2016-17 Faculty Promotions

Dear Colleagues,

We have completed our annual processes for faculty who have been considered for promotion and, where appropriate, tenure. I am very pleased to share with you the wonderful news that Assistant Professors Dan Berger, Shauna Carlisle, Min Chen, Johanna Crane, Tadesse Ghirmai, Kristina Hillesland, Deanna Kennedy, Santiago Lopez, Christopher Wade, and Woon Jong Yoon have been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure; Associate Professors Wayne Au, S. Charusheela, Butch de Castro, and Selina Mohammed have been promoted to Professor; Associate Professor WOT Jody Early has been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure; Lecturers Kim Gunnerson and Kristin Gustafson have been promoted to Senior Lecturer; and Senior Lecturers Rebecca Aanerud and David Goldstein have been promoted to Principal Lecturer. These decisions stand as recognition of the excellence and nationally-recognized significance of their teaching, research, and service, and the value of their contributions to the University of Washington Bothell.

Let me say a bit about each of their accomplishments


Assistant Professor to Associate Professor with Tenure

Dan Berger, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
Dr. Berger’s research and scholarship focus broadly on the field of critical race theory and social movements, with particular emphasis on issues of mass incarceration and resistance to the prison-industrial complex.  Dr. Berger published two books and edited another before his arrival at UW Bothell.  The centerpiece of his scholarship is the 2014 book, Captive Nation: Black Prison Organizing in the Civil Rights Era, published by the University of North Carolina Press.  The book, which was awarded the James A. Rawley Prize by the Organization of American Historians in 2015 (for the best book dealing with the history of race relations in the U.S.) is a study of prisons and black activism between 1955-1980, focusing on the impact of prisons on the black freedom movement and, in exchange, the movement’s impact on prisoner organizing.  Berger argues that prison in the U.S. came to stand as a metaphor for the enduring power of white supremacy and that the arrests of civil rights activists shaped black radical politics during the civil rights era. The book is widely recognized as groundbreaking, and has been called a foundational work in the field of carceral history and interdisciplinary studies. Dr. Berger has established a strong record of teaching success.  He has taught seven different courses since coming to UW Bothell, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Peer evaluations praise Dr. Berger for the rigor of his classes, while simultaneously complimenting him for the ease with which he moves students into discussing difficult and complex issues in the areas of race and carceration.  Dr. Berger has contributed service of substance and significance.  He co-led the revision of the American and Ethnic Studies degree, enrollment in which has doubled since the new curriculum was introduced.  Dr. Berger serves as a reviewer for numerous university presses and peer-reviewed journals, and serves on the advisory board for three journals.


Shauna Carlisle, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
Dr. Carlisle’s research and scholarship focus on understanding health disparities among immigrant populations in the U.S., working at the intersection of the fields of social work and epidemiology.  She pays particular attention to the connections between racialization and stress as impacts on health, particularly for minority immigrant groups. Her research is shaping understanding of the “immigrant health paradox,” under which recent immigrants have better health outcomes than native-born populations, and that health profiles decline the longer groups stay in the U.S.  By comparing health outcomes within racial categories, rather than to majority White populations, Dr. Carlisle’s work contributes to revising public health’s use of racial categories in studying risk factors for illness and health outcomes. Dr. Carlisle’s community-engagement is an asset to the university, the Promotion and Tenure committee calls this work “noteworthy” and concludes that “it indicates a trajectory of teaching that is relevant and responsive to today’s world”. Her commitment to engaging students in research earned her nomination for the UW Bothell Distinguished Undergraduate Research and Creative Practice Mentor Award in 2016.  Dr. Carlisle has contributed service of substance and significance.  She has served on the IAS personnel committee, several search committees, and campus wide committees on community-based learning.  She was the faculty advisor who helped launch the UW Bothell Debate Team.  She has also contributed to curriculum development in three IAS degree programs, particularly in designing community-based curricular engagement.


