DEAN, SCHOOL OF HUMANITIES

The University of California, Irvine, among the nation’s top public research universities and one of the fastest growing campuses in the world-renowned University of California system, seeks an inspiring, visionary, and strategic scholar-administrator to serve as Dean of the School of Humanities. Since the University’s founding in 1965, the humanities have played a pivotal role in elevating the institution’s intellectual rigor and contributing to its national prominence. The next dean will lead the School to further distinction by driving excellence and continuing to establish the infrastructure that supports interdisciplinary thought and creative partnerships locally, nationally, and globally. The Dean will secure the School’s position as the academic core of the institution and serve as a national voice and advocate for the humanities. 

As a newly designated Hispanic-serving institution and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-serving institution, The University of California, Irvine (UCI) serves approximately 33,000 undergraduate and graduate students, more than 1,230 ladder rank faculty, and over 10,300 staff members. Founded as an interdisciplinary campus, it boasts excellence across its arts and sciences core and in its professional schools. In U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 “Best Colleges” survey, UCI climbed to ninth among all public universities and 39th out of the 1,600 universities evaluated nationwide. The campus also ranks 48th in the “best value” category. As the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), UCI combines the strengths of a major research institution with the dynamism and nimbleness of an emergent campus. In addition, its mission as a public and land grant institution plays a significant role in contributing to the advancement of the state, the nation, and the world.

The School of Humanities is home to the institution’s top-ranked programs, with graduate programs in English and History in the top 35 and the School’s critical theory emphasis ranked number one according to U.S. News & World Report. The School boasts world-class faculty who are luminaries in their fields and superb staff committed to providing exceptional experiences and opportunities for students. The School touches nearly all undergraduates at some point in their academic careers through composition, academic English, a yearlong Humanities Core Course, and other General Education courses. It offers an extraordinary range of majors and interdisciplinary programs analyzing written, oral, and visual practices from across the globe.

The next Dean will play a key role in designing and implementing a framework to ensure the economic and intellectual vitality of the School and redefining the value of humanities at a world class research university. The School is uniquely positioned on a campus with robust STEM programs for fruitful collaborations, and the next Dean must provide the leadership to make these pioneering ideas a reality. To achieve these goals, the Dean will address several opportunities and challenges:

    • Develop and execute a vision that enhances intellectual prominence;

    • Create a sustainable and dynamic financial model; 

    • Grow vibrant and competitive undergraduate and graduate programs;

    • Continue to recruit talented and diverse faculty and staff; and

    • Foster a culture of collegiality and mutual respect.

The University of California, Irvine 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: www.imsearch.com/6215.  Electronic submission of materials is required.

David Bellshaw, Courtney Wilk, and Molly Kron

Isaacson, Miller

1000 Sansome Street, Suite 300

San Francisco, CA 94111

Phone: 415.655.4900

Fax: 415.655.4905

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.