University of Washington Bothell

General Faculty Organization


The purpose of the General Faculty Organization (GFO) is to serve as the forum for faculty deliberation and decision-making and for the formulation and conveyance of advice to the Chancellor of the UW Bothell Campus on a wide range of matters related to the mission of UW Bothell. There are 5 councils of the GFO, each with a different set of responsiblities. To  learn more about the GFO councils, click here.  

     2020 - 2021 GFO Officers:

  • Keith Nitta, GFO Chair
  • Jason Naranjo, GFO Vice Chair
  • David Socha, GFO Past Chair

GFO Quarterly General Meetings

General GFO meetings are held at least once per quarter. The agenda is developed by the Executive Council and all faculty are invited and encouraged to attend and provide feedback and insight into important UWB topics. 

     2020/21 Schedule:



   Upcoming Faculty Events

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News & Announcements


Academic Integrity & Equitable Assessment Discussion Panel

In the Apr 29 GFO Spring meeting, a panel of UW Bothell staff and faculty shared insightful perspectives and helpful resources on the topics of academic integrity & equitable assessment at UW Bothell. If you were unable to attend the meeting, you can view a recording of the meeting here and/or read the meeting minutes (with resource links) here. 

Panel Members:

  • Katie Horowitz, Director of Residential Life & Student Conduct
  • Mary Toll, Assistant Director of Student Conduct 
  • Pen Moon, Director of Digital Learning and Engagement
  • Karen Rosenberg, Director of Learning and Teaching Collaborative
  • Emily Gismervig, Associate Teaching Professor, STEM
  • Rachel Scherr, Assistant Professor, STEM
  • Carrie Tzou, Professor, Education 

GFO Council Charges for 2020/21 Academic Year

In order to provide transparency and clarity about the work of the GFO to Bothell faculty, students, staff, and administration, the GFO’s Executive Council has formally charged each GFO standing committee with high-priority tasks and deliverables. GFO leadership developed the priority items in charge letters collaboratively with committee chairs, through individual discussions as well as a public discussion in the Oct. 13 Executive Council meeting. Taken together, these charge letters describe the work the GFO plans to do in the 2020-21 academic year. We welcome any questions or comments on these charge letters, directed to GFO Chair Keith Nitta ( or to the chair of the relevant GFO committee. 
Follow the links below to learn more about each council and read their 2020/21 charge letters: 

New Online Proctoring Ban  Policy at UW Bothell (approved by faculty vote, June 2020): 

UW Bothell prohibits the use of online proctoring tools, except for (a) fully online programs that students intentionally signed up to take, or (b) exceptional situations approved by the GFO Campus Council on Academic Standards and Curriculum. Approvals must be obtained before the course is available for students to register. Online proctoring tools include using any UW teaching tools to proctor online assessments, such as requiring students to share their Zoom videos while doing an exam. 
How to Apply for an Exemption: 
UW Bothell faculty who seek an individual course exemption from the ban on online proctoring should complete the Petition to Conduct Online Exam Proctoring and email it to GFO Program Coordinator, Dawn Moncalieri ( The GFO Campus Council on Academic Standards and Curriculum will review the request and respond directly to the applying faculty member. Any questions regarding the ban, the form, or the exemption procedure should be directed to the GFO Chair, Keith Nitta (

Read more about the policy here

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