Search/Advisory Committee: Dean of the UCLA School of Education and Information Studies

November 9, 2020

Dear Colleagues:

A search/advisory committee has been assembled and charged with identifying candidates for the position of dean of the UCLA School of Education and Information Studies (Ed&IS).

Jennifer L. Mnookin, dean of the UCLA School of Law and Ralph and Shirley Shapiro Professor of Law, is chair of the committee. Other members are:

  • Ron Avi Astor – Marjorie Crump Professor of Social Welfare; professor of education
  • Mitchell J. Chang – professor of education and of Asian American studies
  • Eddie R. Cole – associate professor of education
  • Anne J. Gilliland – professor of information studies; associate dean for information studies, Ed&IS
  • Rashmita S. Mistry – professor of education; vice chair for undergraduate education, Ed&IS
  • Ellen J. Pearlstein – professor, information studies and the UCLA/Getty Program in the Conservation of Archaeological and Ethnographic Materials
  • Jody Z. Priselac – adjunct professor of education and associate dean for community programs, Ed&IS; chair, UCLA Community School Shared Governance Council; member, UCLA Lab School Board of Advisors
  • Cecilia Rios-Aguilar – professor of education; associate dean for equity and inclusion, Ed&IS

To enhance the search effort, we have retained an executive search firm, WittKieffer, represented by search consultants Robin Mamlet, Suzanne Teer, and Alejandra Gillette-Teran.

Since the most effective way to identify outstanding prospective candidates is through personal contact, I would very much appreciate your circulating the announcement and notifying the search/advisory committee of any individuals you feel are exceptionally well qualified for the position. The committee also welcomes input on ideal qualities and qualifications for the dean; current opportunities, challenges, and priorities that could help set the agenda for the school; and any other information or insight that will help guide the committee’s efforts. Please email nominations and input to or contact Traci Considine, manager of executive recruitment in the Office of the Chancellor ( Inquiries and applications may also be sent to our consultants at All correspondence will be held in strict confidence.


Emily A. Carter
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost