Suzanne Ortega, Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate School, University of Washington

Friday, April 21, 2006 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Suzanne Ortega
Vice Provost & Dean, Graduate School
University of Washington

Dr. Suzanne Ortega, Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School,
University of Washington
Suzanne Ortega was appointed as the Dean of the University of
Washington Graduate School and Vice Provost in August, 2005. Prior
to her appointment at the University of Washington, she served five
years as the Vice Provost for Advanced Studies and Dean of the
Graduate School at the University of Missouri - Columbia (MU). Dr.
Ortega's masters and doctoral degrees in sociology were completed at
Vanderbilt University. She served as assistant/associate graduate
dean from 1994-2000 at the University of Nebraska, where she was also
a faculty member for 20 years.

With primary research interests in mental health epidemiology, health
services, and race and ethnic relations, Dr. Ortega is the author or
co-author of numerous journal articles, book chapters, and an
introductory sociology text, now in its 6th edition. Dr. Ortega, an
award winning teacher, served on review panels for NSF and NIH and
has been the principal investigator or co-investigator on grants
totaling more than $6 million in state and federal funds. Her work
to secure funding for and develop successful Ronald E. McNair Post-
baccalaureate Degree, Preparing Future Faculty, Ph.D. Completion, and
Diversity Enhancement programs, including the CGS/Peterson’s Award
for Innovations in Promoting an Inclusive Graduate Community are
among her most important administrative accomplishments. Dr. Ortega
has served on the American Sociological Association (ASA) Advisory
Board for Preparing Future Faculty, the ASA Executive Office and
Budget committee and currently serves on the editorial board for the
Journal of Health and Social Behavior. In addition, she has served
on the Executive Board of the NASULGC Council on Research Policy and
Graduate Education and is a current member of the Graduate Record
Exam Board. She is the immediate past-Chair of the Midwestern
Association of Graduate Schools and current Chair of the Council of
Graduate Schools' Board.