May 16, 2019

Dear colleagues,

On behalf of Chancellor Gillman, it is my privilege to announce that James Bullock has been appointed dean of UCI’s School of Physical Sciences, effective July 1, 2019. A member of the UCI faculty since 2004, Professor Bullock has served as director of the UCI Center for Cosmology and chair of the physics & astronomy department. During his time as chair, he has overseen the recruitment of nine new faculty members and the establishment of the UCI Center for 2D Materials Research.

In his academic career, Professor Bullock’s research interests include cosmology, galaxy formation, dark matter and the Milky Way. He is currently chair of the users committee for NASA’s flagship James Webb Space Telescope, which is the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope. Professor Bullock has been honored as a Chancellor’s Fellow and has received two UCI Celebration of Teaching Awards. In 2008, he was named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Before joining UCI, Professor Bullock was a Hubble Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University and a postdoctoral fellow in astronomy and physics at Ohio State University. He earned a bachelor’s degree in physics and mathematics at Ohio State University and a Ph.D. in physics at UC Santa Cruz.
I am grateful to the search committee and its chair, Distinguished Professor Emerita Barbara Finlayson-Pitts of the Department of Chemistry, for their dedication and essential contributions to the search process.

Please join me in congratulating James on his new role.


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