Search for Dean - School of Education

Candidate Visits and Public Forums

The Audio Recordings and Presentation Slides were removed after 72 hours of being posted.

As noted in the recruitment announcements, there is a dedicated email address for comments on this search:

Your participation in the process is strongly encouraged and your feedback is very important in helping us select our next Dean – School of Education. Interim Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Burtis welcomes comments on the candidates.

Because of the Thanksgiving holiday the comment period will be extended to close of business on Tuesday, November 29.

The recruitment advisory committee has recommended four outstanding finalist candidates for the Dean – School of Education. We have confirmed two campus visit dates:

  • Candidate A:  Monday and Tuesday, November 7 and 8
  • Candidate B:  Monday and Tuesday, November 14 and 15
  • Candidate C:  Thursday and Friday, November 17 and 18
  • Candidate D:  WITHDREW

As part of the interview process, you are invited to a public forum where the candidates will give a brief presentation on the following topic: "Discuss some key developments facing the field of education in the coming years, opportunities and challenges facing Schools of Education addressing specifically how Schools of Education might confront some of the biggest challenges of inequality facing our society, and discuss one brief example of work you have undertaken in your past that positions you well to take on the leadership of our School of Education.”

The public forums will be followed by a moderated Q&A session. 

The public forums will be audio recorded. These recordings will be posted following the last candidate’s presentation. Please note that there will be a delay between the final presentation and the posting of the audio recordings to this website due to the time required for processing the audio recordings. The recordings will be posted for 72 hours once they are posted.

Candidate A
Monday, November 7
2:10 – 3:30 p.m.
Walter A. Buehler Alumni Center, Alpha Gamma Rho Hall

Candidate B
Monday, November 14
2:10 – 3:30 p.m.
Walter A. Buehler Alumni Center, Alpha Gamma Rho Hall

Candidate C
Thursday, November 17
2:10 – 3:30 p.m.
UC Davis Hyatt Place, Executive Meeting Room

Candidate D

Candidate CVs are posted 48 hours in advance of their interview. To protect the confidentiality of the candidates, you are required to enter your Kerberos ID and password in order to access the candidate names and CVs. Please do not share candidate names, CVs or audio recordings outside of the UC Davis community.

Your participation in the process is strongly encouraged and your feedback is very important in helping us select our next Dean – School of Education. Interim Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Burtis welcomes comments on the candidates. Those comments should be sent by e-mail to no later than 72 hours after the last public forum.

UC Davis has launched a nationwide recruitment for the position of Dean – School of Education. We are seeking a dynamic and accomplished individual to serve as the new Dean. 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 resources: faculty and staff, physical facilities and budget. The dean serves as the lead in representing the School to the campus and its leadership and to the outside world, including alumni and donors.

The School of Education (SOE) was established in 2002 and supports a number of programs that link research, instruction, and service to K-12 schools. SOE offers preparation for the California teaching credential, master's and doctoral-level programs for both educational researchers and practitioners, and professional development for educators throughout Northern California. The School's REEd Center promotes collaborative, university-school research projects that address issues of schooling practice and policy, provides teacher-driven professional development, and fosters linkages between the campus, elementary and secondary schools, and community partners in the region. The School is also home to the Center for Applied Policy in Education (CAP-Ed) and EdForward, a business center created to develop innovations in education with a goal of identifying and implementing entrepreneurial revenue generating products and services in support of the vision and mission of the School.

The successful candidate will have a distinguished record of scholarship, teaching, and service appropriate for appointment as a tenured professor at UC Davis. In addition, the Dean will have demonstrated ability for leadership and management; the ability to work with faculty to develop a vision and strategy within an environment of shared governance; experience in building partnerships internally and externally; demonstrated financial and administrative skills; ability to recruit and retain talented and diverse faculty; a deep commitment to diversity and inclusion; a record of success in obtaining extramural funding and philanthropic support; and a collaborative spirit. He/she will possess the political acumen and diplomatic skills to forge productive partnerships. Finally, the successful candidate will share the University’s Principles of Community, which are characterized by respect, integrity, openness and responsiveness and by consultation and collaboration.

The recruitment advisory committee, chaired by Kevin Johnson, Dean of the School of Law, and co-chaired by Cindy Passmore, Professor, School of Education, is composed primarily of faculty, staff and students.

David Bellshaw of the national executive search firm Isaacson, Miller is assisting the recruitment advisory committee in identifying potential candidates for this critical position. Advertisements have been placed in The Chronicle of Higher Education and with other leading organizations. 

Nomination Process

Inquiries, nominations, and applications should be directed to Samantha Weigand, from Isaacson, Miller at with the subject line “UCD – Dean-SOE.”

Members of the campus community are encouraged to send comments about the qualifications the university should be looking for in candidates for this position. Emails should be sent to:

Position Profile

Dean – School of Education Position Profile

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