Faculty & Staff

June 4, 2018

Best lesson ever

What if your class schedule put you in a room with all of this year's best teachers?


Rethinking drugs

Ingrid Walker wants to change the way media and government frame our perceptions about illicit drugs, and the people who use them.


March 4, 2018

The man who made us look

Psychology professor Anthony Greenwald developed the Implicit Association Test, a rapid-fire survey that reveals the biases that lurk inside us.


September 14, 2017

Drama king

Tim Bond, '83, returns to the School of Drama as a professor.


August 31, 2017

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The Cole role model

The UW proudly presents Bill Cole with the inaugural Distinguished Teaching Legacy Award.


July 28, 2017

Roger Sale, UW English professor

'A genuine citizen'

Roger Sale was one of those professors who changed lives.


June 19, 2017

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Campus groomer

"I would have laughed hysterically if you told me 20 years ago I’d be doing this."


June 1, 2017

Of the highest grade

Celebrating the 2017 teachers of the year.


May 23, 2017

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World of difference

From mentoring students to training allies, faculty of color can measure their success in many ways.


February 26, 2017

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Jacob Lawrence at 100

From his debut in the New York art scene in the 1930s, Jacob Lawrence explored the everyday conditions of the African American working class.


September 1, 2016

Introducing Shwetak Patel

He's one of the brightest thinkers you'll ever meet. Writer Julie Garner pays him a house call and confirms that, yes, he puts his inventions and gadgets to work, but she finds out a whole lot more.


Personal question

Amelia Gavin’s great-grandmother lost two sets of twins in their infancies, a fact that haunts the social scientist as she studies the relationships of race, depression, stress and disparities in babies’ health at birth. 


June 1, 2016

Fueled by a liberal arts education

“I’m always looking for ways to show the value of a liberal arts education for thinking critically, connecting the dots.”


Best of the best

They play racquetball. Were college DJs. Starred in Alice in Wonderland. Love to paraglide, run, cook, write and travel. Here’s your chance to meet our teachers of the year.


Crossing the aisle to save lives

UW faculty member Jennifer Stuber is part of a bipartisan effort to prevent suicides.


March 1, 2016

Give Me 5

The oldest of six girls, the former basketball player helps student-athletes — from the burliest linebacker to the tiniest gymnast — deal with life, sports and school.


War is sexy. Huh?

David Shields, author, essayist and UW English professor, takes the New York Times to task in his book, "War Is Beautiful."


Saadia Pekkanen watches for threats above the sky

The Jackson School's associate director says space security depends on international cooperation.


December 1, 2015

An unprecedented president

She is the first woman, first Latina and the first in a long while to be promoted from within to lead the University of Washington.


Character: Elise Ray

She had a rough time at the Olympics, but she recovered to help young athletes succeed.


'Scarface' found

A team of scientists has identified a new species of “pre-mammal” based on fossils unearthed in Zambia’s Luangwa Basin in 2009. Its discoverers include Christian Sidor, UW professor of biology and curator of vertebrate paleontology at the Burke Museum.


Filthy friends

Geomorphologist David Montgomery finds the dirt is full of friendly germs.


September 1, 2015

The CoMotion Commitment

While the UW is known for its groundbreaking research, it has not been perceived as spry or supportive in leveraging the expertise of its faculty. Vikram Jandhyala has set out to change that.


Relationships first

Genetic ethicist Wylie Burke keeps people in mind as she studies advances in medicine and public health.


June 1, 2015

Top teachers

They walk into a classroom that is filled with a sea of anxious faces. Expectations run high. They take a deep breath and off they go—the process of molding students into scholars is what teachers do everyday. With the greatest of ease? Hardly. Only some have the chops to rise above the rest. Introducing this year’s best of the best.


Character: Mary Larson

The Harborview nurse barters her portraits to help the homeless in Seattle.


A startling find

Since she was a student in pharmacy school, Shelly Gray has felt a strong connection to the situation many elderly patients find themselves in: “I was struck by how many different medications older adults are taking, as well as their struggle with trying to keep those medications straight,” she recalls.


March 1, 2015

'I am art'

“I am not a painter or a sculptor or a glass artist. I am art.” Anyone familiar with the work of American Indian Studies professor Marvin Oliver understands that this is not an egotistical statement, but a reflection of a vision that embraces an astonishing range of materials, styles and techniques.


December 1, 2014

Ombudswhat?

Ombudsman is Swedish for “the people’s advocate.” In 1968, the UW became one of the nation’s first universities to appoint an Ombud. Chuck Sloane looks forward to being part of a long legacy.


Curriculum inventor

As Carrie Tzou wondered how biology—her major—could be more engaging, she decided to see how she could design ways to improve teaching. Today, it is her career focus.


September 1, 2014

Book store lifer

Louise Little is a University Book Store icon. She started 34 years ago as a cashier and is now CEO. But it all started when she read Nancy Drew as a kid.


Life on stage

Scott Magelssen has had more lives than an accident-prone cat, thanks to interactive simulations.


