Office of the President

Faculty and Staff


May 15, 2019

Provost’s Town Hall offered insight and vision

Ana Mari Cauce

I had the pleasure of attending Provost Mark Richards’ first Town Hall yesterday and his talk was a great demonstration of his thoughtful but action-oriented leadership. His talk showed how quickly he has zeroed in on our incredible strengths as a leading global research university while offering a realistic assessment of the areas in which we can – indeed must – invest more time, energy and, yes, money if we are to have an even greater impact.


June 28, 2018

Sexual harassment in academia is a problem we can address – together

Ana Mari Cauce

This week, I had the opportunity to take part in a livestreamed panel hosted by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) about their recent report, Sexual Harassment of Women. The report offers recommendations for the cultural and systemic changes needed to prevent and respond to sexual harassment in the academic STEM fields and its release couldn’t be more timely, coinciding with the #metoo movement.


June 26, 2018

Yes, we will miss Provost Jerry Baldasty

Ana Mari Cauce

This Friday, Jerry Baldasty – my friend and colleague – will walk out of Gerberding Hall as the University of Washington’s provost for the last time. It won’t be his last day on campus or even his last act of service to this University to which he’s already contributed so much. But it will mark the end of an era for me, and for many of us who work, teach and learn here. All of us, in some way, have benefitted from Jerry’s leadership, wisdom and kindness, not just since he became provost, but throughout his four decades of serving the UW.


June 3, 2018

Academic student employees ratify contract

Ana Mari Cauce and Jerry Baldasty

Sunday evening, UAW 4121 announced that the proposed 3-year contract with academic student employees had been ratified by a 62 percent to 38 percent margin (1476 to 918). We are heartened by this result because this contract continues the progress we’ve made in recent years in elevating wages and benefits for ASEs, and also means…


May 29, 2018

Addressing a potential ASE strike

Ana Mari Cauce and Jerry Baldasty

As we shared recently, we are committed to a fair contract for the University of Washington’s academic student employees. ASEs are an integral part of the University, and the UW continues to negotiate with their representatives in good faith. It’s very disappointing that with two negotiating sessions still scheduled before June 2, the United Auto Workers Local 4121 (UAW) has announced a strike for June 2-15.


May 15, 2018

Our commitment to a fair contract for ASEs

Ana Mari Cauce and Jerry Baldasty

The UW is firmly committed to ensuring that teaching assistants, research assistants and all Academic Student Employees (ASEs) are fairly compensated for that work. That is why five years ago we made a commitment to the shared goal of raising the median wages of teaching and tesearch assistants and other ASEs to be in alignment with their peers in the Global Challenge States and on par with the University of California system. Over the last five years, the base salary for ASEs was increased between 3 percent and 11.59 percent each year, for a compounded rate increase of 50.4 percent.


April 26, 2018

Understanding, preventing and responding to sexual harassment

Ana Mari Cauce

I sent the following message to all University of Washington faculty and staff today and I think it’s worth sharing with our whole community. Sexual harassment has the potential to affect everyone and it’s an issue we can and must work together to prevent and address.  As the #MeToo movement has brought attention to the pervasive…


September 25, 2017

To our community, new and returning, welcome!

Ana Mari Cauce

After a hazy, smoky last few days of summer here in Washington, the snap in the autumn air is a welcome change. It matches the mood at our great University as we welcome a new entering class, transfer students and returning students, many of whom arrived on our campuses last week to begin the 2017–18 academic year.


May 11, 2017

Kicking off a national search for the next UW Provost

Ana Mari Cauce

Last week, I officially charged a group of faculty, staff and students to advise me by searching nationally to identify candidates for the UW’s top academic job. In their search for a Provost and Executive Vice President, I have asked them to seek candidates who value our traditions of shared governance, transparency and accountability. I also encouraged them to reach out across disciplines and to individuals who reflect the diversity of our community. Finalists for the position will come to campus to meet with members of our community and talk about their vision sometime in the fall or winter.


February 17, 2017

Sharing our expertise for the public good

Ana Mari Cauce

We have not just an opportunity, but a responsibility to share the knowledge we develop with a wider world that is hungry for it. A full accounting of the knowledge and accumulated expertise at the UW would be impossible, but if we harness it together and as individuals, our collective power to inform truthfully and persuasively is formidable.



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