Faculty & Staff

Week of festivities celebrating launch of UW campaign

WTogetherProfileThe impact of the University of Washington will be even more visible this week during the lead-up to a Friday night celebration marking the launch of the UW’s most ambitious philanthropic campaign.

Together will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, in Alaska Airlines Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion, and feature a multimedia spectacular celebrating the impact of the UW and its alumni, faculty, students, staff and friends. Presenters include Gov. Jay Inslee, Microsoft President Brad Smith and UW President Ana Mari Cauce, with performances by Hey Marseilles, the Columbia Choirs of Metropolitan Seattle Children’s Choirs, conductor Marcin Paczkowski, the Husky Marching Band, UW Chorale and UW Dance.

The entire community is invited to this event. Registration is free at uw.edu/together, but seating is limited. Parking for the event in lots adjacent to the arena is also free.

“Together” will be preceded by “W Day,” an event marking the 155th birthday of the University with free food and musical performances in Crockett Plaza outside Alaska Airlines Arena.

Annual President’s Address

Ana Mari Cauce-1008-EditIn her annual address on Oct. 18, President Cauce discussed the UW’s progress and opportunities as we work together to advance Washington and the world.

Watch the video of her address and the follow-up Q&A session.

Read the text of President Cauce’s remarks.

Give to the UW Combined Fund Drive

FSIad_CFDEach year, faculty and staff make a difference in our community and beyond through the University of Washington Combined Fund Drive. This year’s drive runs Oct.13-Dec. 2.

The Combined Fund Drive allows you to give to the causes you find most important. Visit the charity guide for a list of participating organizations or pledge online today.

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SustainableUW Festival kicks off Oct. 17

sustainability_festival_featimageThe 2016 SustainableUW Festival features dozens of events from Oct. 17 to 23 across all University of Washington campuses. The annual festival celebrates sustainability efforts at the UW, highlighting contributions and leadership efforts as well as providing opportunities for students, faculty and staff to get involved.

Nominate colleagues for the Distinguished Staff Award

DSA adThe Distinguished Staff Award recognizes the outstanding achievements, dedication and teamwork of University of Washington staff members.

You can nominate an individual or team of up to eight people for the 2017 award. Please share stories of colleagues who inspire us all through their performance, collaboration and integrity. Up to five individuals or team nominees will be selected for a $5,000 award presented at the UW Awards of Excellence ceremony in June. Make your nominations by Nov. 30.

Learn more about the future of the Seattle Campus

WestCampusThe 2018 Draft Seattle Campus Master Plan provides the framework for the University of Washington’s future campus development. Progressive and sustainable, it balances the preservation of the core campus with the need to accommodate increasing density. The plan integrates the University’s academic, research and service missions.

The draft plan and Environmental Impact Statement was issued Oct. 5, beginning a 45-day comment period that ends Nov. 21. To view or download the draft documents, visit the project website. Read more about the plan and opportunities for public comment in UW Today.

The UW’s David J. Thouless wins Nobel Prize

ThoulessDavid J. Thouless, professor emeritus at the UW, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. He won half of the award; the other half is shared by F. Duncan M. Haldane from Princeton and J. Michael Kosterlitz from Brown University. They were recognized for revealing the secrets of exotic matter.


Nobel Prize Seattle Times

New timeline for 2017-18 student financial aid

studentsStudents can now file their 2017-2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as early as Oct. 1, 2016, rather than Jan. 1, 2017.  The earlier submission date is a permanent change, enabling you to complete and submit a FAFSA as early as Oct. 1 every year.

The University of Washington’s priority deadline for filing the FAFSA is now Jan. 15, 2017 rather than Feb. 28, 2017. For the 2017-2018 FAFSA, your FAFSA should be received at the federal processor by Jan. 15, 2017.

Learn more on the Student Financial Aid page.

Campus flu shots available for faculty, staff and students

You can help prevent the flu by getting your vaccine this year. Flu shot clinics are available at several campus locations this fall for faculty, staff, students and retirees.

No appointment is necessary. Just bring your health insurance card, photo ID and completed claim form. Faculty, staff and retirees covered by a PEBB health plan and students with a GAIP health plan or ISHIP health plan are eligible to attend. Dependents covered under PEBB, GAIP or ISHIP plans are also welcome. View the flu shot clinic schedule and get more information.

ComputerInnovationUW ranked among top five most innovative universities in the world

The University of Washington landed at No. 5 on The Reuters 100: The World’s Most Innovative Universities. Now in its second year, the list ranks the educational institutions doing the most to advance science, invent new technologies and help drive the global economy.

diversityrecruitmentBoosting faculty diversity through recruitment and retention efforts

Over the last four years, the UW’s Office for Faculty Advancement has helped recruit close to 50 faculty members whose work contributes to campus diversity and inclusion — many of these from historically underrepresented groups.


UW jumps to No. 2 in the world for clinical medicine, pharmacy; remains No. 6 in life sciences

The UW moved up to No. 2 in the world for clinical medicine and pharmacy in the 2016 Academic Ranking of World Universities by Broad Subject Fields conducted by the Center for World-Class Universities of Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

5 UW professors among HHMI’s inaugural class of Faculty Scholars

Amid a decline in funding for scientific research, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute is partnering with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Simons Foundation to launch a new Faculty Scholars program. Announced Sept. 22 by HHMI, the inaugural crop of early career scientists includes five faculty members from the UW.

