Office of the Provost

Dean of the College of the Environment

Candidate visits

The Provost’s Advisory Search Committee has identified four finalists for dean of the College of the Environment. The candidates will visit the University of Washington for interviews and campus presentations beginning March 29, 2021. Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend the presentations by each candidate. You will have the opportunity to provide feedback on each finalist via a Catalyst survey that will be made available on this website after each candidate’s presentation. The scheduled visits are:

Information about the candidates, including their names and CVs, is confidential until 48 hours before their visits. Then, the information will be made available on this website, accessible to users with a UW NetID. The livestream presentations will be recorded, and posted later on the website. We appreciate and encourage your participation in this process.

Job description

The University of Washington invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the College of the Environment. The College of the Environment is one of 16 schools and colleges that make up the Seattle campus of the University of Washington (UW).

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Advisory Search Committee for the Dean of the College of the Environment

  • Nancy Allbritton, Dean, College of Engineering, co-chair
  • Renee Cheng, Dean, College of Built Environments, co-chair
  • Becky Alexander, Director, Program on Climate Change and Professor, Atmospheric Sciences
  • Christopher Anderson, Professor, Aquatic and Fishery Sciences and Chair of the College of the Environment College Council
  • Nives Dolsak, Professor and Director, Marine and Environmental Affairs
  • Daniel Gamelin, Professor and Chair, Chemistry, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Mary Kay Gugerty, Professor, Evans School of Public Policy and Governance
  • Katharine Huntington, Professor, Earth and Space Sciences
  • Edward Kolodziej, Associate Professor, SIAS, Center for Urban Waters, UW Tacoma
  • Josh Lawler, Professor, Environmental and Forest Sciences
  • Ben Packard, Executive Director of EarthLab
  • David Perkel, Professor and Chair, Biology, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Mel Sheldon Jr., Tulalip Tribes of Washington Board of Directors
  • Luanne Thompson, Professor, Oceanography
  • Leslie Walker Harding, Professor and Chair, Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine
  • Esaac Mazengia, ASUW representative
  • Ashley Townes, GPSS representative

Dear Colleagues,

Thank you for agreeing to serve on the search advisory committee to actively recruit and recommend candidates for the position of Dean of the College of the Environment. This search may involve both internal and external candidates. Nancy Allbritton, Dean of the College of Engineering, and Renee Cheng, Dean of the College of Built Environments, will co-chair the committee. As you can see, the committee is composed of outstanding individuals from across the institution with a range of expertise. We seek a distinguished academic and a visionary leader for the College of the Environment who will work well with the UW community, including other academic units, public and non-profit partners, alumni, and donors.

Enclosed is a copy of Executive Order 20 from the University Policy Directory, which sets forth the basic procedures for conducting a search for a dean. Also enclosed is a copy of a general job description for deans of academic units. The University has a strong commitment to diversity, which I ask you to consider seriously, as you recruit a pool of candidates. Please establish protocols for seeking opinions and nominations from the broader UW faculty, student, and staff communities, as well as appropriate constituencies outside the University of Washington. At the conclusion of the search, the President and I would like to receive from you the unranked names of 2 to 3 highly qualified candidates.

Your first committee meeting is August 17, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Zoom link coming soon) and I will attend a portion of the meeting to discuss my priorities and expectations for the

position and the search. At this meeting, we will also seek your input on a draft position announcement. We have engaged a professional search firm, Witt Kieffer, to assist you in this search.

Thank you very much for accepting this important assignment.


Mark A. Richards
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
Professor, Earth and Space Sciences

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