The College’s executive staff is comprised of faculty and staff with years—in some cases, decades—of leadership experience. Nearly all faculty on the executive staff honed their administrative skills as department chairs before joining the Dean’s Office. These leaders have excelled as administrators, researchers, and teachers; more than half have earned UW recognition awards for their teaching and mentoring of students.
Robert Stacey, Dean of Arts and Sciences
Stacey, professor of history, has served as dean since January 2013, after one year as interim dean, four years as the College’s divisional dean of arts and humanities and an earlier stint as divisional dean of the social sciences. Since joining the UW faculty in 1988, Stacey has held numerous administrative posts, including chairing the Department of History, serving on the Faculty Senate, heading the UW’s Advisory Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics, and chairing the University Academic Council. Stacey’s scholarly work focuses on the history of Jews in medieval England. In 1997, he received the UW Distinguished Teaching Award. In addition to his other duties, Stacey has been a popular speaker at the UW Alumni Association’s lecture series.
Judith Howard, Divisional Dean of Social Sciences
Howard, professor of sociology and adjunct professor of gender, women & sexuality studies, joined the Dean’s Office in 2005 as divisional dean of social sciences. She served as chair of the Department of Women Studies (now Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies) from 2001 to 2005. Her research focuses on social psychology, especially social cognition; sociology of gender; intersections of race, class, gender and sexuality; and pedagogy. In 2001, she received the UW Distinguished Mentor Award.
Werner Stuetzle, Divisional Dean of Natural Sciences
Stuetzle, professor of statistics with an adjunct appointment in computer science and engineering, joined the Dean’s Office in 2006 as divisional dean of natural sciences. He served as chair of the Department of Statistics from 1994 to 2002. His research focuses on computing environments for data analysis; scientific visualization; 3-dimensional photography; and machine learning.
Michael Shapiro, Divisional Dean of Humanities
Shapiro, Professor of Asian Languages and Literature and Adjunct Professor of Linguistics, has served as interim divisional dean of humanities since January 2012. He also served as chair of the Department of Asian Languages and Literature from 1992 to 1997 and from 2005 to 2010. A specialist in South Asian languages, his teaching and research deal with the linguistic structures of Hindi and related languages, as well as with the analysis and interpretation of works of Indian literature.
Betsy Cooper, Divisional Dean of Arts
Cooper, associate professor of dance and Thomas L. and Margo G. Wyckoff Endowed Faculty Fellow, joined the Dean’s Office as interim dean of arts in January 2012, and continues to serve as director of UW Dance Program, a post she has held since 2001. Cooper remains active as a performer and choreographer. Her scholarly research investigates the intersections of dance and politics, arts censorship, and technique pedagogy. In 2004, she received the UW Distinguished Teaching Award.
Steve Majeski, Associate Dean for Research Administration and Infrastructure
Majeski, professor of political science, has served as associate dean for research administration and infrastructure since 2010 and previously chaired the Department of Political Science from 2000 to 2009. His research interests include international conflict and cooperation, U.S. foreign policy, computational modeling, and experimental group decision-making. He frequently comments for the local media regarding US foreign policy issues.
Sarah Keller, Associate Dean for Research Activities
Keller, professor of chemistry, joined the Dean’s Office as associate dean for research activities in 2010. She is a biophysicist who investigates self-assembling soft condensed matter systems. Her recent research focuses on how simple lipid mixtures within bilayer membranes give rise to complex phase behavior. Research awards that she has received include an NSF CAREER Award, a Cottrell Scholar Award, an Avanti Young Investigator Award, a Margaret Oakley Dayhoff Award, election to the Washington State Academy of Sciences, and fellowship in the American Physical Society. In 2006, she received the UW Distinguished Teaching Award.
Kevin Mihata, Assistant Dean for Educational Programs
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Linda Nelson, Director of Finance and Administration
Candice Douglass, Director of Marketing and Communication