Dean of the School of Education

The University of California, Riverside (UCR) invites nominations of qualified applicants and inquiries for the position of Dean of the School of Education (SOE). UCR seeks an experienced and accomplished leader who is a distinguished scholar with a demonstrated commitment to academic excellence, diversity and inclusiveness, and who will bring an inspiring vision to the School of Education.

Reporting directly to the provost and executive vice chancellor, the dean will be responsible for leading SOE to fully realize a distinctive and unique vision for the future that will inspire faculty, staff, and students to join the school and motivate donors to give. The dean will lead the discussion with SOE faculty and staff on how to best employ the school’s strengths in addition to the university’s assets, energy, and land grant mission. As the school begins its work toward the future, the dean will encourage and support robust interdisciplinary and collaborative partnerships within SOE, across UCR, and with community partners. The dean will be a steadfast leader and outspoken advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. Capacity to be a successful fundraiser and the skills to be a strong, effective, and persuasive communicator and listener are a must.

All applications, nominations, and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume, a letter of interest addressing the themes in this profile, and a statement of contributions to diversity.

WittKieffer is assisting UC Riverside in this search. For fullest consideration, application materials should be received by April 18th, 2022.

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to:

Zachary A. Smith, Ph.D., Alejandra Gillette-Teran and Kimberly Migoya at

leadership Profile

Finalist & Open Forum information

Search Advisory Committee

Anil Deolalikar, Dean of the School of Public Policy and Professor of Economics (Chair)
Karen Dodson, Supervisor of Teacher Education
Uma Jayakumar, Associate Professor in School of Education
Rita Kohli, Associate Professor of Education (Equity Advisor and Affirmative Action Compliance Liaison)
Austin Johnson, Associate Professor in School of Education
Covadonga Lamar-Prieto, Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies, CHASS
Kelly Kraus-Lee, Director of Development, Education & Policy for the School of Education
Marsha Ing, Associate Professor in School of Education
Ken Noller, Advisory Board Member, School of Education
Julie Porter, Director of Marketing and Communications, School of Education
Raquel Rall, Assistant Professor in School of Education
Ariana Romero, Graduate Student
Jasmine Salas, Academic Personnel and Human Resources Director, School of Education
Katherine Stavropoulos, Assistant Professor in School of Education
Brenda Valdez-Gutierrez, Undergraduate Student
Frances Valdovinos, Assistant Dean and Director of TEP
Beverly Young, Advisory Board Member, School of Education
Jingsong Zhang, Professor of Chemistry, CNAS

Contact Information

For questions regarding this search, please contact:

Zach Smith
Managing Partner

Tanya Adams
Human Resources Manager
Office of the Provost – Administrative Services & Strategic Executive Team
951-827-2112 (office)