CNR Dean Search: Call for Nominations

December 07, 2017

The University of California, Berkeley invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the College of Natural Resources. The appointee is expected to join the faculty beginning July 1, 2018. This is an internal system-wide UC campus search restricted to those who have attained the rank of Professor at any UC campus or research field station.

The College comprises four Departments:  Agricultural and Resource EconomicsEnvironmental Science, Policy, and ManagementNutritional Sciences and Toxicology, and Plant and Microbial Biology. It also has an interdisciplinary graduate program that functions as a department, the Energy & Resources Group. Additionally, it has several centers of expertise. These programs enroll approximately 1900 undergraduate students and 460 graduate students, and are supported by 140 faculty and 16 environmental and agricultural Cooperative Extension Specialists. The College is part of the Land Grant System, and its faculty have appointments in the Agricultural Experiment Station of the State of California.

Top candidates for this position will present records of academic distinction in fields constituting or related to the environment and use of natural resources from a biological, ecological, economic, or social science perspective. The ideal candidate will have an appreciation of the breadth of the College’s research and education. S/he will have a strong sense of the role of the College with respect to the University of California’s Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources(link is external). S/he must be able to work with faculty, students, staff, administrators, and external constituencies to develop a vision and a strategy for the future, with a focus on fundraising, and possess a record of strong administrative skills. S/he will have a record of supporting diversity and a commitment to promoting equity and inclusion for faculty, students, and staff.

Nominations are also sought: these should include the name of the nominee, and a brief statement of the nominee's qualifications. Nominations must be received by December 15, 2017. Applications must be received by February 1, 2018.  Applications should include a curriculum vitae, and a statement of interest.  Please send these materials to:

Chair, College of Natural Resources Dean Search Committee
Office of the Vice Provost for the Faculty
Electronic submissions should be sent to:

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. This position is a sensitive position and is subject to a criminal background check. Questions may be referred to Carolyn Capps at (510) 642-6474 or

College of Natural Resources Dean Search Committee Roster 2017-18

  • Jennifer Wolch, Dean (Committee Chair), College of Environmental Design
  • Kathryn Baldwin, Assistant Dean, Development, College of Natural Resources
  • Carrie Maser, Vice Chair, CNR Advisory Board and Alumnus of the College
  • Whendee Silver, Professor, Environmental Science, Policy & Management
  • John Coates, Professor, Plant & Microbial Biology
  • Sofia Villas-Boas, Professor, Agriculture & Resource Economics
  • Hei Sook Sul, Professor, Nutritional Sciences & Toxicology
  • Dan Farber, Professor, Energy & Resources Group
  • Hector Rodriguez, Professor, School of Public Health
  • Nipam Patel, Professor, Integrative Biology
  • Sheila Barry, Graduate Student, Range Management, CNR