Undergraduate Academic Affairs

UAA Staff Recognition

Our employees are the core of UAA’s work. The level of exceptional support and service provided to UW undergraduates is the direct result of UAA’s talented and dedicated employees. Their innovation, creativity and knowledge gives students the opportunity to have a rich Husky Experience.

“Recognition is not a scarce resource. You can’t use it up or run out of it.” — Susan M. Heathfield


Staff Recognition Awards

Recognition awards are presented annually to Undergraduate Academic Affairs employees who best exemplify the mission and values of Undergraduate Academic Affairs in their daily work.

Nominations for the 2021 Recognition awards are now open. You can view details about the eligibility and nomination process here.

Nominate your colleagues by Friday, April 16.


2020 Recognition

At the end of spring quarter each year, UAA employees gather to celebrate each other and the past year. While we are unable to come together in person, however, we will still be recognizing our collective work.  This year, we are holding a Week of Recognition the week of July 20. Each day will be devoted to recognizing our student staff, our partners, leadership throughout all of UAA, and the service and legacy you provide to UW. We will also be announcing the 2020 UAA Recognition Awards.

Thank you board

We encourage all UAA employees to add to our virtual thank you board.  You can include short notes of gratitude to anyone in UAA.  Have fun with your posts by adding text, images, videos, links and more.

Recognizing our student staff

Shout out to our student employees, whose work guides UW undergrads through their Husky Experience. More than 300 graduate and undergraduate students serve in roles such as peer advisors, tutors, mentors, orientation leaders, administrative support and more.  Thank you for playing such an important role in UAA.

Annabel Cholico, assistant director of the Mary Gates Endowment for Students, and Prajacta Kulkarni, program manager of the Center for Learning and Undergraduate Enrichment, share a message of gratitude with our student staff.

Congratulations to our 2020 Graduating Student Employees

A special celebration is in order for our student employees who are graduating this week.  We are proud of your accomplishments and look forward to seeing your future impact in your communities. Meet 41 of our graduating student staff members.

Recognizing our partners

Collaboration is one of our core values. Through our shared work with our campus and community partners, we are able to provide a more holistic and collaborative learning experience for our students. Thank you to our campus and community partners for helping us support students and our community.

Jessica Hunnicutt Batten, director of Dream Project, and Carlos Guillen, associate director of First Year Programs, thank our partners.

Announcing the 2020 Distinguished Partner Award

A special celebration goes to the 2020 Distinguished Partner Award recipient, The Office of the University Registrar and Enrollment Information Services. We thank them for their partnership as we guide students to succeed academically and help them navigate their journeys within UW. Learn more about why they are our distinguished partner this year.

Recognizing leadership at all levels in UAA

Leadership is not about hierarchy. It’s a quality within all of us that helps us guide, mentor and motivate people in our lives. Every employee, both staff and students, in UAA provide leadership to our students, our colleagues and our communities.

Sean Gehrke, director of the Office of Educational Assessment, and Francesca Lo, executive director for the Community Engagement & Leadership Education Center, give a message of gratitude to all UAA staff for their leadership.

Announcing the 2020 Leadership Awards

In its inaugural year, we are giving a special recognition to our Leadership Award recipients. The remarkable staff, students and teams have led UAA through our shared valuescollaboration, compassion, curiosity, equity, integrity and transformative learningLearn more about the 36 individuals who are leading UAA.

Recognizing service and legacy

The commitment of our staff to the students, UAA and University is remarkable. Our staff continuously learn and innovative, becoming experts in their field and providing the framework for undergraduates to connect with all the University has to offer.

Ed Taylor, vice provost and dean, shares a message of gratitude with all of UAA for their service and recognizes the 2020 Debbie McGhee Award for Excellence Recipient.

Announcing the 2020 Debbie McGhee Award for Excellence

This award was renamed and redefined last year to honor and remember devoted colleague, Debbie McGhee.  This award celebrates those, who like Debbie, lead the way for all of us to continuously strive to do our best work and be our best selves.  This year we honor Francesca Lo, who has served UW and UAA for more than 20 years. Read about Francesca’s work.