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The recruitment advisory committee has recommended three outstanding finalist candidates for the Faculty Director – Imagining America. We have confirmed the campus visit dates:

Candidate A:  Tuesday and Wednesday, November 29 and 30

Candidate B:  Monday and Tuesday, December 5 and 6

Candidate C:  Thursday and Friday, December 8 and 9

As part of the interview process, you are invited to a public forum where the candidates will give a brief presentation on the following topic:

"Speak about your academic trajectory - including how it has set the stage for, and interacts with, your interest in the position of Faculty Director for Imagining America (IA) at UC Davis. Also, present your vision for IA, both in the national and UCD/regional contexts. In 5 years, for example, what would you like to see having happened/changed for IA, UC Davis and our surrounding region, and yourself? In other words, what would be the ideal signs of success, in your view?”

Each forum will be followed by a moderated Q&A session. 

The public forums will be recorded. These recordings will be posted following the last candidate’s presentation. Please note that there will be a delay between the final presentation and the posting of the recordings to this website due to the time required for processing of the recordings. The recordings will be posted for 72 hours once they are posted.

Candidate A
Wednesday, November 30
2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Genome & Biomedical Sciences Facility Auditorium, Room 1005

Candidate B
Tuesday, December 6
1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Genome & Biomedical Sciences Facility Auditorium, Room 1005

Candidate C
Friday, December 9
1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Genome & Biomedical Sciences Facility Auditorium, Room 1005

Candidate CVs are posted 48 hours in advance of their interview. To protect the confidentiality of the candidates, you are required to enter your Kerberos ID and password in order to access the candidate names and CVs. Please do not share candidate names, CVs or audio recordings outside of the UC Davis community.

Your participation in the process is strongly encouraged and your feedback is very important in helping us select the Faculty Director – Imagining America. Interim Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Burtis welcomes comments on the candidates. Those comments should be sent by e-mail to no later than 72 hours after the last public forum.

UC Davis and Imagining America: Artists and Scholars In Public Life (IA) have launched a nationwide recruitment for the position of Faculty Director of Imagining America.  The Faculty Director will report directly to the UC Davis Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, with a secondary, “dotted-line” reporting relationship to the Chair of IA’s National Advisory Board. The Faculty Director will also have a permanent appointment as a tenured member of the UC Davis faculty.

Imagining America is a national consortium of nearly 100 academic institutions and cultural organizations, dedicated to advancing civic engagement, democratic culture, and equity within higher education through the approaches of the arts, humanities, and design.  IA was launched at the University of Michigan in 1999 and has had its home at Syracuse University since 2007.  In the summer of 2017, it will move from Syracuse to the University of California, Davis for a renewable, five-year term ending June 30, 2022.  IA and UCD are committed to a partnership of mutual benefit, one that advances the shared values of engagement, diversity, equity, and inclusion both within the University and across higher education.

The Faculty Director will be an established or emerging leader in higher education, whose work exemplifies excellence in public scholarship and the value of public scholarship to the future of higher education.  The Faculty Director will bring dynamic, visionary, intellectual leadership to the advancing the mission of Imagining America, to building and sustaining the IA consortium, and to supporting UC Davis’ commitment to engaged scholarship and community partnership.  The successful candidate will have a record of scholarship, teaching, and service appropriate for appointment as a tenured professor at UC Davis, as well as demonstrated skills in academic leadership and administration.  S/he will have the capacity to build collaborative relationships across higher education, to work with diverse community and academic partners, and to be a voice for IA’s values and mission in higher education nationally.  Finally, the successful candidate will share the University’s Principles of Community, which are characterized by respect, integrity, openness and responsiveness, and will advance UC Davis’ and IA’s shared commitments to engagement, diversity, and equity. For more information about this position, please refer to the position description (see link below).

The recruitment advisory committee is chaired by Susan B. Kaiser, Interim Dean of Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies in the College of Letters and Science at UC Davis and co-chaired by David Scobey, Imagining America National Advisory Board Member.

About UC Davis:  The University of California, Davis (UC Davis) is a premier land-grant public research university in Northern California. With over 35,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, it has the third largest enrollment in the University of California system. Founded in 1905, UC Davis is known for standout academics, sustainability, and Aggie Pride as well as valuing the Northern California lifestyle. UC Davis is at the forefront of solving problems related to food, health, the environment and society. The 5,300-acre campus is in the city of Davis, a vibrant college town of about 68,000 located in Yolo County. The state capital is 20 minutes away, and destinations such as the San Francisco Bay Area, Lake Tahoe and the Napa Valley are within a two-hour drive.

UC Davis is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities and is ranked 11th among public research universities nationwide, according to the 2016 U.S. News & World Report. The National Science Foundation ranks UC Davis 15th in the nation in research funding among public universities and 22nd among public and private universities. Annual external research funding reached an all-time high of $786 million in 2014-15. For more information about UC Davis please see: 

Downloadable position description.

Nomination and Application Process

Inquiries and nominations should be directed to Linda Fairfield, Human Resources, at with the subject line “UCD – Imagining America.”

This position is open until filled, but for full consideration, please apply by Friday, September 23, 2016.

The University of California, Davis is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer.