Top Dawgs: Long-Time AES Faculty Lead the University

Ana Marie Cauce UW Interim President
Ana Marie Cauce
UW Interim Provost Jerry Baldasty
Jerry Baldasty

The AES community applauds two of its long-time faculty members in their rise to the UW’s top leadership positions in March. The Board of Regents named Provost Ana Mari Cauce as interim president when President Michael Young left to become president at Texas A&M University. To fill the interim provost position, Cauce tapped Jerry Baldasty, senior vice provost for academic and student affairs since 2012. In a time of transition, the UW is in the stewardship of two highly experienced and respected faculty leaders who count 66 years of service between them.

Ana Mari Cauce joined the faculty in 1986 and is a professor in American Ethnic Studies and the Department of Psychology. A native of Cuba who came to the U.S. at age 3, Cauce graduated from the University of Miami and earned her doctorate in psychology at Yale with a focus on child clinical and community psychology. Her research has focused on adolescent development and at risk youth.

Known for being straightforward and accessible, Cauce steadily rose through numerous leadership positions on campus. She led AES as chair from July 1997 through June 2000. She also has directed the UW Honors Program and served as chair of the Department of Psychology, executive vice provost, and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. In addition she has been honored with a UW Distinguished Teaching Award. Read more: link (to bio on AES website).

Jerry Baldasty is an adjunct professor in American Ethnic Studies and a professor in the Department of Communications, which he chaired from 2002 to 2008. A faculty member since 1978, he also has served as dean and vice provost of the UW Graduate School. He earned both his bachelor’s and doctoral degrees in communications at the UW and focused his academic research on media in the context of politics, business, gender, race, and ethnicity. He is a recipient of the UW Distinguished Teaching Award.