Min Chen, School of STEM
Dr. Chen’s field of research is multimedia computing, with emphasis in three primary areas:  imbalanced data classification in multimedia event detection, cross-media content integration and structure modeling, and interdisciplinary research on endangered language documentation and analysis.  Her work in imbalanced data classification has been well-received in her field, with almost 400 citations.  She has received numerous awards for her research, including:  the Best Paper Award in 2014 at the IEEE International Conference on Information Reuse and Integration, the IGI Global’s Eighth Annual Excellence in Research Journal Award in 2016, the TCL Research America Award in 2015, and a Microsoft Azure Research Award in 2014.  Dr. Chen has a strong teaching record. She has taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in CSS and is commended by her colleagues for being the first faculty member who has taught successfully in both quantitative and qualitative courses.  Dr. Chen has performed significant service. She has chaired three search committees and now serves as the Chair of the Undergraduate Admissions Committee, a significant role for the Division.  She has a demonstrated commitment to diversity, serving as the School’s representative on the campus wide Diversity Council, serving as a member of the Grace Hopper scholarship review committee, and leading a Women in STEM seminar.  Externally, she has been active in her professional organization, IEEE, serving as co-chair of a symposium and workshop.  She also has served as Associate Editor for the International Journal of Multimedia Engineering and Management as well as serving as a guest editor for a special issue of that journal.   


Johanna Crane, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
Dr. Crane focuses her research and scholarship on the fields of anthropology and health with a focus on Africa. Specifically, she uses anthropological methods to examine the effectiveness of health interventions, looking at ways in which social vectors of power structure assumptions about health interventions work, or, often the case, do not work.  By bridging the gap between scientific and ethnographic perspectives, her work has begun to reshape debates about global disparities in health. One reviewer wrote that Dr. Crane is “one of a handful, literally, of a new generation of medical anthropologists who combine critical analysis with sympathetic engagement in global biomedical endeavors.” Another noted “among the top four or five scholars at a comparable career stage working on medical science in Africa – and probably the most influential one based in North America.” Dr. Crane has established an impressive record of teaching, peer evaluations confirm her effective classroom presence, the rich texture of her syllabi, and the engaging assignments she provides.  In addition, Dr. Crane has been an effective mentor to six students in the MA in Cultural Studies. She has contributed significantly to and played a leadership role in the development of UW Bothell’s Science, Technology, and Society curriculum and contributed as well to developing curriculum in degrees in Global Studies and Cultural Studies. She has served as coordinator of the STS major since 2013. She has served on hiring committees and contributed to cross-School collaborations with colleagues in the School of Nursing and Health Studies.  Within her professional field, she has served as a reviewer for high-ranking journals, including Medial Anthropology Quarterly, Global Public Health, and Social Studies of Science. 


Tadesse Ghirmai, School of STEM
Dr. Ghirmai’s research is in the area of signal processing, specifically algorithms for wireless communication systems.  He has also worked in the area of modeling cascaded systems using non-Gaussian autoregressive processes and in distributed particle filtering for sensor networks. Dr. Ghirmai is recognized as an outstanding teacher, with one student calling him “the standard by which all other Professors should be evaluated.”  Dr. Ghirmai has also exhibited his effectiveness in teaching through his mentorship of eight undergraduate and graduate students in research. Dr. Ghirmai has contributed exceptional service.  He arrived when the Electrical Engineering program was just beginning and played a key role in designing and launching it, including designing and teaching five courses in the Electrical Engineering degree. Importantly, he led the first ABET accreditation process for the new degree, including writing the self-study and organizing the site visit.  A measure of his efforts in this regard is the successful six-year accreditation in the first round. He has served on or chaired multiple committees both within and outside the Division.  He also serves as the faculty advisor to the IEEE student chapter.  Within his profession, he has served as a reviewer for numerous journals in his field.


