Job Announcement: Dean of the Division of Undergraduate Education

March 18, 2020

UCLA Dean of the Division of Undergraduate Education

On behalf of Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Emily A. Carter, members of the search/advisory committee invite inquiries, nominations and applications for the position of dean of the Division of Undergraduate Education at UCLA. The dean leads the Division of Undergraduate Education and the Summer Sessions/International Education Office and serves as the campuswide advocate for undergraduate education. In these roles, the dean promotes the highest quality of teaching and learning across the campus as well as academic success for UCLA’s diverse undergraduate population by ensuring that all students have an array of challenging educational opportunities — from foundational courses to advanced research projects — and also leads campus initiatives to improve student time-to-degree and address achievement gaps.

The Division of Undergraduate Education sponsors more than 40 innovative programs for students and faculty, including initiatives that provide academic support and scholarships; advance student engagement in diversity, honors coursework, and research activities; facilitate the adoption of new instructional technology; encourage evaluation of teaching and learning; and enhance the quality and effectiveness of undergraduate instruction. The division, with an annual operating budget of more than $48 million, employs a permanent staff of approximately 300 in nine divisional units, and more than 150 graduate student instructors and 200 undergraduate peer learning facilitators and peer advisers. Although the division has no permanent ladder faculty, faculty members serve on several standing committees to advise the directors of the division’s academic programs and teach Freshman Clusters and Honors Collegium courses on a “buy‐out” basis. See the Undergraduate Education website for more details.

The Summer Sessions/International Education Office is a self-supporting unit generating $52 million annually, which employs 36 staff and administers revenue sharing (roughly $15 million annually) for the campus. Serving 18,000 matriculated and visiting students each year, Summer Sessions is an open enrollment environment attracting students from around the world.

Reporting to the executive vice chancellor and provost, the dean is a member of the chancellor’s admissions workgroup, the council of deans, and the College cabinet, and is often asked to participate in other ad hoc campus and University of California (UC) systemwide committees. As a member of the College cabinet, the dean works closely with the deans of humanities, physical sciences, life sciences and social sciences to promote synergies within the College. While the administrative post and the division are located in the College, the dean has campuswide responsibility and serves as the administrative liaison to the Undergraduate Council of UCLA’s Academic Senate. The dean is also the administrative liaison officer for UCLA’s accreditation agency, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), and is responsible for the WASC reaffirmation of accreditation process. In executing these responsibilities, the dean collaborates with the chancellor, executive vice chancellor and provost, vice chancellors, vice provosts, deans, and department chairs at UCLA and across the UC system. The dean also works closely with divisional, College, and university development staff to raise funds for undergraduate scholarships and programmatic support.

The Division of Undergraduate Education requires dynamic and innovative leadership. Candidates must demonstrate a strong commitment to undergraduate education and teaching, as well as to research, teaching and public service more generally; to advancing diversity and inclusion; and to staff development. We welcome applications from anyone across campus who has extensive experience in undergraduate education. The ideal candidate will be an accomplished scholar with strong administrative or management experience; leadership in the area of undergraduate education; and experience in — or aptitude for — external relations and development. Preference will be given to candidates from UCLA at the rank of full professor.

Confidential review of applications, nominations and expressions of interest will begin immediately and will continue until an appointment is made. To be ensured full consideration, please email a letter of interest and curriculum vitae to by Wednesday, April 15, 2020. Address inquiries to Traci Considine, manager of executive recruitment in the Office of the Chancellor (310-206-8003).

The University of California 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.