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Dean of the School of Public Policy

The University of California, Riverside (UC Riverside or UCR) seeks a visionary, growth-oriented, and accomplished leader to serve as its next dean of the School of Public Policy (SPP).

Reporting directly to the provost and executive vice chancellor, the dean is the chief academic, administrative, and fiscal officer of the school. The next dean will work with faculty, staff, and students to create a vision, identity, and strategic plan for the future as well as grow revenue and philanthropic support for the school. The next dean will catalyze and foster collaboration across the university and community in addition to advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. Lastly, the dean will help recruit, develop, retain, and build community among a world-class faculty and staff within the School of Public Policy.

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 March 21st, 2022.

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to:

Zachary A. Smith, Ph.D., Julia Bradley, and Jessica Herrington at UCRiverside-SPPDean@wittkieffer.com.

leadership Profile

finalist & Open Forum Information


Search Advisory Committee

Tom Smith, Professor of Education and Public Policy (Chair)
Arleth Flores Aparicio, undergraduate student, School of Public Policy
Cecilia Ayon, Professor of Public Policy (Senate Appointee)
Yolanda Aquilar Candelario, graduate student, School of Public Policy
Richard Carpiano, Professor of Public Policy (Senate Appointee)
Xinping Cui, Professor of Statistics (Senate Appointee)
Jodi Kim, Associate Professor of Media and Cultural Studies (Senate Appointee)
Kathy Kim, Senior Director of Development, Engagement, and Policy, School of Public Policy
Bruce Link, Distinguished Professor of Public Policy and Sociology (Senate Appointee)
Mark Manalang, Marketing, Communications and Events Manager, School of Public Policy 
Jennifer Merolla, Professor of Political Science (Senate Appointee)
Mehdi Nemati, Assistant Professor of Cooperative Extension in Public Policy
Sharon Oselin, Associate Professor of Public Policy and Sociology (Senate Appointee)
Justine Ross, Associate Director, The Presley Center of Crime and Justice Studies, School of Public Policy
Sally Tavizon, Assistant Dean and CFAO, School of Public Policy
Qingfang Wang, Professor of Public Policy (Senate Appointee)
Ran Wei, Associate Professor of Public Policy (Affirmative Action Compliance Liaison)


Contact Information

For questions regarding this search, please contact:

Zach Smith
Managing Partner
WittKieffer
UCRiverside-SPPDean@wittkieffer.com

Tanya Adams
Human Resources Manager
Office of the Provost – Administrative Services & Strategic Executive Team
951-827-2112 (office)
tanya.adams@ucr.edu