Professional Graduate Program Advisory Boards Guidelines

The following guidelines apply to the establishment and maintenance of the Professional Graduate Programs Advisory Board in the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) at the University of Washington. This board increases communication between HCDE and local community and industry leaders with a goal of improving the learning environment for HCDE students in its Master's program and in its credit-based User-Centered Design certificate program. This board provides mutual exchange of ideas between industry representatives and HCDE faculty. Board members and faculty can engage in a rich exchange about employment opportunities for HCDE graduates and service and research opportunities.

The primary function of community members on the HCDE Professional Graduate Programs Advisory Board is to advise and assist HCDE faculty regarding program promotion, curriculum innovation, job placement, and evaluation.


Each board typically consists of a few HCDE faculty (often including the HCDE Chair or Associate Chair), and not less than 10 or more than 20 industry liaisons with experience and knowledge about HCDE. Qualifications to be considered in appointing board members are experience, availability, character, and the extent to which the proposed board member is representative of the community.

Appointment Procedures and Service Terms

The HCDE Department Chair determines the composition of the advisory board (number of members, terms of service, etc.) and officially appoints members to the board before the start of each academic year. The advisory board will have a Chair who will be the HCDE Department Chair or a Supervising HCDE Faculty member determined by the Chair. Terms for board members should not exceed three years and should overlap among the members. Members may serve two (2) consecutive terms. A member who has served two consecutive terms will normally leave the board for one year before being eligible again for appointment. In special circumstances, and with the Department Chair’s approval, a member's length of continuous service on the board may be extended for a third three-year term.

Upon appointment, the board member should receive the names, titles, and contact information of all board members. Board members will also receive a written explanation defining the purpose of the advisory board and outlining the duties and responsibilities of its members and the agenda for the first meeting.

Organization of Meetings

The advisory board, in consultation with the advisory board chair, shall determine the dates, times, and locations of their meetings. An agenda and minutes shall be prepared for each meeting.