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Dean of the Graduate Division Santa Barbara, CA

The University of California, Santa Barbara (UC Santa Barbara) seeks a collaborative and dynamic leader, scholar, and visionary thinker for the position of the Anne and Michael Towbes Dean of the Graduate Division. The new Dean will join a highly successful public research university committed to the principles of research and teaching excellence, inter-disciplinary education, and diversity, equity, and inclusion.   This next Dean will lead in developing and expanding the University’s forward-looking vision for graduate education and advancing the University’s mission of innovation and the transmission and production of knowledge.

UC Santa Barbara is a member of the world renowned 10-campus University of California (UC) system and the Association of American Universities (AAU). Over the last two decades, UC Santa Barbara has made great strides in its regional, national, and international profile, and is ranked #30 among the best national universities and ranked #6 among all public universities according to U.S. News and World Report. As a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI), UC Santa Barbara takes pride in its student diversity, which includes the largest percentage of Latinx students in the AAU. Known for its highly dynamic intellectual community and beautiful natural setting, the University is committed to excellence in both undergraduate and graduate education and research, ranked #2 among the top 500 universities worldwide for research impact by Leiden University. UC Santa Barbara serves about 25,000 students, including close to 3,000 graduate students enrolled in over 50 programs in engineering, math, life and physical sciences, social sciences, environmental sciences, humanities, arts, and education.

The Graduate Division provides academic services, financial support resources, admissions and outreach programming, and professional development for graduate students at UC Santa Barbara. Building on current efforts on campus, the next Dean will strengthen UC Santa Barbara’s position as a leader among public research universities in providing holistic graduate student support. The Dean will ensure standards of excellence, fairness, and equity across all graduate programs; see to it that investments align with the Division’s commitments to academic excellence and DEI; work in a highly collaborative environment committed to shared governance; and be a strong advocate for graduate education and graduate students across the University and beyond.

To that end, the Dean will embrace and address the following opportunities and challenges:

  • Develop and articulate a bold and forward-looking shared vision for graduate education at UCSB 
  • Provide support and ensure excellence across a wide range of graduate education programs
  • Foster a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community for graduate students
  • Advocate for the wellbeing and success of graduate students
  • Expand and allocate resources in support of the Graduate Division’s mission

The ideal candidate will be a talented leader and scholar with a keen understanding of trends in graduate education today, as well as experience in working with students and faculty across a wide range of scholarly disciplines. The Dean should have significant organizational leadership and administrative responsibility; demonstrated success and willingness to engage in external relations and fundraising; an established record of advancing diversity and inclusion; and credentials that merit appointment at the rank of full professor.

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 consisting of a CV, a cover letter, and a separate diversity statement that describes past activities that promote diversity and inclusion and plans for future contributions, please see below. Electronic submission of materials is strongly encouraged.

Julie Filizetti is leading this search with Phuong Ta and Sofia Vargas.


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.


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