Dean's Message

I am happy to announce that nominations are now being accepted for the 2017 Evans School Outstanding Staff Award. We all know an Evans School staff person who we believe would be deserving of this award and recognition. I ask that you please take the time to nominate him or her for this award. 

Employees nominated for this award should exemplify extraordinary service, contribute to the mission of the Evans School, treat everyone with respect, and approach their work with innovation, creativity, and dedication.

The deadline for nominations is May 19, 2017, at 5 p.m. To nominate, please send a nominating letter (either by email to or hand-deliver it to 207A) to Michelle Birdsall. Your nominating letter should describe how the nominee has met two or more of the nominating criteria. It should be no longer than two pages and use a font size no smaller than 12 point.


Sandra O. Archibald

Dean and Professor

The Evans School community gives back

Peter Chiarelli and Norman Rice

Thanks to all the Evans School faculty, staff, and retirees who have participated in UW's Faculty-Staff-Retiree Campaign by donating to support Evans School students. 42 members of our community collectively have raised over $423K, including establishing four new endowments! There's still time to participate—join your colleagues in supporting our students by making your FSR matched gift here.

Alumni reconnect in D.C.

The Advancement & Alumni Relations Team spent a great week in D.C., meeting with Evans School alumni and supporters. At our annual D.C. Alumni & Friends Reception, we met graduates from every decade of our School’s history—from 1968-2016—and even three admitted students!

​Professor Scott Allard was able to join us for the alumni reception—thanks, Scott!​

Two-factor authentication and Duo Security

Two-factor authentication (2FA) is the best way for the UW to protect our data systems from phishing scams and other methods of identity and data theft. This includes protecting data in Workday, our new human resources and payroll software system, that goes live this summer.

In 2016, over 250 phishing messages were reported to UW-IT. Each phishing message is usually sent to thousands of UW email addresses. These messages are increasingly used to target users for the purpose of tax fraud. Unfortunately, over 3,700 UW NetIDs were compromised and disabled last year.

Two-factor authentication (2FA), using a new service called Duo Security, adds a second layer of security when signing into certain systems that require a UW NetID. Normally, identity is verified with a password, but verifying with a second factor, like a smartphone or security token, helps prevent anyone but the owner of an account from signing in, even if they know your password.

Sign up for Duo today.

Workday coming June 2017

All faculty, staff, and other UW employees will be impacted by the new Workday application that goes live in late June 2017. Workday is a modern, easy-to-use, cloud-based software system that offers:

  • A single, unified system for employee self-service, online benefits enrollment, and reporting.
  • The ability to direct deposit pay into 3 separate bank accounts.
  • The ability to see projected time off “balance as of” date, making planning for time off easier.

What do you need to do to prepare?

  • Sign up for Duo:
  • Learn more from in-house sessions at the Evans School or through trainings provided by the HR/P program. 
  • Read materials sent by the UW via email and other mediums. 
  • Ask questions – Kelly Campbell and Michelle Birdsall are your first points of contact at the Evans School.

Still time to wish Professors Plotnick and Dobel a happy retirement

After 64 combined years of exceptional service to the Evans School, our students, and to the field at large, Professor Bob Plotnick and Professor Pat Dobel will retire this year! Please help us wish them well by writing a personalized message that will be shared with them during their respective retirement celebration events.

Professor Marlowe talks about his co-authored open textbook

Professor Justin Marlowe talked with other UW faculty about his co-authored financial management textbook he wrote with Associate Professor Sharon Kioko at a faculty workshop. The workshop was on April 21

The Evans School Diversity Committee presented a survey

The Evans School Diversity Committee put forth the annual Equity and Inclusion Survey. The survey is used to assess our current climate and programs, determine priorities, and plan future activities. Over 50% of faculty, staff, and students completed the survey. Analysis is forthcoming.

Professor Mark Long's research cited in legal briefs

An ongoing study examining the range of sources used to make arguments in U.S. Supreme Court cases found that Professor Mark Long's research was cited in 22 briefs in the Fisher v. University of Texas 2013 and 2016 cases. In resolving these cases, the Supreme Court "rejected a challenge to a race-conscious admissions program at the University of Texas at Austin, handing supporters of affirmative action a major victory."

Professor Mary Kay Gugerty wins prestigious award

Gugerty received the William E. Moster and Frederick C. Moster Award from the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA). The award is a recognition of the best Public Administration Review article by a vote of professionals. 

Travel with your mind at ease

The UW has passed the Student International Travel Policy (SGP Chapter 211). This policy outlines three important pre-departure requirements for all students traveling abroad for official academic purposes:

  • Register international travel with the Office of Global Affairs (OGA):
  • Purchase comprehensive medical and evacuation insurance while abroad
  • Request a waiver for travel to high risk destinations

Please visit the OGA website for more information and FAQs.

