UW Graduate School

Academic Affairs & Planning Office

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

For general inquiries, contact us at gsacad@uw.edu or 206.685.3519.


Kima Cargill
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & Planning
kcargill@uw.edu | 206.685.0662
assistant: Jennifer Phipps gsacad@uw.edu | 206.685.3519

Kima Cargill oversees the Office of Academic Affairs and Planning 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 & Planning Staff


David Canfield-Budde
Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs & Planning
interdisciplinary programs; international graduate program development; graduate policy
dacan@uw.edu | 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.


Becky Corriell
Director of Academic Program Review & Strategy
academic program review oversight; strategic initiatives; graduate policy
bfran3@uw.edu | 206.685.5428

Becky oversees the Academic Program Review process for undergraduate and graduate degree programs across all three campuses. She utilizes her 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, she collaborates with the Graduate School Council and academic unit leadership across the institution on various policy initiatives.

Whitney Bennett
Program Operations Specialist
graduate program advisor and program administrator for the interdisciplinary Near & Middle Eastern Studies PhD, interdisciplinary Urban Design & Planning PhD, and the interdisciplinary Individual PhD
wbennett@uw.edu | 206.543.6398

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


Chris Partridge
Curriculum Specialist
new program proposals; curriculum revisions; graduate policy
chrisrp@uw.edu | 206.543.9973

Chris provides oversight for the development, review and approval of proposals for new graduate degree and graduate certificate programs. In addition, Chris provides oversight for the review, approval and coordination of proposals for curriculum revisions of graduate degree programs. These responsibilities involve the three University campuses.

Jennifer Phipps
Assistant to the Associate Deans
graduate faculty; graduate school council; student grievances; reimbursements; budget reconciliations
gsacad@uw.edu | 206.685.3519

Jennifer provides executive support for the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & Planning. 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 & Planning webpage.

Academic Program Review Specialist
(Position currently vacant)
Academic Program Reviews

The Academic Program Review Specialist coordinates day-to-day logistics and communications for each academic program review. They also assist 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.