"One must maintain a little bit of summer, even in the middle of winter." -- Henry David Thoreau

Greetings COE Community!

Welcome to September and the launch of “Wednesday Window,” a semi-regular way for your leadership team to share timely information and a “window" into the work we do on behalf of our College. Our goal is to provide curated, relevant information no more than twice a month. Here goes!

Two truths and a lie about new colleagues

Many new people are roaming the halls of Miller. Here’s your excuse to start a conversation - each was asked to share two truths and a lie about themselves. Can YOU suss out truth from lie?

New Faculty

Julia Duncheon, Assistant Professor, EDFLP

  • I was in a Haitian dance company
  • I am a member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG)
  • I applied to law school before I decided to pursue a PhD in Education Policy

Emma Elliott Groves, Assistant Professor, LSHD

  • I am a 10th place national Ulster Dart Champ
  • I walked across the country (over 2,700 miles)
  • I am one of ten and have thirty nieces and nephews

David Knight, Assistant Professor, EDFLP

  • I am Canadian
  • I played hockey growing up
  • I am a certified maple syrup sommelier

Maribel Santiago, Assistant Professor, TLC

  • As a child my face was featured in an ad
  • As a child my face was featured on TV
  • As a child my face was featured in the newspaper

Niral Shah, Assistant Professor, LSHD

  • I once went skydiving and the parachute didn’t open
  • I almost pursued a PhD in Russian literature
  • I attended the same business school as our current president

Molly Shea, Assistant Professor, LSHD

  • I grew up in a one room cabin on a mountain top
  • I dropped out of college to tour with a punk band
  • I played on a semi-pro soccer team  

Shanée Washington, Assistant Professor, TLC

  • I ran the Boston Marathon two years ago
  • I almost did not apply for the position at UW
  • One of my best friends is a Jesuit priest

New Staff

Tabitha Bronsema, Admission & Outreach Advisor, Undergraduate Programs

  • I was born without wisdom teeth
  • I have been on the David Letterman Show
  • I have a hairless cat named Lucille Marshawn Murray, Esquire

Liz Caldwell, Associate Director of Finance at Cultivate Learning

  • I graduated from WSU (Go Cougs!)
  • I have 2 kids, boy (10), girl (9)
  • I am a world traveler

Kate Calisto, Academic Programs & Curriculum Manager

  • I like to take pictures of puddles
  • It is a scientifically proven fact that my hair is un-permable
  • I live with 7 cats, all named after Snow White’s dwarves

Malakai Erskine, Program Operations Specialist

  • My personality type is ENFP
  • I’ve worked over 35 jobs including bouncer, pawn broker, long-haul truck driver, and skip tracer
  • I’ve been to all but 3 states, and 4 out of 7 continents

Denise Guerrero-Harvey, Academic Advisor, ECFS Major

  • I’m the first person in my family to go to college.
  • I went into labor when I was teaching a high school history course.
  • I’m fluent in 3 languages.  

Justine Zhen, Program Coordinator

  • I am from New York City
  • I love to play board games during my free time
  • I’ve lived in Seattle for 3 years

Nubia Lopez, Community Partner Liason

  • I once worked as a clown
  • I made Snoop Dogg laugh
  • I’ve lived in 4 countries: U.S.A., Mexico, Italy, and Croatia

Stephanie Nakamichi, Fiscal Specialist

  • I play violin in my free time (it’s a work in progress)
  • Last year I visited Portugal and Spain (My husband, mother in-law and I went on a Trans-Atlantic Disney Cruise!)
  • I have 3 cats

Keeyeon Scott, Academic Advisor, ECO Major

  • I was born with 12 fingers
  • My undergraduate degree is in entomology
  • I am a native of the Mississippi Gulf Coast

Retreating all summer long: How Mia spent her summer

If my summer had a theme it would be RETREATING, as in attending or planning 7 of them. Most were internal retreats having to do with different aspects of the College but one came with a new role I will hold for the next two years — chair of the Board of Deans and Chancellors, or BODC for short. Little did I know when I took on the job that it would mean an additional 5-7 hours/week (gulp) of meetings and prep time PLUS planning for the fall retreat. On the positive side, it means I have an opportunity to work closely with our Provost and help inform big decisions being made centrally, including having a seat at the UW Financial Transformation table and attending weekly Senate Committee on Planning and Budgeting (SCPB) meetings. While “looking forward” to meetings is probably too strong a statement, I appreciate the importance of having a voice given the big topics on the horizon including gearing up to review UW’s budgeting process, otherwise known as ABB, the launch of the Population Health Initiative and enacting the President and Provost’s other academic priorities.

On a more personal note, in August I had a ball visiting universities with my youngest daughter, Cleo, a rising junior at Franklin High School. While I’m not ready to contemplate being an empty nester, I relished being on a road trip with her and imagining what may be in store for her in just a few years. Visiting other campuses also gave me a chance to reflect on and appreciate the University of Washington. We have our challenges, for sure, but I know that we are one of the finest public universities in the nation, believe in what we stand for, and am proud to say I am a Husky.

That’s all for now. Looking forward to seeing many of you at the faculty retreat -- September 19th @ Othello-UW Commons!



"Sigh.... there goes another summer, Snoopy!" -- Charlie Brown