Office of the Provost

Provost and executive vice president

Mark Richards, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs

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Provost Mark Richards

Mark Richards joined the University of Washington as provost and executive vice president for academic affairs on July 1, 2018.

A geophysicist, Richards also holds a faculty appointment in the College of the Environment’s Department of Earth and Space Sciences.

As provost, he is the University’s chief academic and budget officer.


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COVID-19 updates

Get the latest news about novel coronavirus, precautions that are being taken and prevention measures you can take.

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Autumn Quarter FAQ

Learn what students can expect this autumn quarter, campus health and safety requirements, and an overview of campus life.

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Back to School Task Force

To protect the safety of students, faculty and other academic personnel, and staff, the Back to School Task Force is reviewing and updating University protocols in learning spaces.

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Teaching remotely

The Center for Teaching and Learning offers best practice and resources to instructors as they plan and teach their courses remotely.

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Excellence and Impact

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New Evans School Dean Jodi Sandfort: A public university can help redesign public services

Jodi Sandfort, a member of the National Academy of Public Administration whose research has focused on social policy implementation and organizational effectiveness, officially assumed her role as dean of the Evans School on Jan.15. She sat down with UW News to talk not only about her experience in the field of public policy, but also about the role the Evans School can play in furthering discussions about government in a polarized society.

Pandemic experts and their research

Researchers across the UW are searching for answers to the pandemic, and two groups have been in the spotlight: the Center for an Informed Public and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.

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New data science minor

Undergraduate students in the arts, social sciences and humanities can now earn a minor in data science to expand their knowledge, skills and career options.

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Excellent return on investment

UW Bothell was ranked No. 1, and the Seattle campus was ranked No. 3, the CNBC Make It on its list of public universities “that pay off the most.”

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Radical Listening

Ralina Joseph, director of the UW Center for Communication, Difference and Equity and associate dean for diversity in the Graduate School, advocates for radical listening – listening without judgment — as we push for racial equity.


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Graduate Fellowships

Fellowships are key to supporting our graduate students who form the backbone of our large research enterprise and provide a vital component of teaching at the UW.

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Population Health

At the UW, we believe improving population health worldwide is a moral imperative, driven by our public mission of service to all.

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UW Finance Transformation

To continue to support the UW’s mission, we are modernizing our financial systems, policies and processes.

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Enrollment Management

We are working to improve the student experience at the UW — including leadership activities, pathways to majors, research experience and mentoring.

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