New year, new faculty


UW Bothell welcomes new faculty on Sept. 16. They will join all our faculty and staff in greeting our returning and new students on Sept. 29. 

School of Business

Xiaodong NieDr. Xiaodong Nie
assistant professor 

Nie’s research interests are in the area of consumer cultural psychology, with a specific emphasis on how cultural identity affects consumer decision making. Her dissertation on the effect of global-local identity on consumer decision making received the 2020 ACR/Sheth Foundation Dissertation Award. Her work has been presented at marketing conferences such as the Association of Consumer Research Annual Conference and the Society of Consumer Psychology Annual Conference. Nie received her doctorate in Marketing from the University of Texas at Arlington. 



School of Educational Studies

Nathanie LeeDr. Nathanie Lee
assistant teaching professor 

Lee’s research interests are focused on the racialized identities and supports in place for teachers of color. Her most recent work was as an instructor of learning theory at the University of Washington, as a curriculum designer and as a Grow Your Own Pathways adviser for the Puget Sound Educational Service District. Lee has worked in education for 21 years, starting as an elementary school teacher for 10 years before receiving her doctorate in Learning Sciences and Human Development from the UW. 


Sarita ShuklaDr. Sarita Shukla
assistant teaching professor 

Shukla teaches primarily in the areas of multicultural education, learning and motivation. Her work emphasizes anti-oppressive pedagogy, and she strives to create classroom communities where all identities are welcomed, affirmed and sustained. As a transnational scholar, Shukla is interested in examining psychosocial and cultural influences on student motivation and learning in culturally diverse societies. Her teaching and research work continue to be shaped by her socio-constructivist and equity-focused perspective. Shukla earned her doctorate in Educational Psychology from the University of Kentucky. 



School of Nursing & Health Studies

Daniel CavanaughDr. Daniel Cavanaugh
assistant teaching professor 

Cavanaugh is a clinical social worker, mental health educator and mental health researcher. He has worked in school-based and community mental health, providing child and family services in Portland, Oregon, and the surrounding areas. His work has been related to mental illness prevention, mental health literacy, mental health service delivery and the use of adventure therapy interventions in mental health care. He also does research and advocacy related to LGBTQ+ inclusion in higher education. Cavanaugh received his doctorate in Social Work from Michigan State University. 



School of STEM

Bill AndersonBill Anderson
assistant teaching professor

In the U.S. Navy, Anderson drove ships, operated nuclear propulsion plants, became an expert in deployable port and facility security programs, and established his credentials as a teacher, instructor and master training specialist. He transitioned to technology program leadership and management, working with a broad variety of telecom and software companies, including AT&T Wireless and Cingular Wireless. For the 10 years prior to coming to UW Bothell, Anderson was an instructor for and director of Pacific Maritime Institute. 


Alanna PawlakDr. Alanna Pawlak
assistant teaching professor 

Pawlak teaches a variety of physics courses across the curriculum. Her research interests are in physics education research, specifically investigating collaborative learning environments in introductory physics. She has taught at Michigan State University, Front Range Community College and the University of Colorado Boulder. She also has experience in institutional change in higher education and has worked on two initiatives investigating and supporting change efforts. Pawlak received her doctorate in Physics from Michigan State University. 


Annuska ZolyomiDr. Annuska Zolyomi
assistant teaching professor 

Zolyomi teaches courses in human-computer interaction and software engineering. Her scholarship focuses on improving access of disabled and neurodivergent people to socio-technical spaces. Her approach is to collaborate and co-design with these communities to improve ways technology can mediate communication, social connection and agency. She worked at Microsoft as an accessibility product strategist and program manager with cross-company influence on technology standards and user experience. Zolyomi received her doctorate in Information Science from the University of Washington. 

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