Undergraduate Academic Affairs

UAA leadership

Ed Taylor, Vice Provost and Dean

Portrait of Dr. Ed Taylor

Dr. Ed Taylor is the vice provost and dean of Undergraduate Academic Affairs.

Edward Taylor is vice provost and dean of Undergraduate Academic Affairs at the University of Washington where he oversees educational opportunities that advance and deepen the undergraduate experience. Programs in Undergraduate Academic Affairs (UAA) connect undergraduates to the breadth and depth of opportunities at the UW so they are equipped and eager for their journey ahead as leaders in their communities and careers. Taylor has dedicated his career and service leadership to creating access to opportunities by addressing inequities and ensuring schools and universities become places of belonging.

Dr. Taylor is a professor in the UW’s College of Education. His research and teaching center on comparative education in the U.S. and South Africa, moral dimensions of education and integrative education, and leadership in education and social justice. He has written, taught and presented extensively on these topics. His co-edited books focus on race and education, race theory and race in the United States. His co-authored books include “Transformative Conversations: A Guide to Mentoring Communities Among Colleagues in Higher Education” and “Inside the Undergraduate Teaching Experience: The University of Washington’s Growth in Faculty Teaching Study.” Dr. Taylor has also authored multiple journal articles.

Dr. Taylor co-chaired, with Vice President for Minority Affairs & Diversity and University Diversity Officer Rickey Hall, the tri-campus Race & Equity Initiative.

Taylor earned his Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy studies from the University of Washington. He earned a master’s degree in psychology and bachelors’ degrees in sociology and in psychology from Gonzaga University.

Active in the local and global communities, Taylor is a founding board member of Rainier Scholars, a scholastic preparation program for high-achieving children of color; serves on the board of the Seattle Foundation; is a trustee of Gonzaga University; is a member of the University Council of the United States International University-Africa; and served on the boards of College Spark Washington and the Rwanda Girls Initiative. Nationally, Taylor is a past member of the faculty of the Academy for Contemplative and Ethical Leadership, which is part of the Mind and Life Institute. Internationally, he has worked with South African township schools and school leaders to help form a coalition of schools to serve children living in township communities. In 2014, Taylor received the Distinguished Graduate Award from the UW’s College of Education.


Ph.D.; University of Washington; Educational Leadership & Policy Studies

M.A.; Gonzaga University; Psychology

B.A.; Gonzaga University; Sociology and Psychology

Selected writing

“Martin Luther King Jr. and the power that we, and our language, hold,” opinion originally published in The Seattle Times, Jan. 14, 2024

‘A single garment of destiny.’ Dr. King’s lessons on interconnectedness, KUOW.org, Jan. 16, 2023

MLK said it best: ‘Love is the greatest force in the universe’, The Seattle Times, Jan. 16, 2022

Reflections on Black History Month, Feb. 8, 2021

“What should count in college admissions: the quality of future leaders we most need,” opinion by Ed Taylor and Phil Ballinger, The Spokesman-Review, Dec. 31, 2020

“I am breathing, but I’m not okay,” opinion, originally published in The Seattle Times, June 5, 2020 

“University of Washington selected for 2020 Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement Classification,” UW News, Jan. 31, 2020

“How, as a Black man on the sidelines, I found grace at an Aryan Nations rally,” opinion, The Seattle Times, Jan. 17, 2020

“An education road trip around Washington state,” opinion with Thaisa Way, Tri-City Herald, June 14, 2019


Fiona Starr, Executive Assistant
206-616-1446 or fstarr33@uw.edu
Contact Fiona to schedule a meeting with Dr. Taylor or for alternate lengths of Dr. Taylor’s bio.

Kirsten Atik, Communications Director
206-221-6130 or katik@uw.edu