Search for Vice Chancellor – Marine Sciences, Director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography
About UC San Diego
UC San Diego, established in 1960 as part of the 10-campus University of California, has rapidly achieved the status as one of the top institutions in the U.S. for higher education and research. UC San Diego is ranked sixth in the nation in federal research and development expenditures, with annual research funding of approximately $1 billion over the last three years, and an overall budget of $3.4 billion. The U.S. News and World Report 2013 Best Colleges Guidebook ranks UC San Diego as the 8th best public university in the nation. According to the 2010 National Research Council rankings, sixty percent of UC San Diego’s rated graduate programs are among the top twenty programs in their fields nationwide and the university’s Ph.D. programs were ranked highly in every academic division. UC San Diego is the largest employer based in San Diego County. The total economic impact in San Diego County of active UC San Diego-related companies is over $20 billion annually. Located on the Torrey Pines Mesa in La Jolla, UC San Diego has originated much collaboration with organizations conducting basic and applied research in the sciences, technology and engineering. The concentration of many of the world’s best scientific minds creates invaluable learning opportunities for students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, providing a scientific breadth and diversity that has tremendous benefits for education.
About Scripps Institution of Oceanography
At the forefront of oceans and earth and planetary science, Scripps Institution of Oceanography comprises multidisciplinary research units, including the Cecil H. and Ida M. Green Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics; the Climate, Atmospheric Sciences, and Physical Oceanography Research Division; Center for Marine Biotechnology and Biomedicine; Geophysics Research Division; Integrative Oceanography Division; Marine Biology Research Division; and Marine Physical Laboratory. With 488 faculty / academic researchers and nearly 250 graduate students, SIO has graduate programs in Applied Ocean Science, Biological Oceanography; Climate Science; Geophysics; Geological Science; Marine Biology; Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry; and Physical Oceanography. SIO’s 2011/12 expenditures totaled nearly $180M, with major supporters including the NSF, Department of Defense, NOAA, Department of Energy, NIH, and NASA. Income from private gifts totaled nearly $10M in 2011/12. SIO facilities include the SIO campus of 184 acres on the shore of the Pacific and feature the Scripps Pier, Robert Paine Scripps Forum for Science, Society and the Environment, and the Birch Aquarium-Museum. Off-site facilities include the six-acre Nimitz Marine Facility at Point Loma, the operational base for SIO’s academic research fleet of four research vessels, one research platform, and various marine craft. Scripps research facilities also include the Marine Physical Laboratory, the Cecil and Ida Green Pinon Flat Observatory near Palm Springs, the Kendall Frost Mission Bay Marsh Reserve facility in San Diego, and space at the campus’ Camp Elliot Field Station.
Position Description Summary
As a member of the campus senior leadership, the Vice Chancellor – Marine Sciences, Director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography reports to UC San Diego’s Chancellor, Pradeep K. Khosla. The incumbent also serves as the Dean of the school of Marine Sciences for both undergraduate and graduate programs. The incumbent is a member of the Chancellor’s Cabinet and plays a central role as UC San Diego enters a new era of international prominence with the implementation of a strategic plan developed through campus- and community-wide input.
The Vice Chancellor / Director is committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff and student body. The successful candidate will have strong demonstrated accomplishments in areas contributing to diversity, equity and inclusion, and a desire to play a leadership role in advancing UC San Diego’s commitment to achieving excellence and diversity. He/she will be a leading national/international scientist with a distinguished record of scholarship, teaching, and service appropriate for appointment at the senior professorial level at UC San Diego. He/she will possess strong management, strategic planning and leadership skills demonstrated in higher education, non-profit/for-profit research institutions or government agencies. The incumbent will lead SIO’s global field research and its supporting infrastructure, including its ships and global observation system. The ideal candidate will have a record of success in fundraising and will possess a keen ability to mobilize SIO’s faculty and institutional assets to enhance the financial base through gifts, grants and new revenue streams. The Vice Chancellor / Director will be appointed to serve at 100% time.
- PETER F. COWHEY, Dean of IR/PS, Chair
- LIHINI I. ALUWIHARE, Associate Professor, Geosciences Research Division
- RONALD BURTON, Professor, Marine Biology Research Division
- WAYNE C. FARQUHARSON, MSO, Institute of Geophysics & Planetary Physics
- JEFFREY GEE, Associate Vice Chancellor/Deputy Director for Research
- WILLIAM GERWICK, Professor, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
- NIGELLA HILLGARTH, Executive Director, Birch Aquarium
- STEPHEN MAYFIELD, Professor, Division of Biological Sciences
- CLYDE OSTLER, Chair, Scripps Institution of Oceanography Advisory Council
- LARRY SMARR, Director, Calit2
- LISA TAUXE, Professor, Geosciences Research Division
- PETER M. SHEARER, Professor, Institute of Geophysics & Planetary Physics
- MARK H. THIEMENS, Dean, Division of Physical Sciences
- WILLIAM R. YOUNG, Professor, Climate, Atmospheric Science & Physical Oceanography
- ROSA LEON ZAYAS, Doctoral Student, Scripps Institution of Oceanography