Dean, School of Social Ecology

Dear Colleagues,

I am delighted to announce that Nancy Guerra, professor of psychological and brain sciences at the University of Delaware, has been selected to serve as dean of UCI’s School of Social Ecology, effective June 1, 2016.

Guerra was also associate provost for international programs and director of the Institute for Global Studies and the Global Research Consortium at the University of Delaware. Prior to her appointment there, she was on the faculty at UC Riverside, the University of Michigan and the University of Illinois at Chicago. Guerra held a number of administrative posts at UC Riverside, including area head in the Division of Developmental Psychology and associate director of the Robert Presley Center for Crime & Justice Studies. She earned a doctorate in human development and psychology at Harvard University, an M.A. in educational psychology at UC Santa Barbara and a B.A. in psychology at UCLA.

An internationally known expert on youth development and violence prevention, including anti-bullying programs, Guerra is co-chair and administrative director of Know Violence in Childhood. The global learning initiative spans five universities and the Public Health Foundation of India and is funded by five major foundations and UNICEF. It’s designed to synthesize the literature on stopping childhood violence and advocate for evidence-based practices to achieve that goal.

Guerra has also been principal investigator for a National Academic Center of Excellence in Youth Violence Prevention funded by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and served on several national panels, including the federal Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention. Her research – funded by the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank – has taken her to Colombia, Honduras, El Salvador, Venezuela and Jamaica. For five years, she was editor of the Journal of Research on Adolescence.

I am grateful to the search committee and its chair, Professor Oladele Ogunseitan, for their dedicated effort and vital contributions to the search process. And my personal thanks, along with the gratitude of all of us on campus, are extended to Professor Carroll Seron, who has served so ably and will continue as interim dean through the end of this academic year.

We look forward to Professor Guerra becoming a member of the Anteater family. Please join me in welcoming her back to the University of California and to her new role at UCI.


Enrique J. Lavernia, Ph.D.
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor
Distinguished Professor,
Department of Materials Science and Engineering

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