UC Davis will establish new graduate school of the environment

UC Davis will establish a Graduate School of the Environment, the culmination of a grassroots campaign by faculty members to improve the impact and visibility of campus environmental-science programs.

"Our environmental programs deserve a major emphasis," said Provost Robert Grey. "The faculty members come from all sectors of the campus, and that breadth is a major strength. But we need more effective coordination of resources and better access for students, faculty members, policy-makers and funding agencies.

"A new school will signal this campus priority in an unequivocal way."

The school will be led by a dean and allotted 10 new faculty positions to hold joint appointments in the graduate school and in home divisions, colleges or schools. All the new faculty will have responsibility for both undergraduate and graduate education, though the focus of the new school will be graduate education.

In practical terms, the new school will provide a common administrative home to the campus's many environmentally oriented graduate groups and the John Muir Institute for the Environment.

The dean will promote environmental scholarship and education at the administrative level and strengthen cross-disciplinary linkages.

"Although most of the graduate education on our campus is through graduate groups, the financial and administrative support for those groups has been inadequate," said Kevin Rice, professor of agronomy and range science and chairperson of the Ecology Graduate Group. "I am hopeful that this new school will increase our capacity to recruit and retain top-notch students and will provide sufficient incentives for faculty to develop and teach graduate courses."

The provost has appointed Dennis Rolston, professor of land, air and water resources, to be planning coordinator for the new school. Rolston will lead a new planning and advisory committee charged by Grey to develop

Contact: Robert Grey, Provost
University of California - Davis

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