Dean of the School of Information (2023)

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The University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) invites applications and nominations for the next Dean of the School of Information.

The School of Information, or the I School, is an independent professional school at UC Berkeley. Research at the I School focuses on the relationships between people, information, and technology, offering a human-centered approach to delivering technology-driven solutions. Faculty at the I School take a multidisciplinary approach to their work, with interests at the intersection of technology, social sciences, and the humanities. At the intersection of technology and the liberal arts, the School’s aim is to develop innovative, interdisciplinary solutions to challenges in technology, shape policy, and empower individuals to navigate a complex and evolving digital landscape. In its relatively short history, the School has achieved national and global recognition for its research and advancements in the field of information sciences. 

The I School enrolls over 1,300 students across four graduate degree programs: the Master of Information Management and Systems (MIMS), the Master of Information and Data Science (MIDS), the Master of Information and Cybersecurity (MICS), and an academic doctoral degree. The I School is a pioneer in the delivery of exceptional education both on campus and online, offering two online professional master’s degrees in cybersecurity and data science programs which were ranked number one and two respectively by Fortune magazine in 2023. The School is deeply committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, and justice (DEIBJ)–core values that inform the curriculum, define the community, and guide their work in the information sciences and beyond. The next Dean will continue to build on the School’s successes while working to increase student enrollment, recruit a more diverse faculty and staff, and strengthen the school’s financial position through fundraising and diversifying revenue streams.

The successful candidate will be a renowned scholar-leader with credentials that merit appointment at the rank of full professor. For the full position profile, please visit:

Applicants must apply directly to UC Berkeley at: To be considered as candidates, applicants must have a doctoral degree or equivalent international degree by the time of application and submit a CV or resume. A letter of interest addressing the themes in this profile is strongly encouraged. Electronic submission of materials is required. Inquiries, nominations, and referrals should be sent via the Isaacson, Miller website: Screening of complete applications (CV or resume) will begin immediately. For best consideration, apply by January 16, 2024.

The posted University of California Deans’ Salary Bands ( set the pay ranges for deans. UC Berkeley’s School of Information dean position is included in Band 1: $199,700-$509,900.

The I School is particularly interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity, inclusive perspectives, collegial respect, and support for underserved student populations through their intellectual voice and actions in research, teaching, and service. This commitment to advancing equity and inclusion is essential, as our excellence can only be fully realized if our entire community shares in the commitment to these values. Additional information about programs and resources supporting the advancement of diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging and justice at the I School is available here

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. 

Dean of the School of Information Search Committee Roster 2023

  • Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean, Berkeley Law (committee chair)
  • Joshua Blumenstock, Associate Professor, School of Information
  • Lauren Chambers, PhD Student, School of Information
  • Kevin Heard, Senior Director of Information Technology, School of Information
  • Heather Haveman, Professor, Sociology & Haas School of Business
  • Paul Laskowski, Associate Adjunct Professor, School of Information
  • Jeffrey MacKie-Mason, University Librarian, Chief Digital Scholarship Officer, Professor, School of Information and Economics
  • Hector Rodriguez, Professor, Berkeley Public Health
  • Daniela Rosner, Associate Professor, Human Centered Design & Engineering, University of Washington
  • Sylvia Bierhuis, Executive Director, Foundation Relations and Corporate Philanthropy

Please direct questions about the search to Dana Jantz ( or the Isaacson Miller consultant team (