Ramasastry_Anita-23UW law professor named to United Nations working group on business and human rights

Law professor Anita Ramasastry’s decades-long focus on the intersection of commerce and human rights has paid off. In July, she was appointed to serve on the United Nations Working Group on Business and Human Rights. Ramasastry will represent all of Western Europe, North America and Australia-Pacific.

UW and City of Auburn launch first Livable City Year partnership

The University of Washington has begun a yearlong partnership with the City of Auburn, under the new Livable City Year program. UW students and professors will work with the City of Auburn to advance the city’s goals for livability and sustainability throughout the upcoming academic year.

UW to host Tent City 3 for 90 days in winter 2017

“Earlier this year, I wrote to our community about the crisis facing thousands of our neighbors; a crisis that forces many individuals and families to live under bridges, or in cars and doorways.

As part of our educational mission and existing work to address homelessness, I asked you whether the UW should host an organized tent city during the 2017 winter quarter. This would build on and respond to the work of students, alumni and residents from the Tent City Collective, and on the positive Tent City 3 hosting experiences of Seattle University and Seattle Pacific University. …

Nearly 1,000 of you e-mailed thoughts and dozens more attended the town hall meetings. By a 2-to-1 margin responses and attendees favored hosting. Faculty and departments have expressed eagerness to incorporate service learning into curricula, and local elected officials and community leaders also support the effort,” wrote President Cauce.

Is technology crucial for innovation?

Technology is crucial for innovation — and innovation in technology is critical to innovation in just about every other arena. Why? Ed Lazowska, the Bill & Melinda Gates Chair in Computer Science & Engineering, believes the forward march of technology allows us to do more with less, improving our lives in the process.


Jerry Baldasty named UW provost and executive vice president

Baldasty has accepted the position of provost and executive vice president, a role he has filled on an interim basis for the past 14 months. The appointment is effective June 1.

Rickey L. Hall named vice president for the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity and chief diversity officer at the UW

University of Washington President Ana Mari Cauce and Interim Provost Jerry Baldasty announced today the selection of Rickey L. Hall as the new vice president for the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity and chief diversity officer, effective Aug. 1, 2016. In this role, Hall will have oversight of the University’s progress in diversity and to ensure and facilitate an integrated vision and shared responsibility for diversity.

Increased funds to enhance faculty diversity

Starting in the 2016-17 academic year, funding allocated to build and retain a diverse and inclusive faculty across the three UW campuses will be increased to $1 million.

President Cauce and Interim Provost Baldasty are allocating the funds for the Office for Faculty Advancement to work collaboratively with deans, chancellors and department chairs or directors, with half going toward faculty recruitment and half going toward retention. Learn more about how the funds will be used.

President Cauce addresses UW’s role in improving local, global health

On May 3, President Ana Mari Cauce invited the University community and our partners to join in the development of a 25-year vision to advance the health and well-being of people around the world by leveraging capabilities and opportunities at the UW and in our region. Review the full address, including transcript and video.

UW begins search for senior leadership position

This week, the UW began a search for an Executive Vice President (EVP) for Finance & Administration. This newly defined role incorporates the responsibilities held by the former Senior Vice President of Finance & Facilities, in addition to an expanded portfolio of work to include strategic and operational leadership of central administrative functions in the following areas: finance, budget and planning, human resources, information technology, facilities, real estate and procurement. The EVP will report to President Cauce with secondary reporting to Provost Baldasty, and serve as a member of their senior leadership team. The EVP will also partner with the leadership of UW-Medicine, UW Bothell, UW Tacoma and University Athletics.

UW’s Professional & Organizational Development team wins national leadership award 

On Feb. 4, the Strategic Leadership Program received the top leadership excellence award for Best Corporate University at the national LEAD2016 conference sponsored by HR.com and held at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tenn. UW Professional & Organizational Development ranked first among other top contenders in the category, including AT&T, Hilton Hotels Corporation and Microsoft.

How the UW is helping to prepare for the next earthquake

On Tuesday, February 2, the White House hosted an Earthquake Resilience Summit to promote adoption of an earthquake-early warning system in the United States. John Vidale, a UW professor of Earth and space sciences, was among the speakers for the first session of the day. Learn more about the event and read a special earthquake Q&A with Professor Vidale.

“Response to Active Shooter” training and resources available through UW SafeCampus

Preventing violence is a shared responsibility in which everyone at the UW plays a part. Take steps to prepare for the unlikely, but dangerous, situation of an active shooter event at the University of Washington. Visit the SafeCampus website for further information and to arrange training for your department, workgroup or interest group.

Focusing on race and advancing equity at the UW

As a public university, the UW has a special responsibility to convene the difficult conversations in areas of social importance — conversations that lead to action. This is especially true of race and equity. Read the new “Focusing on Race & Advancing Equity” publication, part of a provost series on Trends & Issues in Higher Education.