Dean of Berkeley School of Education

University of California Berkeley

Dean - Berkeley School of Education

Job #JPF03693
  • Academic Senate / Exec Vice Chanc & Provost / UC Berkeley

Position overview

Position title:Dean, Berkeley School of Education
Anticipated start: July 1, 2023

Application Window

Open date: October 31, 2022

Next review date: Monday, Dec 12, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Mar 31, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley), the world’s premier public university, seeks a visionary, inclusive, and strategic leader as its next Dean of the Berkeley School of Education (BSE).

UC Berkeley is internationally renowned for excellence across all disciplines, for the opportunities it affords students of all backgrounds, and for scientific discovery, innovation, and cultural creativity. Ranked nationally as the No. 1 public university by U.S. News & World Report Rankings 2023, the Berkeley campus is home to more than 32,000 undergraduate students and more than 12,000 graduate students, and approximately 1,500 ladder-rank faculty across 15 schools and colleges. Berkeley’s professors are highly distinguished researchers, scholars, and leading experts in their field as attested by their many Nobel Prizes, other distinguished awards, and memberships in the most prestigious learned societies.

The Dean will join a school with a rich history of research excellence, grounded in the social sciences, and will build upon these strengths. The Dean will also foster cutting-edge interdisciplinary and professional learning opportunities. With one of the most diverse faculty, staff, and student bodies among academic units at UC Berkeley, in a community rooted in equity and social justice, BSE is uniquely positioned to address the pressing social, economic, and educational needs of the region and beyond. The next Dean will bring together and inspire the School’s talented faculty, staff, and students to further a mission of improving educational outcomes and ensuring learning, achievement, and quality of life for all students, including those in under-resourced schools, school districts, and educational systems.

The Berkeley School of Education is one of the nation’s top-ranked schools of education, offering unparalleled scholarship and professional training that prepares future leaders of education policy, practice, and research. The BSE community includes 27 Senate faculty, and has over 65 staff and 500 students. In FY 2022, BSE had a budget of $29.7 million. The School offers a diverse range of degree and credential programs, leadership development programs, and school and community outreach initiatives. It houses numerous research as well as professional development centers.

In order to achieve new levels of success, the Dean will leverage significant strengths while addressing the following opportunities and challenges:

  • Sustaining and advancing the continued development of a collaborative and cohesive vision for BSE by emphasizing its deep integration of equity into its programs;
  • Strengthening internal community bonds while building collaborative relationships across the School and the greater University community;
  • Elevating the School’s academic standing and inspiring the continued excellence of faculty and staff;
  • Recruiting, developing and retaining exceptional faculty, staff, and students; Growing the School’s financial resources through increasing private support, research funding and new revenue-producing programs;
  • Illuminating the School’s role in the local, regional, and global education community to expand BSE’s role as a leader in research, practice, and policy

The Dean will be a steadfast leader and an outspoken advocate for diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, and justice. The capacity to be a successful fundraiser and the skills to be a strong, effective, and persuasive communicator are critical. Candidates must possess an earned doctoral degree or equivalent international degree and a record of scholarship that merits a tenured appointment at UC Berkeley at the level of full professor.

WittKieffer is assisting the University of California, Berkeley in this search. For more details, including the full position profile, please see the WittKieffer website for the search:

All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. To be considered as candidates, applicants must have an earned doctoral degree or equivalent international degree by the time of application and submit, as separate documents, a CV or resume, and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the position profile.

For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by Monday, December 12, 2022. Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal. Applicants must also apply directly to UC Berkeley at:

Confidential nominations and inquiries can be directed to:

Suzanne Teer, Alejandra Gillette-Teran, and Cathryn Davis


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Applicants must have earned a doctoral degree or an equivalent international degree by the time of application.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

A distinguished record of excellence in teaching, research, and/or significant professional activity appropriate for a tenured faculty appointment at the level of full professor at UC Berkeley.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Other Document (Optional)
  • Other Document (Optional)
  • Other Document (Optional)
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Campus Information

Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are core values at UC Berkeley. Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and academic and non-academic staff who share our commitment to these values. Successful candidates for our academic positions will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to advancing equity, inclusion, and belonging.

The University of California, Berkeley is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for the deadlines applicable to new University of California employees. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

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Job location

Berkeley, CA