Dean-School of Education

Updated Nov. 6 to note candidate forums have been scheduled.

UC Davis has launched a nationwide recruitment for Dean-School of Education.


Candidate CVs will be posted on the Dean, School of Education Executive Recruitment webpage approximately 48 hours in advance of each visit. To protect the confidentiality of the candidates, the website will require your UC Davis log-in credentials in order to access the names and CVs. 

Public Forums: The candidate presentations will be followed by a moderated Q&A session. The public forums will be recorded and the recordings will be posted to the Dean, School of Education Executive Recruitment webpage following the last candidate’s presentation.

See CVs and forum information

Please do not share or forward any candidate materials or information. 

Your participation in the process is strongly encouraged and your feedback is very important in helping us select the next Dean, School of Education. Provost Croughan welcomes comments on the candidates. Those comments should be sent by email to by Wednesday, Dec. 13.  Comments go to HR-Executive Recruitment and will be shared only with Provost Croughan, so please use this confidential email address to send your comments.



UC Davis point of contact:

Patty Covington Fleming
Senior Executive Recruitment Partner

The Dean is the chief academic and administrative officer of the School of Education, with responsibility for the overall management and operation of the School, including management of its faculty and staff, physical facilities and budget. The Dean represents the School to the campus and its leadership and to the outside world, including alumni and donors. The Dean is responsible for leading efforts to develop and implement a strategic plan and for solidifying the vision, mission, and goals for the School.

The Dean represents the School to the campus and the administration, particularly in working with other academic and research units on innovative ventures, and securing resource support for the School’s activities. The Dean participates in campuswide policy and program decisions through membership on the Provost’s Leadership Council and the Council of Deans. The Dean is responsible for persuasively articulating the goals and programs of the School to the University community, external stakeholders, donors, and the general public.

The Dean provides leadership in sustaining and obtaining additional resources from donors and corporate partners, as well as from revenue-generating programs. In coordination with the School’s advancement team, the Dean leads the development of fundraising strategies for cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of donors. The Dean leads the School’s advancement efforts in communications, donor relations, and fundraising with external stakeholders.

The Dean will:

  • Provide strategic leadership to enhance the School of Education’s mission and impact;
  • Support the School’s deep commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, community engagement, and social justice;
  • Recruit, retain, and develop excellent and diverse faculty and staff;
  • Lead and inspire excellence in research and instruction;
  • Develop far-reaching partnerships and educational programs to extend the impact of the School across California and beyond;
  • Seek and develop the financial resources necessary to meet the aspirations of the School;
  • Build and sustain partnerships across UC Davis and in the community.

The recruitment advisory committee is led by chair Kevin Johnson, Dean, School of Law. The committee also includes other academic administrators, faculty members, representatives from ASUCD and the Graduate Student Association, as well as representatives from Staff Assembly. The complete roster is available as a PDF.

The national search firm SP&A Executive Search 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 status. The 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.