UCI School of Physical Sciences Dean Kenneth Janda has announced his plans to retire in June 2019. On behalf of Chancellor Gillman and the entire academic enterprise, I thank Ken for his many contributions and years of service to UCI.
In the eight years under Dean Janda’s leadership, the School of Physical Sciences has attracted top faculty and graduate students to its programs, watched its rankings climb, and seen its international reputation in research and teaching soar. All four of the school’s departments are ranked above the 90th percentile by the National Research Council. The school has added 23 faculty members, increasing from 139 to 162. The number of undergraduate majors more than doubled, from 1,248 to 2,546, and doctoral degrees earned annually rose from 79 to 87.
Dean Janda is a champion for equity, diversity and inclusion. He has enhanced the recruitment of female and underrepresented minority faculty members and has advocated for advancing inclusive excellence campuswide.
In the near decade under his leadership, the school’s fundraising efforts have grown remarkably. His expansion of the school’s frontline fundraising team and emphasis on partnership among development, communications and research development have resulted in record-breaking fundraising numbers year after year.
Dean Janda’s vision has reached beyond the boundaries of the physical sciences. He has played an integral role in the establishment of the Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Building – a cross-disciplinary research facility that will foster collaboration among physical sciences, engineering, computer science and other fields. And he spearheaded the development of the Irvine Materials Research Institute, COSMOS, CalTeach and UC President Janet Napolitano’s Global Climate Leadership Council.
Discussions with the faculty and the launch of a national search for the next dean will begin soon.
Please join me in extending our warmest appreciation to Ken for his exemplary service to UCI.
Enrique J. Lavernia, Ph.D.
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor
Department of Materials Science and Engineering