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Academic Affairs

The Office of Academic Affairs coordinates reviews of existing academic programs and of new graduate degree and certificate proposals for all three campuses.

Kima Cargill, associate dean for Academic Affairs & Planning

Additional support

Academic Affairs staff also review and modify graduate program policies; coordinate the activities of the Graduate School Council; provide oversight and support for the Graduate School’s interdisciplinary programs, and support new academic initiatives.

  • Program review information and schedule
  • Creating or modifying programs
  • Graduate School Council
  • Graduate School Policies & Procedures
  • Interdisciplinary Programs

Location and General Contact

307 Loew Hall (map →)

For more information on these topics, please visit our Graduate School Faculty & Staff site.


Kima Cargill 
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs | 206.685.0662
Assistant: Jennifer Phipps | 206.685.3519

Kima Cargill oversees the Office of Academic Affairs for the Graduate School. In this capacity, she chairs the Graduate School Council and works closely with excellent staff and faculty colleagues on all three campuses to conduct academic program reviews, and work with academic units to develop new graduate degrees and certificates.

Academic Affairs Staff

David Canfield-Budde
Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs
interdisciplinary programs; international graduate program development; graduate policy | 206.685.6664

David provides advocacy and oversight for the Graduate School’s interdisciplinary programs as well as engagement with the Graduate School Council around academic policy development. Focusing on collaboration with the interdisciplinary program chairs, directors and staff, David brings a deep understanding of the institution to the table to advise, support, and advocate for interdisciplinary education in the Graduate School. He also advises on international academic partnerships at the graduate level.

Chris Partridge
Director of Academic Program Review
academic program review oversight; strategic initiatives; graduate policy | 206.543.9973

Chris oversees the Academic Program Review process for undergraduate and graduate degree programs across all three campuses. His position requires expertise in organizational behavior, policy design, and implementation to support both the Dean and Associate Dean of the Graduate School on a portfolio of strategic projects. In addition, he collaborates with the Graduate School Council and academic unit leadership across the institution on various policy initiatives.

Simon Reeve-Parker

Program Operations Specialist
graduate program advisor and program administrator for the interdisciplinary Near & Middle Eastern Studies Ph.D., Interdisciplinary Urban Design & Planning Ph.D., and the Interdisciplinary Individual Ph.D. | 206.543.6398

Simon works closely with faculty directors and students in the Interdisciplinary Near & Middle Eastern Studies Ph.D., Interdisciplinary Urban Design & Planning Ph.D., and Interdisciplinary Individual Ph.D. programs. He ensures all the operations that support student progress and a fulfilling experience in these programs are robust and effective. Simon coordinates and supports faculty meetings, seminars, symposia and a range of initiatives for students. Finally, he collaborates with Graduate School staff and colleagues across the UW to foster comprehensive support for these three interdisciplinary programs.

Katie Beisel Hollenbach
Curriculum Specialist I 206-685-3704

Katie liaises with academic units, the Graduate Council, and other stakeholders to manage the institutional review and approval of new and revised graduate academic programs across all three UW campuses. She provides guidance for proposing units on curriculum content, policies, and procedures.

Jennifer Phipps
Assistant to the Associate Deans
graduate faculty; graduate school council; student grievances; reimbursements; budget reconciliations | 206.685.3519

Jennifer provides executive support for the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. She also supports logistics for Academic Program Reviews and the Graduate School Council meetings, including developing the agenda, meeting notes and maintaining the Graduate School Council’s archives. Jennifer also manages the scheduling and resolution of graduate student academic grievances and maintains updates on the Office of Academic Affairs webpage.

Ann Busche
Academic Program Review Specialist
Academic Program Reviews

Ann coordinates day-to-day logistics and communications for each academic program review. She also assists the Director of Academic Program Review and Strategy with producing official program review documentation, developing and improving process policy, and liaising with academic units regarding all phases of the academic program review process.

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