Editor’s Note: Mia Tuan has been both a CSWS faculty affiliate and a CSWS Women of Color Project affiliate.
March 23, 2015—Today, the University of Washington announced that Mia Tuan has been hired as dean of the College of Education. She will start July 1, subject to approval by the UW Board of Regents.
“She is a highly productive and well-respected scholar and brings a very interesting multiplicity of perspectives to the business of training teachers and educators. We are very excited to bring her to the UW and look forward to her leadership of this key college in the education of our youth,” UW Interim President Ana Mari Cauce said in the announcement.
Tuan has been at the University of Oregon since 1996, serving in a variety of capacities.
Most recently, Tuan was interim dean of the College of Education, and previously served as associate dean of the Graduate School, a professor in the Department of Education Studies, and director and co-founder of the Center on Diversity and Community (CoDaC).
Her research focuses on racial and ethnic identity development, Asian transracial adoption and majority-minority relations.
“I am very thankful for the time I’ve spent at Oregon. Eighteen years is a long time to forge relationships and share community,” Tuan said. “I will miss the many friends and colleagues I have gotten to know over the years.”
Tuan’s campus contribution has extended beyond her official leadership roles to include less visible but essential work assisting individuals and departments to be more inclusive, accessible and equitable. The history of CoDac details her role here. Also, she served on search committees for university president and two provosts in recent years.
“The University of Washington is adding an accomplished and inspirational leader to its team today,” UO Acting Provost Frances Bronet said. “Mia has stepped forward in times of transition on our campus to serve as education dean; she has always been committed to excellence, broad-based engagement and community strength. I thank her for all the hard work and significant intellectual guidance to move the university forward on diversity and inclusion efforts. Mia’s influence on our campus is incalculable and she will be greatly missed.”
—By Julie Brown, Public Affairs Communications