Kristina Hillesland, School of STEM
Dr. Hillesland’s research and scholarship are in cutting-edge areas of evolutionary biology and microbiology.  Specifically, she studies how microbial species evolve cooperation in different environmental conditions. Her approach of performing replicate evolution experiments in which organisms have the potential to form de novo mutualistic interactions has provided important insights into the origins of this complex evolutionary phenomenon. Dr. Hillesland has devoted herself to becoming a successful teacher. In addition to redesigning courses based on feedback, she has participated in two SGIDs and has attended a national conference on undergraduate education in her field.  The peer evaluations of her teaching show an instructor who is engaged and constantly working on improving her methods for conveying complex subjects to undergraduate students. Dr. Hillesland has exhibited her effectiveness in teaching through her mentorship of thirty-one students who have worked in her lab. For this work, she was selected as one of seven recipients of the 2016 University of Washington Research Mentor Award. .  In addition to contributing to curriculum design, she has served on numerous search committees as well as committees to redesign biology labs and review equipment for teaching labs.  Within her field, she has served as a reviewer for journals in both microbiology and evolutionary biology and for granting agencies in the U.S. and Europe.  She was also recently appointed to the editorial board of the Journal of Applied and Environmental Microbiology.


Deanna Kennedy, School of Business
Dr. Kennedy’s research is in the area of organizational behavior and operations, with an emphasis on employing systems approaches to provide greater perspective on team communication, cognition, and adaptation as they unfold over time, what she summarizes as “team communication and how to manage it,” including team setup and support, team processes, and research methods. She is viewed as one of the thought leaders operating at the intersection” of team dynamics and behavioral operations.  One reviewer commends particularly the multi-disciplinary nature of Dr. Kennedy’s work: “What is even more interesting and really rather impressive and clever about Dr. Kennedy’s work, is that while she continues to publish in very high quality operations management journals, she also publishes in management, psychology, engineering, and technology journals.  This is really hard to do, and she should be commended for this.”  Peer evaluations praise her courses for being well-organized and challenging.  She engages undergraduate students in research and independent studies and supports internships. Dr. Kennedy has performed significant service.  She has served on a number of School committees, including the time-demanding MBA admissions committee for four years. She has also contributed to development of curriculum in her area of operations management.  She was chosen by students in 2012 to be the launching faculty advisor for the Women in Business club, and she has been active in this capacity since that time.  She contributes service to her profession through serving as a reviewer for several journals and conferences; she has also served as a reviewer for the National Science Foundation.


Santiago Lopez, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
Dr. Lopez’s research and scholarship focus in the fields of GIS and geovisualization, environmental geography, and development studies with a focus on Ecuador and Amazonia.  Specifically, he employs the tools of GIS and statistical modeling, along with qualitative methods, to address complex issues in environmental change.  His scholarship has gained recognition for its ability to shine light on the reciprocal influences of human-environment land use and their impact on indigenous communities in the Amazon to high Andes region.  A truly interdisciplinary scholar, Dr. Lopez brings to bear multiple fields in this complex work, ranging from geography to environmental studies to cultural ecology to economics. Dr. Lopez has established an impressive record of teaching success. He combines classroom presentation with applied, hands-on exploration that enable students to gain a broad and effective understanding of environmental geography. In addition to his successful classroom teaching, Dr. Lopez has mentored sixteen undergraduate research students.  Exemplary of UW Bothell’s commitment to engaged student learning, four of those students appear as co-authors on his publications.  He has contributed significantly to and played a leadership role in the development of UW Bothell’s GIS curriculum.  He has also made important contributions to the existing programs in environmental studies and environmental science. He exemplifies the community engagement commitment of UW Bothell through the partnership that he has developed between the campus, the city of Bothell, and organizations in Ecuador.  These partnerships have resulted in high-impact, community-based learning opportunities for UW Bothell students.  Within his professional field, he has served as a reviewer for well-recognized journals in geography, such as Applied Geography and The Geographical Review.


