Dean of the School of Education

University of California Davis

Search for the Dean of the School of Education

The University of California, Davis (UC Davis) seeks a dynamic and accomplished individual to serve as its next Dean of the School of Education. The new Dean will be joining UC Davis and the School of Education at a very exciting time of growth and diversification of intellectual activities across the campus and beyond. With the unique advantage of being located close to California’s state capitol, UC Davis is in an ideal position to serve as a powerful voice in the conversation around education reform and state and national policy. In addition, the School of Education has been a champion for social justice and educational equity over the past twenty years, and remains committed to serving students from all socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. The new Dean will be charged with strengthening the School’s already stellar reputation, continuing its mission of advocating for all learners, and positively changing the way we as a nation think about how best to educate an increasingly diverse student population to live and thrive in a complex global landscape.

UC Davis
UC Davis is a premier land-grant public research university in Northern California. With over 40,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, it has the third largest enrollment in the University of California system. In addition to the School of Education, the campus is home to highly-regarded Schools of Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, the Graduate School of Management, the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, and the School of Law, as well as the Colleges of Engineering, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Biological Sciences, and Letters and Science. UC Davis is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities and is ranked 2nd among public universities in the Washington Monthly 2022 College Guide and Rankings, and 5th among public research universities nationwide, according to the 2022 Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings. In addition, UC Davis has been designated as both an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI) and emerging Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and is also ranked 1st in the nation for campus sustainability by UI GreenMetric World University Rankings and 1st for diversity, inclusiveness and internationalization in the United States by QS World University Rankings’ USA rankings. Annual external research funding reached an all-time high of over $1 billion in 2022. To learn more about UC Davis, please see

About the School of Education
The UC Davis School of Education was founded in 2002, after many decades as a division in the College of Letters and Sciences. Building on UC Davis’s mission of working to strengthen public education through teacher education and professional development, Founding Dean, Harold Levine, created and implemented a model for a different kind of school of education. A school that focuses on making a concrete, identifiable and relevant difference for educators, policymakers, students, and communities. Since that time, the UC Davis School of Education has grown, in size and stature, under the leadership of our current Dean, Lauren Lindstrom, with faculty and other stakeholders partnering with their colleagues across the University of California and statewide on impactful policy matters. Ranked 32nd in 2022 by US News and World Report, the School is in the top 12% of Graduate Schools of Education nationally.

The School of Education does not have multiple departments, but rather functions as a single interdisciplinary department with emphasis areas in School Organization and Educational Policy, Learning and Mind Sciences, Language Literacy and Culture, as well as Science, Agriculture and Mathematics Education. Serving over 650 students, the School offers preparation for the California teaching credential, masters and doctoral-level programs for both educational researchers and practitioners, and professional development for educators and educational leaders throughout California. It is comprised of 34 Academic Senate faculty, 6 full time and 15 part time lecturer/supervisors in teacher education, approximately 15 other academics, and 75 staff. The annual operating budget for the School of Education is approximately $21 million, and includes state general funds, tuition, and self-supporting revenue. To learn more about the School of Education, please see

Role of the Dean of the School of Education
The Dean is the chief academic and administrative officer of the School of Education, with responsibility for the overall management and operation of the School, including management of its faculty and staff, physical facilities and budget. The Dean is also responsible for leading efforts to develop and implement a strategic plan and for solidifying the vision, mission, and goals for the School, as well as leading development efforts. The School’s current leadership team includes an associate dean for academic programs and instruction, an assistant dean for finance, a department chair, the director of research and partnerships, senior director of student affairs and senior director of development. Academic program chairs report to the Associate Dean.

The Dean represents the School to the campus and its leadership, particularly in working with other academic and research units on innovative ventures, and securing resource support for the School’s activities. The Dean participates in campus-wide policy and program decisions through membership on the Provost’s Leadership Council and the Council of Deans. The Dean also represents the School to the outside world, including alumni and donors, and is responsible for persuasively articulating the goals and programs of the School to the University community, external stakeholders and the general public. The Dean provides leadership in sustaining and obtaining additional resources from donors and corporate partners, as well as from revenue-generating programs. In coordination with the School’s advancement team, the Dean leads the development of fundraising strategies for cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of donors. The Dean leads the School’s advancement efforts in communications, donor relations, and fundraising with external stakeholders.

The Dean will be an active participant across the UC system, as a resource, a representative, and a collaborator, and will ensure the School of Education is a full partner in cross-campus and interdisciplinary initiatives. The Dean will actively seek out opportunities to further elevate UC Davis and the School of Education as a thought leader in education by building partnerships and leveraging networks in Sacramento and beyond.

To view the full position profile and a list of qualifications, personal qualities, and characteristics sought in potential candidates, please visit

The University of California, Davis is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role. This range takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions, including but not limited to experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position. Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience.

The Dean of the School of Education at UC Davis lies within UC Dean’s Salary Band 1, for which the annual salary range is $199,700 to $509,900. The budgeted annual salary that UC Davis reasonably expects to pay for this position is $240,000 to $310,000.

Applications, Inquiries, and Nominations
The Recruitment Advisory Committee will begin reviewing applications during the week of September 25, 2023. Applicants must submit a current resume and/or curriculum vitae, a letter of interest describing relevant experience, and a statement of contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Specifically, we invite candidates to discuss their past, present, and future contributions to promoting equity, inclusion, and diversity in their professional careers. Submission of materials via e-mail is strongly encouraged. Nomination letters should include the name and contact information of the nominee. All nominations and applications will be handled in confidence. Applications and letters of nomination should be submitted by email to:

Alberto Pimentel, Managing Partner
Sal Venegas Jr., Partner

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The University of California 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.



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