Office of the Provost

January 8, 2018

Asking questions

Jerry Baldasty

“A key to understanding what makes teaching intellectually interesting for faculty is not to consider what the faculty bring to the classroom, but rather to consider what the students bring. In particular, the students bring their questions. We faculty cannot wait to hear your questions.” With that, Professor Sarah Keller, who teaches Chemistry and Physics,…

January 4, 2018

TAP survey action plans posted; support available for improvement efforts

Jerry Baldasty

The UW conducted our first-ever tri-campus survey of faculty, students and staff last year to see how well our administrative units are serving the needs of campus partners. To the nearly 4,300 who provided feedback via the Transforming Administration Program survey, I want to say: Thank you. And, we heard you. Many of you called…

December 14, 2017

Tips and strategies for inclusive teaching

Jerry Baldasty

A couple of months ago, in response to common questions from faculty, I wrote a post offering strategies to foster vibrant, inclusive classroom conversations. Faculty then, as now, are grappling with questions such as: how do we make room for differing perspectives in the classroom in a way that allows everyone to participate? How do…

November 6, 2017

Honoring and supporting our veterans

Jerry Baldasty

Throughout UW history, thousands of students, alums, faculty and staff have served our country through the armed forces. Memorials dot our campus, reminding us of those who served – and those who gave everything. But memorials are just part of what we to do to honor and support veterans. As a university, we must ensure…

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