Christopher Wade, School of Nursing and Health Studies
Dr. Wade’s field of research is on the growing public health issue of how people use the increasingly available health data about their genomes to make medical decisions.  He explores this work through multiple key perspectives:  patients in general, young adults, parents who are collecting information about their children’s genome, and clinicians who are using genomic data to devise treatments for patients. Dr. Wade is an effective and successful teacher.  He has taught fourteen different courses since his arrival at UW Bothell, spanning lower division, upper division, and graduate instruction. Peer evaluations comment on his diligence in preparation for courses and on his innovation in teaching practices, such as incorporating clickers into teaching students methods of survey research, a pedagogy on which he has published a book chapter. Dr. Wade is equally active in supervising student portfolio development, fieldwork and practicum experiences, and culminating projects.  He has most recently participated as a fellow in the Hybrid Course Development Institute, during which he successfully completed conversion of a course into an on-line format, a high priority for the School of Nursing and Health Studies in serving a population of working professionals.  Dr. Wade has performed significant service of a high quality.”  In addition to his service on committees and campus bodies, he was instrumental in the development of the new undergraduate degree in Health Studies, providing leadership as well as course development.  He contributes significant professional service, engaging in the International Society for Nurses in Genomics, the Genomics Forum in the American Public Health Association, and the Washington Public Health Association.  He has served as reviewer for a range of interdisciplinary journals and has served on an expert panel for the Patient-Centered Outcome Research Institute to help identify national funding priorities for genomic research on children with rare genetic conditions. 


Woon Jong Yoon, School of STEM
Dr. Yoon’s field of research spans both mechanical and electrical engineering – the field of ‘mechatronics’ – focusing on smart medical devices.  Dr. Yoon’s work has been called innovative and significant, and he has achieved key contributions in his field, both in theory and application. One reviewer noted “the impact of his work is going to be significant to the field of surgical robotics because . . . his work enables surgeons to have remote force or touch sensing at the surgical tool level.” Dr. Yoon has a strong teaching record, and has engaged undergraduates in his research, working with eight students in the past two years. Dr. Yoon has performed significant service.  He has contributed to the development of the major in Mechanical Engineering through the creation of new courses and laboratory experiments.  In addition, he contributed to the ABET review of the Mechanical Engineering degree.  He serves as well on Division level committees and represents the campus in the UW Faculty Senate.  He also serves as the faculty advisor for the ASME Student Chapter. Externally, he serves as a reviewer for several journals in his field and has served on numerous conference and program committees in his field, including as Associate Editor for the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society. 



Associate Professor W.O.T. to Associate Professor with Tenure


Jody Early, School of Nursing and Health Studies
Dr. Early’s research and scholarship focus in three intersecting areas within a broad field of health and well-being: health disparities and socioeconomic status, improvement of community based health interventions, and enhancing health promotion and pedagogy.  Her integrated approach has enabled her to highlight interconnections among a variety of factors impacting health, including eating disorders and religiosity, culture and diabetes, and race/ethnicity and intimate partner violence. She has creative ideas, develops programs, plans and executes research, publishes and presents the work in national and international forums, while at the same time benefitting students at the university and individuals in surrounding communities. Dr. Early has an impressive record of teaching excellence in multiple dimensions. She has received several recognitions for teaching excellence: the national recognition of the HEDIR Technology Award from the American Association of Health Education in 2010, the Extraordinary Faculty Award at Walden University in 2012, and being named as a finalist for the Distinguished Leadership in eLearning Award by the Texas Distance Learning Association in 2008. As another record of her commitment to student learning, she was nominated for the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Mentor Award in 2016. Dr. Early has contributed excellent service across the campus and in external communities.  She serves as co-chair of developing a new minor in Health Studies as well as other committees in the School.  She also contributes guidance to two Snohomish County community organizations, she serves on committees within her professional field, serves as a reviewer for several journals, and is a founding editorial advisory board member of Pedagogy of Health Promotion



Associate Professor to Full Professor


Wayne Au, School of Educational Studies
Dr. Au’s research and scholarship focus in two key areas within a broad theme of education and social justice: racial analyses of education policy and history, and critical analyses of power, democracy, and education policy. He has been called one of our national leaders in the field of school reform and critical pedagogy in Teacher Education. Dr. Au receives consistent commendation for his ability to bridge worlds of traditional scholars and educational practitioners.  His intentional commitment to publish in venues more accessible to education practitioners is a key feature of his scholarly profile.  Dr. Au has an impressive record of teaching excellence.  He received the campus’s highest honor for teaching in 2015 when he was awarded the UW Bothell Distinguished Teaching Award. Since his promotion to Associate Professor, he has advised thirty master’s students and served as a committee member for seven PhD candidates. Dr. Au has contributed excellent service across the campus and external communities.  In addition to serving on important School committees, including the Personnel and Middle-Secondary Working Group, Dr. Au was instrumental in the development of the new Educational Studies major.  For the past two years Dr. Au has contributed substantial service to the campus as Chair of the UW Bothell Diversity Council.  In alignment with his research trajectory and in further service to the campus, he taught in the Academic Transition Program, a summer bridge program for non-traditional students.  By all accounts, his work in that program was exemplary.


