University of California San Diego — Dean of Graduate Division

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 and of the interplay between undergraduate and graduate education
  • Ability to encourage expression of diverse intellectual interests, foster varied modes of inquiry, and support wide-ranging pedagogical innovations;
  • Ability to set clear goals and to build a coherent entrepreneurial organizational culture for both scholars and staff;
  • Ability to engage openly and cooperatively with University partners; ability to manage the relationships between campus units that are critical to the University’s graduate education initiatives;
  • Proven dedication to creating a culture grounded in integrity and ethical behavior;
  • Demonstrated skill in fundraising;
  • Proven experience as an academic administrator;
  • Capable of effective action in representing the Campus at the system, state, national, and international levels;
  • A proven commitment to enhance the diversity of the University’s faculty, staff and students and the inclusivity and equity of the campus environment;
  • Ability to interact effectively with faculty, staff, and other administrators;
  • Ability to direct, mentor, and supervise staff.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the policies, procedures, and governance of UC San Diego and the University of California.


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.