The University of California, Irvine (UCI) seeks an inspiring, visionary, and strategic scholar-administrator to serve as Dean of the School of Physical Sciences (SPS). The University was founded to advance a goal of improving society through globally preeminent research, life-enhancing discoveries, and a world-class education for the most talented people regardless of background or economic circumstances. The School of Physical Sciences has contributed to that goal for over 50 years, and has played a pivotal role in elevating the institution’s intellectual rigor and contributing to its national prominence. With faculty members who are innately collaborative, coupled with a robust array of independently and collectively productive departments, SPS will continue to promote and support the research that will shape society for decades to come. The next Dean will guide the School to further distinction by inspiring excellence in teaching and research, and continuing to strengthen existing infrastructure that supports interdisciplinary thought and creative partnerships locally, nationally, and globally.
Currently home to over 2,300 undergraduates, 512 graduate students, and 160 faculty members, the School educates 96.5 percent of UCI undergraduates who take at least one course in SPS to help them achieve the basic skills for their various majors. The School is comprised of four departments: Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics & Astronomy, and Earth System Science, all ranked in the top five among UCs and top 20 among AAUs, according to Academic Analytics. To date, 12 faculty members have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences and 10 have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Further, the School is a leader in science education more broadly, with initiatives in modern instructional methods and interdisciplinary education.
The next Dean will play a key role in designing and implementing a framework to ensure the economic and intellectual vitality of the School and further highlight and promote the contributions and visibility of physical sciences at UCI. The School is uniquely positioned on a relatively young campus, with robust STEM programs, that sits within the very established UC system. The University and School have distinction and influence coupled with the flexibility to further define their identity, and the Dean must provide the leadership to shape the School’s future success for years to come.
For more information on the Executive Search for the Dean of the School of Physical Sciences please visit https://provost.uci.edu/faculty-resources/executive-searches/.