Dean of Extended, Professional and Continuing Education

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Dean of Extended, Professional and Continuing Education

California Polytechnic State University

San Luis Obispo, California


California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), a distinguished public undergraduate and master’s level institution located in San Luis Obispo, California, seeks an innovative and collaborative leader to serve as the new dean of Extended, Professional and Continuing Education (EPaCE). The dean will join Cal Poly at a transformative time, working closely with the Office of the Provost and leadership within Academic Affairs to envision and enact a strategy to address the evolving market of extended, professional and continuing education. The dean will have the opportunity to create new programs and enhance the unit’s partnership across campus, especially within academic affairs. Building on the university’s unwavering commitment to student success, the dean will implement an innovative, student-focused academic experience and position the EPaCE unit at Cal Poly as a national and international leader in post-traditional and professional education.

As a unit within Academic Affairs, EPaCE is a leading provider of continuing education and training programs in San Luis Obispo County. EPaCE allows Cal Poly to extend the reach and impact of its Learn by Doing approach to education, advancing the university’s commitment to its community, meeting regional needs, and enriching the intellectual, civic, economic, and cultural life of the region and the state.


The dean of EPaCE has a remarkable opportunity to collaborate with fellow deans, department heads and chairs, and university, industry, and community leaders to identify and develop creative programming that enriches Cal Poly’s programs and broadens Cal Poly’s impact to meet the needs of a growing region and state. Cal Poly is committed to meeting these needs, expanding and thriving with a pioneering and entrepreneurial spirit, and the next dean of EPaCE will be an innovative and principled leader with a vision for the future of extended, professional and continuing education in the region, state, and beyond.


Qualifications and Characteristics


  • An earned doctorate or other terminal degree and established record of academic and management accomplishments.
  • A demonstrated commitment to Cal Poly’s mission of fostering teaching, scholarship, and service in an environment in which students, staff, and faculty are partners in discovery.
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.


The appointee will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Support, strengthen and invest in Cal Poly’s programs and planning under their set of responsibilities by collaboratively promoting best practices.
  • Serve as a strong advocate for maintaining and increasing high-quality programming.
  • Serve as a strong advocate for shared governance.
  • Serve as a strong advocate for student, faculty, and staff success.
  • Lead and enable groups of people to face challenges and achieve results in complex conditions.
  • Possess superior interpersonal and written/oral skills in communicating with campus and external constituents.
  • Represent the university effectively.
  • Possess qualities including integrity, transparency in decision-making, and an entrepreneurial spirit.


The search committee will review nominations and applications until the position is filled. However, to ensure full consideration, applicants are encouraged to submit materials by August 15, 2022.


To apply, visit to complete the required online Cal Poly Application ( In addition, each applicant must provide as separate attachments to the online application a detailed curriculum vitae or resume, a cover letter, and a diversity statement. The cover letter should address the applicant’s qualifications and experience for this position, including a personal statement of the applicant’s views on academic administration, experiences with and views on leadership, and their management style.


Inquiries, nominations, and referrals may be sent via the Isaacson, Miller website for the search:


David Bellshaw and Phuong Ta
Isaacson, Miller
1000 Sansome Street, Suite 300
San Francisco, CA  94111
Phone: 415.655.4900

At California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. Bringing people together from different backgrounds, experiences and value systems fosters the innovative and creative thinking that exemplifies Cal Poly’s values of free inquiry, cultural and intellectual diversity, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility.


Cal Poly’s commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. California Polytechnic State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.