Santa Cruz, CA

University of California, Santa Cruz


The University of California, Santa Cruz invites applications for the position of Dean of the Humanities Division. UC Santa Cruz has earned national and international recognition for high-quality research and exemplary teaching. Faculty, researchers, and students enjoy an exciting environment and the opportunity to work across disciplinary boundaries as they approach today's most challenging problems. The Dean provides intellectual and academic leadership in the instructional and research missions of the Humanities Division and serves as the division's chief executive, representative, and administrator, with responsibility for a full range of activities associated with the management and promotion of the excellence of the academic and research missions of the division. As academic unit heads, Deans are persons of scholarly and professional accomplishment. The University encourages their continued engagement as academics in scholarly, professional, teaching, and University service activities, consistent with, but distinct from, their decanal responsibilities. A Dean shall be a tenured member of the faculty.

The Humanities Division at UCSC comprises nine departments and programs offering thirteen baccalaureate degrees, four masters degrees, and six Ph.D. degrees. Faculty research is supported by The Humanities Institute, which supports interdisciplinary research collaborations and specialized centers and projects such as the Center for Cultural Studies, Center for Jewish Studies, Center for Middle East and North Africa, Center for Public Philosophy, Center for South Asian Studies, Center for the Study of Pacific War Memories, Center for World History, Linguistics Research Center, Shakespeare Workshop, and the Dickens Project. Further information about the Humanities Division can be found at:

UC Santa Cruz is nestled within 2,000 acres of redwood forest and meadows, overlooking the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary of California's beautiful Central Coast, about 70 miles from San Francisco and 30 miles from Silicon Valley. Information about UC Santa Cruz is available on our Website at

RESPONSIBILITIES: The Dean oversees the hiring, promotion, and retention of faculty and staff, guides the development and oversight of undergraduate and graduate curriculum and degree programs, manages the academic leadership of the division, oversees all divisional resources, and works with campus administration and the Academic Senate on campus-wide decisions and policy development. A description of the essential functions and duties of this position can be accessed at

  • Demonstrated academic administrative leadership (e.g., Department Chair, Institute Director)
  • National or international distinction as a scholar, researcher/practitioner and educator with a record necessary for a position as a tenured professor in the Humanities Division.

  • Experience fostering interdisciplinary research and education;
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with administrators, faculty, students, and staff in an environment of shared governance;
  • Appreciation for the mission and responsibilities of a public R1 university serving a multi- ethnic state and a demonstrated commitment to diversity;
  • Potential for success in fundraising and securing external support, particularly grants from public agencies and private foundations; and
  • Ability to cultivate and develop positive relations with internal and external constituents including alumni, members of the community, and businesses, locally and beyond.

    SALARY: This is a full-time, fiscal year appointment. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

    POSITION AVAILABLE: July 1, 2020, or as soon as possible thereafter. The initial decanal appointment will be for five years with the possibility of renewal. The professorial appointment will be as a tenured faculty member. Additional information about decanal appointments can be found in the policy on academic deans:

    TO APPLY: Applications are accepted via email to the search firm Korn Ferry at and must include: a brief statement of interest and qualifications, a current curriculum vitae, and a statement addressing contributions to diversity. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files.

    CLOSING DATE: To be considered at the initial screening, application materials must be received by February 28, 2020. Applications will be received until the position is filled. For further information, contact John Amer of Korn Ferry at

    The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. 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. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees. Inquiries regarding the University's equal employment opportunity policies may be directed to: Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064; (831) 459-2686.

    Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More information is available here or from the Academic Personnel Office (APO) at (831) 459-4300.

    UCSC is a smoke & tobacco-free campus.

    If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact the Academic Personnel Office at (831) 459-4300.


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