UC Davis has launched a nationwide recruitment for Dean-College of Letters and Science.

The dean is the chief academic and administrative officer for the College of Letters and Science, with responsibility for the academic and outreach leadership of the college and management of its resources, including faculty and staff, physical facilities and budget. The dean has responsibility for managing a team of associate deans to work cohesively to support the work of the divisions and college as a whole. The dean serves as the lead in representing the college to the campus and its leadership and to the outside world, including alumni and donors. The dean is responsible for leading the efforts to develop a strategic plan and for solidifying the vision, mission and goals for the college.

As the chief executive and academic officer of the college, the dean will set the standard of intellectual engagement and accomplishment for the college, provide strategic vision and operational leadership to all aspects of the academic and scholarly program, promote synergies within the college and university, and encourage opportunities for distinctive programmatic innovation.

The College of Letters and Science is the largest of UC Davis’ schools and colleges and encompasses the broadest offering of disciplines at UC Davis: Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies, Mathematical and Physical Sciences, and Social Sciences.

The College of Letters and Science consists of approximately 600-plus faculty members who teach the core curriculum for virtually all 31,000 undergraduate students in the university — of whom 14,200 are majors in the College of Letters and Science — as well as mentoring more than 1,600 graduate students pursuing degrees in 31 graduate programs or groups plus numerous designated emphases.

The dean oversees all academic and budgetary aspects of the college’s 29 departments, 15 programs and 14 centers, including:

  • Senate faculty — 600-plus
  • Student majors — 14,200 (44.6 percent of all UC Davis students)
  • Graduate students — 1,600
  • Alumni — 90,000-plus
  • Major programs — 55 (out of 109 at UC Davis), including nine of the top-20 most popular majors
  • Research expenditures — $39 million

The recruitment advisory committee is led by chair Mark Winey, dean, College of Biological Sciences; and co-chair Isabel Montañez, professor, Earth and Planetary Sciences. The committee also includes other academic administrators, faculty members, representatives from the Associated Students of the University of California, Davis, and the Graduate Student Association, as well as representatives from Staff Assembly. The complete roster is available as a PDF in the Documents section, below.

The national search firm Isaacson, Miller is assisting the recruitment advisory committee in identifying potential candidates for this critical position.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran statusThe complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy is available online.

See below for the recruitment advisory committee roster. The position profile will be added when available.