S. Charusheela, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
Dr. Charusheela’s research and scholarship focus broadly in the field of political economy, with a particular emphasis on a Marxist feminist approach.  Her work has addressed the dynamics and politics of gender at the level of subjects and structures, serving as an intervention into discussions about inequalities and injustices of subaltern women. Dr. Charusheela is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in her fields.  Her work is viewed as fiercely independent and original. One reviewer notes “her professional leadership roles have played an important part in sustaining and reproducing research in her field.” Another calls her “one of the most original and thought-provoking political economists of her generation.”    Dr. Charusheela has a very solid record of excellent teaching. Her peer evaluations provide evidence of an instructor who is thoughtful, self-reflective, and rigorous.  Dr. Charusheela’s service is excellent.  She has contributed significantly to curricular development in IAS, most recently in the development of the new BA in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies.  She has served in several leadership roles within the School of IAS, including serving as Associate Director, then Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, and finally as Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Scholarship.  She has served on campus-wide committees, including serving as Chair of the Campus Curriculum Committee, a substantial job on a campus that has developed as many new courses as UW Bothell has in the past decade.  She has performed substantial and significant service in her professional field as Editor of Rethinking Marxism, a role for which she received consistent praise from her external reviewers. 


Butch de Castro, School of Nursing and Health Studies
Dr. de Castro’s research and scholarship examines how societal experiences among immigrants and minorities in the US influences their health status. His research focuses on the “healthy immigrant hypothesis” (whereby immigrants’ health seems to deteriorate in proportion to time spent in the US), and also on the role of employment and work factors as social determinants of health for immigrant and minority populations.  Dr. de Castro’s scholarly contributions were recognized this past year in his election as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, one of the highest honors in his field.  Dr. de Castro has an impressive record of teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels and has taught on both the UW Bothell and the UW Seattle campuses His teaching embraces innovative pedagogical practices of digital storytelling and e-portfolios.  Dr. de Castro has contributed excellent service across the campus and external communities.  He provided leadership for the development of the new Health Studies degree at UW Bothell and for the Occupational Health Nursing graduate program in UW Seattle.  He has also served on a number of campus committees, including representing the School of Nursing and Health Studies on the GFO Executive Council, two Dean reappointment review committees, and the campus wide Diversity Council.  Externally, he has served on several editorial boards of journals in his field, and has served as a reviewer for a number more.  His service to communities has been recognized in receiving the Martin Luther King Community Service Award and an Award for Excellence in Public Health Training. 


Selina Mohammed, School of Nursing and Health Studies

Dr. Mohammed’s research and scholarship focuses on three interrelated areas:  health and health inequities among marginalized populations; the relationships between race, socioeconomic status, and health; and critical/emancipatory theories for research and pedagogy. Dr. Mohammed has made significant contributions to nursing, public health, and the social sciences, and she is respected nationally for her scholarly contributions. As a sign of her growing national reputation, Dr. Mohammed was invited to be one of sixteen researchers to serve as consultants to the NIH, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities.  This invitation led to a follow-up invitation to contribute to a special issue of the American Journal of Public Health on racial discrimination and health.  In addition, she was one of eleven university researchers invited by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to a convening of experts to inform the development of an action agenda on advancing health equity. Dr. Mohammed has an impressive record of teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.  She is recognized as an innovative teacher who employs pedagogical strategies that actively engage students. In addition, she has mentored over sixty graduate students. Dr. Mohammed has contributed substantial and excellent service across the campus and external communities.  In addition to contributing to curriculum design and program development, she has provided leadership for the development of a new Master’s pathway for nurse managers. She has contributed service on a number of committees, including chairing the Curriculum Coordinating Committee for the School of Nursing and Health Studies.  She has served on numerous search committees at the School, the campus, and the university level and has been elected twice by her peers to serve on the Campus Council on Promotion, Tenure, and Faculty Affairs.  Externally, she has served as a reviewer for thirteen different journals in her field.


