Executive Dean of the College of Letters & Science (2020)

The University of California, Berkeley invites nominations and applications for the position of Executive Dean of the College of Letters & Science, with an intended start date of July 1, 2021. 

The Executive Dean of the College of Letters and Science (EDLS) holds a critical leadership position on the Berkeley campus. As part of a transition to new leadership in 2021, the EDLS will become a dedicated full-time position with a re-envisioned scope: advancing the core identity and mission of the college and providing leadership for undergraduate education. This re-envisioned EDLS position deepens Berkeley’s commitment to an undergraduate education that is distinguished by its excellence and breadth and that is responsive to the rapidly shifting social, economic, environmental, and technological challenges our students will face in the years ahead. 

The role of the EDLS will encompass three main areas:

  • Envisioning the future of undergraduate education in L&S, and elevating diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging in all aspects of the undergraduate experience

  • Leadership of the L&S Division of Undergraduate Studies

  • Advocacy, fundraising and administration for the college

The EDLS reports to the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost (EVCP) and plays a leadership and coordinating role in partnership with the divisional deans of the college. The re-envisioned EDLS includes leadership of the Division of Undergraduate Studies and the position of Dean of the Undergraduate Division is being eliminated. The EDLS supervises the L&S Assistant Executive Dean, who in turn oversees college administration. 

Candidates should possess the following qualifications

  • A current member of the Berkeley Division of the Academic Senate, holding tenure, at the rank of Professor or under review for promotion to the rank of Professor.

  • Demonstrated success in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion.

  • A record of commitment to undergraduate education, and a commitment to engage with undergraduate students and student leadership to inform and guide critical decisions and educational policy.

  • A thoughtful and inspiring conception of the role and value of foundational research, comprehensive graduate training, and a broad, liberal arts and sciences undergraduate education

  • Demonstrated success in, or an aptitude for, building strong relationships with alumni and donors and inspiring philanthropic giving.

  • Leadership experience at Berkeley, for example, as a department chair, institute director, or Academic Senate committee chair.

  • A highly collaborative approach to developing initiatives and solving problems, and a commitment to transparent communication and broad engagement with stakeholders.

  • Experience with data-informed analysis, or a readiness to use it as appropriate.

For more information, see the full position description

Nominations & Applications 

Review of nominations will begin immediately. Nominations, including self-nominations, should be submitted no later than January 5, 2021. Nominations should include complete contact information and a brief statement of support. 

Applications should include a brief statement of interest and curriculum vitae. An individual need not be nominated to apply; the search committee welcomes applications from all interested faculty from any department or school. All nominations and applications will be kept confidential.  

Applications, nominations, and inquiries should be sent to Dana Jantz at jantz@berkeley.edu 

The University of California, Berkeley, is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity. 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. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct 

This position is a sensitive position and is subject to a criminal background check. Questions may be referred to Dana Jantz at jantz@berkeley.edu.

Executive Dean of the College of Letters & Science Search Committee

David Ackerly, Dean, Rausser College of Natural Resources (Chair)
Nicole Anyanwu, ASUC Academic Affairs Vice President
Diana Bautista, Professor, Molecular and Cell Biology
Mark Brilliant, Associate Professor, History and American Studies
Jean Delaney, Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Division
Roseanne Fong, Director of the Office of Undergraduate Advising, College of Letters & Science
Frances Hellman, Dean, Division of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Donna Jones, Associate Professor, English
Michelle  McClellan, Associate Vice Chancellor for Constituent Programs, University Development & Alumni Relations
Fernando Pérez, Associate Professor, Statistics
Beth Piatote, Associate Professor, Comparative Literature and Ethnic Studies
Nathan Sayre, Professor, Geography
Kim Shelton, Associate Professor, Classics
Steve Sutton, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs