Dean of the Imperial Valley Campus

San Diego State University seeks an innovative and energetic academic leader to serve as the Dean of its Imperial Valley campus, which is located 120 miles east of San Diego. The Dean is the chief administrative and academic officer of the campus, reports to the Provost of the University, and serves as a member of the University’s Academic Deans Council. The University seeks a leader who can grow existing academic programs and expand new offerings, oversee the entirety of the campus's operations, and build partnerships and connections within the region. The successful candidate should demonstrate experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups.

SDSU-Imperial Valley offers 10 bachelors and two master's degrees, including a nationally-acclaimed teacher education program, to residents of the desert area of southeastern California. The Imperial Valley campus is committed to serving a student body that reflects the rich linguistic and cultural heritage of the U.S.-Mexican border. There are currently approximately 800 students enrolled, many of whom are first-generation college students. The university offers students the advantages of small classes with convenient accessibility to a dedicated faculty and staff.

SDSU-Imperial Valley is set in a bicultural and bilingual environment. Mexicali, the adjacent Mexican metropolis, has a population of approximately 1,000,000 and several public and private universities that provide opportunities for collaboration. The Imperial Valley campus serves the 179,000 inhabitants of Imperial County at two sites: Calexico and Brawley.

Since its founding in 1897, the San Diego State University has grown to become a leading public research university, and a federally-designated Hispanic-serving Institution. Each year, SDSU provides more than 35,000 students with the opportunity to participate in an academic curriculum distinguished by direct contact with faculty and an international emphasis that prepares them for a global future.  

A detailed leadership profile is available at this link.

All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents: a CV or resume, a letter of interest addressing the themes in this profile, and a statement on the candidate's commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. WittKieffer is assisting San Diego State University in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by February 23, 2022.

Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal.

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to:

Ryan Crawford and Natalie Song

San Diego State University is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons based on race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.

After a contingent offer of employment is made, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed. Any offer of employment is contingent upon successful completion of the background check.  Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of the applicant or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for this position.

The person holding this position is considered a mandated reporter under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

SDSU COVID-19 Vaccine Policy

In accordance with the California State University systemwide policy, students, faculty, and staff must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or provide a valid medical or religious exemption in order to access campus.  An individual is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose of a two-shot vaccine or two weeks after the first dose of a single-shot vaccine.

The individual hired into this role will be required to submit their completed vaccination documentation to the university’s secure online health portal prior to beginning work.  Individuals with an approved medical or religious exemption on file with the university will be required to participate in SDSU’s COVID-19 testing program.