Leadership

The Dean and Associate Deans provide academic leadership for program development, planning, and decision making in the Graduate Division. Graduate Deans work directly with Graduate Division Leadership Team (Assistant Deans and Directors) within UCLA’s Graduate Division to oversee admissions, academic services, financial support, external relations, budgets, and information technology. The Graduate Deans are available for assistance if students cannot solve problems within their departments.

Dean, UCLA Graduate Division

Susan EttnerSusan Ettner

Dean Ettner oversees the Graduate Division and is an ex officio member of the Graduate Council.

Associate Dean

Onyebuchi (Onyi) ArahOnyebuchi (Onyi) Arah

Associate Dean Arah works with the Graduate and Postdoctoral Success (GPS) unit, focusing on professional development, mentorship initiatives and retention programming for students from underrepresented groups, including Grad STRIVE 2.0 and Bouchet Scholars. He consults on academic policy and serves as the Graduate Division’s liaison for the Graduate Council’s Committee on Graduate Student/Postdoctoral Scholar Well-Being. Associate Dean Arah also assists with fellowship reviews and is assigned as the Graduate Division liaison to certain Schools/Divisions (see the Associate Dean School/Division liaison chart), providing guidance to departments and students on student cases and reviewing academic and ASE exceptions, Dean’s Special Actions, and Departmental Scholars nominations.

Associate Dean

Marissa LópezMarissa López

Associate Dean López works with the Diversity, Inclusion and Admissions (DIA) unit, focusing on recruitment and outreach, holistic admissions initiatives, pathway programs and other initiatives to support students from underrepresented groups, including the UC-HBCU and UC-HSI initiatives and Competitive Edge. She consults on admissions policy and serves as the Graduate Division’s Equity Advisor and as the liaison to the Graduate Council’s Fellowships and Assistantships Committee. Associate Dean López also assists with fellowship reviews and is assigned as the Graduate Division liaison to certain Schools/Divisions (see the Associate Dean School/Division liaison chart), providing guidance to departments and students on student cases and reviewing academic and ASE exceptions, Dean’s Special Actions, and Departmental Scholars nominations.

Associate Dean

Dean Renate LuxRenate Lux

Associate Dean Lux works with the Academic and Postdoctoral Services (APS) unit, focusing on postdoctoral scholars, visiting graduate researchers, and international agreements. She is the Principal Investigator on the NSF Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) grant, consults on ASE and fellowships policy and serves as the Graduate Division’s liaison to the Graduate Council’s Committee on Degree Programs. Associate Dean Lux also assists with fellowship reviews and is assigned as the Graduate Division liaison to certain Schools/Divisions (see the Associate Dean School/Division liaison chart), providing guidance to departments and students on student cases and reviewing academic and ASE exceptions, Dean’s Special Actions, and Departmental Scholars nominations.


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