UCI Office of the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor

Dean, UCI School of Humanities

Dear colleagues,

On behalf of Chancellor Gillman, I am pleased to announce that Tyrus Miller, vice provost and dean of graduate studies at UC Santa Cruz, has been appointed dean of UCI’s School of Humanities, effective July 1, 2018.

He brings with him more than 20 years of experience in the humanities and interdisciplinary research as well as extensive administrative experience, including serving as a member of the provost’s senior academic leadership team. Vice Provost Miller has a rich history of engagement with research development and support both as an individual researcher and as a strategic university leader.

Under his leadership, UC Santa Cruz has embarked on an ambitious 10-year plan to grow its doctoral and master’s programs to AAU levels. As head of the graduate division, he has managed 36 doctoral and more than 50 master’s programs. He has also helped position UC Santa Cruz’s entrepreneurship program to have a wider interdisciplinary scope across the university.

Since 2012, Vice Provost Miller has spearheaded successful grant applications and fundraising campaigns totaling over $2.4 million in grant-supported humanities and arts initiatives. Most recently, he conceived and helped secure a five-year, $1.5 million Mellon Foundation grant to support doctoral students from underrepresented backgrounds and fund internships and other programs.

An accomplished scholar and author, Vice Provost Miller is a tenured professor of literature at UC Santa Cruz. His scholarly specialization is in 20th-century literature, theory and culture, especially modernist, avant-garde and contemporary experimental writing and visual arts. He earned a B.A. and an M.A. in humanities and an M.A. in creative writing at Johns Hopkins University, as well as a Ph.D. in English at Stanford University. He previously taught at Yale University and was director of the UC Education Abroad Program in Budapest, Hungary.

I am grateful to the search committee and its chair, Cécile Whiting, professor and chair of art history, as well as to the entire faculty, staff and students of our School of Humanities, for their dedicated efforts and vital contributions to the search process.

I’d also like to extend my thanks to Georges Van Den Abbeele for his visionary leadership as dean of the UCI School of Humanities and for his tremendous dedication and service to the university. I am delighted that he will remain on our faculty and continue to inspire students and colleagues.


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

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