Dean, College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies

California State University, Sacramento (Sacramento State), is seeking an experienced, skilled, visionary and collaborative leader to join the campus community as its dean for the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies.


As California’s capital university, Sacramento State transforms lives by preparing students for leadership, service and success and we are committed to creating a welcoming campus that is diverse and inclusive for students, faculty, staff, administrators and the larger Sacramento community. Sacramento State is located on a beautiful 300-acre, tree-lined campus adjacent to the American River, about five miles east of the State Capitol. Established in 1947, it is the seventh-largest of the 23 campuses in the California State University system. With faculty, students and staff working at the confluence of knowledge, passion, innovation and real-world learning, Sacramento State offers a truly transformative educational experience to its over 30,000 students—an experience enriched at every turn by the arts, culture, altruism, diversity, natural campus beauty and a community committed to educational excellence. As a top regional four-year comprehensive public university offering programs in business, education, engineering, health, the humanities, public policy and science, Sacramento State is the place to “Redefine the Possible,” the University’s tagline. Sacramento State alumni—one out of every 22 area residents—make up the heart of the region’s workforce and some of its finest leaders who are driven to make a difference in their communities.


The College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies is one of eight colleges within the university. The College has 226 faculty, 5,253 students and 40 staff. The College offers bachelor’s degrees in anthropology, Asian studies, economics, environmental studies, ethnic studies, family and consumer sciences, gerontology, liberal studies, psychology, social science, sociology, and women’s studies, as well as master’s degrees in anthropology, economics, political science, international affairs, psychology, public policy and administration, and sociology. The College is also home to the Institute for Social Research, Archaeological Research Center and Archaeological Curation Facility, and has a close affiliation with the Education Insights Center.


The dean reports directly to the provost and is part of the provost’s academic leadership team. The dean serves as the chief academic and administrative officer and spokesperson for the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies.


The primary responsibilities of the dean are to provide leadership and manage the departments, centers, programs and activities of the College in alignment with Sacramento State’s values, including a commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion and in collaboration with the campus community and the stakeholders of the region. To this end, the dean safeguards the quality of academic programs and ensures academic excellence and student success. The dean facilitates and supports faculty development and productivity in teaching, scholarly and creative activities and service to the institution and the community, in the context of shared governance. The dean is also responsible for overseeing the development of the College’s academic and public affairs programming at the University’s new location in downtown Sacramento. 

Other duties of the dean include fund-raising and working with faculty, staff and students to develop and fulfill the College’s mission within the context of the University’s common vision and in an environment of change.  For more information on this position, please visit


Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. Candidates should provide a CV, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the leadership profile and the names and contact information of five references. Candidate confidentiality will be respected and references will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. Inquiries and application materials should be sent via email to the search consultants, Zachary A. Smith, Ph.D, Suzanne Teer and Veena Abraham of Witt/Kieffer, at Review of applications will begin on October 22, 2018. Full consideration will be given to candidates who apply by October 31, 2018.


Sacramento State is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity/expression, marital status, genetic information, medical condition, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status.