Dean of Educational Studies search

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Charge letter

March 6, 2023 – REVISED

Committee members

  • Yue Bian, Assistant Professor
  • Marisa DuBois, Academic Services Director
  • Allison Hintz, Associate Professor
  • Kyle Kinoshita, Faculty Lead, Internships
  • Nathanie Lee, Assistant Teaching Professor
  • Tyson Marsh, Associate Professor Faculty Council
  • Esther Park, Student
  • Mubina Sabir, Student
  • Sarita Shukla, Assistant Teaching Professor
  • Carmen Staab, Administrator
  • Wadiya Udell, Professor & Search Committee Chair


Dear Colleagues:

Thank you for agreeing to serve on the search committee to identify the next Dean of the School of Educational Studies (SES). As outlined in Executive Order 20, “the duty of the appointment committee is to search for suitable candidates, to study and determine their qualifications, and to obtain and evaluate all data.” This is a very important leadership position for UW Bothell as the campus strives to provide a transformational learning community. The Dean is responsible for leading the School and its faculty, staff and students, sustainably managing resources, serving on the VCAA’s Leadership Council and the Chancellor’s Cabinet, collaborating with campus partners, actively developing external partnerships, and providing support for our campus commitments to community engagement, cross-disciplinary, and connected learning.

This is an internal UW search and you will be supported by our Office of Organizational Excellence and Human Resources (OEHR), led by Senior Director Felix Neals. The committee is chaired by Dr. Udell who will strive for optimal communications across the committee, the VCAA’s office, and the School including its elected faculty council. Ms. Kathryn Rich will support the committee chair with logistics and will attend most meetings.

At the start of the search process, there will be a kickoff meeting on Wednesday, March 29 from 10:00a-12:00p. Dr. Allen will provide implicit bias training, Attorney General Kerwin will provide training regarding public records and other protocols, and Mr. Neals and I will meet with you for an initial Q&A. The expectation is that all committee members will participate in this meeting.

I ask that you approach this process in a broadly inclusive manner that engages the campus community and seeks a pool of candidates that reflects UW Bothell’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. At each key deliberation point, I will review the candidate pool for diversity broadly defined before confirming with the committee chair that the next step in the process may proceed. I ask as well that you apply the following considerations during the search:

  • What are the future needs of the region?
  • What are the key opportunities for the School over the next five years?
  • What are the main challenges facing the School over the next five years?

I expect that we will have a strong pool of UW candidates interested in this opportunity. Mr. Neals will solicit input/feedback from stakeholder groups during spring quarter 2023 that will inform a leadership profile and advertisement. The committee will use the profile to develop an evaluation rubric during spring quarter 2023 that will apply throughout the search process. We expect the committee to reconvene in autumn quarter 2023 to begin deliberations. I ask that you advise me regarding a short list of candidates for the first round of Zoom interviews and up to three candidates to bring to campus for hybrid visits with the broader community. My hope is that we can complete the search by the end of the Autumn quarter 2023 or early Winter quarter 2024. Ms. Rich will reach out to you for feedback about the logistics for the finalist hybrid visits to ensure that we are providing key constituencies with engagement and feedback opportunities. You should also expect that each of you will host listening sessions with various constituencies to gather verbal feedback in addition to anonymous survey opportunities.

At the relevant milestones, I look forward to a written summary (without ranking) of the strengths and weaknesses of the short-list candidates and eventually the finalists that represents the breadth of feedback and information gathered throughout the entirety of the search process. I also plan to meet with the search committee to receive that information verbally. At the end of the search process, I plan to gather reflections that will inform future leadership searches.

Thank you,

Sharon A. Jones
Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
University of Washington Bothell

Chad Allen, Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement
Wayne Au, Interim Dean
Felix Neals, Senior Director for OE/HR
Kathryn Rich, Executive Assistant
Carrie Tzou, Faculty Council Chair