Dean of the Social Sciences Division

The University of California, Santa Cruz invites applications for the position of Dean of the Social Sciences Division.

UC Santa Cruz has earned national and international recognition for high-quality research and world-class teaching. Faculty, researchers, and students enjoy an exciting environment and the opportunity to work across disciplinary boundaries as they approach today's most challenging problems. The Dean provides intellectual and academic leadership in the instructional and research missions of the Social Sciences Division and serves as the division’s chief executive, representative, and administrator, with responsibility for a full range of activities associated with the management and promotion of the excellence of the academic and research missions of the division. As academic unit heads, Deans are persons of scholarly and professional accomplishment. The University encourages their continued engagement as academics in scholarly, professional, teaching, and University service activities, consistent with, but distinct from, their decanal responsibilities. We are especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the UC academic community through their research, teaching, and service. A Dean shall be a tenured member of the faculty.

Home to nearly 45 percent of UC Santa Cruz’s undergraduate majors and almost one-third of the graduate students, the Social Sciences Division – focused on the study of human relationships – comprises eight academic departments including Anthropology, Economics, Education, Environmental Studies, Latin American and Latino Studies, Politics, Psychology, and Sociology which grant eleven baccalaureate degrees, two masters degrees, and eight doctoral degrees. Two residential undergraduate colleges (College 9 and College 10) are formally within the division, and the Provost of both colleges reports directly to the dean.

Social Sciences Division faculty research spans multiple fields of study and is supported by the division’s highly interdisciplinary research centers and initiatives that address salient social, economic, and policy issues. Enhancing learning and engagement are nine research centers, one of which oversees a 35 acre organic farm on campus, an institute for educators, and an innovative socio-techno (Everett) program designed to reduce barriers to civic participation and social justice. Further information about the Division of Social Sciences can be found by visiting

RESPONSIBILITIES: The Dean provides strategic vision and manages the academic leadership of the division, oversees all division resources and hiring, promotion and retention of faculty and staff, guides the development and oversight of undergraduate and graduate curriculum and degree programs, and works with campus administration and the Academic Senate on campus wide decisions and policies. For a description of the essential functions and duties of this position visit:


• Demonstrated academic administrative leadership (e.g., Department Chair, Institute or Center Director);

• National or international distinction as a scholar, researcher/practitioner and educator with a record necessary for a position as a tenured professor in the Division of the Social Sciences.


• Experience fostering interdisciplinary research and education, including the development of new programs;

• Demonstrated ability to work and communicate effectively with administrators, faculty, students, and staff in an environment of shared governance;

• Appreciation for the mission and responsibilities of a public R1 university serving a multi-ethnic state and a demonstrated commitment to diversity;

• Potential for success in fund-raising and securing external support, particularly grants from public agencies and private foundations; and

• Ability to cultivate and develop positive relations with internal and external constituents including alumni, members of the community, and businesses, locally and beyond.

SALARY: This is a full-time, fiscal year appointment. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

POSITION AVAILABLE: July 1, 2017, or as soon as possible thereafter. The initial decanal appointment will be for five years with the possibility of renewal. The professorial appointment will be as a tenured faculty member. This position is subject to the financial disclosure requirements of the California Reform Act of 1974 and background check. Additional information about decanal appointments can be found in the policy on academic deans:

TO APPLY: Applications are accepted via email to the search firm DHR International  and must include: a brief statement of interest and qualifications and current curriculum vitae. Applicants are invited to submit a statement addressing their contributions to diversity through professional contributions, research, teaching, and/or service. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files. Please refer to position #JPF00412 in all correspondence.

CLOSING DATE: To be considered at the initial screening, application materials must be received by January 20, 2017. Applications will be received until the position is filled. For further information, please contact Caitlin Eldridge at

UC Santa Cruz is nestled within 2,000 acres of redwood forest and meadows, overlooking the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary of California’s beautiful Central Coast, about 70 miles from San Francisco and 30 miles from Silicon Valley. Information about UC Santa Cruz is available on our Website at

UC Santa Cruz faculty make significant contributions to the body of research that has earned the University of California the ranking as the foremost public higher education institution in the world. In the process, our faculty demonstrate that cutting-edge research, excellent teaching and outstanding service are mutually supportive.

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, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees. Inquiries regarding the University’s equal employment opportunity policies may be directed to: Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064; (831) 459-2686.

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