University of California, Irvine — Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate Division

Among the nation’s top public research universities and one of the fastest growing campuses in the world-renowned University of California system, the University of California, Irvine (UCI) seeks a collaborative and strategic scholar-administrator and leader in graduate education to serve as Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate Division. As part of UCI’s strategic plan, “Bright Past, Brilliant Future,” the University has a goal of reaching a population of 25% graduate students, with a focus on increasing the number of quality Ph.D. students in particular. The Vice Provost and Graduate Dean will play a vital role in advancing this strategic pillar, helping to secure the institution’s standing as an innovative and world-class research university. 

UCI is a Hispanic-serving institution and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-serving institution. UCI serves approximately 30,000 undergraduate students, 5,700 graduate students on the general campus, and 1,400 graduate students at the Health Sciences campus. There are more than 1,300 faculty and approximately 11,000 total staff members. Founded as an interdisciplinary campus, it boasts excellence across its sciences, engineering, arts, and humanities core and in its professional schools. UCI is ranked first among all universities in the The New York Times list of “Top Colleges Doing the Most for the American Dream.” In U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 “Best Colleges” survey, UCI climbed to seventh among all public universities and 33rd out of the 1,600 universities evaluated nationwide. UCI was in Sierra Club’s top 10 “Cool School” list of campuses. As the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), UCI combines the strengths of a major research institution with the dynamism and agility of an emergent campus. In addition, its mission as a public and land grant institution plays a significant role in contributing to the advancement of local, state, national and global communities.

There are more than 100 graduate academic and professional degree programs housed within 13 different academic units. Faculty scholarly productivity is exceptionally high: 44 of the 64 doctoral programs are ranked in the top 25th percentile by Academic Analytics. UCI’s graduate programs shine in national report rankings of graduate programs. Seven fields of advanced study place in the top 10 among public universities on U.S. News & World Report’s annual graduate school ranking list. In 2017-18, 1,448 Master’s, 380 Ph.D./Ed.D., 95 M.D., and 113 J.D.’s were awarded. Most Ph.D. programs at UCI offer students a five year funding guarantee.

The Vice Provost and Graduate Dean is the senior academic official responsible for graduate education at UCI. This individual will collaborate closely with the provost, deans, department chairs, Graduate Council, and other academic leaders across campus and the UC system to manage graduate funding and ensure standards of excellence, fairness, and equity across all graduate programs. The University is focused on expanding graduate opportunities and diversity, to reflect the diversity present in the national undergraduate population. The Vice Provost and Graduate Dean will be responsible for both graduate education and postdoctoral scholar professional development, with a forward-looking vision of the future of graduate education to meet 21st century Ph.D. careers. 

The ideal candidate will be an accomplished scholar with demonstrated expertise in administering graduate education programs, as well as experience with a wide range of scholarly disciplines. Primary qualifications for the position include a strong commitment to inclusive excellence, research, teaching, university and public service; leadership in fostering academic excellence in a research university; a distinguished record of scholarly achievement and success in extramural grants for graduate education/training; general knowledge of the wide range of disciplines, interests, and constituencies at UCI; and a strong and demonstrated record of commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Located five miles from the ocean, UCI offers single family on-campus faculty homes at below market rates and has six childcare centers (infants through afterschool care) located on campus. Irvine has excellent public K-12 schools. 

The University of California, Irvine has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For best consideration, please apply by Friday, May 10, 2019. For more details, including the full position profile and to submit inquiries, nominations, referrals, and applications, please see the Isaacson, Miller website for the search: www.imsearch.com/6969. Electronic submission of materials is required.

David Bellshaw and Courtney Wilk-Mandel
Isaacson, Miller
1000 Sansome Street, Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: 415.655.4900
Fax: 415.655.4905

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy. A recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity, UCI is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, supports work-life balance through an array of family-friendly policies, and is dedicated to broadening participation in higher education.

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