Our diverse leadership team represents an array of backgrounds, life experiences and perspectives coupled with a lifelong passion for serving our region’s most vulnerable populations. Within this environment, the leadership team works to advance our research, educational and service mission, as well as bolster our School’s standing within the UW academic community and among our social work peers.  

LEADERSHIP TEAM

Eddie Uehara, Professor and Ballmer Endowed Dean in Social Work

A national leader in innovative social work science, service and practice, Uehara joined the School faculty in 1990 and was named dean in 2006. She is its first dean of color and the UW’s first Asian American female dean. Under her leadership as dean, the School’s advanced social work program has been consistently ranked one of the best in the nation.


ACADEMICS

Tessa Evans-Campbell, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Evans-Campbell serves as associate dean for academic affairs and is co-director of the School’s Indigenous Wellness Research Institute. Her research interests center on historical trauma, resistance and healing; exploring cultural buffers of trauma; and Indigenous family wellness.

Paula Nurius, Associate Dean for Transdisciplinary Scholarship

Nurius, associate dean for transdisciplinary scholarship, brings a history of national leadership roles—currently she is on the board of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare—in addition to interdisciplinary training and collaboration building. Her research focuses on the processes and effects that stress and trauma have on vulnerable and socially disadvantaged populations. She is considered one of social work’s top 25 female scholars based on her scholarship impact.


RESEARCH & INNOVATION

Ben de Haan, Associate Dean for Social Service Innovation & Partnerships

For more than 30 years, de Haan has been bringing together leaders and policymakers in academia, child welfare, justice systems and related fields to make changes and improve the lives of vulnerable children, adults and families. He was the founding director of the School’s Partners for Our Children before assuming the position of associate dean for social service innovation and partnerships.

Rona L. Levy, Associate Dean for Research

Levy’s work has brought a behavioral medicine and social work perspective to the medical field by exploring psychosocial aspects of health, especially in areas of chronic pain, intergenerational transmission of illness behavior, childhood and adult obesity prevention and treatment, and behavioral medicine. As associate dean for research she supports all phases of research activities for members of the School’s community.

David Takeuchi, Associate Dean for Faculty Excellence

A sociologist with postdoctoral experience in epidemiology and health services research, Takeuchi has written extensively on issues related to the unequal distribution of health and illness in society. As associate dean for faculty excellence, he works to identify ways for faculty, researchers and doctoral students to establish new research programs, enhance career trajectories and uncover new scholarship opportunities.


DIVERSITY & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Val Kalei Kanuha, Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Kanuha leads the School’s response around diversity, equity and inclusion. She is an activist, consultant and researcher with a focus on gender violence against women and children, and the intersection of race/ethnicity and gender and sexual identity.

Margaret Spearmon, Director for Community Engagement

Spearmon helps direct and deepen the School’s commitment to community, particularly around such innovative initiatives as Project Connect and the Othello-UW Commons, a community collaboration space in Southeast Seattle. In 2019, she received the prestigious UW David Thorud Leadership Award for her commitment to diversity and inclusionary leadership and her track record of creativity and innovation.


FINANCE & OPERATIONS

Vicki Anderson-Ellis, Assistant Dean of Finance & Administration

Anderson-Ellis has managed the School’s financial health for more than 12 years with oversight of a $77 million annual budget. She has a demonstrated history of working in higher education and managing a wide range of budgetary and administrative challenges from student aid and building improvements to research funding and federal training grants. 


DONOR & ALUMNI RELATIONS

Julie Sun, Assistant Dean for Advancement

As assistant dean for advancement, Sun works with donors and alumni to ensure that the next generation of social work leaders and practitioners has the means to sustain and advance the School’s legacy of innovation, advocacy and impact.