Miriam Bartha to Join UW Bothell Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences as Director of Graduate Programs

After nine years at the Simpson Center, Miriam Bartha has accepted a new position as Director of Graduate Programs in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences (IAS) at the University of Washington, Bothell. She will assume her new responsibilities beginning August 2013. 

Bartha, who joined the Simpson Center staff as Assistant Director in 2004 and was promoted to Associate Director in 2010, has been integral to the Center’s growth and development. Throughout her term, she has provided critical administrative and academic leadership for the Center’s mission, helping to create and facilitate a generative intellectual environment that extends across campuses and the greater Seattle community.

“Miriam’s combination of gifts—her intellectual acumen, commitment to collaboration, and graciousness, among them—is absolutely rare in the academy,” says Simpson Center Director Kathleen Woodward. “Over the past nine years countless faculty and graduate students have come to rely upon her as a key part of their intellectual support network. It’s lucky for all of us on the Seattle campus that she’s going no further than Bothell!”

During her time with the Simpson Center, Bartha has made major contributions to the Center’s support and development of campus-community partnerships and publicly-engaged scholarship. She co-directed the UW Institute on the Public Humanities (with Bruce Burgett), Teachers as Scholars and Wednesday University (with Seattle Arts & Lectures), and the 2010 national conference for Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life.

Bartha also facilitated large-scale projects funded by major foundations and agencies. Some of these include New Geographies of Feminist Art: China, Asia, and the World (American Council of Learned Societies, 2012-2013), the Sawyer Seminar on B/ordering Violence (Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, 2011–2013), and the American Music Partnership with KEXP-FM of Seattle (Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, 2009–2011).

Since 2010, she has co-directed the Certificate in Public Scholarship, a portfolio- and practicum-based program which enables graduate students to integrate their intellectual, political, and professional interests through engagement with diverse publics. The Certificate has recently been called the “most robust graduate program for the new public humanist” by Imagining America’s founding director Julie Ellison. Bartha will continue to work with the Certificate program as an interim director during the 2013-14 academic year.

Over the past year, Bartha has led the Simpson Center staff in a strategic analysis and planning process focused on the organizational sustainability, continuity, and growth of the Center. Staff have systematically analyzed the Center’s workflows, workloads, and administrative capacity, and have created roadmap for staff development, reporting, project management, and communications with executive boards and principal investigators going forward.

Bartha will build upon this experience in her new position, which is charged with administrative oversight and strategic planning for the IAS graduate programs. They currently include a Masters of Arts in Policy Studies, a Masters of Arts in Cultural Studies, and a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing & Poetics. She says, “I am excited about IAS’s commitment to interdisciplinary education and research, to regional development and collaboration, and to creative and forward-looking growth.”

Bartha holds a PhD in English from Rutgers University. In addition to her contributions to the Simpson Center, she has taught women’s studies, cultural studies, literature, and composition at Rutgers and San Francisco State universities; worked as an arts administrator for PEN, the international non-profit writers' advocacy organization; produced a lecture and performance series, Poetry and the Public Sphere; and oversaw the electronic archiving and digital relaunching of HOW(ever), a historic journal of feminist experimental writing.

Though she will be greatly missed, the Simpson Center wishes Miriam success in her future endeavors. Please join us in congratulating her on her new position!

For questions, contact the Simpson Center at schadmin@uw.edu or 206.543.3920.