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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 →

Portrait of Ed Taylor, vice provost and dean

Dean and Vice Provost
Ed Taylor

Curriculum Vitae

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About Dr. Taylor

Edward Taylor is vice provost and dean of Undergraduate Academic Affairs at the University of Washington 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, the Center for Teaching and Learning 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 on moral dimensions of education and integrative education, leadership in education and social justice, and he has written, taught and presented extensively on these topics. In 2013, he co-authored the book Transformative Conversations: A Guide to Mentoring Communities Among Colleagues in Higher Education. Other publications include the co-authored Inside the Undergraduate Teaching Experience: The University of Washington’s Growth in Faculty Teaching Study, as well as several journal articles.

Taylor earned his Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy studies at the University of Washington. He earned a master’s degree in psychology and a bachelors’ degrees in sociology and in psychology at Gonzaga University.

Active in the community, Taylor is a trustee of Gonzaga University; founding board member of Rainier Scholars, a scholastic preparation program for high-achieving children of color; and serves on the boards of College Spark Washington, Rwanda Girls Initiative and Lakeside School. Nationally, Taylor is a member of the faculty of the Academy for Contemplative and Ethical Leadership, part of the Mind and Life Institute, and was a 2010‑11 Fetzer Institute Fellow. Internationally, 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 2014, Taylor received the Distinguished Graduate Award from the UW’s College of Education.


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    Executive Assistant to the Vice Provost and Dean
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    Communications Director
    (206) 221-6130

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