Dean of Graduate Division Search

The University of California San Diego (UC San Diego) invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the Graduate Division, from candidates internal to the University of California system, and others with significant University of California experience.

Established in 1960, UC San Diego ranks as one of the top 15 research universities in the world with a commitment to driving innovation that advances society, propels economic growth, and makes the world a better place. Annual research expenditures exceed $1 billion annually, placing the University 5th in the nation and 1st among UC campuses for total research and development expenditures by the National Science Foundation. UC San Diego also helps sustain an active, entrepreneurial ecosystem in the surrounding community with 2,900 inventions disclosed and over 1,000 companies utilize, or have utilized, technology created at UC San Diego. In 2017, UC San Diego was designated as a Changemaker Campus by Ashoka U for its role as a leader in social innovation education.

UC San Diego’s main campus is located near the Pacific Ocean on 1,200 acres of coastal woodland in La Jolla, California. The campus sits on the ancestral homelands of the Kumeyaay Nation; the Kumeyaay people continue to have an important and thriving presence in the region and are integral to the fabric of the university.

UC San Diego’s rich academic portfolio includes six undergraduate colleges, five academic divisions, and five graduate and professional schools:

  • Division of Arts and Humanities
  • Rady School of Management
  • Division of Biological Sciences
  • School of Global Policy & Strategy
  • Division of Physical Sciences
  • School of Medicine
  • Division of Social Sciences
  • Skaggs School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Jacobs School of Engineering
  • Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Two additional undergraduate colleges and a School of Public Health are now being planned.

With a wide-ranging portfolio of academic departments, programs, institutes, and research centers, UC San Diego provides a stimulating research and educational environment across traditional disciplines and including many interdisciplinary specialities.

UC San Diego currently enrolls a diverse student body of over 38,000 students including 30,285 undergraduates and 8,513 graduate, medical, and pharmaceutical students. The Graduate Division upholds the ideal of a student-centered campus, serving as the central resource for all matters related to graduate students and their education. It helps students advance in their academic disciplines and empowers them to prepare for long-term career success by offering innovative professional development programs in partnership with other units.

With an annual operating budget of $3.1M and a staff of 35, the Division manages $30M in graduate support and works closely with academic departments to build upon a long tradition of academic excellence in graduate education. Furthermore, the Division advances the campus’ vision to be a student-centered, research-focused, and service-oriented public university, facilitating the training of graduate students who will become tomorrow’s leaders in their fields, well equipped to solve problems and thereby transform lives and society. The campus intends to grow its graduate student body by 20% over the next 5 years, maximizing its quality and enhancing diversity and inclusion to ensure a superior student experience.

The Position

Reporting directly to the Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and serving as a key member of the University's leadership team, the dean sets divisional goals and long-range plans in alignment with the university’s strategic vision. Moreover, the dean promotes high standards in research, education and administration, promotes and addresses the needs of an outstanding and diverse graduate student body, and provides leadership to the academic divisions in the recruitment and retention of graduate students. The dean works with the academic administrators, the Academic Senate, and other units in the innovation, development, implementation and maintenance of programs that benefit graduate students. The dean also represents the division in forums at the UC system, local, state, national and international levels. Moreover, the Dean sets the vision for graduate education and develops divisional goals and long-range plans in alignment with the University’s strategic vision.

Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Set and promote high academic and ethical standards for graduate education, collaborate on the creation of new modalities of graduate education, and help departments and programs develop an outstanding diverse graduate student body and inclusive unit cultures
  • Cooperate with the Academic Senate leadership on graduate education, graduate program reviews and general academic matters; serve as an ex-officio member of the Graduate Council of the Academic Senate in administering policies, procedures, requirements, and standards for graduate study
  • Oversee graduate admissions, academic progress to degree, financial support, student affairs, graduate student academic employee collective bargaining, and the granting of post-baccalaureate degrees
  • Collaborate with academic departments to recruit and admit an excellent and diverse graduate student body
  • Serve as a key member of the Executive Vice Chancellor’s senior leadership team collaborating with colleagues on a wide array of cross-campus initiatives that involve, but range beyond, graduate education and the graduate student experience
  • Collaborate with senior Development staff and assume a leadership role in fundraising initiatives for graduate student support
  • Collaborate with academic deans, department chairs, the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, the Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, and the Graduate Student Association to create an equitable, inclusive and supportive student-centric campus
  • Represent UC San Diego at the University of California (UC) Council of Graduate Deans, the AAU Association of Graduate Schools, the Council of Graduate schools, and other UC and national forums

Skills and Qualifications

The Dean should possess the following qualifications and characteristics: 

  • A distinguished record of teaching, research, and professional service appropriate for a tenured Full Professor appointment at UC San Diego;
  • Outstanding scholarly credentials and broadly recognized national stature;
  • A commitment to academic excellence and an interest in and commitment to graduate education.
  • An appreciation of the dual research and educational missions of a major research university;
  • Ability to set clear goals and to build a coherent entrepreneurial organizational culture for both scholars and staff;
  • Ability to interact effectively with faculty, staff, and other administrators;
  • Ability to direct and supervise staff;
  • Ability to manage the partnerships and relations between campus units that are critical to the University’s graduate education undertakings;
  • Ability to create a culture grounded in integrity and ethical behavior;
  • A commitment to enhance the diversity of the University’s faculty, staff and students and the inclusivity and equity of the campus environment;
  • Demonstrated skill in fundraising;
  • Proven experience as a senior academic administrator;
  • Ability to engage the University openly and cooperatively;
  • Ability to encourage expression of diverse interests and representations; capable of effective action in representing the Campus at the state, national, and international levels;
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the policies, procedures, and governance of UC San Diego and the University of California.

Nomination and Application Information

UC San Diego Executive Recruitment Services will provide assistance with the search. Initial screening of applicants will begin immediately, and will continue until the completion of the search process. Please direct inquiries and nominations to Suzi Harris, Senior Associate Executive Recruiter at or (858) 246-0686.

Applications, candidates’ letters of interest, their CVs and statements of their Contributions to Diversity should be submitted on line via UC San Diego Recruit.

The University of California San Diego is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Diversity is a defining feature of the University of California, which embraces it as a source of strength. Differences — of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, socioeconomic status, abilities, experience and more — enhance the university’s ability to achieve its core missions of public service, teaching, and research. UC welcomes faculty, staff, and students from all backgrounds and wants everyone at UC to feel respected and valued.

Search Advisory Committee

  • Erik Mitchell (University Librarian), Chair
  • Cristina Della Coletta (Dean, Arts and Humanities)
  • Monique Crandal (Director, Case Management Services, Student Affairs)
  • Daniel Dubin (Professor, Physics)
  • Graham Elliott (Professor and Chair, Economics)
  • Lisa Eyler (Professor in Residence, Psychiatry)
  • Karsten Hansen (Professor, School of Global Policy and Strategy)
  • Tara Hutchinson (Professor, Jacobs School of Engineering, Department of Structural Engineering)
  • Vladimir Jovanovic (Vice President of Academic Affairs, Graduate Student Association)
  • James Kadonaga (Professor, DRS/Molecular Biology)
  • Aleck Karis (Professor, Arts and Humanities/Department of Music)
  • Erica Lennard (Director, Student Affairs and Industry Relations)
  • Sylvia Lepe (Assistant Vice Chancellor, Office of the Chief Financial Officer)
  • Matt Nelson (Director, Writing Hub/Teaching + Learning Commons)
  • Kwai Ng (Professor, Sociology)
  • Truong Nguyen (Professor and Chair, Jacobs School of Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering)
  • Joel Norris (Professor, Scripps Institution of Oceanography)
  • Melissa Vipperman-Cohen (President, Graduate Student Association)