Mia Tuan

The University of Washington has named Dr. Mia Tuan, a distinguished scholar who has held several leadership roles at the University of Oregon over the past 18 years, as Dean of the College of Education.

“Mia Tuan brings a wealth of successful administrative experience in several different roles to this position,” said UW Interim President Ana-Mari Cauce. “She is a highly productive and well-respected scholar and brings a very interesting multiplicity of perspectives to the business of training teachers and educators. We are very excited to bring her to the UW and look forward to her leadership of this key college in the education of our youth.”

Tuan, a professor of education studies, served as interim dean of UO’s College of Education from 2013 to 2014, and was associate dean of its Graduate School for three years prior. She is also a former director of UO’s Center on Diversity & Community, and was director of the sociology department’s honors program. Tuan joined UO's sociology faculty in 1996, and in 2007 joined the College of Education. Tuan has won numerous academic awards, including the 2012 Western Association of Graduate Schools (WAGS) and Education Testing Services (ETS) Award for Excellence and Innovation, for Diversifying Graduate Education in STEM Disciplines.

She is the author of numerous scholarly articles and three books, Choosing Ethnicity, Negotiating Race: Korean Adoptees in America; Prejudice in Politics: Group Position, Public Opinion and the Wisconsin Treaty Rights Dispute; and Forever Foreigners or Honorary Whites? The Contemporary Asian Ethnic Experience. Her research focuses on racial and ethnic identity development, Asian transracial adoption, and majority/minority relations.

Tuan received her bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, and her master’s and doctorate in sociology from UCLA.

Tuan will assume her duties at dean of UW College of Education effective July 1, 2015.

"The work of UW College of Education has never been more important to the future success of our community, the state, the region and the world," Cauce said. "We look forward to Dr. Tuan's leadership as UW continues to strengthen partnerships with schools and communities to create an excellent and equitable education system for all children."


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