Dean-School of Education

Updated May 25 to note that the comment period has ended.

Updated May 17 with candidate forum recordings.

Updated April 18 with candidate forum information.

Updated Jan. 23 with revised position profile. See Documents section below.

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


The time period to comment on candidates following their public forums has closed.


General comments or questions can be sent to:


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 co-chair by Kevin Johnson, Dean, School of Law; and co-chair Gloria Rodriguez, Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy, School of Education. 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.