Dean, College of Creative Studies

University of California, Santa Barbara

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Santa Barbara, California

The University of California, Santa Barbara (UC Santa Barbara), one of the nation’s top public research universities, seeks an inspiring, visionary, and strategic scholar-administrator to serve as Dean of the College of Creative Studies (CCS). Established in 1967, the college provides an intimate intellectual community for highly motivated undergraduates with a focus upon student-centered pedagogy and advanced research. CCS is one of the few colleges of its kind, where students and faculty collaborate on a study plan that encourages students to take risks and to develop their intellectual passions. The next Dean will build upon CCS’s distinguished history and guide the College to further academic heights, positioning the institution for further creative excellence in the years to come.

UC Santa Barbara is a member of the 10-campus University of California (UC) system and is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU). Over the last decade, UC Santa Barbara has made great strides in its regional, national, and international profile and impact, and is ranked #30 among “Best national universities” and ranked #5 among all public universities according to U.S. News and World Report. As the first AAU institution to be designated a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), the campus takes pride in its student diversity, which includes the largest percentage of Latinx students in the AAU. The University serves approximately 24,000 undergraduate and graduate students, and employs more than 1,000 faculty members, and over 4,128 staff members. Known for its highly dynamic intellectual community and beautiful natural setting, the University is an institution committed to excellence in both undergraduate and graduate education and research.

Having recently celebrated its fiftieth anniversary, the College of Creative Studies has had tremendous success in educating the next generation of independent thinkers and scholars. (In fact, it has produced one Nobel Prize winner.) It provides a graduate school-like education to undergraduates where an overwhelming majority of alumni attend graduate school. The smallest of the three undergraduate colleges on campus, CCS offers a low student to faculty ratio, which allows for individualized attention as students develop their research and creative projects. CCS accounts for two percent of UC Santa Barbara’s undergraduate students, yet 21 percent of the campus’ Regents Scholars, the top scholarship for undergraduate students.

The next Dean will play a significant role in developing a long-term strategy and vision for the College. In collaboration with faculty, staff, and students, the Dean will further position the College to be adaptable and responsive to an ever-changing higher education landscape and student body. To achieve these goals, the Dean will address several opportunities and challenges:

  • Further strengthen the identity of CCS and articulate an inspiring vision for the future
  • Develop and enhance partnerships and collaborations with other Colleges and Schools
  • Acquire and grow resources in support of CCS’s mission
  • Enhance academic and research excellence
  • Nurture and develop faculty and staff
  • Create a diverse and inclusive CCS community
  • Build visibility and connections across the University, nation, and beyond

University of California, Santa Barbara 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 completion of the search process. 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: Electronic submission of materials is required.

Regan Gough and Sunny Zhang

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The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.