College Leadership

Pierre Wiltzius

Executive Dean of the College of Letters and Science and Susan and Bruce Worster Dean of Science

Pierre Wiltzius is the Susan and Bruce Worster Dean of Science and Professor of Physics. Prior to his arrival at UC Santa Barbara, Dr. Wiltzius was the Director of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, and Physics at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign from 2001 to 2008. He joined Lucent Technologies - Bell Laboratories (formerly AT&T Bell Laboratories) in 1984 as a member of technical staff, where he most recently was the director of semiconductor physics research. His research interests include soft condensed matter and complex fluids, e.g., polymers, colloids, liquid crystals, and his current research is focused on developing new fabrication techniques for photonic crystals including colloidal self-assembly and multi-beam interference lithography. He was also involved in plastic transistors on flexible substrates for various applications, including electronic paper. Dr. Wiltzius received the degree of Diplomphysiker in 1976 and the degree of Dr. sc. nat. in 1981 from the E.T.H. (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) Zurich, Switzerland. He was a postdoctoral fellow in the Physics Department at UC Santa Barbara from 1982 to 1984.

John Majewski

Dean of Humanities and Fine Arts

John Majewski is the Michael Douglas Dean of Humanities and Fine Arts and Professor in the Department of History, where he has taught since 1995. He has been an Associate Dean for the division for the past two years and served as the History Department Chair from 2009 to 2012. Dr. Majewski was a member of the Letters & Science Faculty Executive Committee and the Committee on Research, and served for five years on the campus Program Review Panel. He earned his Ph.D. from UCLA, where he won the Allan Nevins Prize in American Economic History for the best dissertation on an American subject. He also received a Howard Foundation Mid-Career Fellowship, the Hubbell Prize for an article on Civil War History, and an Andrew Mellon Research Fellowship from the Virginia Historical Society. His areas of specialization include American economic, social, and legal history; Southern history, and the U.S. Civil War. Dr. Majewski earned the Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award in 2003. He is the author of A House Dividing: Economic Development in Pennsylvania and Virginia Before the Civil War (Cambridge University Press, 2000), Modernizing a Slave Economy: The Economic Imagination of the Confederate Nation (UNC Press, 2009), and numerous articles, reviews, and book chapters.

Leila Rupp

Interim Dean of Social Sciences

Leila J. Rupp is Interim Dean of Social Sciences and Distinguished Professor of Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. A historian by training, she is an interdisciplinary scholar of sexualities and women’s movements. Dr. Rupp received her PhD in Modern European and Modern American History from Bryn Mawr College in 1976. Dr. Rupp’s research has been supported with grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Radcliffe Research Support Program. She has written many books and articles and has served as editor of the Journal of Women’s History. Over the years, Dr. Rupp has received awards for research, teaching and service.  Her current research is on new intimacies and sexual identities among women college students.

Linda Adler-Kassner and Jeffrey Stopple

Interim Co-Deans of Undergraduate Education

Interim Co-Dean - Linda Adler-KassnerLinda Adler-Kassner is Professor of Writing Studies and co-interim Dean of Undergraduate Education. Her research focuses broadly on how literacy is defined, taught, and assessed by different groups (i.e., faculty, students, community members, employers), and the implications of definitions and actions for learners and learning. Most recently, this focus has led her to investigations of relationships between writing (and other forms of composed knowledge) and knowledge-making in specific sites like classrooms and workplaces. These investigations, in turn, become part of efforts associated with faculty development and literacy policy and advocacy. Adler-Kassner is author, co-author, or co-editor of nine books. The most recent, Naming What We Know: Threshold Concepts of Writing Studies (with Elizabeth Wardle), was given the “Outstanding Contribution to the Discipline” award by the Council of Writing Program Administrators in 2016. Other books include Reframing Writing Assessment to Improve Teaching and Learning (with Peggy O'Neill) and The Activist WPA, which was awarded the Council of Writing Program Administrators’ Best Book Award in 2010. She also has written many articles and book chapters on writing program administration, pedagogy, assessment, and public policy and writing instruction. Adler-Kassner is a past president of the Council of Writing Program Administrators and currently Associate Chair of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC).

 

Interim Co-Dean - Jeffrey StoppleJeffrey Stopple is co-Interim Dean of Undergraduate Education, and Professor of Mathematics.  His specialty is Analytic Number Theory, which uses calculus and complex number to study the distribution of the primes.  Professor Stopple received his PhD from UC San Diego in 1986, and, following postdoctoral positions at Stanford University and the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, has been at UC Santa Barbara since 1987.  He was a Fulbright Scholar at Charles University, Prague in 1997, and is the author of A Primer of Analytic Number Theory (Cambridge University Press, 2003.)  He has been chair of the Mathematics Department and of Undergraduate Council, and was Associate Dean for the UC Education Abroad Program.