Lecturer to Senior Lecturer


Kim Gunnerson, School of STEM
Dr. Gunnerson is described by the Promotion Committee as “exceptional across the board” in her student and peer evaluations of her teaching.  As further evidence of her teaching quality, she has twice been awarded the ASUWB Distinguished Faculty Award (2012 and 2015).  She has taught fifteen different courses in her time at UW Bothell, contributing to several divisions in the School of STEM as well as to the lower division First Year and PreMajor Program. Dr. Gunnerson has shown commitment and expertise in using the most effective pedagogies to support student success.  As evidence of her commitments to continuous improvement in her teaching, she has incorporated Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning, introduced peer-led team-learning models to accommodate larger classes in pedagogically sound ways, has introduced animation into her 100-level computing course, and applied the popular atoms-first approach in her chemistry classes.  As evidence of her dissemination of her expertise in science pedagogy, Dr. Gunnerson has recently co-authored a textbook, Exploring General Chemistry in the Laboratory, due out this fall. In addition, Dr. Gunnerson has become a leader in mentoring other faculty in using these methods, showing the respect that other faculty have for her success and expertise as an instructor.  Dr. Gunnerson is dedicated to attracting and retaining diverse students in STEM fields, a high priority for the School of STEM and for the campus as a whole.  She has incorporated strategies for including diverse learning styles into her classroom, a pedagogy that has been shown to be successful in the retention of students.  Outside the classroom, she helped to create the Women in STEM seminar series that was designed to address issues facing women students in STEM fields.  Dr. Gunnerson has contributed significant leadership in building and revising the chemistry curriculum, both for service courses and for the new Chemistry major.  She has also been involved in development of the curriculum for the Computing and Software Division.  Dr. Gunnerson has contributed significant service to the Division, School, and to the campus. She has contributed leadership in governance in the Physical Sciences Division and the growth of the School of STEM.  She also contributes to the broader community in her work with the Washington Alliance for Better Schools STEM Fellows Program. 


Kristin Gustafson, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
Dr. Gustafson is praised by her colleagues in IAS for teaching that is “demanding, intentional, reflective, and rigorous, both inside and outside the formal classroom.”   She has taught eleven different courses across all levels of the curriculum, from the campus’s First Year Discovery Core to upper-division and graduate seminars; she has taken the lead in developing the content for the majority of these courses. She has contributed to the campus’s commitment to high-impact practices by developing a study abroad class.  She continues to mentor students outside of the classroom by providing co-curricular mentoring to students who publish in local newspapers, journals, and magazines.  As further evidence of her impact with students outside the classroom, she was nominated in 2017 for the UWB Distinguished Undergraduate Research Mentor Award.  Dr. Gustafson incorporates innovative teaching practices that meet the needs of her students in achieving their learning goals: video creation and blogging, jigsaw group learning, and high-impact practices such as community-based learning and study abroad.  As evidence of her dissemination of her scholarship, Dr. Gustafson participates frequently in conferences in her field.  She has published many teaching notes with the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Media, as well as several scholarly articles related to the topics of her courses and the IAS curriculum.  She presents regularly at conferences, both in the area of the scholarship of teaching and in her work on chronicling the histories of regional ethnic presses. Dr. Gustafson has contributed significant service in multiple ways.  She made significant contributions to the development of the Media and Communication Studies major in IAS.  She has served on numerous committees within IAS, including search committees; she has also led the Communication Group for the Assessment of Student Learning Working Group in IAS. Importantly, she has begun to take on leadership roles in the School, serving as the faculty coordinator of the Media and Communication Studies degree, the School’s largest major.  In addition, she advises the student club that runs the Husky Herald, the UW Bothell student newspaper.  Externally, she has served as the Teaching Standards Chair for the Association of Education in Journalism and Communication’s History Division, a recognition of the high quality of her pedagogy and commitment to impact in her field beyond UW Bothell. 


