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Richard (Dick) L. Sleight, Ph.D.
Instructor, Manager of Information Systems

School of Business, Government, and Economics
Seattle Pacific University
 
Office: 123A McKenna Hall MOS Excel Certified
Voice: 206.281.2265
FAX:  206.281.2733
Email: SL8@spu.edu
 
 
Education
1998 Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer courses, Seattle Pacific University
1983-1989 Ph.D., Educational Policy Studies, University of Washington
College of Education; Dissertation: "Influence of Transfer Status on Admission
to, and Success in, Undergraduate Engineering at the University of Washington" 
[ Gordon C. Lee Award for best College of Education dissertation, 1989-90 ] 
Collateral field of study:
Industrial Engineering
1982-1983 Graduate course work from Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary
(Christian Life, Church History, Christian Education)
1979-1980 M.Ed., Educational Psychology (measurement and statistics emphasis)
University of Washington College of Education
1973-1977 B.A., Economics, University of Washington,
includes two years in General Engineering
1971-1973 Diploma, West Seattle High School
Honor Society, varsity letters (Track '71, '72, '73; Cross Country '71, '72;
Swimming '73), Yell Leader, Lions Club Young Man of the Month,
Captain and Most Inspirational (Cross Country), Captain (Track),
Louise Pierce Memorial Service Award (Mathematics)

Employment 

1997 — SL8.com, Sole Proprietor
1996 — Instructor, Manager of  Information Systems; School of Business, Government, and Economics, Seattle Pacific University (Courses taught: Spreadsheets, Statistics for Business and Economics, Statistics for Business Decisions)
1991-1996 MBA Coordinator; Seattle Pacific University
1989-1991 Coordinator of Adult Learner Program, Academic Advising Center,
Seattle Pacific University
1986-1989 Lecturer, Undergraduate Advisor, Undergraduate Chair, University of Washington, Industrial Engineering Program  (Courses taught: Engineering Graphics, FORTRAN Programming, Statistics, Engineering Economy)
1978-1986 Lecturer, University of Washington, College of Engineering
1974-1977 Undergraduate Teaching Assistant, University of Washington,
College of Engineering
1973-1975 Camp Parsons, B.S.A., summer camp staff
Highlights
1955 Born (soon after twin sister Laurie) in West Seattle.
1971 Earned Eagle Scout badge.
1972 Climbed Mt. Rainier.
Received Vigil Honor award, Order of the Arrow, B.S.A.
1972-73 Voted captain and most inspirational on the West Seattle High School Cross Country team and captain on the Track & Field team.
Best races:
1972 Seattle Metro League, Southern Division X-Country, 2nd place. 
1973 Seattle Metro League Track & Field Championships, 2 mile,
4th place, 9:52.
1975 Voted "Staff Man of the Year", Camp Parsons, B.S.A.
1978 Joined University of Washington College of Engineering faculty at age 22.
May 1980 Called to faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
1981 Married Nancy Cameron Rutherford (SPU class of '77).
1987 First daughter Ann Cameron born.
1989 Son Nathanael Rutherford born.
Left the University of Washington to come to Seattle Pacific University.
Awarded Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies.
1990 Gordon C. Lee award for best doctoral dissertaion.
1992 Second daughter Jean Elizabeth born.
Survived melanoma cancer.
1992-94 Built new home in Bellevue.
1995-97 Taught classes on "Creeds, Catechisms, and Confessions"
at Bellevue Presbyterian Church
.
1997 Established personal business, SL8.COM.
1998 Completed five of six courses in the Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer training program; my study was interrupted when I broke my leg in a bicycle accident.
20002017 Lead weekly men's Saturday morning Bible study at Bellevue Presbyterian Church
2004 Received the 2003-04 SBE Dean's Service Award.
Began serving as sports photographer for Bellevue Christian School.
2005 Daughter Ann graduated as a valedictorian of Bellevue Christian School and National Merit Scholar and began attending SPU in the University Scholars program.
2008 Son Nathanael graduated from Bellevue Christian School, entered Seattle Pacific University, and joined the Cross Country and Track teams, also joining the University Scholars program.
2010 Daughter Ann graduated Summa Cum Laude from SPU (English major; Spanish minor.).
2011 Dick and his wife Nancy were named "Parents of the Year" by Bellevue Christian School.
Daughter Jean graduated from BCS as a National Merit Commended Scholar and entered SPU's University Scholars Program.
Daughter Ann married Thomas Disher of Dallas, OR. and they moved to South Korea to teach at Big Heart Christian School.
Son Nathanael earned his fourth varsity letter in Cross Country for SPU (his 10th varsity letter overall).
2012 Began teaching summer Bible classes at Emerald Heights Retirement Community.
2013 Daughter Ann began teaching at Seattle Christian School, SeaTac.
Son Nathanael graduated from SPU (Physics major, Chemistry minor), and began working in the Bellevue School District. 
Voted onto the Seattle Pacific University faculty by the Faculty Senate.
2016 Daughter Jean graduated Magna Cum Laude from SPU  (Theatre major, Performance emphasis; Computer Science minor.)
Son Nathanael married Cyntha Eby of Aloha, OR.
2017 Grandaughter Charis born.

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