The University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley), the world’s premier public university, invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the Graduate School of Education (GSE). 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 the most diverse faculty and student body of any school at UC Berkeley, in a community rooted in equity and social justice, GSE is uniquely positioned to address the pressing social, economic, and educational needs of the Bay Area, California, 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, schools districts, and educational systems across the state and beyond.

The Graduate 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 GSE community includes 31 Senate faculty, over 200 students, 45 staff, and has a budget of $21 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. For more information about the Graduate School of Education, please see

The next Dean will join UC Berkeley at a pivotal moment for both the university and GSE. In 2018, Chancellor Carol Christ and Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Paul Alivisatos led the campus through a strategic planning process, which resulted in a plan that invests heavily in the student experience, makes new commitments within Berkeley’s research and academic spheres, and strives to make the institution a more welcoming and supportive place for people of all backgrounds. The following year, the university launched a $6 billion fundraising campaign, one of the most ambitious campaigns in the nation. Additionally, the campus is in the midst of making large changes at an internal level to support these aspirations, including the implementation of a new financial model, alongside a commitment to transparency, accountability, and efficiency in operations. Building on rigorous research, scholarship, pedagogical excellence, and a tradition of engaged equitable learning for all, the GSE is well-positioned to lead interdisciplinary initiatives that will transform the national K-16 landscape for decades to come.

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

  • Sustain and advance the continued development of a collaborative, cohesive vision for GSE with a focus on equity and social justice;

  • Strengthen internal community bonds while building bridges to the broad external community;

  • Elevate the School’s academic standing and encourage continued excellence of faculty and staff;

  • Grow the School’s financial resources through new revenue-producing programs;

  • Strengthen external partnerships and relationships with donors, alumni, and granting organizations; and

  • Clarify and expand the School’s role in the local, regional, and global education community in order to cement GSE as a leader in research, practice, and policy.

All inquiries, nominations, and applications from within and beyond the Berkeley community are invited. For more details, including the full position profile and to submit inquiries, nominations, and referrals, please see the Isaacson, Miller website for the search:

To be considered as candidates, applicants must have earned a doctoral degree by the time of application and submit a CV, preferably with a detailed letter of interest at Electronic submission of materials is required. Review of candidate materials will begin on November 2, 2020, and continue until the completion of the search process.

Regan Gough, Ludi Chow, and Casey Gallagher
Isaacson, Miller
1000 Sansome Street, Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: 415.655.4900

The University of California, Berkeley, is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity. 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: