Campus begins search for new School of Social Welfare dean

UC Berkeley is currently accepting applications and nominations for a new dean of the School of Social Welfare, the campus announced Thursday through an email message to faculty members.Nominees and applicants for the position must submit their applications by Jan. 20, 2012 and the appointment will be effective July 1, 2012, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost George Breslauer said in the email.

The dean will replace interim dean Sam Davis, who left retirement to serve a one-year term beginning August 2011. Davis’ current salary is $218,700, and the new dean’s salary will be based on factors including qualifications and current salary, according to campus spokesperson Janet Gilmore.

Before becoming interim dean, Davis taught at UC Berkeley beginning in 1971 as a professor of architecture, chair of the Department of Architecture and interim dean and associate dean of the College of Environmental Design until his retirement in 2009. He replaced Lorraine Midanik, who was appointed dean of the School of Social Welfare in 2007.

The dean’s responsibilities will include providing leadership in teaching, research and public service as well as fundraising and strengthening networking relationships, according to the email. Additionally, applications will be “warmly welcomed” from candidates prepared to contribute to diversity and inclusion, the email states.

“A successful candidate for a deanship must have intellectual stature, a reputation for even-handedness, superb interpersonal skills, an entrepreneurial instinct for imagining and creating new programs, fund-raising ability, and superb administrative skills,” Breslauer said in an email. “Sometimes these are well worth searching for nationally.”

Alisha Azevedo is the lead academics and administration reporter.