University of California, Riverside — Dean of the School of Education

The University of California, Riverside (UC Riverside or UCR) invites applications and nominations for the position of dean of the School of Education (SOE). UCR seeks an experienced and accomplished leader who is a distinguished scholar with a demonstrated commitment to academic excellence, diversity and inclusiveness, and who will bring an inspiring vision to the School of Education. 

As one of the fastest-rising ranked universities in the country, UCR is currently in the midst of an ongoing expansion of the student body, faculty ranks, and research enterprise. UCR is a Carnegie Classified “R1” university as well as a Hispanic, Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving institution. The university ranked as a Top 10 public university in the U.S. — and America’s most transformative public university — by Money Magazine in 2020. Additionally, UCR ranked #1 in U.S. News & World’s ranking of social mobility and #1 in Washington Monthly’s Pell Grant performance. 

The School of Education is nationally recognized and leverages its broad range of expertise to develop impactful partnerships, collaborations, and evidence-based resources fundamental for teaching, learning, and student success. Located in a region rich in racial and linguistic diversity, yet challenged by economic and social inequities, SOE serves a diverse student population, much of which is comprised of students of color, low-income students, and first-generation college students. SOE’s mission is to advance equitable educational systems and practices which are driven by core values of equity, evidence, excellence, community, critical thinking, and compassion. SOE is ranked in the top 22% of all public graduate education schools, according to U.S. News & World Report in 2022. Enrolling 984 undergraduate and graduate students, SOE is home to 31 faculty and 21.5 staff. SOE’s faculty are the most diverse education faculty in the UC System and include renowned experts and top researchers in areas of special education and autism, critical race theory, teachers of Color, school reform, athletics, reading interventions, higher education, policy, and STEM learning. The school’s annual budget is about $26 million, of which roughly $7 million is from contracts and grants funding. 

The dean will be responsible for leading SOE to fully realize a distinctive and unique vision for the future that will inspire faculty, staff, and students to join the school and motivate donors to give. The dean will lead the discussion with SOE faculty and staff on how to best employ the school’s strengths in addition to the university’s assets, energy, and land grant mission. As the school begins its work toward the future, the dean will encourage and support robust interdisciplinary and collaborative partnerships within SOE, across UCR, and with community partners. The dean will be a steadfast leader and outspoken advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. Capacity to be a successful fundraiser and the skills to be a strong, effective, and persuasive communicator and listener are a must. 

The vision for this position emphasizes candidates who have an outstanding record of scholarly and educational achievement; a nuanced understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing the field of education; a history of successful administrative leadership; demonstrated impact in advancing diversity, equity and inclusion; experience building community partnerships; a record of supporting excellence in teaching, scholarship and service; capacity to be a skilled fundraiser and advocate. Preferred candidates must be eligible for appointment at the rank of full professor within the School of Education. For more information, please visit 

All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume, a letter of interest and a statement of contributions to diversity (more information can be found below).

In a “Statement of Contributions to Diversity,” it is asked that applicants describe their past and/or potential future contributions to promoting a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment, which is a key requirement of the role of every faculty and staff member at UCR. There are numerous ways to contribute and a commitment to this part of their mission can be reflected through research, teaching, supervision, mentoring, community engagement, service, and any of the other varied activities that are a part of an academic or administrative career.

WittKieffer is assisting UC Riverside in this search. For fullest consideration, application materials should be received by April 18, 2022 Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal.

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to:

Zachary A. Smith, Ph.D., Alejandra Gillette-Teran and Kimberly Migoya

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. For new University of California employees, the applicable deadline is eight weeks after their first date of employment.