Appointment of Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Undergraduate Education

May 15, 2018
 

Dear Members of our Campus Community,

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Jeffrey Stopple as our next Dean of Undergraduate Education in the College of Letters and Science andAssociate Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education in the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor, effective May 1, 2018.

I am very grateful for the tremendous efforts of EVC David Marshall and our search advisory committee, chaired by Professor Aaron Ettenberg, for conducting a rigorous national search for this important position. The members of the committee are listed below. We would also like to thank the Academic Senate and all of the members of our campus community who provided important consultation, input, and advice throughout this search process.

Dr. Stopple has been serving as Interim Co-Dean of Undergraduate Education, with Professor Linda Adler-Kassner as fellow Interim Co-Dean, since July of 2016. He has been part of our faculty in the Department of Mathematics since 1987, after receiving his Ph.D. in Mathematics from UC San Diego in 1986 and serving as a lecturer at Stanford University. In 1997 he was a Fulbright Scholar at Charles University, Prague. An expert in analytic number theory and computational number theory, he has authored a highly regarded textbook, A Primer ofAnalytic Number Theory: from Pythagoras to Riemann, published by Cambridge University Press.

Over the past three decades, Professor Stopple has demonstrated a strong commitment to teaching and mentoring undergraduates. He has been involved with several initiatives to promote diversity in STEM fields, including the UC LEADS mentoring program and the McNair Scholars program. He has chaired the Regents Scholarship steering committee, participated in the Chancellor’s Regional Receptions and Spring Insight, and worked in numerous ways to help our campus reach out to outstanding and diverse students, both to recruit them to our campus and to support them and help ensure their academic and personal success once they have become our students. In 2012, he was honored with the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in UndergraduateResearch for his contributions as a faculty mentor.

His record of administrative leadership includes serving as Department ViceChair and Chair, as a member for three years on the Committee on Academic Personnel, as Associate Dean of the UC Education Abroad Program andmember of the UCEAP Governing Committee, as Chair of the UndergraduateCouncil, and as one of our campus leads on UCOP’s Budget Framework Implementation Project.

We appreciate Professor Stopple’s commitment to undergraduate educationand his longstanding dedication to our academic community. Please join us in extending our warmest congratulations and welcome to Jeff in this important new leadership role. We thank his wife, Vivian, as well, for her support andencouragement. Please also join us in sincerely thanking Professor Linda Adler-Kassner for her dedicated service as Interim Co-Dean, and for her continuing contributions as Associate Dean and Professor of Writing Studies.

Sincerely,

Henry T. Yang
Chancellor

Search Advisory Committee for Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean ofUndergraduate Education

Aaron Ettenberg, Chair; Professor, Psychological and Brain Sciences
Gerardo Aldana, Professor and Chair, Chicana/o Studies
Glenn Beltz, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, College of Engineering; Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Henning Bohn, Chair, Academic Senate; Professor, Economics
Michael Brown, Dean, University Extension (until September 2017); Professor, Education
Niki Elyasi, Associated Students Representative
Kathy Foltz, Interim Dean, College of Creative Studies; Associate Professor, Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
Alan Liu, Professor, English
Stephan Miescher, Chair, Undergraduate Council of Academic Senate; Associate Professor, History
Lisa Przekop, Director of Admissions
Tricia Rascon, Director, Orientation Programs; Staff representative
Megan Valentine, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Ex Officio:
Ricardo Alcaíno, Director, Equal Opportunity and Discrimination Prevention