Dean for Undergraduate Studies

California State University, Sacramento (Sacramento State)
Sacramento, California
Aug 21, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

California State University, Sacramento (Sacramento State), is seeking a talented, energetic and experienced professional to join the campus community as its dean for undergraduate studies.

As California’s capital university, Sacramento State transforms lives by preparing students for leadership, service and success. Sacramento State is located on a beautiful 300-acre, tree-lined campus adjacent to the American River, about five miles east of the State Capitol. Established in 1947, it is the seventh-largest of the 23 campuses in the California State University system. With faculty, students and staff working at the confluence of knowledge, passion, innovation and real-world learning, Sacramento State offers a truly transformative educational experience to its over 30,000 students—an experience enriched at every turn by the arts, culture, altruism, diversity, natural campus beauty and a community committed to educational excellence. As a top regional four-year comprehensive public university offering programs in business, education, engineering, health, the humanities, public policy and science, Sacramento State is the place to “Redefine the Possible,” the University’s tagline. Sacramento State alumni—one out of every 20 area residents—make up the heart of the region’s workforce and some of its finest leaders who are driven to make a difference in their communities.

The Office of Undergraduate Studies is a key administrative unit within Academic Affairs and provides oversight of all undergraduate degree programs at the University and academic support services that enhance and strengthen the culture of excellence and innovation for Sac State’s undergraduate students. The office provides supervision of the University’s general education program and supervision of a number of programs and initiatives that advance the student success goals of the University.

The dean for undergraduate studies reports directly to the provost and is part of the provost’s academic leadership team. The responsibilities of the dean for undergraduate studies encompasses oversight for all of the programs, activities, centers and functions within Undergraduate Studies; review of undergraduate degree programs and course proposals; oversight of general education and graduation requirements; coordination with Student Affairs on graduation and student advising including approval of course substitution forms and exceptions to required units; and the review and approval of special majors. The dean is a liaison with the chancellor’s office on matters and reports related to undergraduate degree programs.

Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by October 2, 2017. Candidates should provide a CV, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the leadership profile and the names and contact information of five references. Candidate confidentiality will be respected and references will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. Inquiries and application materials should be sent via email to the search consultants, Zachary A. Smith, Ph.D., Amy Crutchfield and Patricia Coleman of Witt/Kieffer, at Questions may also be directed to the consultants through the office of Laura Novak at 630-575-6943.


The university is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity/expression, marital status, genetic information, medical condition, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status.

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