Academic Human Resources (Faculty HR)

UW Tacoma is committed to fostering a community of educators who are dedicated to creating the best possible learning experience for our students. Achieving this goal requires employing quality faculty and motivated academic staff.

Academic HR News

- Click here for a 2/6/15 news item regarding compliance resources and policies for faculty and staff.

- UW is implementing a HR/Payroll Modernization Project. Click here to read more.

 - UW has an institutional membership with the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD), which provides online mentoring resources for faculty, post-docs, and graduate students. Resources include, for example, multi-week courses, guest speaker tele-workshops, peer discussion forums, and monthly writing challenges. Anyone who is interested may activate their account with a UW email address and begin using NCFDD immediately. Instructions on how to activate an account can be found here.

 - Click here to visit the NEW part-time lecturer website containing campus information and resources.


Congratulations to all the award winners recognized at the Spring Celebration! This year, faculty were recognized in the following categories:

Distinguished Teaching Award: Dr. Donald Chinn, Associate Professor, Institute of Technology

Distinguished Research Award: Dr. Yonn Dierwechter, Associate Professor, Urban Studies

Community Engagement Award: Dr. Jill Purdy, Associate Professor, Milgard School of Business and Joe Lawless, Executive Director, Center for Leadership and Social Responsibility, Milgard School of Business


Policy Updates

  • Mandatory reporting of suspected child abuse and neglect. RCW Chapter 26.44 was expanded to inlude employees of higher education as mandatory reporters. For more information, please read the Administrative Policy Statement and  Minors at the UW.

  • Background Checks. The University requires a background check for all employees (staff and faculty) being hired into a safety/security-sensitive position or those that are subject to the Washington State Child And Adult Abuse Law (CAAL). CAAL covers those who "will or may have unsupervised access" to special populations including: children under 16 years of age; developmentally disabled adults; or vulnerable adults. The University has identified academic units where these positions most reside. To this end, effective July 1, 2013 all new faculty (full-time and part-time) being hired into the Education, Nursing, or Social Work Programs must pass a backround check prior to employment.  For all other units, it is the dean/director's responsibility to determine if a new faculty will be working with any of the above populations and, therefore, require a background check. Please contact Alison Navarrete at for more information and/or to initiate a background check.

Open Faculty Positions

Information about current positions seeking applicants is located on the UW Academic Human Resources website. Find detailed information HERE.

The Art of Rowing

March 25, 2015

Watch a UW Tacoma art class build a sculpture celebrating the 1936 “Boys in the Boat.”