University of California , Irvine (UCI) Humanities Dean Search in Irvine, California

Recruitment Period

Open date:July 11th, 2017

Next review date: September 25th, 2017 Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date:December 1st, 2017 Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The University of California, Irvine, among the nation’s top public research universities and one of the fastest growing campuses in the world-renowned University of California system, seeks an inspiring, visionary, and strategic scholar-administrator to serve as Dean of the School of Humanities. Since the University’s founding in 1965, the humanities have played a pivotal role in elevating the institution’s intellectual rigor and contributing to its national prominence. The next dean will lead the School to further distinction by driving excellence and continuing to establish the infrastructure that supports interdisciplinary thought and creative partnerships locally, nationally, and globally. The Dean will secure the School’s position as the academic core of the institution and serve as a national voice and advocate for the humanities.

The next Dean will play a key role in designing and implementing a framework to ensure the economic and intellectual vitality of the School and redefining the value of humanities at a world class research university. The School is uniquely positioned on a campus with robust STEM programs for fruitful collaborations, and the next Dean must provide the leadership to make these pioneering ideas a reality. To achieve these goals, the Dean will address several opportunities and challenges:

  • Develop and execute a vision that enhances intellectual prominence;

  • Create a sustainable and dynamic financial model;

  • Grow vibrant and competitive undergraduate and graduate programs;

  • Continue to recruit talented and diverse faculty and staff; and

  • Foster a culture of collegiality and mutual respect.

A list of the desired qualifications and characteristics for the Dean of Humanities can be found at the conclusion of this document, which was prepared by the search committee with the assistance of Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to provide background information and detail the key opportunities and challenges related to the position.

Screening of complete applications (with CVs and cover letters) will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process. Applications, inquiries, and nominations should be sent via the Isaacson, Miller website for the search: Electronic submission of materials is strongly encouraged.

David Bellshaw, Courtney Wilk, and Molly Kron Isaacson, Miller 1000 Sansome Street, Suite 300 San Francisco, CA 94111 Phone: 415.655.4900 Fax: 415.655.4905

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.


Job location

Irvine, CA

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing how past and/or potential contributions to diversity will advance UCI's Commitment to Inclusive Excellence.

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)


3-5 references required (contact information only)