University of Washington Bothell

Academic Affairs

Leading-edge education

The UW Bothell leading-edge educational experience is founded on three distinctive practices: cross-disciplinarity, connected learning, and community engagement.


Cross-disciplinary practices refer to the research and teaching that cuts across disciplinary boundaries. Our faculty and staff leverage cross-unit collaborations to produce powerful partnerships that embrace multiple perspectives and enliven 21st century solutions

Connected Learning

Connected learning invests in high impact relationships that contribute to innovative and influential teaching, learning, and research. Connected learning inspires and supports human social networks such as learning communities, teaching circles, and research clusters.

Community Engagement

Community engagement helps us move creativity to action. A continual collaboration of people and ideas between campus and community (local, regional/state, national, global) reinforce and define our distinctive campus culture and experience.

The 3Cs Framework: Academic Affairs Distinctive Practices

Guiding the implementation of the 21st Century Campus Initiative are the practices that make UW Bothell distinctive, the "how" to the "what" of our strategic priorities: Cross-Disciplinarity, Community Engagement, and Connected Learning. The 3 Cs Framework reflects the methods that define UW Bothell's success across student experiences, faculty intellectual communities, and staff engagement.

To insure that these distinctive practices continue to guide and enhance our work, the VCAA will prioritize resource allocation via the 3 C's Framework.


Founded in 1990 with a commitment to integrative and cross-disciplinary scholarship and pedagogy, UW Bothell has continued to emphasize research and teaching that cuts across disciplinary boundaries. The local and global challenges of our day require skilled problem-identification and complex solutions that encompass multiple perspectives and areas of expertise. To address these challenges, we will privilege projects and initiatives that catalyze cross-disciplinary and cross-unit collaborations and partnerships, highlighting and developing our institutional approach to innovative teaching and scholarship.

Connected Learning

Connected learning refers to high-impact relationships that contribute to innovative and influential teaching, learning, and research. A commitment to connected learning builds greater capacities for students, staff and faculty to connect theory to practice, exercise adaptive leadership skills across novel settings, and embrace the multiple contexts we all bring to our work. It recognizes that our ideas, discoveries, research, and institutional successes result from the relationships and human ecosystems that feed them.

Community Engagement

Community engagement involves collaboration among institutions of higher education and their larger communities (whether in the Puget Sound or around the world) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.


Sharon A. Jones has accepted the position of Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, UW Bothell, effective July 15th. Jones will succeed Anita K. Krug, who has been serving as interim VCAA since August 2018, following the departure of Susan Jeffords, who had held the post since 2007. Read more about the new VCAA.