Graduate Division

About Dean Hayes

Welcome From The Dean


Dean Gillian R. Hayes

Gillian R. Hayes was named the third Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate Division on September 1, 2019. Hayes takes over for Dean Frances M. Leslie, while Carolyn Boyd served as the division’s first dean.

A member of the UCI faculty since 2007, Hayes previously served as the Robert A. and Barbara L. Kleist Chair in Informatics, with additional appointments in the School of Education and the School of Medicine. Her multidisciplinary research interests focused on leveraging innovative information technologies to support vulnerable populations.

Long before becoming dean, Hayes worked to advance graduate education in a variety of roles throughout her career at UCI. She was vice chair for graduate affairs in informatics, a position in which she established doctoral programs in informatics and software engineering, evolved Ph.D. recruitment and retention processes, and championed efforts to support women and underrepresented doctoral students.

She also helped create the Informatics Graduate Student Association and served on UCI’s Graduate Council and as founding faculty director for the master of human-computer interaction & design program.

In addition, Hayes has honed her industry leadership and development skills as president and CEO of an innovative group purchasing organization for aviation, AVIAA, a software, data and supply chain company launched from a pair of offices in the Cove at UCI Applied Innovation.

In all, Hayes has published 89 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers, six book chapters, and a book titled Interactive Technologies for Autism.

Hayes’ affiliations include, but are not limited to the Laboratory for Ubiquitous Computing and Interaction, the Center for Autism Research and Treatment, the Center for Ethnography, the Center for Biomedical Informatics, the Center for Research on Information Technology & Organizations, the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, and the Institute for Genetics and Bioinformatics. In addition, she serves as a fellow in the University of California Center for Collaborative Research for an Equitable California.

Dean Hayes received her doctoral degree from Georgia Tech in 2007, where her thesis was titled Documenting and Understanding Everyday Activities Through the Selective Archiving of Live Experiences.

When she is not at UCI, you can find her running through university hills, spending time with her family, or in the kitchen cooking and baking.