Dean Swanson five-year review

The Office of the Provost is conducting a five-year review of Steve Swanson, Dean of the School of Pharmacy. This review is a normal part of our evaluation and support procedures. As part of this review, the provost has appointed Irwin Goldman, interim senior associate dean, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, to chair a committee to gather feedback from faculty, staff, students, and partners of the school.

There are several ways for you to participate in the review. None of these are mandatory, and you can choose to participate in as many ways as work best for you:

  1. Attend the Town Hall meeting
  2. Complete a survey
  3. Join a focus group
  4. Individual conversation with the committee

Town Hall Meeting

Attend a virtual town hall meeting on February 13, 2–3 p.m. (Meeting Link)

We will discuss the review process, how to provide input, and how confidentiality will be maintained throughout the entire review. There will also be time to address any questions you may have.


The UW Survey Center will be distributing a survey via email to the School of Pharmacy’s faculty, staff, students, board members, and select partners. The confidential survey will help the review committee assess Dean Swanson’s skills across multiple areas, like leadership and community building. We anticipate the survey being available starting February 14.

Focus Groups

The review committee will hold six focus groups, one each for assistant professors, associate and full professors, staff, students, dean’s advisory council members, and external partners / board members. During these meetings, you can share your thoughts about what is working well in the school and what could be improved. All meetings are remote:

  1. Academic and University Staff: Thursday, February 15, 1–2 p.m. (Meeting Link)
  2. Students: Friday, February 16, 11 a.m.–12 p.m. (Meeting Link)
  3. Dean’s Advisory Council: Monday, February 19, 12 –1 p.m. (Meeting Link)
  4. Assistant Professors: Wednesday, February 21, 2–3 p.m. (Meeting Link)
  5. Associate and Full Professors: Friday, February 23, 1–2 p.m. (Meeting Link)
  6. External Partners and Board Members: Friday, February 23, 2–3 p.m. (Meeting Link)

Individual Conversation

You may also provide individual feedback by meeting virtually or in person with two members of the review committee. Once all requests are received, a committee member will be in touch to schedule.

If you would like to schedule an individual conversation or have any questions about this five-year review, please contact the Provost’s Office staff member supporting this committee: Carole Kolb, Assistant Vice Provost,

Dean Review Committee Members

  1. Bruce Barrett, Professor, Family Medicine, and Community Health
  2. Michelle Chui, Professor, Social and Administrative Sciences Division
  3. Irwin Goldman, Professor and Interim Senior Associate Dean, CALS
  4. Lingjun Li, Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences Division
  5. Eric Robinson, Software Engineer II, Pharmacy
  6. Kate Rotzenberg, Associate Teaching Professor and Pearl Rx Program Administrator
  7. Linsey Steege, Professor and Associate Dean for Research, School of Nursing
  8. Eva Vivian, Professor (CHS), Pharmacy Practice and Translational Research Division