Media and Culture, Associate Professor

Naidus is currently the lead advisor and one of the artists collaborating on the WA State Labor Council’s first mural of the state’s labor history on the upper facade of the new headquarters on the corner of Jackson and 16th Ave S in Seattle.  She published her first piece of speculative fiction, “The Black Earth Institute” in the About Place journal. She also is collaborating with the ARTifACT collective to create a nomadic installation/performance, interactive project called "We Almost Didn’t Make It" that deals with climate change and the stories that our descendants will have about us.  

Beverly Naidus, Arts, Media, Culture, Associate Professor

Professor Naidus traveled to the Arts in Society conference in Rome, Italy, where she gave a talk, "A Good Kind of Dangerous: Socially Engaged Art Meets Activist Pedagogy."  Later in the summer, she spoke about her art practice with the Seattle People of Color Salon, led a workshop on Social Ecology & Activist Art for a unique summer camp/think tank at Smoke Farm in Arlington, Wash.,  got on stage at the Seattle Rep to share her thoughts about Artistic Freedom and Artistic Responsibility, and, most recently, gave a talk at the Race and Pedagogy conference at UPS called, "WHAT ARE YOU: Using Art to Examine Race & Privilege."

Blair Releases First CD

UWT lecturer and assistant director of undergraduate education, Dr. Nicole Blair has been playing music since she was 7 years old; but she did not start performing at the open mic nights that have turned into her recently released CD until 2000 following the sudden death of her brother.

"Sometimes it takes a catalyst like that to make you realize life is short," she said.

Randy Bullock, who passed away at 47, was a musician like his sister, and played the guitar for years, which is one of the reasons Blair decided to begin learning the instrument.

The CD was released on and on April 7, 2015, Bullock’s birthday.

"[The CD] belongs to him as much as me," said Blair, who has dedicated the CD to her brother, the subject of the title song "Rebel Soul."

Carbon Challenge Tests Student Resolve

In case you missed the possible grumblings of the many carnivores of UWT transitioning to vegetarian or vegan diets this past Fall quarter, many staff, students, and faculty have since completed the Carbon Challenge, a grant receiving project as a part of UW’s Green Seed Fund.

Students, staff, faculty and even the president of the University of Washington Ana Mari Cauce herself pledged to make a change after receiving the challenge.

Since Autumn of 2014, Dr. Ellen Moore (Communication) has challenged the students in her Contemporary Environmental Issues in Media course to lose 5,000 pounds...of carbon. Moore was inspired after participating in a variant of the challenge in 2014 in competition with her fellow commissioners of the Sustainable Tacoma Commission –– “Tacoma’s Biggest Loser” –– in which she “lost” the most carbon and was crowned the winner.

Chris Demaske, Associate Professor and CAC Division Chair

Demaske co-presented an article with UWT Assistant Chancellor of Academic Technologies and Institutional Research Colleen Carmean at the Technology, Knowledge and Society Conference in Berkeley in February. The paper, “Academic Freedom and Use of Social Technologies for Teaching, Learning and Scholarship,” is the foundation for a larger, ongoing research project.

Chris Demaske, Associate Professor and CAC Division Chair

Demaske was an invited panelist for the City Club of Tacoma’s lecture series in Feburary. She spoke on the topic of hate speech regulation on a panel focused around the national Hate Won’t Win Campaign. In February, Demaske also co-presented at the IAS Brown Bag Series. She and Colleen Carmean, assistant chancellor for academic technologies, presented their work on academic freedom and social media.

Davenport Expands Music Curriculum

CAC faculty member Kim Davenport (Arts, Media, Culture) teaches lower division classes at UWT, offers in-house piano lessons after work, and is working toward creating additional music courses, but her job doesn’t stop there.

Davenport manages to intertwine her passion for music and her career in teaching into one and the same. Throughout her eight years of teaching at UWT, Davenport created two online music classes: Music Appreciation and a two credit version of a similar class titled, Exploring Classical Music in our Community. This year, she created History of Music in Tacoma and Beginning Piano, which will be added to next year’s curriculum. 

Music is not yet a minor at UWT; however, Davenport is working to create this option within the next few years. The minor would include a balance of courses applying both theory and history.