Vice Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Education

Search for the Vice Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Education

University of California, Davis


The University of California, Davis (UC Davis) seeks an experienced and effective leader to serve as the new Vice Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Education (VPDUE). The VPDUE will play a pivotal role in ensuring that all undergraduate students admitted to the University, regardless of background, have an inclusive, transformative, and successful educational experience at UC Davis. The new VPDUE will join the Office of Undergraduate Education at a time primed for innovation. After careful consultation with the UE office and campus community, UCD’s Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, Dr. Mary Croughan, has initiated and approved a new organizational structure for UE. The new VPDUE will be tasked with fully implementing this new design while having the opportunity to build, enhance, and augment a new culture and organizational model for UE. The new VPDUE will work to unleash the many talents of a diverse and experienced staff, strategically build out the team as needed, and ensure that the work of the Office is conducted in a student-centered, transparent, collegial, and results-oriented manner.


The VPDUE will serve a diverse student population and will provide critical leadership in fulfilling the university-wide commitment to student success and inclusive excellence. In doing so, they will support and partner with dedicated and talented colleagues across the University’s colleges and schools as well as the Division of Student Affairs. By fulfilling a key campus objective of supporting student success and providing enrichment opportunities to an ever more diverse student body, the VPDUE will be a crucial part of UC Davis’ mission to effectively serve the region, state, and country.


The VPDUE will be a critical member of the UC Davis leadership team, helping to ensure student success in support of UC Davis’ land-grant mission and the state of California. The VPDUE will be a sophisticated leader with the ability to create a vision and inspire a team working collaboratively toward this vision. In moving forward this vision, the VPDUE role will address the opportunities and challenges listed below: 


  • Implement and execute the new Undergraduate Education organizational structure
  • Provide inspirational leadership and build an inclusive, student-centered culture for a complex administrative unit
  • Drive innovative student success initiatives for a diverse student body
  • Serve as the Office’s external ambassador and build relationships with key stakeholders on campus to achieve a holistic experience in all aspects of undergraduate education
  • Effectively steward and augment resources for the greatest impact


Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process. Inquiries, nominations, referrals, and applications should be submitted at Applications will include a resume, cover letter, and diversity statement. In a “Statement of Contributions to Diversity,” applicants should describe their past and/or potential future contributions to promoting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment, which is a key requirement of the role of every faculty member and administrator at UC Davis. 


David Bellshaw, Hayden Lizotte, Belen Gutierrez, & Thea Kosmack

Isaacson, Miller

1000 Sansome Street, Suite 300

San Francisco, CA 94111

Phone: 415.655.4900


The University of California is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.