For Faculty & Staff

SAS units work with faculty, teaching assistants, and instructors to engage undergraduate students in their academic transition to the University of Washington.

If you want to learn more about our units/programs, please contact the following people.

Ways to get involved

We offer opportunities for you to complement your curriculum or course by having our peer tutors, coaches, and program leaders present workshops. We also welcome collaborations with UW faculty and teachers interested in workshops or other events that will enrich learning in their department or at the university overall.

Contact First-year Interest Groups (
Contact CLUE, Ryan Burt (
Contact Academic Success Coaching, Ryan Burt (

Join us as we welcome first-year students to campus by hosting a virtual office hour. Virtual office hours are casual, open question & answer time to help first-year students and families to learn about your department, your research, and develop the confidence to appropriately interact with faculty members. Office hour webinars are hosted throughout the summer on your own schedule.

Contact Carlos Guillen (

Teach a seminar in autumn, winter or spring quarter. First-year students are encouraged to consider enrolling in a seminar to allow them an opportunity to engage in a unique, focused academic experience with faculty. Students engage in small group, discussion-based class sessions exploring subjects that interest you the most.

Contact LeAnne Wiles (

Advising & Orientation: Faculty members who speak at A&O offer personal stories, anecdotes, and experiences about how to be successful in the classroom. Audiences include freshman students, transfer students, international students, and parents & families.

A&O speaking examples:

Contact Carlos Guillen (

Prospective, incoming, and current students and their families want to see and hear from UW faculty. Faculty are highlighted in various media forms that are shown throughout the summer and academic year. These opportunities can be as simple as a photo and quote for our website or a video feature in an orientation workshop/presentation.

Contact Martha Tran (

Faculty Partners

Engagement type

Holly Barker


Nancy Jecker

Bioethics and Humanities

Ben Wiggins


Mary Pat Wenderoth


Andrea Carroll


Andrea Otanez


Sarah Keller


James Coupe

Digital Arts & Experimental Media (DXARTS)

Ernesto Alvarado

Environmental Science and Terrestrial Resource Management (ESRM)

Kristi Straus


Linda Boyle

Engineering (Industrial & Systems)

Elizabeth Nance

Engineering (Chemical)

Anu Taranath


Juliana Villegas


Katie Malcolm


Bruce Nelson

Earth & Space Sciences

James Mazza


Brinda Jegatheesan

Educational Psychology

Jacki Otting

Educational Studies

Shawn Wong


Alejandro Francetich

Foster School of Business

Leta Beard

Foster School of Business

Carrie Freshour


Annegret Oehme


Ellwood Wiggins


Joe Janes

Information School

Alexandra Nichifor


Matthew Conroy


Beth Traxler


Chris Hague


Colin Marshall


Bill Talbott


William Talbott


Eberhard Fetz

Physiology & Biophysics

Marc Binder

Physiology & Biophysics

Tony Gill

Political Science

Ileana Marin

Slavic Languages & Literature

Jose Alaniz

Slavic Languages & Literatures

Heather Evans

Sociology, Disability Studies Program and Law, Societies & Justice Department

Christopher Campbell

Urban Design and Planning

Conor Casey

UW Libraries

Meet the faculty

Ever wanted to scream when your students don’t know extremely basic things about professors or about how to use existing resources at UW to get help? Ever wanted to tell your students’ parents to just… chill… out? Haven’t we all? Interacting with incoming UW students and parents through the First Year Programs is your chance to fix that (and promote equity). It’s wildly cathartic; I recommend it highly.

— Sarah Keller, Chemistry

  • Workshop or event presenters
  • Video, social media, or photography