Office of the Provost

Biography

Ana Mari Cauce, Provost and Executive Vice President, joined the University of Washington faculty in 1986 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology after earning degrees in English and Psychology from the University of Miami in 1977, summa cum laude and with departmental honors, and a Ph.D. in Psychology, with a concentration in Child Clinical and Community Psychology from Yale University in 1984.

Provost Cauce is Professor of Psychology and American Ethnic Studies. She holds Adjunct Professor appointments in the Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, and the College of Education. She has held numerous leadership positions at UW, including Director of the UW Honors Program, Chair of American Ethnic Studies, Chair of Psychology, Executive Vice Provost, and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

As Provost, she is the University’s Chief Academic Officer, responsible for overseeing the education, research, and service missions in the Schools and Colleges and other academically oriented units. As Chief Budgetary Officer, she is also responsible for resource allocation that allows to maintain excellence throughout the University and to meet strategic goals. She also works closely with the President on strategic planning and long-term decision-making.

Cauce maintains an active research program, focusing on adolescent development, with a special emphasis on youth ‘at-risk’. She is also active in work encouraging women and underrepresented minorities to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society. She is a recipient of the Dalmas Taylor Distinguished Contribution Award and the James M. Jones Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Psychological Association and the Distinguished Contribution Award from the Society for Community Research and Action. Her research has been supported by grants from the National Institute of Child and Human Development, The National Institute on Mental Health, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse, as well as the National Science Foundation. She has served as president of the Society for Community Research and Action and associate or contributing editor of American Journal of Community Psychology, Child Development and American Psychologist.

Cauce is a recipient of the University of Washington’s Distinguished Teaching Award. She remains active in the classroom and continues to teach and mentor undergraduate and graduate students.