June 1, 2014

Teachers of the year

Why do we come to the UW? To learn. Lucky for us, we had the chance to meet the exceptional teachers honored here. They didn’t just teach us course material or put us on the path to a career. They inspired us. Challenged us. Pushed us. Opened our minds. Made us be our best.


March 1, 2014

Cultural curator

A trip in 1988 ignited Sven Haakanson's passion for preserving indigenous culture. Now he's the new Curator of Native American Anthropology at the Burke Museum of Natural History.


December 1, 2013

Healthy tech

Julie Kientz's sense of discovery spawned a career predicated on using technology to help others and improve their health.


In good hands

Catching up with Dr. Denzil Suite, the new Vice President for Student Life, on eyeing Seattle, serving students and getting lost.


September 1, 2013

Career pursuit

Now, thanks to a four-year $6.7 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Shiu-Lok Hu is part of an international network of scientists dedicated to designing and advancing promising new HIV vaccine candidates to clinical trials.


On Dubs' mind

Getting a little snout time with DUBS, the UW’s 13th live mascot, a 4-year-old Alaskan Malamute who gets to move back into Husky Stadium beginning with the season opener Aug. 31 with Boise State.


June 1, 2013

Global perspective

Divya McMillin became director of UW Tacoma’s Global Honors in 2009. Founded in 2004, the campus-specific program offers upper-division seminars that focus on global themes and issues.


March 1, 2013

Power of storytelling

A W.B. Yeats quote greets soldiers as they enter the classroom of Shawn Wong at Joint Base Lewis-McChord on a frosty, fall morning: “Write about yourself when you are most like yourself.”


September 1, 2012

Stat star

Awards and honors aren’t what it’s about for the School of Public Health’s Daniela Witten, assistant professor in the nation’s No. 1 rated Biostatistics Department. She’s in it for the work.


December 1, 2011

The kids' advocate

Catching up with Adie Simmons, ’88, Founding Director, Washington State Office of the Education Ombudsman.


Futuristic fellow

Shwetak Patel, a UW assistant professor in computer science & engineering and electrical engineering for the past three years, has been honored as one of this year’s MacArthur Fellows.


June 1, 2010

Top-notch teachers

The seven recipients of the Distinguished Teaching Award and one recipient of the Marsha L. Landolt Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award share the ability to inspire students to incredible heights.


December 1, 2009

Remembering Rwanda

For 12 years, the Rwanda war crimes trials have dragged on as a United Nations-sponsored tribunal attempts to bring to justice those responsible for the killing of 800,000 Rwandans during 100 horrific days in 1994. A team headed by UW Information School Professor Batya Friedman is working to make sure the world never forgets.


September 1, 2009

Reaching out

“Where can you make the biggest difference?” It’s a question Annie Lam, ’97, senior lecturer in the University of Washington Department of Pharmacy, asks rhetorically, but her answer has been demonstrated clearly over the course of her UW career.


June 1, 2009

Teachers of the year, 2009

The seven recipients of this year’s Distinguished Teaching Awards represent the broadest range of disciplines, from English to maxillofacial surgery. But they all have one thing in common: the ability to hold their students spellbound.


Professor of innocence

Since 1997, when Professor Jackie McMurtrie established the Innocence Project Northwest Clinic at the UW School of Law, she and her students have helped exonerate 13 wrongfully convicted people. 


December 1, 2008

Pepper protection

In a recent study of wild chili plants in Bolivia, researchers discovered that spice levels increase in peppers growing in areas threatened by fungus-carrying insects.


Clean and green

If, in 15 years, you’re driving a car powered by pond scum, you’ll probably have Rose Ann Cattolico to thank. The UW biology professor thinks algae is the most promising source of alternative energy out there.


Brilliance unleashed

With the recruitment of luminaries like Michael Hochberg, the UW is fast becoming a nanophotonics powerhouse.


Election wrap

David Domke, head of journalism at the UW, spoke with Columns Co-Editor Eric McHenry on Nov. 6 about the presidential campaign that had ended two days earlier


September 1, 2008

Teachers of the year, 2008

The seven winners of the UW’s Distinguished Teaching Award talk about what happens in their celebrated classrooms.


September 1, 2007

Star searcher

Finding the best time to buy plane tickets is just one of the amazing Web search breakthroughs created by Oren Etzioni.


Genetics prize winner

According to the Gruber Foundation, the human genome would have been “an impossible jigsaw puzzle” without the work of UW Medicine and Genome Sciences Professor Maynard Olson.


June 1, 2007

Extra credit

A great university has great teachers. This year, the UW honors seven instructors from three campuses who have touched the lives of thousands.


Direct approach

The new dean of the UW College of Engineering doesn’t have an engineering degree. But that’s not the only surprising aspect of Matt O’Donnell.


September 1, 2006

Making his name

Though he was thrust into the spotlight after his father, "Today Show" movie critic Gene Shalit, sparked nationwide controversy, Seattle physician Peter Shalit, ’81, ’90, doesn’t need a media flap for attention—his reputation and credentials stand on their own.