Vice Provost for the Faculty (2022)

Victoria Plaut is Berkeley’s new vice provost for the faculty

The University of California, Berkeley, invites nominations and applications for the position of Vice Provost for the Faculty. The appointment will be effective on or about July 1, 2022.

The Vice Provost for the Faculty (VPF) is a key campus leadership position, serving as a member of both the Chancellor’s Cabinetand the Council of Deans. The VPF reports to, and works closely with, the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost (EVCP), and represents the EVCP as needed both internally on committees and externally at certain UC systemwide meetings.

The VPF’s principal responsibility is to work effectively to ensure the continued excellence of Berkeley’s faculty—and of its entire academic staff—so that our campus can fulfill its core missions: offering broad access to a superb education, pushing forward the frontiers of knowledge, and serving the public good. The VPF serves on a number of campus and systemwide planning and advisory bodies.

The division of the Vice Provost for the Faculty is supported by dedicated divisional leaders and staff including the Associate Vice Provost, an immediate office team, the Academic Personnel Office (APO), the Office of Faculty Equity and Welfare (OFEW), and the Retirement Center. See the VPF organizational chart for details.

For more information, see the full position description


Applicants must be current members of the Berkeley Division of the Academic Senate and must hold the rank of Professor. Ideal candidates will have a track-record of imaginative and collaborative leadership and administrative experience; of effective work in support of the University’s goals in diversity, equity, and inclusion; fair judgment and clear communication; a demonstrated ability and commitment to working in a shared-governance environment; and a demonstrated ability to build trust among constituents. They should also have significant knowledge and experience concerning issues in the areas of academic personnel, faculty welfare, and academic affairs.


We are eager to receive nominations, ideally including a brief statement in support of each candidate who is nominated, preferably by March 14, 2022. The search committee will contact nominees to invite them to submit application materials.


An individual need not be nominated in order to be considered; the search committee welcomes applications from all interested individuals. To be considered for the position, applicants must submit a brief statement of interest and a curriculum vitae; the first review of applications will begin in late March 2022.

Submissions of nominations and applications should be done electronically via email to


We seek input from the campus community about this critical position. Please submit your input on this online survey. The survey should take approximately 5-10 minutes. It is a way for the search committee to seek input from the Berkeley community in all areas. Your feedback will be very helpful to the committee as it searches for the next VPF. Information gathered by April 8 will be used for the search committee’s preparation for interviews, and the survey will be available throughout the search. Please note that your responses will be anonymous.


The vice provost for the faculty (VPF) search committee members were selected in late January 2022. Stakeholder listening sessions will take place in March to gather feedback about the skills and qualities that are needed in the next VPF and about the short- and long-term priorities for this role. Survey information will be reviewed through early April. Recruitment for the position will occur throughout March, and interviews will be conducted in the late spring.

Vice Provost for the Faculty Search Committee Roster 2022

Benjamin Hermalin, Vice Provost for the Faculty (Chair)

Lisa Alvarez-Cohen, Vice Provost for Academic Planning

Heather Archer, Assistant Vice Provost, Academic Personnel Office

Linda Burton, Dean, School of Social Welfare

Kris Gutiérrez, Associate Dean, Graduate School of Education

John Kuriyan, Professor, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology and Department of Chemistry

Raka Ray, Dean, Division of Social Sciences, College of Letters and Science 

The committee is being staffed by Andrea Lambert, Assistant Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief of Staff, and Kristine Lee Wilby, Academic Affairs Manager.