Eddie Uehara, Dean of School of Social Work, University of Washington
Dr. Edwina Uehara, who has spent her entire teaching career at the University of Washington's School of Social Work, was appointed the Dean of the School of Social Work in 2006. Dr. Uehara joined the university faculty as an assistant professor in 1990 and previously served as the acting dean of the school in 2001. The UW's School of Social Work educates nearly 500 bachelor's, master's and doctoral students and attracts nearly $30 million in research funding annually.
Teaching has always been a hallmark of Uehara's career at the UW. She was named winner of the School of Social Work's Student's Choice Teaching Award for Classroom Excellence in 1994. She was a recipient of the university's Distinguished Teaching Award in 1996 and is a founding member of the UW's teaching academy.
Dr. Uehara also has pursued an active research agenda looking at the effects of violence both in urban environments and on immigrants who experienced violence in Southeast Asia. In addition, she is interested in social networks, social support systems and the financing and organization of health services, particularly as they affect economically disadvantage ethnic minority populations.
Dr. Uehara earned her bachelor's degree from Eastern Washington University in 1973, a master's degree in social work from the University of Michigan in 1977 and her doctorate from the University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration in 1987. Prior to coming to the UW, she completed a National Institute of Mental Health post-doctoral fellowship in mental health services research at the University of Chicago.