Appointed by the provost, the vice provost and dean is the leading advocate for graduate students and graduate education at the UW. The dean directs the many services and resources that the Graduate School offers to support graduate students and their success, as well as the processes that guarantee the high quality of the UW’s academic programs. In collaboration with deans and faculty in schools and colleges throughout the University, the graduate dean raises money to support graduate students and programs, as well as demonstrates the significant impact that graduate education has throughout our communities.
Rebecca Aanerud, interim dean
Support for Students
Graduate Enrollment Management Services
(Admissions and Student Services)
9–10 a.m., Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday
noon–2 p.m., Monday through Friday
3:30–5 p.m., Monday through Friday
10 a.m.–noon, Monday through Friday
2–3 p.m., Monday through Friday
* To schedule an appointment with a GEMS advisor, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 206.685.2630.
Graduate Enrollment Management Services provide information and support to applicants to most master’s and doctoral degree programs, including those with visiting graduate and graduate non-matriculated status. (Applications to professional programs in the Medical School (M.D.), Law School (J.D.), Dental School (D.D.S.) and Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) are processed separately by each of those schools.)
Graduate Enrollment Management Services also facilitates completion of master’s and doctoral degrees by assisting graduate students, faculty and staff in understanding and implementing many of the policies, requirements and procedures relating to the completion of these degrees.
Fellowship and Awards staff administer regional and federal fellowship and scholarship programs which require Graduate School involvement, including the application process for Fulbright and other international and research abroad programs for students and faculty, and fellowships funded by private gifts to the University. The staff also administer discretionary tuition waivers and explains and monitors policy concerning graduate student appointments.
Academic Affairs and Planning contributes to the University’s educational and research missions by conducting reviews of existing academic programs and reviewing new graduate degree and certificate proposals for all three campuses. The Academic Affairs and Planning staff also reviews and modifies graduate program policies, coordinates the activities of the Graduate School Council, and provides oversight for the Graduate School’s interdisciplinary programs.
Kima Cargill, interim associate dean for Academic Affairs & Planning
The Graduate School provides advocacy, management, and an administrative home for integrative interdisciplinary programs. We partner with faculty across multiple colleges, schools, campuses, and partner institutions to support educational activities that cut across administrative boundaries and where the diversity of faculty interests and expertise cannot easily be represented by a single chair, dean, or chancellor.
David Canfield-Budde, assistant dean for academic affairs & planning
In support of the University’s outreach, recruitment and retention of ethnic minority and other underrepresented graduate students, GO-MAP presents networking and professional development opportunities for graduate students throughout the academic year, in collaboration with graduate programs and campus units. GO-MAP’s recruitment efforts include sponsoring a series of Prospective Student Days, in which admitted graduate students visit the Seattle campus as they weigh the UW’s offer of admission. The National Name Exchange is a UW Graduate School-coordinated database involving more than 50 institutions nationwide that share names of 7,000 exceptional minority undergraduates who are interested in graduate study.
Core Programs offers professional development and support for graduate students in the form of workshops, events and online content, such as guides covering how to find a mentor, select a lab and look for a job in academia. Grad School Prep is a for-credit course offered most quarters for undergraduates and returning students who are considering graduate school. The course addresses how to identify graduate programs that fit students’ goals and how to craft strong applications.
The Center for Teaching and Learning is a collaboration of the Graduate School, UW Libraries and Undergraduate Academic Affairs that brings together individuals, departments and communities to share best practices and evidence-based research on teaching, learning and mentoring. The center offers training to graduate students who are teaching assistants and research assistants, as well as supports and promotes innovation in teaching among the faculty.
The Graduate School’s public lecture series, funded by the Jessie and John Danz, Walker-Ames and Mary Ann and John D. Mangels endowments, shares the UW’s academic expertise with general audiences through lectures that are promoted in collaboration with the UW Alumni Association. Lecturers have included educator Geoffrey Canada, author Amy Tan, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and statistician Nate Silver.
The advancement team aims to increase philanthropic gifts benefiting all UW graduate students. We focus on graduate education giving opportunities that transcend disciplinary boundaries and impact the entire University. Specifically, our advancement efforts focus on enhancing and supporting diversity, interdisciplinary programs, recruitment of top students and the UW Press. We also work closely with the UW Press development team to augment their efforts to generate private support for the publication of outstanding scholarly books.
The communications team conveys the Graduate School’s commitment to diversity and graduate students’ success by supporting fundraising, recruitment and retention and professional development efforts. We direct, design, create and maintain our online presence that serves the Graduate School’s audiences. In addition, we gather, coordinate and disseminate information of interest and importance to UW graduate students, Graduate School staff, University leaders, the UW campus and the community, and collaborate with units campus-wide to share content and cross-promote news and successes. Communications vehicles include the Graduate School website, social media channels, regular enewsletters to grad students and staff, public presentations and institutional reporting.
Computer Services develops and maintains databases to support institutional research and reporting, and computer applications such as MyGradProgram and the application for graduate admission. Staff members serve on university-wide committees that address graduate institutional research and computing/technology issues.