Vice Provost and Dean-Undergraduate Education


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Patty Covington Fleming
Senior Executive Recruitment Partner

Updated May 20: The Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education (VPDUE) reports directly to the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor. The Vice Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Education is a strategic and dynamic thinker whose mission is to provide campus-wide leadership for the delivery of undergraduate education and student success while creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture. The VPDUE will act as liaison on academic issues pertinent to undergraduate education with each of the colleges and other campus entities, including the Academic Senate, the Council of Deans, and the Provost’s Leadership Council, as well as to external units and agencies, including the Office of the President, other UC campuses, other institutions of higher education, and to national groups like the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities. Moreover, the VPDUE will provide oversight and leadership for activities with relevant accreditation agencies, including serving as the Accreditation Liaison Officer for WASC.

The Vice Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Education is a key member of the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor’s team and is integral to the campus’ commitment to the overall success of UC Davis’ undergraduate students in their intellectual journey. Importantly, the Office of Undergraduate Education is integral to the campus planning and programming taking place to improve student success and achieve equitable outcomes among all undergraduate students. The Office of Undergraduate Education also supports all faculty in their mission of providing students an outstanding undergraduate education, including attention to the rapid evolution of pedagogy and shifts to additional instructional modalities.

In collaboration with the Associate Vice Provost of Academic Programs,  the VPDUE will assist with development and administration of activities focused on student success and experiential learning in Undergraduate Education. These programs are comprised of: the University Honors Program; Seminars, Aggie Launch Programs, and other academic programs; the Undergraduate Research Center; and Summer Sessions. In collaboration with the new Associate Vice Provost for the Writing Center, the VPDUE will develop and launch the campus Writing Center. In collaboration with the Executive Director of Academic Advising Enrichment, the VPDUE coordinates advising and academic communications across all colleges and other units, and provides professional training and quality oversight of all undergraduate advisors. and In collaboration with the Executive Director of Educational Analytics and the Executive Director of Learning, Teaching and Assessment, the Academic Senate, and staff overseeing teaching and learning aspects in the colleges, the VPDUE will oversee programming to ensure excellent teaching by faculty and graduate students, develop and implement a new teaching evaluation approach and system for the campus, monitor metrics of student success and develop programming to address inequities, and ensure an evidence-based response to ensure student success and equitable outcomes.

The VPDUE convenes the Council of Associate Deans; consults with the Academic Senate to encourage and support innovative approaches to ensure high-quality courses, curricula and academic programs; partners with campus stakeholders on academic success programs and initiatives, including Dean’s offices, departmental offices, Student Affairs, Enrollment Management, and the Vice Provost and Dean for Global Affairs; and works with the office of Budget and Institutional Analysis to advise the Provost on resource allocations pertaining to undergraduate education.

The VPDUE has responsibility for campus-wide leadership that sustains the quality and enhances the excellence of undergraduate education by supporting the highest quality of teaching and learning for undergraduate education and academic programs. The VPDUE also acts as a liaison between the central administration, the Davis Division of the Academic Senate, and other universities.

The VPDUE will also:

  • Help to ensure representation of undergraduate issues on relevant campus committees and task forces
  • Represent UC Davis to UC systemwide groups such as Deans of Undergraduate Education, and to national groups such as the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities
  • Participate in campuswide policy development through membership on the Council of Deans and Provost’s Leadership Council.
  • Participate as a member or ex officio member to various Academic Senate committees such as the Undergraduate Council

The recruitment advisory committee is led by co-chairs Estella Atekwana, dean, College of Letters and Science; and Susan Keen, professor of teaching, Department of Evolution and Ecology.

The committee also includes other academic administrators, faculty members, students, representation from Staff Assembly, and other campus leaders. See the complete roster 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 status. The complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy is available online.