Undergraduate Academic Affairs


December 30, 2022

First Year Programs now hiring an associate director

UAA Human Resources

Undergraduate Academic Affairs – Student Academic Services has an outstanding opportunity for an associate director of First Year Programs. Within UAA, First Year Programs (FYP), a department under Student Academic Services, is responsible for the annual entry and transition of all new University of Washington students (approximately 9,200 first year and transfer students) and family members (about 5000). First Year Programs fosters a successful undergraduate student experience through strategic programming that focuses on positive academic transitions and the development of learning communities. FYP adheres to the guiding philosophies of collaboration, intentionality, equity, and access. Specific FYP programs include Advising and Orientation programs, Parent Orientation, Dawg Daze Welcome Week, the First-year Interest Group (FIG) program, First-year Networks, and the Commuter and Transfer Commons.

December 12, 2022

UW grad Daniel Chen named prestigious Marshall Scholar

Danielle Marie Holland

Photo of Daniel Chen in a lab.

Originally established in 1953, the Marshall Scholarships finance distinguished young Americans for study in the U.K. This year 40 recipients from across the U.S., out of 951 applicants, were awarded scholarships for 2023. “I was so surprised when I learned I was awarded,” shared Chen. “This is such an honor. It represents an opportunity to…

December 9, 2022

Undergraduate Academic Advising is now hiring for an assistant director

UAA Human Resources

The assistant director oversees the operational aspects of UAA Advising services, creating systems that support student engagement, overseeing student staff and leading communication efforts. As a key member of the UAA Advising (UAAA) leadership team, the assistant director shares responsibility for effectively managing academic advising for current and prospective UW students.

November 10, 2022

15-seconds at a time: Academic Support Programs [video]

Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Video still of Ryan Burt

  In this video, Academic Support Programs Director Ryan Burt takes on the challenge of explaining Academic Support Programs in less than 15 seconds at a time. “15 Seconds at a Time” is a series in which different Undergraduate Academic Affairs programs explain their work in bite-sized bursts. Academic Support Programs, located at the UW…

September 28, 2022

This autumn, let us begin again

Ed Taylor

Photo of Vice Provost and Dean Ed Taylor

The leaves change together, just as our students transform together through a common experience of learning at this point in time and at this public institution. The turning of the leaves, a new school year, new students coming to campus: It is hopeful and gives us all an opportunity to begin again. In Undergraduate Academic…

September 22, 2022

Emily Kolby named director for First Year Curriculum and Engagement

Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Emily Kolby

Undergraduate Academic Affairs is pleased to welcome Emily Kolby to her new appointment as director of First Year Curriculum and Engagement. Kolby identifies First Year Programs’ guiding principles of intentionality, collaboration, equity and access as essential to the work of serving students. She believes that with continuing the work of intentionally connecting with each student, that the program can create full and holistic first year experiences.

September 19, 2022

15 Seconds at a Time: Undergraduate Research Program [video]

Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Photo of Sophie Pierszalowski

In this video, Undergraduate Research Program Director Sophie Pierszalowski takes on the challenge of explaining the Undergraduate Research Program in less than 15 seconds at a time. “15 Seconds at a Time” is a series in which various Undergraduate Academic Affairs programs explain their work in bite-sized bursts.

September 9, 2022

Creating your UW academic adventure

Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Image of trees with fall colors and students walking through the Quad.

Editor’s note: This story is not meant to be read straight through. Read a section, make your choice and see what part of your academic adventure unfolds next. 1 It’s your first quarter at the UW! You feel very motivated and excited by the possibilities of a big university and living on your own for…

August 12, 2022

An act of bridging

Ed Taylor

Photo of Ed Taylor talking via a computer.

Vice Provost and Dean Ed Taylor speaks to his recent experience co-chairing the Mind and Life’s 2022 Summer Research Institute, the act of bridging and the greater purpose for a public research university and our work here at Undergraduate Academic Affairs.

August 9, 2022

15 Seconds at a Time: The CELE Center [video]

Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Video still of Fran Lo

In this video, CELE Center Executive Director Francesca Lo takes on the challenge of explaining the UW Community Engagement Center and Leadership Education (CELE) Center in less than 15 seconds at a time.

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