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Dean of the Graduate Division

Position overview

Position title: Dean of the Graduate Division
Percent time: 100%
Anticipated start: 2021-22 or later

Application Window

Open date: May 14th, 2021

Last review date: Friday, Sep 24, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Friday, Dec 31, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

Interested applicants should apply at:

The Dean of the Graduate Division oversees the administration of all aspects of graduate education and of the Graduate Division on the UCSB campus. He or she also leads in the development of the highest standard of excellence in graduate studies, in particular:

1) As the deputy of the Academic Senate Graduate Council, administers campus and university-wide policies, procedures, requirements and standards for graduate study. Oversees graduate academic services including eligibility for the receipt of higher degrees and makes decisions on a case-by-case basis for: academic probation and dismissal of graduate students; foreign student TA language evaluations; petitions for exceptions to policy as delegated by the Graduate Council. Makes decisions in admissions and recruitment on a case by case basis for: admission and denial of students; exceptions to established admission standards involving GRE and TOEFL scores, GPAs and degree equivalency.

2) Proposes strategies and discusses with the faculty of each department and central administration measures to improve the quality and diversity of graduate education at UCSB.

3) Seeks extramural funds for graduate fellowships, with grant proposals to federal, state, and industrial agencies and private foundations. Works with campus foundation, community organizations, graduate alumni and private donors to encourage private support for graduate study.

4) Seeks to establish linkages with preeminent universities, national laboratories, and industry that will benefit graduate education at UCSB.

5) Participates in the Program Review of departmental graduate programs.

7) Coordinates graduate enrollment planning and efforts to recruit high quality graduate students of diverse backgrounds. Provides assistance to faculty regarding best practices in recruitment activities.

8) Assumes final authority on matters involving Graduate Division personnel, budget, and space. Oversees all Graduate Division communications and publications. Advises departments in communications and publications on their graduate programs.

9) Administers graduate student financial support, overseeing the allocation of block grants to graduate programs, and student academic apprentice appointments, seeks additional sources of support; devises and reviews fellowship allocation policy in conjunction with Graduate Council; has post-audit appointment responsibility for all graduate student appointments and exception authority for graduate students; and administers benefits of appointment for graduate student employment.

10) Oversees graduate Information Services and technical advances and Graduate Student Information Systems. Provides campus units and the Office of the President with data and analysis on any graduate student matter, as requested.

11) Promotes campus-wide and departmental programs that foster positive climate for graduate study, graduate student retention and timely degree completion. Oversees and supports the Graduate Student Resource Center, which offers professional development programming for all graduate students.

12) Oversees graduate student grievance procedures concerning academic matters and facilitates conflict resolution between graduate students and faculty when necessary.

13) Oversees diversity and recruitment activities which encourage women and minorities to pursue graduate education in fields where they are underrepresented, seeks grant funding for support and provides skill training and professional development training to assist in enrollment and degree completion. Operates multi-tiered mentorship programs, pre-graduate and summer research programs.

14) Serves as an advocate for graduate students’ needs regarding financial support, study space, TA training, university housing, etc. and meets regularly with individual graduate students as well as Graduate Student Affinity Groups and the executive officers of the Graduate Students Association to foster productive communication.

15) Oversees postdoctoral scholars policy administration and has exception authority for Post-doctoral Scholars.

The Department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service as appropriate to the position.


Academic Services
Admissions , Outreach, & Diversity Initiatives
Administrative Support
Diversity Programs
Development (perhaps with a note that Development team has a dual reporting structure to Dean and Development?) Finance & Administration
Graduate Student Resource Center / Career and Professional Development
Institutional Research
Marketing & Communications
Student Financial Support
UC LEADs program

Instructions to Apply

University of California, Santa Barbara 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 completion of the search process. For more details, including the full position profile and to submit inquiries, nominations, referrals, and applications consisting of a CV, a cover letter, and a separate diversity statement that describes past activities that promote diversity and inclusion and plans for future contributions, please see the Isaacson, Miller website for the search: Electronic submission of materials is strongly encouraged.

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Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

    At the time of application, applicants must hold a Ph.D. or the highest equivalent terminal degree in a relevant field
    At least 5 years of demonstrated progressive leadership in developing and leading graduate education at an R1 university.

Preferred qualifications

    The successful candidate will demonstrate most, if not all, of the attributes below:
    • A strong record of distinguished scholarly and professional accomplishment that qualifies for appointment as a tenured professor in an appropriate UC Santa Barbara academic department;
    • A demonstrated appreciation of the mission of UC Santa Barbara and a deep commitment to excellence and diversity as part of its public mission;
    • A keen understanding of issues related to graduate education, and the ability to implement strategies to improve the quality and diversity or graduate education at UC Santa Barbara;
    • Substantial administrative experience and proficiency at leading large-scale projects;
    • Demonstrated ability to seek extramural funds for graduate fellowships and experience with grant proposals to federal, state, and industrial agencies and private foundations;
    • Demonstrated understanding of the lived experiences of the various diverse student, faculty, and staff populations in a higher education setting with an understanding of affirmative action and equal opportunity regulations;
    • Substantial experience with personnel, budget and IT, and space concerns;
    • Proven success in strategic planning and communications;
    • Well-developed skills in facilitating dialogues that advocate for graduate students’ needs.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.

Reference requirements


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Campus Information

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, 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. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.)

Job location

Santa Barbara, CA