April 7, 2016
Dear Members of our Campus Community,
I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Jeffrey Milem as our next Dean of the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, effective July 1, 2016.
Dr. Milem has served as the Ernest W. McFarland Distinguished Professor in Leadership for Education Policy and Reform in the College of Education at the University of Arizona since 2008. He is also a Professor in the Center of the Study of Higher Education and Director of the Arizona Medical Education Research Initiative (AMERI) in the Colleges of Education and Medicine at the University of Arizona, in addition to holding a faculty position in the College of Medicine. Previously, Dr. Milem served as the College of Education’s Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and department head of Policy Studies and Practice. He is a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association and past president of the Association for the Study of Higher Education – the major professional research organization for scholars of higher education. Prior to joining the University of Arizona, he was Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director in the Department of Educational Policy and Leadership at the University of Maryland, College Park. He also held a faculty position in the Department of Educational Leadership at the Peabody College of Vanderbilt University.
Dr. Milem’s research focuses on racial dynamics in higher education, the outcomes of campus diversity, the impact of college on students, and the condition and status of the professorate, including ways in which faculty effectively utilize diversity in their classroom teaching. Dr. Milem is a widely recognized expert in the area of racial dynamics in higher education. He is the author or co-author of seven books, 15 book chapters, and 25 articles on education issues, and has been the principal or co-principal investigator of 16 grants.
I would like to thank Professor Richard Mayer, chair of our search advisory committee, along with our Interim Co-Deans, Betsy Brenner and Mike Furlong, who served as vice chairs for the committee, and each of the committee members listed below for their excellent work on this national search. I would also like to thank Executive Vice Chancellor David Marshall, Academic Senate Chair Kum-Kum Bhavnani, and our many faculty and administrative colleagues who participated in the search process.
We look forward to the extraordinary commitment and leadership that Dr. Milem will bring to this important position as Dean. Please join me in welcoming him to our UC Santa Barbara community.
Henry T. Yang
Search Advisory Committee for Dean of the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education
Richard Mayer, Chair; Professor, Psychological and Brain Sciences
Mary Betsy Brenner, Vice Chair; GGSE Interim Co-Dean; Professor, Education
Michael Furlong, Vice Chair; GGSE Interim Co-Dean; Professor, Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology
Miles Ashlock, Staff Representative; Assistant Dean and Director, Office of Student Life
Julie Bianchini, Professor and Chair, Education
Michael Brown, Dean, Extension; Professor, Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology
Dorothy Chun, Professor and Vice Chair, Education
Andrés Consoli, Associate Professor, Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology
Merith Cosden, Professor Emerita, Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology
Ryan Dippre, GSA Representative; Past President, Graduate Students Association in Education
Richard Duran, Professor, Education
Aaron Jones, GSA Representative; President, Graduate Students Association
George Marcoulides, Professor, Education
Suzanne Peck, President, Peck Consultants; Dean’s Ambassadors Circle, Gevirtz Graduate School of Education
Susannah Scott, Professor, Chemical Engineering and Chemistry & Biochemistry
Tine Sloan, Director, Teacher Education Program, Gevirtz Graduate School of Education
Mian Wang, Professor, Education
Consultant to the Committee:
Ricardo Alcaíno, Director, Equal Opportunity & Discrimination Prevention