Office of Research

Meet the AVC for Research

Joel Baker photo

Joel Baker, Ph.D.

Professor Joel Baker was appointed the Associate Vice Chancellor for Research in May 2014 further emphasizing UW Tacoma’s commitment to support faculty-led, student engaged, use-inspired research on campus. In this role, Dr. Baker will lead efforts to:

  • Raise the profile of research and scholarship at UW Tacoma 
  • Foster research experiences for UW Tacoma students
  • Increase UW Tacoma faculty participation in externally-sponsored research
  • Assist UW Tacoma faculty to create and operate sustainable, innovative research centers; and
  • Assist UW Tacoma faculty to build lasting collaborations with community partners in use-inspired research.

Assisting Dr. Baker in these efforts (in group picture from left to right) are JoAnn Kocha, Administrative Coordinator, Elin Bjorling, Faculty Research Development Specialist, and Lisa Isozaki, Research Administrator.

In addition to this role, Dr. Baker also holds the Port of Tacoma Chair in Environmental Science UW Tacoma and is the Science Director of the Center for Urban Waters. He earned a B.S. degree in Environmental Chemistry from Syracuse University (1982) and M.S. (1985) and Ph.D. (1988) degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Minnesota.

Our Mission

Our mission is to grow and support diverse and excellent research at UW Tacoma. We provide support in the following areas: finding funding, preparing grant proposals, submitting proposals, managing your award and supporting faculty research development. This office will coordinate with other offices both at UW Tacoma and in Seattle to ensure that you can focus on your scholarly goals.