Office of the Provost


Faculty Recruitment and Retention Initiatives

The president and provost have allocated significant funds to support initiatives that enable the Office for Faculty Advancement (OFA) to work collaboratively with deans, chancellors, and department chairs or directors to build and retain a diverse and inclusive faculty across the
three campuses of the University of Washington. These initiatives assist the implementation of faculty recruitment and retention goals established in the university-wide Diversity Blueprint; they support changes to the Faculty Code that recognize excellence in faculty research, teaching, and service that promotes diversity and equal opportunity; and they help realize key priorities of the president’s Race and Equity Initiative.

Organizational Excellence


Building on decades of university-wide organizational improvement work, Organizational Excellence aligns with UW strategies to provide leadership, transparency and coordination of improvement efforts in academic and administrative units, and across functional areas at the university. Together with faculty, staff and students, we manage complex work, improve processes, analyze and solve problems, spread ideas and knowledge, and build capacity to do this type of work. This program is linked to Results Washington, the State of Washington’s data-driven performance management and continuous improvement approach.

More information can be found on the Organizational Excellence website or by contacting Ruth Johnston, associate vice provost,, 206 685 9838.

Data-Driven Discovery

10/22/2012 and 12/2/2012

Last year the Provost set aside funds to be used for hiring faculty that would help to position the University of Washington as a leader in data-driven discovery. Details of how this funding would work for candidates on the Seattle campus is provided in the overview document and implementation document below. Deans, directors, Department/unit chairs, or search committee chairs from the Seattle campus who seek to participate in this initiative should send email to and also to, as described in the implementation document.

University of Washington Bothell and University of Washington Tacoma are also participating in this initiative. Please contact ( in Tacoma or ( in Bothell for details of how the initiative will work on those campuses.

Two Years to Two Decades (2y2d)

Start: 6/2009

The Two Years to Two Decades (2y2d) Initiative articulates long-term strategic priorities for the UW that guide our near-term decisions.  Our  “two-year challenge” is to make sure that we stay true to our vision, mission and values in an era of declining state funding.  Our “two-decade challenge” is to ensure that the decisions we make now reflect our shared sense of where we are going and set us up well to thrive in the 21st Century.  2d stakeholders have articulated where they want the UW to be in 20 years and the 2y-focused Sustainable Academic Business Plan works to make that vision a practical, sustainable reality.  The following initiatives are 2y priorities for 2012-2013:

  • Teaching & Learning in the 21st Century (ongoing): Meeting the needs of diverse, dispersed student populations
  • Fostering Collaboration (ongoing): Fostering collaborative  research, teaching, and learning
  • Organizational Effectiveness Initiative (ongoing): Improving work processes, increasing effectiveness, and measuring success

Activity Based Budgeting Project

Start: 10/2009

The UW is currently assessing the potential value and feasibility of implementing a new activity based budgeting (ABB) system. ABB is a method of budgeting in which the activities that incur costs in every functional area are accounted for, analyzed, and then linked to the mission and strategic goals of the institution. The full costs of programs and services are then more transparent and available to help with planning, budgeting and decision making.

NEXTCITY: Sustainable Urbanization


  • NEXTCITY: Sustainable Urbanization

Under the leadership of Provost Phyllis Wise, NEXT CITY: Sustainable Urbanization served as a university-wide theme between 2009 and 2011 to focus attention on the University of Washington’s urban teaching, research and outreach activities.  Cities and their people were the emphasis of major university lecture series, seminars, cultural and education events, and public round tables on the challenges and opportunities of urbanization.


“Sustainable urbanization hits close to home. As a public research institution located in the heart of a globally connected metropolitan area, with deep faculty expertise in urban fields, the UW can be a leader in finding informed solutions to the social and environmental challenges posed by the urbanization of the planet. NEXT CITY (formed) a conversation across the UW and with the community and region.”