Study abroad in Paris

The University of Maryland School of Public Policy will offer a three-week, for-credit international graduate course on “Comparative Policy Analysis and Practical Program Evaluation.” 
To be held in Paris, France, with the assistance of the Economics Department at Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne and the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), this study abroad course is designed for graduate and advanced undergraduate students studying public policy, public administration, and related subjects such as education, governance, international development, political science, public health, social welfare, sociology, and urban planning.

Wismar Medina, of Microsoft, talks technology and problem solving

Did you miss the talk we hosted about technology for global good? We got you covered. Here is the podcast.


Pi Alpha Alpha

We recently inducted 29 students into the Pi Alpha Alpha Honorary Society. Congratulations!

  • Pi Alpha Alpha is the National Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration.
  • Pi Alpha Alpha encourages and recognizes outstanding scholarship and accomplishment in public affairs and administration. 
  • Students who apply for Evans School chapter membership must have a UW cumulative GPA of 3.7 or higher and have completed at least 50% of the required coursework for graduation from Evans. Membership includes students, alumni, and faculty. 
  • Honor society membership reflects exceptional academic achievement, and often outstanding leadership and service. Membership in the Pi Alpha Alpha Honorary Society includes people eager to advance scholarship, ethics, and professionalism in Public Affairs and Administration.

Elise Carlson-Rainer gets the vote

Elise Carlson-Rainier, Director of Executive Education, was formally confirmed in a vote from the faculty at Scandinavian Studies as Affiliate Faculty of Scandinavian Studies. Congratulations!

Don't pass up on your chance for mindfulness

Purchase a Mindfulness Pass for $40/quarter (staff and faculty), or $20/quarter (students) and receive unlimited access to yoga and meditation classes at the HUB. Classes are offered throughout the day Mondays through Fridays. Visit this link for class schedules and registration information: Mindfulness Pass

West Coast Nonprofit Data Conference

The 14th Annual West Coast Nonprofit Data Conference was a great success. Scholars and practioners from across the region gathered in Parrington and discussed new approaches to data and policy. Many of the participants tweeted about the event under the hashtag #WCDC2017.

Ph.D. student Josh Merfeld awarded a fellowship

Josh Merfeld was awarded the 2016-17 Wesley Endowed Fund for Political Economy & Economics Fellowship. 

Jeremy Wainscott is winning his internship

Second year MPA student Jeremy Wainscott is thriving in his internship. Wainscott serves as the Director of Communications for the Alliance for Space Development and recently helped organize March Storm. March Storm is the primary legislative blitz that is put on annually by the Alliance for Space Development, the National Space Society, and the Space Frontier Foundation.

The 2017 MPA class gift

From the Evans Student Organization (ESO):

"ESO and the 2017 graduating class is excited to announce the 2017 MPA Class Gift. We are striving to raise $3,000 to support Evans School student internships.  

How can you help? By donating a suggested contribution of $20, you can support future Evans Students as they pursue their internships. Our Class Gift will offer future students the opportunity to pursue their career goals – regardless of what their dream internship pays. If 75% (150 students!) of the graduating class makes a gift of any size,  then the 5, 10, 15, 20, and 25-year reunion classes will contribute to the Class Gift Fund in honor of the Class of 2017.

How can you donate? Visit the Evans School Giving Page and click on “Class of 2017 Gift Fund” under “Other Ways to Give”.

Questions? Contact Sean Williams, ESO Advocacy Officer and 2017 Class Gift Organizer, at

Thank you to the members of the Class of 2017 for their dedication to support future Evans School MPA students!" 

The Coalition at Evans hosts first People of Color Voices and Visions Awards Breakfast

The first annual POC Voices and Visions Awards Breakfast celebrated outstanding leadership and dedication of people of color in the community.

From the Coalition at Evans:

"Evans People of Color (EPOC), Race Action Committee at Evans (RACE), and Partnership for Community and Diversity (PCD) are a coalition of racial justice-based student interest groups at the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Policy and Governance. This Coalition believes that it is imperative that all studying and working within systems of public policy and governance are deeply cognizant of the fact that race and ethnicity significantly affect wellbeing and outcomes in the United States and around the world. We believe that these systems can and must be reformed to create a more equitable and racially just society."

Evans students win climate change themed honorable mention comedy award

A student group in the Communicating Climate Change class (PUBPOL 582) won an honorable mention for a short comedic video about the challenges of communicating about climate change. Travis Axe, Elise Evans, Christopher Reeve, and Jeremy Wainscott represented the Evans School. The challenge was co-sponsored by Inside the Greenhouse and the Center of the American West. 

