Doug Wadden has been a designer and educator for nearly 45 years.
He studied photography at the Rochester Institute of Technology and following a two-year internship with the Xerox Corporation Design Department, earned his graduate degree in graphic design at Yale University. He has done considerable experimental work in photography, printmaking and video before turning his attention exclusively to visual communication design.
As a graphic designer he has worked for museums, corporations, public agencies and institutions, but perhaps most notably as the principal design consultant to the University of Washington Henry Art Gallery for nearly 25 years.
His books, catalogues, posters and publications have been recognized internationally in exhibitions, competitions, annuals and magazines and are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.
He has served on the national boards of the American Institute of Graphic Art in New York and the American Center for Design in Chicago and has been a juror, panelist and lecturer at numerous competitions and design conferences. In 1998 he was elected a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale in Zurich, Switzerland.
Appointed to the faculty of the University of Washington in 1970, he has had an extensive academic and administrative career. For nearly 25 years he chaired the program and division of design, while teaching professional practice, information design, visualization, design history, publication design and fundamental visual theory. He has been an external program and tenure reviewer for many American universities and as a National Association of Schools of Art and Design accreditation evaluator, he has conducted numerous reviews of art and design programs across the country and overseas.
Additionally, he has assumed leadership roles at the 50,000 student three campus university as Chair of the Faculty Senate; Chair of Planning and Budgeting; Academic Standards; Tuition, Enrollment and Financial Aid Policy; Stadium Development; and Tri-campus Relations, along with membership on numerous councils, committees, searches and task forces.
In 2005 the university president awarded Doug the Marsha and Jay Glazer Endowed University Professorship for his contributions to the university. In 2008, the Provost appointed him Executive Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Planning, responsible for many aspects of university management and state higher education coordination, faculty governance policy development, a new university budget model and regional accreditation, among other issues. In 2011/12, the president appointed Doug to serve as Interim Provost of the university and lastly, as Special Advisor to the Provost, overseeing searches for a new Chancellor and for a Vice Provost of Global Affairs. Doug retired from University service at the end of 2014.
Throughout his long career, Doug has sought to balance teaching with practice and theory with creativity, whether in the classroom or in the studio.