University of Washington School of Public Health

SPH Leadership Searches

An Advisory Search Committee for each search will generate and review the pool of eligible candidates. At the conclusion of their work, they will send to the Dean the names of at least three highly-qualified candidates, including the reasons for the recommendations. The basic procedures for administrative appointments at the University of Washington are outlined in Executive Order No. 20. In addition, the university and all its schools have a strong commitment to diversity, which will be considered as the committees review candidates.

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Director of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

The Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion is a leading strategist and operational tactician for the School of Public Health (SPH) on matters of equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI). This is an inaugural senior leadership position reporting directly to the Dean. Full job description

Four director finalists invited to campus to give public presentation

The work team appointed by Dean Kaufman and chaired by senior director of finance and administration, Uli Haller, have identified four finalists for the new school-wide position, Director, Equity Diversity and Inclusion (EDI), reporting to the Dean. These finalists will visit SPH for interviews and public presentations over the next two weeks.

Faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend presentations by each finalist, where each candidate will discuss their academic/professional career thus far and how it would apply to the role of director; thoughts/plans on leading and/or building collaboration within the SPH, across the University, and with external partners; and equity, diversity and inclusion; and their advocacy for public health education, research, and service; and key elements of their approach to leading the School in terms of both goals and process.

The scheduled public presentations are:

Candidate information Public presentation
Vanessa Álvarez, M.Ed
Assistant Director, GO-MAP
University of Washington
Seattle, WA

Curriculum vitae (PDF)
Video of presentation
Provide feedback on Vanessa Álvarez

Wednesday, January 10
Health Sciences Bldg., Rm F-349
3:30-4:30pm
Douglass Jackson, DMD, MS, PhD
Clinical Professor, Pediatric Dentistry
University of Washington School of Dentistry
Seattle, WA

Curriculum vitae (PDF)
Video of presentation
Provide feedback on Douglass Jackson

Friday, January 12
Health Sciences Bldg., Rm F-349
3:30-4:30pm
Norma Rodriguez, PhD
Director, Office for Faculty Advancement
University of Washington
Seattle, WA

Curriculum vitae (PDF)
Video of presentation
Provide feedback on Norma Rodriguez

Wednesday, January 17
Health Sciences Bldg., Rm F-349
3:30-4:30pm
Victoria Gardner, Ed.D
Data and Evaluation Manager
White Center Community Development Association
Seattle, WA

Curriculum vitae (PDF)
Video of presentation
Provide feedback on Victoria Gardner

Thursday, January 18
Health Sciences Bldg., Rm F-349
3:30-4:30pm