January 23, 2018


SUBJECT:   Appointment of John Moore as Dean of Undergraduate Education

We are delighted to announce that John Moore, Muir College Provost and Professor of Linguistics, has been appointed Dean of Undergraduate Education, effective January 22, 2018.

We are thankful for Dr. Moore's outstanding service as Interim Dean since September 2017, and enthusiastic about continuing our collaboration as he takes on the long-term role. As Dean of Undergraduate Education, Dr. Moore is responsible for providing academic leadership in the development, enhancement, and delivery of undergraduate academic programs, including new interdisciplinary programs across colleges, divisions, schools, and disciplines. The Dean also promotes curriculum innovation and reform and strengthens academic support services for undergraduate students.

Dean Moore has been a member of the faculty since 1992. He received his Ph.D. in 1991 from University of California, Santa Cruz. A highly regarded scholar in theoretical syntax, his work has concentrated on Spanish syntax and the grammatical encoding of semantic arguments. His recent research includes work on Moro - a language spoken in Central Sudan - and varieties of Spanish spoken in the San Diego-Tijuana border region. He has also recently published on aspects of flamenco, including an annotated translation of oral histories. He is a gifted musician, widely known as a flamenco guitarist.

Dr. Moore has a demonstrated history of commitment to undergraduate education, campus service, and contributions to diversity in teaching, research and service, which has served him well as Interim Dean. He provided strong leadership as Chair of the Council of Provosts (COP) during the past two academic years. Prior to his appointment as Provost in 2013, he served as Chair of the Academic Senate Committee on Academic Personnel (CAP), as Chair of the Department of Linguistics, and as a department diversity representative. In addition to teaching core undergraduate courses on syntax, historical linguistics, and Spanish linguistics, he has taught freshman seminars on the structure and history of flamenco. He has also been involved in the Global Seminar Program since its inception, winning a "Partner in International Education" award in 2011.

Dean Moore's leadership record, administrative experience, and deep understanding of undergraduate education will enable him to make a lasting impact on UC San Diego and our students. Please join us in congratulating Dean Moore on his appointment.

Pradeep K. Khosla

Elizabeth H. Simmons
Executive Vice Chancellor