September 9, 2020

To: UC Santa Barbara Campus Community

From: Henry T. Yang, Chancellor
David Marshall, Executive Vice Chancellor

Re: Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Personnel 

We are writing to inform you that Associate Vice Chancellor Alison Butler has decided to return to full-time research and teaching after completing more than five years of dedicated and distinguished service overseeing Academic Personnel. She graciously agreed to extend her service for six months until January 1, 2021, because of the challenges facing the campus in the COVID-19 emergency.

We are very grateful to AVC Butler for her outstanding service. She has brought insight, good judgment, and conscientiousness to this important position, working closely with the Committee on Academic Personnel and the deans. In addition to her contributions to the merit and promotion system, she convened and chaired the Faculty Salary Equity Committee and oversaw changes in the Lecturer with Security of Employment series. During a period in which we significantly increased faculty recruitment, she made special efforts to support assistant professors through merit review and tenure and promotion workshops, as well as personal mentoring.

While fulfilling her administrative responsibilities, AVC Butler, a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, exemplified the highest academic standards. She received the Inorganic Mechanisms Award from the Royal Society of Chemistry and both the Arthur C. Cope Scholars Award and the Alfred Bader Award in Bioinorganic or Bioorganic Chemistry from the American Chemical Society. She also was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

We have begun the process to search for AVC Butler’s successor. In consultation with the Academic Senate and our administrative colleagues, we are pleased to announce the formation of an advisory search committee, to be chaired by Professor Tresa Pollock. The membership of the committee is listed below. We are grateful to our colleagues for their willingness to serve on this important committee. A description of the position follows this announcement.

Thank you.

Search Advisory Committee for the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Personnel

Tresa Pollock (Materials), Committee Chair
Richard Duran (Education)
Jill Felber (Music)
Gretchen Hofmann (EEMB)
Bruce Kendall (Bren School)
Jeffrey Stewart (Black Studies)
Cynthia Stohl (Communication)

Consultant to the Committee: Ricardo Alcaino (Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Discrimination Prevention) 

Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Personnel

The Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor invites nominations and applications for the position of Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Personnel. This search is limited to tenured UC Santa Barbara faculty.

The Associate Vice Chancellor is a key campus administrator reporting to the Executive Vice Chancellor. In consultation with the Academic Senate Committee on Academic Personnel, the Associate Vice Chancellor administers the campus Academic Personnel program, and advises the EVC on policies relevant to faculty merit and promotion reviews, faculty recruitment, and other issues related to academic appointments. The AVC chairs the Faculty Salary Equity Committee, consults with the academic deans, and participates in discussions with his or her counterparts on other UC campuses and the UC Office of the President on a variety of Academic Personnel matters.

The Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Personnel must be a person of high integrity with a demonstrated ability to administer university policies in a fair, impartial, discreet, and judicious manner. Qualifications for the position include administrative experience addressing faculty appointment and advancement decisions, such as experience as a department chair or as a member of the Committee on Academic Personnel. The Associate Vice Chancellor should be a senior professor with an understanding of the scholarly standards of the University, as well as issues relating to affirmative action and diversity. This is a half-time position, which allows the faculty member the opportunity to continue to pursue research and teaching interests. The possibility exists for more engagement with policy and planning, depending on candidates’ interests and availability.

To apply, send a curriculum vitae and a concise statement outlining your interest and administrative qualifications. Review of candidates will begin on October 5, 2020, and will continue until the position is filled. Nominations are welcome.

Inquiries, nominations, and expressions of interest should be submitted to Chair, Search Committee for the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Personnel, c/o  

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