University of California, San Diego


November 27, 2007

ALL ACADEMICS (including SIO and School of Medicine)

SUBJECT:    Search for the Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty Equity

In response to the recommendation of the UCSD Workgroup on the Report of the UC President's Task Force on Faculty Diversity, and following consultation with the Academic Senate and key campus administrators, I am pleased to announce the creation of the position of Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty Equity (AVCFE).

I am writing now to invite your nominations of potential candidates for the position of AVCFE, including self-nominations. If you would like to nominate a colleague, you need not contact the individual to ascertain if he or she is willing to be considered as a candidate. Nominees will be contacted, in confidence, to confirm their interest in the position. Please send suggestions to me at svcaa@ucsd.edu by January 7, 2008.

This position is distinguished from that of the campus Chief Diversity Officer in that the AVCFE will report directly to the Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and will have a single focus-faculty equity. More specifically, this position is responsible for providing distinctive academic leadership and direction in advancing the University's goal of achieving and sustaining faculty equity and diversity in pursuit of academic excellence. The purpose of the position is to measurably improve equity through innovative efforts to recruit and retain highly-qualified faculty from underrepresented groups and to make steady progress toward ensuring that UCSD is an inclusive community that nurtures advancement and growth for all faculty members. This will require working collaboratively with the campus Chief Diversity Officer, the Campus Diversity Council, and other individuals and groups on and off campus.

The position is also posted on the Academic Affairs web site:


The search for the AVCFE will be confined to the UCSD campus, and candidates must hold tenured faculty appointments. A commitment to and demonstrated success in achieving institutional diversity goals, as well as a strong record of prior administrative experience, is highly desirable. The AVCFE will be appointed to serve at 50% time, with a possibility of an increase, for a three-year term, renewable following appropriate review.

Paul W. Drake
Senior Vice Chancellor