Andrew Peppler (MPA '18) gets a letter published

Peppler wrote a letter to the editor in the Seattle Times and it was published! The letter's subject was education funding

"I served in Afghanistan as a captain in the U.S. Army. While I was there, the Taliban intimidated teachers who taught English, attacked girls for going to school and blew up U.S.-built school buildings. They targeted education because they knew that an educated youth is the single most important factor that determines if a people will be prosperous."

Professor Alison Cullen and Ph.D. candidate Ryan Scott get published

Cullen and Scott's paper "Can Carbon Nanomaterials Improve CZTS Photovoltaic Devices? Evaluation of Performance and Impacts Using Integrated Life-Cycle Assessment and Decision Analysis" was published in Risk Analysis. The paper was a multi-criteria decision analysis of solar photovoltaic alternatives in collaboration with co-authors Cate Fox-Lent and Igor Linkov of the Army Corps of Engineers.

Professor Dobel quoted in the Seattle Times

Professor Zumeta publishes another chapter

Professor Zumeta published a chapter in the NEA 2017 Almanac of Higher Education. The paper was entitled “Whither Higher Education in the Trump Era?” Zumeta also presented this chapter at the National Education Association’s annual conference in Dallas in March.

Professor Craig Thomas talks climate change

Thomas attended the "Rural West Initiative" conference put on by Stanford University. Thomas was a member of the opening panel called "What will deliver a healthier rural West?" He also gave a talk on the impact of climate change specifically focused on reduced water supply in the arid west.

Associate Professor Stephen Page spoke in Seoul

On March 24, Page presented a paper "Teaching Cases and Active Learning: How Practice with Uncertainty Can Improve Decision Making" at an international conference in Seoul, South Korea. The conference was entitled "Enhancing Government Capacity in the Era of Evidence-based Governance" and was presented by the Korea Institue of Public Administration.

Assistant Professor Rachel Fyall talks Tent City 3

UW just wrapped up hosting Tent City 3 and in this article from The Daily, Fyall talks about how she saw this hosting as an educational opportunity for her students.

"This isn’t charity, though. Not by a long shot. As professors learned about the project to host Tent City 3, they began enthusiastically searching for ways to incorporate the encampment and its residents into classrooms and lecture halls. 

“I’ve had the idea for a while, since I knew that Tent City 3 was coming,” said Rachel Fyall, an associate professor at the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance. “We wanted to figure out a way to engage them in our class.”

Professor Cullen talks about wildfires

Professor Cullen spoke at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, on March 29. Cullen's talk was summarizing the research into the increases in frequency, extent, and intensity of very large wildfire events in the United States. 

"We have been developing a research plan to consider decisions related to positioning and mobility of fire fighting equipment and personnel with the twin goals of estimating the probability of exceeding available capacity and of estimating the value of improved information about climate conditions and fire potential for these positioning and allocation decisions into the future."

London calling

The third Data For Policy conference “Government by Algorithm?” will be hosted in London. There is a call for papers, due by May 8, 2017. The papers should be focused on: government & policy, policy for data & management, data sources, data analysis, methodologies, policy application domains, citizen empowerment, or ethics & privacy & security.

Be resilient

The Career Development and Advancement teams are holding a "Resilient Leadership Panel" at Parrington Hall on May 9, 5:30 p.m. 

A panel of distinguished professionals will give insight about their ups and downs in their careers and share ideas about how to create opportunity from setbacks.


Edie Gilliss (MPA ‘11)
Resiliency Director, City of Seattle Office of Sustainability and Environment Former Washington State Director, Hillary for America


Stephan Blanford (MPA '05)
Seattle School Board Member

Joe McDermott (MPA '97)
King County Councilmember

Jessica Cafferty (MPA '14)
Former Candidate for Shoreline City Council

RSVP here 

NBEC presents at the Washington State Nonprofit Conference

May 17, 2017 - Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue, WA

The Nancy Bell Evans Center (NBEC) is co-sponsoring the Washington State Nonprofit Conference. Registration is still open and there are student discounts available

NBEC has put together a workshop of talks based on the theme of "LEADING IN TURBULENT TIMES: What to Expect and What to Do." 

Professor Scott Allard and Ph.D. student Hilary Wething will be presenting the latest report on the Seattle Minimum Wage law "Minimum Wage: The Impact on Local Nonprofits."

Kristen Spangler, Women's Funding Alliance, and Marilyn Watkins, Economic Opportunity Institute, share their talk "Getting to Pay Equity."

Professor Mary Kay Gugerty and Teri Kook, Family Impact Network, present their work entitled "Pay-for-Performance & Social Impact Investing: An evaluation quandary."

Professor Gugerty and Erica Mills have had a busy few months coming off of their highly successful West Coast Nonprofit Data Conference and this upcoming conference is chock full of great panels, panelists, and topics.