Faculty & Staff

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.


Husky football: UW hosts Stanford, Friday, September 30

On the evening of Friday, September 30, 2016 the University of Washington will host a football game against Stanford University. Kickoff will be at 6 p.m.

A nationally-televised Friday night game is a great opportunity to highlight the excellence of the University and show the country what Husky pride is all about. To ensure a great gameday experience, students, faculty and staff are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance in mid-August and celebrate UW’s commitment to sustainability by considering alternative work schedules and green means of transportation to and from campus on September 30.

Additional information about the game, including tools to help you plan ahead, will be available later this summer.

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.

Seeking your feedback on hosting Tent City 3

“Our city is facing a crisis. Thousands of our neighbors are forced to make their homes in doorways or under bridges since they lack affordable housing. Consistent with our public mission, the University of Washington has been seeking solutions to the homelessness crisis through scholarship and service. But we have an opportunity to do more … I am now seeking your feedback on whether the UW should step forward and host Tent City 3 — which has an extensive track record and clear code of conduct for residents — during the 2017 winter quarter,” wrote President Cauce.

A medal for a UW Award of Excellence.2016 Awards of Excellence recipients announced

The University of Washington has announced this year’s Awards of Excellence recipients being recognized for achievements in teaching, mentoring, public service and staff support. The winners will be honored at 3:30 p.m. June 9 at a ceremony in Meany Hall for the campus and general public.

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.

Martin Luther King, Jr.MLK Week events honor legacy of civil rights leader

Make 2016 a time to honor the history of activism in our community, engage in current social justice work and inspire one another to be part of the transformational movements that are to come. 

“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.

Students on campus along Rainier VistaWhy we can’t be silent about faculty unionization

“We fully respect the rights of all employees, including faculty, to unionize and we have said or done nothing contrary to those rights. We have, instead, expressed our firmly held opinion that unionization of our faculty would be contrary to the interests of our faculty, our students and our community. We do not believe that unionization will be helpful in our drive for excellence. We do not believe that abridging the gains we have made in and through shared governance — at the democratically elected Senate, college/school and department levels — will serve the University and all of its constituencies. And we do not believe that our presence in a bipartisan Olympia, with a divisive organizing campaign or contentious negotiations in the background, will be as fruitful,” wrote President Cauce and Interim Provost Baldasty.

UW, Amazon launch program to fund research

UW CoMotion is collaborating with Amazon to create Amazon Catalyst, which will fund bold, inventive projects proposed by UW students, faculty and staff.

William Sayres Jr. inaugurates Smith Family Endowed Chair in Medicine

The University of Washington Board of Regents has confirmed Dr. William G. Sayres Jr. as the inaugural holder of the Smith Family Endowed Chair in Medicine. This new endowed chair marks a significant investment in expanded medical education in eastern Washington.

UW President Ana Mari Cauce

UW regents name Ana Mari Cauce president

The University of Washington Board of Regents has selected Ana Mari Cauce to be the 33rd president of the UW. A member of the UW faculty since 1986, she is the first woman to be named to the position and the first Latina. The selection will become effective upon successful completion of contract terms.

president annual address 2015Video: Annual President’s Address

UW President Ana Mari Cauce discussed the boundless future of the University and answered questions from the audience on Wednesday, Oct. 14, at the Intellectual House.

Starbucks at the HUBUW’s first Starbucks® store now open in the HUB

Curious about other dining options and deals? Check out UW Dining’s latest e-newsletter for more information.

UW and Shanghai Jiao Tong University forge international collaboration on smart cities

Leaders from the University of Washington and Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), one of China’s most prestigious public research universities, signed an agreement to work together on “smart cities” research, teaching and collaborations in their respective electrical engineering departments.

Washington, Sichuan promise low-carbon cities in new agreement

A memorandum of understanding, called the “2+2 MOU,” was signed between the state of Washington and the Chinese province of Sichuan, as well as the University of Washington and Tsinghua University, to catalyze the science, technology and investment needed to grow innovations that will underpin adaptable and resilient urbanization.

Reuters names UW the world’s most innovative public university, fourth overall

The University of Washington is the most innovative public university in the world, according to a new ranking by Reuters released Wednesday. The UW is ranked fourth overall, behind only Stanford, MIT and Harvard. “Innovation and turning ideas into action are at the center of everything we do,” UW Interim President Ana Mari Cauce said.