Senior Lecturer to Principal Lecturer

Rebecca Aanerud, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
Dr. Aanerud has a sustained record of excellence across multiple areas of teaching, scholarship, and service that crosses multiple campuses at the University of Washington. IAS Dean Bruce Burgett writes “the faculty as a whole applauded all aspects of Professor Aanerud’s scholarly record:  the quality, impact, generosity, and challenge of her teaching and pedagogy, including her work on developing curricula and mentoring other faculty members and graduate students; her institutional and national reputation as a leader in graduate education, along with her significant service and collaborative leadership on undergraduate curriculum in IAS; her scholarly engagement and influence, both in the field of graduate education and in gender, women, and sexuality studies.” Dr. Aanerud has a sustained record of teaching excellence.  She has taught across and developed both undergraduate and graduate courses. In 2008, she received the University’s highest honor for teaching, the UW Distinguished Teaching Award.  In addition, she has served as a mentor to numerous students, including the Huckabay Graduate Student teaching fellows, and has served on twenty-seven doctoral and seven master’s committees.  Dr. Aanerud has contributed substantial and high-quality service to the University of Washington in multiple dimensions that have exhibited outstanding leadership qualities expected of a Principal Lecturer.  Her administrative work in the UW Graduate School and her leadership in graduate education received praise from a number of her reviewers.  She has developed a regional and national reputation for her leadership in graduate education, most recently through her election as President of the Western Association of Graduate Schools. She has recently taken on the additional administrative and leadership role of Associate Dean in the School of IAS, where she provides leadership for curriculum revision, program development, and undergraduate learning goals.  This is in addition to service on committees and curricular development processes. Dr. Aanerud’s scholarly work on whiteness and systemic racism informs her teaching and leadership roles.  Her early published essays on whiteness continue to be cited and inform her institutional work on topics ranging from teaching evaluations to program reviews.  Her recent scholarly interest in the topic of “wisdom” is reflective of her pedagogical philosophy and mentoring practices.


David Goldstein, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
Dr. Goldstein has had significant impact on the campus through his leadership of the Teaching and Learning Center, work for which he has received national recognition, receiving the Exemplary TLC Award in 2014. In this capacity, he impacted faculty across the campus and, by extension, the students they taught.  He was responsible for sponsoring teaching circles, workshops, mentoring and onboarding of new faculty, and training of faculty to perform in-class Small Group Instructional Diagnostics (SGIDs), one of the TLC’s most valued services.  He has taken additional steps to extend the benefits of his work to a wider academic community by creating institutional structures to facilitate similar forms of integrative engagement by faculty peers and colleagues. His leadership in pedagogy is recognized in his significant service to the national organization, Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-Based Learning, where he has served on the program committee a number of times and has helped to disseminate innovative teaching practices nationally.  Dr. Trent Batson, President of that organization, praises Dr. Goldstein’s ability to “energize others” in understanding “how technology is re-shaping knowledge processes and the nature of learning.”  He has also contributed his pedagogical expertise internationally through his ongoing participation in the University of Washington partnership with Waseda University, a program through which he regularly mentors faculty from Waseda University in teaching technologies and innovative instruction. Dr. Goldstein’s scholarly work enables and informs his teaching excellence. His two threads of scholarly inquiry include American and ethnic studies, with a particular focus on Toni Morrison, and the best practices in using technology in instruction. Dr. Goldstein has contributed substantial and high-quality service to the University of Washington in multiple dimensions that have exhibited leadership qualities expected of a Principal Lecturer.  As Dean Burgett summarizes, “Over the two decades at UW Bothell, he has been involved in and instrumental to the success of more initiatives than a letter such as this one can list.”  Included in this list are his foundational role in implementing and supporting Community-Based Learning and Research, the introduction of innovative learning technologies (e-portfolios, clickers, Collaborative On-Line Learning), his guidance of assessment work across the campus, and his formative work in the development of the campus’s lower-division curriculum.  In addition to previously cited examples, he contributes external service through reviewing manuscripts and serving on conference organizing committees.


I am deeply honored to have these outstanding faculty members as UW Bothell colleagues.  I know that you will join me in congratulating them on these important achievements.




Susan Jeffords
Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
University of Washington Bothell