Public Scholarship & Engagement (PSE) is an academic unit within the Office of the Provost, under the direction of the Vice Provost of Public Scholarship. The PSE works collaboratively with the university's ten colleges and schools, other university-wide units, centers and institutes, as well with non-university groups. PSE's overall vision is to cultivate and foster a culture of engagement that rewards and recognizes public scholarship in research, teaching, and service that upholds UC Davis' land-grant mission to serve the public good. One of PSE's primary goals is to increase mutually beneficial community engagement and public impact.
The Director of Engagement (DE) will serve in a leadership role and administer, develop, and evaluate academic programs closely related to public service and outreach of the University. It is expected that PSE's engagement activities will have regional, national, and international reach, and UC Davis will serve as a national model that integrates engagement into the research and teaching mission of the university.
Engagement programs will have a broad, interdisciplinary scope and encompass ten colleges and schools; and involve public, non-profit and private agencies outside of the University through mutually beneficial collaborations. This service will be provided to colleges and schools; academic departments; organized research units; faculty, staff, and students; and to the general public. The DE will have extensive involvement in fundraising and the oversight of programmatic funds.
The DE will be working in a new university-wide unit and will be part of a leadership team to build PSE's capacity. This will include the creation of new engagement programs, and the development of new positions, recruitment, and management of a staff team of engagement coordinators. The DE will report directly to the Vice Provost of Public Scholarship.
UC Davis is the home of the Aggies — go-getters, change makers and problem solvers who make their mark at one of the top public universities in the United States. Since we first opened in 1908, we’ve been known for standout academics, sustainability and Aggie Pride as well as valuing the Northern California lifestyle. These themes are woven into our 100-plus-year history and our reputation for solving problems related to food, health, the environment and society.Our 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 world-class destinations such as the San Francisco Bay Area, Lake Tahoe and the Napa Valley are within a two-hour drive.