Center for Teaching and Learning

Faculty Fellows Program

The Faculty Fellows Program (FFP) introduces new faculty to the UW teaching community. The program is facilitated by a number of campus educators, including those that have received campus-wide teaching awards. Presenters and facilitators actively engage our new faculty members on a number of topics including, but not limited to:

  • What you can expect as a new UW faculty member
  • Navigating the demands of successful teaching and research
  • Recruiting, mentoring, and working with undergraduate and graduate students
  • Career development and campus-wide policy for review and promotion
  • Equity and “inclusion”
  • Evidence-based teaching

Senior Fellows

The Faculty Fellows Program is designed and facilitated by senior fellows from a wide range of disciplines. This year’s senior fellows include:

Lisa Coutu, UW Department of CommunicationLisa Coutu is a faculty member in the UW Department of Communication. She teaches courses ranging from graduate professional development seminars to upper division qualitative methods courses to large-lecture introductory courses covering the breadth of the communication discipline.

Title: Principal Lecturer
Length of time at UW: 30 years
Favorite thing about the UW: The students, undergraduate and graduate. They always remind me why I do what I do.

Jose M. Guzman, UW School of Aquatic and Fishery SciencesJose M. Guzman is a faculty member at the UW School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, where he introduces more than 200 students a year to the field of Marine Biology.

Title: Full-time Lecturer (effective 9/19/19)
Length of time at UW: 4 years
Favorite thing about the UW: The community!

Alexes Harris, UW Department of SociologyAlexes Harris is a professor in the UW Department of Sociology. She teaches large 200 and 300 level lecture courses with 150+ students and usually supervises five TAs a year. Dr. Harris received the UW Distinguished Teaching Award in 2018.

Mehran Mesbahi, professor, UW Department of Aeronautics and AstronauticsMehran Mesbahi is a professor in the UW Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He teaches courses on spacecraft dynamics, control systems, and distributed and networked systems. His undergraduate courses average 80-90 students, and his graduate courses average 25—45 students.

Title: Professor
Length of time at UW: 17 years
Favorite thing about the UW:  Down to earth colleagues who are superb at what they do, yet always find the time to be active in the community, have a life, and never hesitate to help out!

Christine StevensChristine Stevens is a faculty member in the UW Tacoma School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership. She teaches courses on social justice, community engagement, global honors and curriculum development, and has received the UW Tacoma Distinguished Teaching Award. She is also featured in the Provost series, Innovators among us: Using technology to engage students.

Title: Associate Professor
Length of time at UW: 38 years
Favorite thing about the UW: UWT students

2019 Timeline

  • July 29: Invitations are sent to new faculty members on an ongoing basis
  • July 29 to August 28 (5:00 p.m.): Online registration is open for invitees
  • September 4-6: Faculty Fellows Program takes place on the UW Seattle campus daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

How to register

Participation in the Faculty Fellows Program is by invitation. UW departments determine which of their new faculty members receive invitations.

Once an email invitation has been received, invitees must RSVP by registering through an online WebQ survey. The link is provided within the email and invitees will need their UW NetID to access the online form. Submission of the registration form confirms full participation.

Instructions on how to set up a UW NetID can be found on IT Connect’s About UW NetIDs page.

Parking and maps

Parking is not provided for Faculty Fellows Program participants.  Please see campus maps for UW parking lots and building locations.

Most events will be held in Mary Gates Hall which is easily accessible for those who wish to park in the Central Plaza Parking Garage.

UW Seattle parking is $17 (cash or card) upon gate arrival.

More information

For information about the program, contact Christine Sugatan at 206-221-3811 or email