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Dean of the College of Natural and Social Sciences

California State University, Los Angeles
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California State University Los Angeles
Dean of the College of Natural and Social Sciences

California State University Los Angeles (Cal State LA) seeks a Dean of the College of Natural and Social Sciences (NSS) to provide the overall vision, strategic direction, long-term planning, and operational oversight for the college, and to pursue new opportunities to best serve students and the societal and business needs of the region. The new dean is expected to take office in July of 2022.

California State University Los Angeles (Cal State LA) is a comprehensive public institution dedicated to engagement, service, and the public good. It is one of the 23 campuses in the California State University system. The University is ranked number one in the United States for the upward mobility of its students, and is a federally designated Hispanic-Serving Institution, Minority-Serving Institution, and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution.

The University enrolls over 25,000 students; offers 142 bachelor's degrees, 122 master's degrees, and four doctoral degrees; and is nationally recognized for its achievements. For the eighth consecutive year, Cal State LA has continued to soar as one of the nation's top regional universities in the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings among all private and public regional universities in the western United States. Additional information about the institution can be found at

The College of Natural and Social Sciences is the largest college at Cal State LA, with over 150 outstanding and dedicated faculty--who have won more Statewide Outstanding Professor Awards than faculty in any other academic unit in the California State University system. The college is committed to programs of academic excellence in the fields of natural and social sciences that provide access and opportunity for a uniquely diverse student body; to creating educational experiences for students that utilize and generate knowledge that is culturally responsive and inclusive; and to facilitating the development of the next generation of leaders in academic centers, industry, local, regional, and national government.

The College of NSS reflects a diversity of disciplines in its 12 departments and interdisciplinary programs that serve nearly 6,000 undergraduate majors and over 500 graduate students. The 12 departments are Anthropology, Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Geosciences and Environment, History, Latin American Studies, Mathematics, Natural Science Program, Physics, and Astronomy, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology. The College is home to the nationally recognized Minority Opportunities in Research (MORE) Programs. Learn more about the College at College of Natural and Social Sciences | Cal State LA.

Required qualifications include an earned terminal degree from an accredited university in the natural sciences, social sciences, or a related field; an excellent record of teaching, scholarship, and service at the university-level with accomplishments to warrant appointment at the rank of tenured full professor within an existing department of the college; and demonstrated ability to create an inclusive and effective working environment among ethnically, racially, and culturally diverse faculty, staff and students. See other required, and preferred, qualifications in the full profile at

Academic Search is assisting Cal State LA in this search. Nominators and prospective candidates may arrange a confidential conversation about this opportunity with one of the two Senior Consultants:

Cynthia M. Patterson at [email protected]
Maria Thompson at [email protected]

Nominations and inquiries, as well as applications, may be sent to [email protected].

To apply, a candidate should submit a letter of intent addressing how the candidate's experiences match the position requirements; a current CV/resume; and contact information for at least five professional references, including email addresses and a brief note on the candidate's working relationship with each. (References will not be contacted without the prior knowledge and approval of the candidate and at a later stage in the search.) See the profile for more information before applying.

For full consideration by the search committee, applicant materials should be submitted by April 21, 2022.

Cal State LA is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to achieving and supporting diversity among its faculty, students, and staff. Applications from women, minorities, and individuals with a strong record of mentoring students from underserved or underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

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Cal State LA transforms lives and fosters thriving communities across greater Los Angeles. We cultivate and amplify our students' unique talents, diverse life experiences, and intellect through engaged teaching, learning, scholarship, research, and public service that support their overall success, well-being, and the greater good.


Cal State LA will be internationally recognized as the premier comprehensive public university in greater Los Angeles. We are dedicated to delivering cutting-edge academic programs that prepare students to be innovative leaders in both their professional and civic lives and to serving the public good through initiatives that engage local, regional, and global communities in mutually beneficial partnerships.


  • Students First – We put our students' academic success, career-readiness, and well-being at the center of everything we do.
  • Pushing Boundaries – We set ambitious goals to challenge and inspire us, benefitting our role as L.A.'s premier comprehensive public university.
  • Engagement, Service, and the Public Good – We foster meaningful, collaborative relationships that contribute to the public good among the University community, alumni, and local, regional, and global communities.
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – We cultivate diversity, expect cultural competence, and actively seek perspectives and engagement from all constituents in our community, to develop just and equitable expectations.
  • Student Engagement – We encourage our students to take ownership of their own campus experiences by seeking opportunities that promote inclusion, a sense of belonging, and leadership.
  • Engaged Teaching and Learning – We cultivate and amplify our students' unique talents, diverse life experiences, and intellect through engaged teaching, learning, scholarship, research and vibrant student life.
  • Academic Distinction – We foster and promote academic distinction through innovation, academic rigor and the pursuit of lifelong learning.
  • Community of Scholars – We foster a community of scholars among faculty and students engaged in research, scholarship, and creative accomplishments.
  • A Culture of Excellence – We encourage and expect all members of our University community to pursue academic, professional, and personal excellence.
  • Transparent Collaborative Decision-Making – We make data-informed, evidence-based decisions and are collaborative and transparent in our approach and communication.
  • Mutual Respect – We are committed to cultivating a supportive and accepting environment where each of us commits to fostering a culture of respect for all.
  • Academic Freedom – We promote academic freedom and professional ethics.
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