Faculty & Staff

September 30, 2020

Campus ambassador

Our sketchbook profiles Alice Lee, manager of the UW Visitors Center.

September 16, 2020

Book takes honors

A book by UW Tacoma Assistant Professor Emily Thuma won the 2020 Lambda Literary Award for LGBT Studies.

Being there

For many older Americans, the rhythms of every day have not just changed during the COVID-19 pandemic; they have stopped.

September 11, 2020

Beauty by all accounts

To experience the true beauty of the University of Washington’s Seattle campus, look no further than the photographs of Loyd Heath.

Values and victories

Jennifer Cohen started working at the UW athletic department in 1998 and was promoted to athletic director in 2016.

Our lives, disrupted

We asked three UW experts—a historian, a leader in education and an expert in infectious disease—how we might use this time of challenge and change to plan for a better future.

August 21, 2020

Make fine art with a UW professor, from his kitchen to yours

The chair of UW’s Printmaking Program designed a popular new class during the pandemic, stamping out doubt about how effective remote learning can be.

August 4, 2020

Stars in her eyes

Astronomer Emily Levesque’s new book shares the wonder of stargazing—and the adventures it’s taken her on.

June 26, 2020

Radical listening

Ralina Joseph, professor of communication and director of the UW Center for Communication, Difference, and Equity, is leading exercises in “radical listening."

June 14, 2020

Impact from afar

The UW faculty are impactful even when they find themselves having to venture into uncomfortable territory. They “flatten the curve” while still producing and disseminating knowledge.

June 11, 2020

Screen gems

Sheltering in place against the novel coronavirus prevented us from photographing our Teachers of the Year as we always do—in person. So we captured them the way students saw them during spring quarter.

June 4, 2020

Her work spans oceans

Jacqueline Padilla-Gamiño studies issues such as global environmental change, ocean acidification and microplastics in the ocean.

Stat keeper

Craig Heyamoto, ’75, ’78, has compiled stats for UW football and basketball since the 1970s. Today, he is in charge of the UW stats crew.

The joy of rereading

Like a good friendship, your relationship with a book can become richer as you get to know it better.

Ahead of the curve

Fast, accurate COVID-19 testing quickly went into effect here, thanks to the heroic efforts of UW Medicine faculty and staff.

May 14, 2020

Dangerous cells

Professor Dan Berger says incarcerated people must be freed to halt virus spread.

May 12, 2020

Vision for indigenizing

Charlotte Coté, this year’s Samuel E. Kelly Distinguished Faculty Lecturer, offers her thoughts on weaving Native understanding into the fabric of the UW.

May 4, 2020

Grant backs Indigenous vision

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation granted $1.8 million to the center to support students and research.

March 30, 2020

Bonjour, Paris

Meredith Clausen, an architectural historian, shares her Paris apartments with UW scholars.

March 24, 2020

Hummingbird man

What makes hummingbirds so fascinating? We asked UW expert Alejandro Rico-Guevara.

March 10, 2020

For an informed public

The UW's Center for an Informed Public is a response to the rise in disinformation and erosion of trust in our most basic societal institutions.

December 4, 2019

Seeing himself in the science

Ecologist Christopher Schell believes that tapping into who he is as a person makes his research better.

December 3, 2019

Happy hints

Recommendations from social psychologist Tabitha Kirkland, whose research explores strategies that nurture our happiness.

November 24, 2019

Building the bones

Chip Lydum, ’84, parlayed a journalism job into a prominent role in Husky athletics.

Becoming a Husky

The University of Washington's admissions process is vetted and values-driven to produce a talented, diverse student body.

Legacy of ‘No-No Boy’

Decades ago, he built a foundation for Asian American literature; now, a UW professor is still protecting an alumnus’s classic novel.

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

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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

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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


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


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.

The lost branch

By reviving a language on the brink of extinction, a history professor preserves the memory of family members who died in the Holocaust.

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.”

Virtual guardian

Tadayoshi Kohno’s efforts to stop hackers are the stuff of science fiction movies.

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.