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Associate Vice Chancellor/Dean of Undergraduate Education

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The University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) seeks a collaborative, visionary administrator and distinguished scholar to serve as its Associate Vice Chancellor for the Office of Undergraduate Education and Dean of Undergraduate Education in the College of Letters and Science (AVC/Dean). The AVC/Dean oversees and is a campus-wide advocate for undergraduate education, promoting the highest quality of teaching and learning, and supervising a wide array of programs directed at enhancing the undergraduate experience.

Founded in 1944, UC Santa Barbara is a member of the 10-campus University of California (UC) system and one of the top public research universities in the country. The University serves close to 23,000 students, including approximately 3,000 graduate students, who are enrolled in the more than 200 majors, degrees, and credentials offered by the College of Creative Studies, College of Letters and Science, College of Engineering, Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, and the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education. UC Santa Barbara offers the benefits of a premier research university with a focus on the undergraduate learning experience.

As the first member of the Association of American Universities (AAU) to be designated a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), the campus takes pride in its student diversity, which includes the largest percentage of Latino/a/x students in the AAU. The campus has been particularly successful in gaining federal support for research, and the Campaign for UC Santa Barbara has raised over $1.1 billion to ensure the excellence of the campus and its programs for future generations.

The next AVC/Dean has the unique opportunity to work at the center of the University, convening students, faculty, staff, and administrators and fostering academic and professional experiences that will strengthen opportunities for all undergraduates to thrive. With over 90% of the student population at the undergraduate level, UC Santa Barbara is unique in its unequivocal commitment to research as well as teaching and learning. The AVC/Dean will be a passionate and powerful champion for undergraduate education and research, mobilizing resources and supporting collaborations that will advance the undergraduate experience at the University. In turn, this person will develop a pioneering model for education delivery in a Doctoral-Granting (R1) institution at the system level and beyond.

To achieve these goals, the AVC/Dean will address several opportunities and challenges:

• Set the tone and vision for what undergraduate education is and should be at UC Santa Barbara.
• Continue to collaborate across units to enhance operational efficiencies.
• Champion UC Santa Barbara’s commitment to student diversity, inclusion, and success.
• Recruit and retain an effective and experienced team.
• Serve as the external ambassador and resource developer for undergraduate education.

UC 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 position is filled. 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: Electronic submission of materials is required.

Regan Gough, Courtney Wilk, and Nate Brewer
Isaacson, Miller
1000 Sansome Street, Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: 415.655.4900
Fax: 415.655.4905

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

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, and 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.

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Santa Barbara, CA

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

  • Cover Letter

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)