Biography of Interim Provost
Gerald J. “Jerry” Baldasty was appointed Interim Provost and Executive Vice President on March 3, 2015. He joined the faculty at the University of Washington in 1978, and is a professor of Communication and an adjunct professor in two departments (Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies, and in American Ethnic Studies).
Baldasty is the author of three books (The Commercialization of News in the Nineteenth Century; E.W. Scripps and the Business of Newspapers; and Vigilante Newspapers) and of numerous journal articles. He focuses his research on communication and media history, particularly on political communication, media as businesses, and on race, ethnicity, and gender.
He was chair of the Department of Communication from 2002 to 2008. He served as interim dean, and then dean and vice provost, of the UW Graduate School from 2008 to 2012. From 2012 to March 2015, Baldasty was Senior Vice Provost for Academic and Student Affairs. He is a former director of the UW Teaching Academy. He has served on a wide variety of UW committees and boards, including the University Book Store board of trustees, Diversity Research Institute advisory board, University of Washington Press Committee, the Graduate Opportunity-Minority Achievement Program advisory board, and two faculty councils. He has been associate editor and senior editor of Journalism History.
Baldasty received the UW Distinguished Teaching Award in 2000, and he received honorable mention for the Landolt Graduate Mentor Award that same year. He was named one of the College of Arts and Sciences “Timeless Award” recipients in 2012. He received his Ph.D. in Communications from the University of Washington in 1978, M.A. in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1974, and B.A. in Communications from the UW in 1972. He is a native of Spokane, Washington.