Faculty & Staff

September 2, 2019

Saving time

Benefits to daylight saving time? Let me shine some light on the ways it makes life better.

June 3, 2019

House Party

We partied like students with the winners of the 2019 Distinguished Teaching Awards.

Energy’s new wave

Converting ocean waves into electricity poses challenges—and promise.

April 20, 2019

The ways we see

Professor Stephanie Fryberg draws on her own life to build support for Indigenous children

March 12, 2019


How UW research convinced our state's highest court to toss out the death penalty.

December 7, 2018

Thanks, Professor Banks

‘The Father of Multicultural Education’ is retiring after 50 years.

December 1, 2018

Powerhouses of poetry

Over the last half century, some of the greatest poets have come to the UW to perform their works.

November 30, 2018

Give Me 5: Michael Callahan

Michael Callahan rowed for UW from 1992-96, competed in the ’04 Olympics and has coached the men’s crew team since 2007.

October 10, 2018

Beyond the confines of campus

A faculty leader shares her view of the future.

October 4, 2018

Seattle’s public policy professor

Remembering scholar, civic leader and former dean Hubert Locke.

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

The Cole role model

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

July 28, 2017

'A genuine citizen'

Roger Sale was one of those professors who changed lives.

June 19, 2017

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

World of difference

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

February 26, 2017

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


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.

June 1, 2012

Top teachers

The 2012 recipients of this University of Washington’s prestigious teaching awards may be from fields ranging from social work to surgery, but one thing they have in common is their ability to inspire students.

March 1, 2012

Belief in teaching

A passion for excellence in education led to a career as a UW professor and now an administrator.

The Dawgmother

The founding director of UW Student Athlete Academic Services is the recipient of the 2012 Charles Odegaard Award for her work on behalf of diversity.

New wisdom on teeth

Dr. Greg Huang, Chairman of the UW Department of Orthodontics, says, that for those whose wisdom teeth are developing normally, a watchful waiting approach may be reasonable.

Taming the saxophone

The Broctave Key—the first U.S. patented invention from one of the UW Arts divisions—is now on its way to being manufactured.

Breaking barriers

Thaddeus Spratlen and Lois Price Sratlen, ’76, UW emeritus professors who broke barriers and raised the bar for women and people of color in higher education, have presented the UW with a $1 million lifetime gift.

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.

September 1, 2011

Denny's legacy

Many Husky families have UW roots that go back generations, but no one has deeper roots than Brewster Denny.

June 1, 2011

Karma Hadjimichalakis, 1944-2011

Karma Hadjimichalakis was a principal lecturer in business economics and finance in the UW’s Foster School of Business and one of the University’s most beloved teachers.

Up to the challenge

With an adventurer’s spirit, Michael Young plans to make the UW a leader in solving the public higher education funding model.

Maestro steps aside

Matt Krashan, the UW’s maestro of music, dance and more, will retire in September from his position as director of the UW World Series, a program that is recognized nationally for its excellence and innovation in the performing arts.

Off to Libya

Ali Tarhouni, a senior lecturer in the Foster School of Business, told his microeconomics class that despite the death sentence on his head, he would be moving back to Libya, his homeland.

2011's top teachers

The seven recipients of the Distinguished Teaching Award and the one recipient of the Marsha L. Landolt Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award cover the spectrum of subject matter.

March 1, 2011

On the radar

Cliff Mass is perhaps the most conspicuous weather guru in the Northwest and heir to former TV weatherman Harry Wappler’s local fame.

December 1, 2010

Market ready

Ideas generated in the academy are creating real-world revenue.

Penguin pad

Dee Boersma and her team spent the last three weeks of September in the Galápagos Islands, building 120 nests for the endangered Galápagos penguins.

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.

June 1, 2008

UW honors

The University will honor 25 individuals this year as part of the annual UW awards program.

‘Genius’ at work

Yoky Matsuoka, who directs the UW’s Neurobiotics Laboratory, was recognized with a $500,000 “genius grant” from the MacArthur Foundation.

December 1, 2007

Strong medicine

Some governments may shun his straight talk, but Chris Murray's prescriptions for global health could ultimately help all of us live better and longer.

Who stays, who goes?

If you think that job satisfaction is the only reason you haven't left your workplace, think again, say two UW business professors.

3 ‘Geniuses’

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation named three members of the UW community recipients of its famous "genius" awards Sept. 24.

UW ceramic arts program is in good hands with Patti Warashina

The UW’s ceramic arts program is ranked among the top five in the nation. Ceramic artist Patti Warashina, ’62, ’64, is one of the reasons why. She taught at the UW for 25 years before retiring early to take care of her husband and fellow ceramicist Bob Sperry, who was dying of cancer. Warashina’s own...

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.

June 1, 2006

Magnificent 7

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

Starting over

Education is not a manufacturing process. It can seem messy and wasteful, but it also transforms lives. The system forgives false starts and changes in direction.

December 1, 2005

Q&A: Phyllis Wise

A graduate of Swarthmore College and the University of Michigan, Provost Phyllis Wise took over the UW’s No. 2 leadership position in August 2005.

Anthony Qamar, 1943-2005

When he wasn’t in the classroom teaching applied seismology or on location at the crater of Mount St. Helens tracking seismic activity, Anthony Qamar could often be found on the IMA climbing wall. Even at the age of 62, Qamar, a research professor of Earth and space sciences at the UW, made some of the fittest grad students a little jealous.

September 1, 2005

High-tech art

When the UW’s Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media (DXARTS) started four years ago, it set the standard for digital arts education and became the envy of other institutions around the world.

June 1, 2005

Top Dawgs

More than 175 faculty have been given a UW Distinguished Teaching Award since 1970, and this year seven more from Seattle, Bothell and Tacoma join their ranks. In addition, the UW salutes 12 other professors, graduate students and staff members for their public service and teaching excellence.

June 1, 2004

Class of distinction

Since 1970, the University of Washington has honored its best teachers for striving to bring knowledge to the next generation.

High gear

Three decades after he said good-bye to his Sprite, Mark Emmert will be taking the wheel of a huge educational enterprise that has hit some potholes recently in its sports program and academic medical center.

James Clowes, 1957-2004

Lecturer James Clowes, ’96, who helped revolutionize the University of Washington’s history program, died of cancer March 1, 2004. He was 47.

Mark Emmert's homecoming

In a classic tale of local boy makes good, Mark Emmert rose from a modest background to remarkable success at the helm of two public universities. Now he faces the greatest challenge of his career — president of his alma mater.