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Faculty Liaisons

Faculty Liaisons Program

The Faculty Liaisons are a new resource created in partnership by the President’s Office and the faculty leadership to support faculty attempting to navigate workplace conflict or who find themselves engaged in formal university processes (e.g., Faculty Code, Section 25-71, and Section 27-31). The Faculty Liaisons provide direct, colleague-to-colleague support, and timely information to faculty with the goal of supporting personal agency. The Liaisons are not intended to serve as representative or advocates for faculty members but to support and promote resolution.

The Faculty Liaison program is administered by the Office of the Ombud which works collaboratively with academic units, Faculty Senate, Secretary of the Faculty, and the Office of Academic Personnel, to provide training, supervision, and consultative support for the program.


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Meet your Faculty Liaisons

Lingtak-Neander Chan, PharmD, School of Pharmacy

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Lingtak-Neander Chan is a Professor of Pharmacy and an Interdisciplinary Faculty of the Graduate Program in Nutritional Sciences at the University of Washington (UW), Seattle. He has previously served as an interim chair and associate chair of the Department of Pharmacy at the UW School of Pharmacy. He has been a UW faculty since 2004. He was formerly a faculty member of the College of Pharmacy and College of Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In addition to his teaching, mentoring, research, and service roles at UW, he has also served in numerous national professional organizations and professional journals. He also has enjoyed his collaborations with international graduate students, scholars, and healthcare professionals in advancing healthcare delivery.




Sarah Ward Prager, M.D., M.A.S, School of Medicine

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Dr. Prager is a Professor in the University of Washington (UW) Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Adjunct Professor of Health Services at the UW School of Public Health. She is the Director of the Family Planning Division and the Fellowship in Complex Family Planning. Her research and educational foci are on abortion, contraception and early pregnancy loss. She is the cofounder of Training, Education and Advocacy in Miscarriage Management (TEAMM). Since 2009, she has engaged in global family planning in Nepal, Pakistan, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe, and spent the academic year 2019-2020 on sabbatical as faculty at St. Paul Hospital and Millennium Medical College in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.



Chris Laws, PhD, Department of Astronomy

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Chris Laws is a Teaching Professor in the Department of Astronomy on the UW Seattle campus. He has been teaching classes at the University since 1998, and is a recipient of the UW’s Distinguished Teaching award. Dr. Laws has also been deeply involved in shared governance at the University over the past two decades, including a term as Chair of the Faculty Senate and multiple roles at the intersection of University policies and community conflict resolution. He is deeply committed to service and to supporting faculty, students and staff as they navigate moments of challenge.





Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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The Faculty Liaisons are current UW faculty members who serve in this role in addition to holding their faculty appointments, with 30% of their time devoted to Faculty Liaison duties.

The Faculty Liaisons were appointed following a selection process that included an interview with a faculty committee appointed by the Chair of the Faculty Senate, with input from the University Ombud and the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs. The Senate Executive Committee reviewed the candidates forwarded by the committee and made a recommendation to the President, who then appointed the liaisons in consultation with the Chair of the Faculty Senate.

All faculty, as defined in the Faculty Code, Chapter 21, Section 21-31, are eligible to work with the Faculty Liaisons. The program is not available to staff, students, or other non-faculty members of the university community.

The Faculty Liaisons can:

  • Clarify relevant policies and guidelines.
  • Assist faculty in interpreting and responding to formal communications.
  • Attend administrative meetings with faculty members, when permitted by code (e.g., Faculty Code, Section 25-71).
  • Help faculty members consider their full range of options.
  • Provide information on available university resources.


The Faculty Liaisons will not:

  • Conduct investigations, make findings, or offer formal recommendations.
  • Provide administrative or legal advice.
  • Draft or edit correspondence.
  • Attend meetings as a proxy.
  • Speak on behalf or advocate for a faculty member.
  • Conduct mediations.

In situations where the Faculty Code or other University rule and regulations explicitly state that a faculty member may be accompanied in a meeting, you may choose to be accompanied by a Faculty Liaison (e.g., Faculty Code, Section 25-71(B)).

For other meetings, the Faculty Liaisons will assess and decide whether they would be able participate in a way that is consistent with the Liaisons’ support role and, if so, whether attending such a meeting would require the consent of others involved in the meeting (e.g., Faculty Code, Section 27-31).

In University investigations, the faculty member typically may be accompanied by a Faculty Liaison in investigatory meetings as a support person, but not as an advocate. A limitation on this may be if there are confidentiality or privacy requirements around the content of the investigatory meeting. Before any such meeting, the faculty member should consult with the assigned investigator or representative of the university office conducting the investigation about whether the faculty member may be accompanied by a Faculty Liaison.

The Faculty Liaisons do not have established confidentiality protection. That said, the Faculty Liaisons are committed to discretion in the use of information received in the course of their work and exercise appropriate care in its recording, retention, and protection.  Faculty Liaisons may be required to disclose information related to potentially unlawful activity or where there is a risk of harm to the individual, others, or the welfare of the community.

Lastly, as employees of a public institution, the Faculty Liaisons must also comply with relevant record keeping laws and regulations, including the Washington State Public Records Act which may require external disclosure of records in certain circumstances.

The Faculty Liaison program uses an on-line booking system (available HERE) to schedule appointments. You may choose the Faculty Liaison you prefer to work with. If you have concerns about your identity or details of your situation being shared with one of the other Liaisons (e.g., if you happen to work in the same unit as a Liaison and prefer that Liaison is not informed of your matter), special arrangements can be made to ensure that your case is not shared in any inter-office meetings or debriefs.

The University Ombud serves as the administrator for the Faculty Liaison Program and is available to discuss your concerns and create a plan that meets your needs and is also responsive to programmatic issues. You can contact the University Ombud via

The Secretary of the Faculty has a number of secretarial or clerical responsibilities that are unrelated to the work of the Faculty Liaisons. In addition, the Secretary of the Faculty plays a substantive role in shared governance and is also responsible for the effective functioning of the Faculty Code’s dispute resolution systems.

Unlike the Secretary of the Faculty, the Faculty Liaisons have no formal role in shared governance or the functioning of the university’s dispute resolution systems (e.g., adjudications under the Faculty Code, Chapter 28). When appropriate, the Faculty Liaisons may consult with the Secretary of the Faculty about these processes or refer you directly to the Secretary of the Faculty.

While cases may involve both a Faculty Liaisons and an Ombud, the scope and processes of these resources are quite different. Whereas Faculty Liaisons are focused solely on faculty, the Office of the Ombud is a resource to faculty, students, and staff. Further, while Faculty Liaisons are assigned to an individual faculty member, the Office of the Ombud is intended to be a neutral resource, not assigned to an individual or administration, and from this neutral position assists in navigating any issue to do with working at the UW and can engage in a wide array of dispute resolution approaches, including mediation

Yes, you are still eligible to work with a Faculty Liaison even if you have retained an attorney. However, when university rules and regulations allow a faculty member to be accompanied in a meeting, the faculty member may be limited to choosing one person.