Office of the Provost

Dean and Vice Provost of The Graduate School 2009

Dear Colleagues,

I am delighted to announce that Professor Gerald (Jerry) Baldasty has accepted the position of Dean and Vice Provost, The Graduate School. Jerry has been serving in an interim capacity since August, and we have all been impressed by his leadership.

For those of you who do not know Jerry personally, here is a brief bio:

Gerald Baldasty joined the faculty of the University of Washington in 1978.  He is professor of Communication and adjunct professor of Women Studies and American Ethnic Studies.  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, Jerry focuses his research on communication and media history, particularly on political communication, media as businesses, and on race, ethnicity, and gender.  His current research focuses on the ethnic community press in Seattle’s International District in the 1970s and

Professor Baldasty was chair of the Department of Communication from 2002 to 2008, and has been interim vice provost and dean of The Graduate School since August 1, 2008.  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, UW Press Committee, the Graduate Opportunity-Minority
Achievement Program advisory board, and Faculty Councils.  He has been associate editor and senior editor of Journalism History.

Jerry received the UW Distinguished Teaching Award in 2000, and he received honorable mention for the Landolt Graduate Mentor Award that same year.  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.

Please join me in giving Jerry a hearty welcome to his new position. President Emmert and I are confident that Dean Baldasty will lead the Graduate School to an excellent place and role within the University of Washington.


Phyllis M. Wise
Provost and Executive Vice President
University of Washington