Candidate and Faculty Open Forum Information


Search Overview

UCR Interim Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Thomas Smith invites nominations and expressions of interest for the position of Vice Provost for Academic Personnel (VPAP). The excellence of the UCR faculty is the cornerstone of the University, and the VPAP plays a critical role in assuring that faculty accomplishment is promoted, recognized and rewarded in the merit and promotion system. Accordingly, the VPAP is a member of UCR’s senior leadership team and has an important role in representing faculty interests at this level. The position is a 100%-time appointment, initially for two years with the possibility of renewal, beginning July 1, 2020 and reporting directly to the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor.

The VPAP serves as the senior campus official with substantial responsibilities in the areas of (1) academic appointments, merits and promotions; (2) academic recruitment and retention; (3) the promotion of faculty diversity; (4) faculty development; (5) non-senate academic employee and labor relations. It is important that the VPAP share the University’s commitment to shared governance, including the role of the Academic Senate in upholding campus-wide academic standards.


Qualified candidates are members of UCR’s academic senate who have achieved the rank of Full Professor in the regular series before July 1, 2020, who are actively engaged in research and teaching, and who have relevant administrative leadership experience. Preference will be given to candidates at Step VI or above.

Confidential review of nominations and expressions of interest will begin immediately and will continue until an appointment is made. Please direct nominations and questions to Senior Human Resources Analyst Tanya Adams (; 951-827-2112).

To be ensured full consideration, please apply by submitting a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and statement of contributions to diversity (more information provided below) to by March 30th, 2020. Selected finalists will be invited to interview and may be asked to present a vision seminar to the campus. 

Search Committee

Anil Deolalikar, Dean of School of Public Policy (Chair)
Milagros Peña, Dean of CHASS
Mariam Lam, Associate Vice Chancellor & Chief Diversity Officer
Iryna Ethell, Professor of Biomedical Sciences
Glenn Stanley, Professor of Psychology
Julia Bailey-Serres, Distinguished Professor and Geneticist
Rajiv Gupta, Distinguished Professor in Computer Science and Engineering
Nicholas Weston-Dawkes, Academic Employee Relations Analyst
Laurie Bollinger, CNAS Academic Personnel Service Unit
Rodolfo Torres, Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development

Contact Information

For questions regarding this search, please contact:

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