Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Office of the Dean

Ed Taylor

Dean and Vice Provost
Ed Taylor

220 Mary Gates Hall
Box 352800
(206) 616-7175

Welcome from the Dean

One of the most commonly-asked questions undergraduates get from family and friends is, “What’s your major?” And it makes sense that people want to know. Choosing a major (or two, or three) is a necessary rite-of-passage in college. At today’s University of Washington, pursuing a degree is just one part of the experience.  Read more →

About Dr. Taylor

Ed Taylor is vice provost and dean of Undergraduate Academic Affairs at the University of Washington Seattle, where he oversees educational opportunities that deepen and enrich the undergraduate experience including First Year Programs, experiential learning programs, academic advising and support, educational assessment, and the University Honors Program.

Dr. Taylor is a professor in the UW’s College of Education, which he joined in 1995. His research and teaching center around moral dimensions of education and integrative education, leadership in education, and social justice, and he has written, taught, and presented extensively on these topics. Taylor earned his Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy studies from the University of Washington. At Gonzaga University, he earned a master’s degree in psychology and bachelors’ degrees in sociology and psychology.

Active in the community, Taylor is a trustee and former regent of Gonzaga University; founding board member of Molo Care, a non-governmental organization helping children in South Africa attend school; founding board member of Rainier Scholars, a scholastic preparation program for high-achieving children of color; is a project sponsor for the Community Center for Education Results’ Road Map Project; and serves on the boards of College Spark Washington, Rwanda Girls Initiative, and Lakeside School. He has worked with township schools and school leaders in South Africa to help form a coalition of schools to serve children living in township communities. In 1999 and 2000, the East Madison YMCA recognized Taylor with the Volunteer of the Year Award.


  • Kathleen Laughman
    Executive Assistant to the Vice Provost and Dean
    (206) 616-1446
  • Kirsten Atik
    Communications Director
    (206) 221-6130

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