Dean of Optometry and Vision Science

University of California Berkeley

Dean - Herbert Wertheim School of Optometry & Vision Science

Job #JPF04064
  • Academic Senate / Exec Vice Chanc & Provost / UC Berkeley

Position overview

Position title:Dean, Herbert Wertheim School of Optometry & Vision Science
Salary range: The posted University of California Deans’ Salary Bands ( set the pay ranges for deans. The Berkeley Optometry & Vision Science position is included in Band 2: $239,600-$611,100.
Anticipated start: July 1, 2024
Review timeline: Screening of complete applications will begin immediately. For best consideration, please submit materials by February 2, 2024.

Application Window

Open date: November 20, 2023

Next review date: Friday, Feb 2, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Monday, Apr 1, 2024 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 Herbert Wertheim School of Optometry & Vision Science (Berkeley Optometry & Vision Science).

As the Chief Academic Officer and Executive of the School, the Dean holds a direct reporting line to the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost. The Dean's role involves providing leadership and oversight in all areas of School administration, which encompass academic programs, personnel, budgets, clinical operations, alumni engagement, fundraising and relationships with government and industry. The Dean is expected to model creativity and collaboration, serving as a strong advocate for both professional and academic education, and tirelessly promoting the potential of Berkeley Optometry & Vision Science. A crucial aspect of this role is the ability to convene and communicate effectively with diverse audiences, fostering a culture of transparency, inclusivity and recognition of the strengths of all members of the School's community, including its staff.

For 100 years, Berkeley Optometry & Vision Science, one of the world's leading schools of optometry, has produced groundbreaking research, clinical excellence and unparalleled education. It offers a rigorous four-year professional program leading to the Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree, a one-year residency program in advanced clinical optometry, and one of the largest and most highly rated vision science PhD programs. The School is known for its exceptional faculty, commitment to clinical training, and rigorous academic curriculum. Berkeley Optometry & Vision Science is also a major center for vision science research. The School recently received a $50 million transformational gift from the Dr. Herbert Wertheim Family Foundation, the largest gift ever received by a school of optometry in the country. This commitment constitutes the lead gift for a 10-year, $100 million investment that will expand the School’s ability to train the next generation of optometric physicians, educators and scientists to serve as leaders in the primary and preventative health care spectrum and in vision science.

UC Berkeley seeks a solutions and future-focused leader with demonstrated leadership abilities, substantial administrative experience, strong scholarly visibility and the capacity to exercise intellectual leadership at the local, state, national and international levels. A distinguished record of scholarship, teaching and professional activity appropriate for a tenured faculty appointment at the level of full professor at UC Berkeley is required. The successful applicant will have a proven commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging; a strong commitment to research, teaching and public service as well as a deep appreciation for optometry as a health profession; administrative leadership experience in large-scale programs; substantial administration and scholarly achievements; and demonstrated they are a strategic thinker able to build effective institutional partnerships. Non-traditional academic leaders are welcome to apply; applicants from the private or public service sectors will need to demonstrate commitment to research and scholarly accomplishment. For the full position profile, please visit:

To be considered as candidates, applicants must have a graduate health sciences degree, such as OD, MD or equivalent international degree, at the time of application and submit, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the profile.

WittKieffer is assisting the University of California, Berkeley in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by February 2, 2023. 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, Kerry Quealy, and Tiffany Johnson at


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Candidates must have a graduate health sciences degree, such as OD, MD or equivalent international degree, at the time of application

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

A distinguished record of scholarship, teaching and 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.
  • Letter of Interest - A letter of interest addressing the themes in the position profile.
  • Other Document (Optional)
  • Other Document (Optional)
  • Other Document (Optional)
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About UC Berkeley

UC Berkeley is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. The excellence of the institution requires an environment in which the diverse community of faculty, students, and staff are welcome and included. Successful candidates will demonstrate knowledge and skill related to ensuring equity and inclusion in the activities of their academic position (e.g., teaching, research, and service, as applicable).

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:

In searches when letters of reference are required all letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality prior to submitting their letter.

As a University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location

Berkeley, CA