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SSHA Dean and VPDUE Searches

November 5, 2019

Dear Campus Community,

As announced last month, the searches for the Dean of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts and the Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education are underway. The search committees for both positions are composed of diverse senate, non-senate, and staff representation to ensure that all voices are heard and the process is thorough and transparent. The committee compositions are as follows:

SSHA Dean Search Committee composition:

  • Betsy Dumont, Dean, School of Natural Sciences, Committee Chair
  • Jayson Beaster-Jones, Associate Professor, Global Arts, Media & Writing Studies
  • Linda Cameron, Professor, Psychological Sciences
  • Heidi Green, Department Specialist, SSHA
  • Christina Lux, Associate Director, Center for the Humanities, SSHA
  • Nathan Monroe, Professor, Political Science
  • De Ette Silbaugh, Continuing Lecturer, Merritt Writing Program

VPDUE Search Committee composition:

  • Marjorie Zatz, Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Education, Committee Chair
  • Jorge Arroyo, Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center Coordinator
  • Kristina Callaghan, Lecturer, School of Natural Sciences
  • Alvin Cha, Staff Assembly Finance Officer
  • Abbas Ghassemi, Teaching Professor, Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering
  • Alisha Kimble, Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Education
  • Carrie Menke, Associate Teaching Professor, Physics, School of Natural Sciences
  • Jack Vevea, Associate Professor, Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts

Both committees play an important role in this process and will have the help of UC San Diego Executive Recruitment Services. The search firm does significant work in helping identify and encourage outstanding candidates to apply. I ask that you also think deeply about internal and external colleagues who may be outstanding candidates for these positions and share your nominations directly with Janna Gilkison, , Senior Executive Recruiter with UCSD Executive Recruitment Services. Please note that while the searches are ongoing, the respective committees will begin reviewing candidates shortly.

Thank you very much for your willingness to help identify excellent candidates.


Gregg Camfield

Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost