General Faculty Organization


The faculty of the UW Bothell is the campus’ governing body (under Section 23-41 of the Faculty Code) and is referred to as the General Faculty Organization (GFO). The GFO serves as the forum for faculty deliberation and for the conveyance of faculty recommendations to campus administration on a wide range of matters related to the mission of UW Bothell. The GFO is currently organized around 5 councils that are responsible for representing the will of the faculty. The Executive Council (EC) advises the Chancellor and Vice Chancellors on all academic matters. The EC is advised by the work of the GFO councils on Academic Standards & Curriculum (CCASC); Promotion & Tenure (CCPT), Planning & Budget (CCPB), Assessment & Learning (CCAL).

Upcoming GFO council Meetings

Meeting schedules and links to agendas & meeting minutes can be found on the GFO Councils page.

Learn more about the 5 councils of the GFO

2023-24 GFO Officers:

GFO Chair

Nora Kenworthy

GFO Vice Chair

Robin Angotti

GFO Past Chair

Shauna Elbers Carlisle

GFO Newsletter


June 2024


The councils of the GFO had a busy and productive year! Read more about the progress and accomplishments in the council annual end-or-year reports below. Thank you to the council chairs for their leadership and council members for their service and dedication to faculty governance:

May 2024


GFO has been able to secure a large enough budget for the coming year to pay out the internal campus course release rate of $9,200 ($7,500 + benefits) for all GFO service positions that receive buyouts. This will be applied to all GFO course releases submitted from schools starting in AY 2024/25. GFO will continue to align its budget with the annual internal course release rate going forward. Consequently, GFO has updated its Course Release Policy to reflect these changes. The changes were voted on by both the Executive Council and the Campus Council on Planning & Budget. You can find that policy here: GFO Course Release Policy – May 2024.

April 2024


GFO’s annual faculty survey went out to all faculty via email on Thurs, Apr 25. The purpose of this annual survey is to collect faculty feedback on critical issues that continue to impact faculty on our campus. The issues covered in this year’s faculty survey include Faculty Affairs, Promotion and Tenure, Unit Adjustments, RCM Budgeting, Workload, Faculty Morale and Support, Equity Priorities. Survey results help to inform GFO work by collecting faculty recommendations on next steps and future actions needed (the current GFO priorities can be reviewed here).

If you are a faculty member and did not receive the survey in your inbox, please email and request a link. Thank you for participating!

March 2024


Tyson Marsh, Associate Professor in the School of Educational Studies, has been elected to serve as the next GFO Vice Chair. Tyson has been a valued contributor to faculty leadership and shared governance at both the school and campus levels, having served on faculty affairs and faculty council in SES, and now finishing up his second term as SES rep on the GFO Executive Council. Tyson’s expertise on equity has been particularly valuable and appreciated in these spaces. Tyson will serve one year as GFO Vice Chair, one year as GFO Chair, and one year as GFO Past.
If you are a faculty member who would like to learn more about the branches of shared governance, why it is important, and how you can get involved, please view this series of Faculty Governance Videos created by UWB Faculty.

January 2024


A call went out on Jan 25 via email to all voting faculty to submit their nominations (including self-nominations) for the next GFO VC. This position is a great opportunity for faculty to be involved in the growth, development, and future of UW Bothell. Nominations are due by Feb 8. If faculty did not receive the email or have questions, they should contact GFO Program Coordinator, Dawn Moncalieri at

October 2023


In order to provide transparency and clarity about the work of the GFO to Bothell faculty, students, staff, and administration, the GFO’s Executive Council has formally charged each GFO standing council with high-priority tasks and deliverables.

GFO leadership developed the priority items in charge letters collaboratively with council chairs through individual discussions as well as discussions with the GFO Executive Council in a Oct 24 meeting and the GFO at large in the Oct 26 GFO general meeting. Taken together, these charge letters describe the work the GFO plans to do in the 2023-24 academic year in support of the 2023/24 GFO Priorities. The council charge letters are posted on the GFO Councils page in the respective council section. Questions or comments on the charge letters are welcome and can be directed to GFO Chair, Nora Kenworthy at or to the chair of the relevant GFO council.


Outgoing GFO Chair, Shauna Elbers Carlisle, and incoming GFO Chair, Nora Kenworthy wrote letters to the faculty of UW Bothell providing updates on goals reached, work yet to be done, and the opportunities for faculty to get involved.