University of California, San Diego


October 26, 2004


SUBJECT:    Search for the Dean of the Division of Arts and Humanities

Applications and nominations are invited for the position of Dean of the Division of Arts and Humanities. The Search Committee (membership listed below) will conduct a nationwide search and is seeking to recruit a Dean of intellectual and scholarly distinction who will be attracted by the prospect of shaping the future vision of the Divisionís departments and programs.

The Dean will be appointed to serve at 100% time for a five-year term, renewable following appropriate review. Candidates must possess the academic qualifications sufficient to merit appointment as a tenured senior professor in one of the Divisionís departments. The job description and required qualifications for the Deanís position follow this announcement, and are also posted on the Academic Affairs web site:


The Search Committee will begin reviewing nominations and applications on January 5, 2005 and continue until the position is filled. Applications (resume and names of references) and nomination materials should be submitted, in confidence, to:

Professor Steven D. Cassedy, Chair
Search Committee for the Dean of the Division of Arts and Humanities
Mail Code 0001
Electronic mail: ahdeansearch@ucsd.edu

The University of California, San Diego is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer.

David R. Miller
Acting Senior Vice Chancellor



Professor Steven D. Cassedy (Literature), Chair
Professor Jorge Huerta (Theatre/Dance)
Professor Nicole King (Literature)
Professor Paul Pickowicz (History)
Professor Donald Rutherford (Philosophy)
Professor Laura Schreibman (Psychology)
Professor Adele Shank (Theatre & Dance)
Professor Susan Smith (Visual Arts)
Professor Rand Steiger (Music)
Staff representative (to be named)
Undergraduate student representative (to be named)
Graduate student representative (to be named)


University of California, San Diego


The Dean, reporting directly to the Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, is the academic-administrative leader of the Division of the Arts & Humanities, comprised of six large academic departments Ė History, Literature, Music, Philosophy, Theatre & Dance, and Visual Arts - each with a full range of undergraduate and graduate programs, and performance facilities. In addition to instructional programs offered at the department level, the Division administers several centrally managed undergraduate and graduate programs Ė Chinese Studies, Classical Studies, Environmental Studies, German Studies, Japanese Studies, Judaic Studies, Italian Studies, Middle East Studies, Program for the Study of Religion, Russian and Soviet Studies, Science Studies, the Basic Writing Program, Chicano/a and Latino/a Arts & Humanities minor, Contemporary Black Arts (minor), Film Studies (minor), Language Program, and Third World Studies. Other units at UCSD involving Arts & Humanities faculty and oversight of the Dean include: Center for the Humanities, Mandeville Center, the University Art Gallery, and affiliated external entities including the La Jolla Playhouse and the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus.

Overview of Responsibilities and Qualifications:

The Dean sets Divisional goals; develops long-range plans in the Arts & Humanities; promotes high academic standards in instruction and research; promotes the needs of an outstanding diverse faculty and student body; provides leadership assistance to departments in resource and space needs, academic recruitments and advancement of faculty; collaborates with the Development Office to cultivate major gifts to the Division; works with the campus administration, the Academic Senate, and other academic units in the maintenance, innovation, development, and implementation of needed programs; and represents the Division of Arts & Humanities in various forums at the local, state, national, and international levels.

Prominent therefore in the consideration of the qualifications of the Dean are the following criteria: must be eligible for appointment as a tenured senior professor in one of the Divisionís departments; outstanding scholarly or creative credentials, broadly recognized national stature; vision for the future of Arts & Humanities, and capability to stimulate new directions, to promote existing resources to best advantage, to build for the future; demonstrated leadership and administrative skills; ability to engage the Division openly and cooperatively; ability to encourage expression of diverse interests; capable of effective action in representing Art & Humanities at UCSD and at the state, national, and international levels.

Dean of Division of Arts & Humanities duties:

Responsible for enhancing the profile, visibility and prestige of the Division.

Promotes morale and sense of collective purpose for the Division of Arts & Humanities.

Instrumental in the review and approval process for establishment of new departments, graduate and undergraduate programs or degrees and curricular changes within the Division.

Authorizes the initiation of faculty recruitment, including negotiations. Approves faculty start-up packages. Reviews and/or has final authority for the Division of Arts & Humanities permanent and temporary faculty and other academic series appointment files, merits, sabbaticals, leaves of absence, promotions and retentions. Serves as the Divisionís academic affirmative action officer for all academic affirmative action compliance documents.

Instrumental in developing and implementing plans to diversify the campus faculty, staff and student community.

Responsible for developing and presenting the Divisionís budgetary and space proposals and for the allocation of financial and space resources among the units within the Division.

Responsible for overseeing the financial performance of the Division including the avoidance of and recovery of overspending within the units of the Division.

Cultivates local and national artistic and industrial affiliation and support. Co-supervises Development Officer assigned to the Division and works closely with the Development Office to cultivate major gifts in support of the Divisionís teaching, research and public service programs.

Provides leadership for UCSDís participation in competitions for large-scale, collaborative interdisciplinary research opportunities.

Initiates proposals and represents the Division of Arts & Humanities to extramural agencies for institutional support grants.

Reviews and approves acquisition of infrastructure support for computing and communications.

Responsible for short- and long-range planning of minor and major capital improvement projects for the Division. Approves requests for renovations and alterations in Divisionís space. Serves on Building Advisory Committees of all Arts & Humanities capital projects, usually as chair.

Represents the Division of Arts & Humanities on various General Campus committees including the Program Review Committee and its subcommittees.

Serves on other campuswide and Universitywide committees as designated. Represents the Division of Arts & Humanities at local, state, national, and international levels.

Responsible for the functioning of the Division of Arts & Humanities office. Supervises the responsibilities of and provides general direction to the staff.