UW Information Technology
Our culture at UW-IT is defined by collaboration, innovation and service to our entire University. We work together and with countless others throughout the UW to advance important work—whether that’s world-class research, advancing the teaching and learning experience or streamlining business processes. The work constantly changes but collaboration is always in our blood.
What else defines us?
- We start with clear organizational goals: IT that matters, any time, any place, any device. We serve a University with more than 35,000 staff and 45,000 students across several campuses and medical centers. Our reach is international, helping the UW conduct its work throughout the world.
- A diverse workforce to make it happen: We are nearly 500 strong, and from all walks of life. Millennials. Baby boomers. Generation Xers. And each year, a new batch of UW students work and learn with us. The glue that holds us together is respect and support for one another.
- Life/work balance to keep us engaged: As a service-oriented organization, we work hard at UW-IT. But we are not afraid to take a breather. In fact, we encourage it. We want happy and rested work partners because that’s how we get engaged, committed colleagues.
- Learning, always learning: We seek an environment where our colleagues are encouraged to innovate. We offer opportunities to look at our work in new ways, including a quarterly Leap Forward Day, where we have the time to explore and take risks that can help us transform the way we work and contribute to our great University.
Not yet convinced?
Here’s what Kelli, our Vice President and Chief Information Officer, wrote in her blog recently about the work we do on what turned out to be a great day for UW-IT:
As I was driving home last night after a very long day, I was thinking about the impact that so many in our organization have on the UW and its success. Whether it’s supporting research, student financial aid or student outcomes, delivering better data for decision making and reporting, improving classrooms, strengthening University and UW-IT collaboration and operations, or providing a better campus experience—UW-IT is contributing to the broader success of the UW in meaningful ways.My day began with a presentation to the Board of Regents highlighting UW-IT’s Leadership Development Program (LDP). Graduates from Cohort 4, including Jenni Laughlin from UW-IT’s Information Management division, Roland Lai from the Department of Surgery, and Joe Shelley from UW Bothell, presented on how participating in the LDP program helped them be more effective in their current roles and enhanced their ability to collaborate with UW-IT and with partners across the UW.
The day ended with Chance Reschke receiving the David Thorud Leadership Award, which recognizes one faculty member and one staff member who have demonstrated exceptional abilities to lead, serve, inspire and collaborate with broad impact. Chance was awarded this prestigious award for his efforts in building a thriving research computing community on campus. That event was followed by a dinner with the other University award winners and their VPs and Deans. For Chance, Jenni, Roland, and Joe, leadership is a “verb” that exemplifies the work of so many in IT roles across the University—helping our campus partners find solutions to problems, big and small, in creative, collaborative and innovative ways.
In between those events I stopped by the “UW-IT Bowling Break,” where we filled the HUB games area to capacity, doubling the number of UW-IT staff attending from last year. Thanks to all of you who turned out, and to the UW-IT Organizational Development Team for coordinating such a fun event. Even leadership needs a break now and then.