Kevin J. Vaughn, Ph.D.
Dean, UCR University Extension
Kevin J. Vaughn, Ph.D., is an internationally recognized authority on Andean archaeology, and the Dean of University of California Riverside, University Extension. Before coming to UCR, Kevin served as the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at UCLA Extension from 2015, and spent a decade at Purdue University as a tenured Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies. He earned Master of Arts and Ph.D. degrees in anthropology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Washington. Kevin has recently received an honorary appointment as a Visiting Associate Professor at Yamagata University in Japan.
When he came to UCR in 2019, Kevin saw unlimited boundaries, and said “The opportunity to increase UCR University Extension’s impact on the region is compelling. Continuing education developed in partnership with UCR schools and colleges that can be delivered across a wide range of platforms and modalities will leverage the full value a comprehensive research university can bring to a growing region like the Inland Empire.” Under Kevin’s guidance and encouragement, UCR University Extension received the 2019 West Region Engagement Award, and the National Award for Engagement, presented at UPCEA’s 2020 Annual Conference in Boston. Both awards honored innovative partnerships that allowed students access to learning opportunities they may not have otherwise had.
In 2020, the educational world was turned upside down by a global pandemic and civic and cultural unrest. Kevin saw an opportunity to combine his skill at relationship building, his background in archaeology, and his knowledge of society and culture, to expand his commitment to UCR University Extension’s platforms on diversity and inclusion, reaching out to community and university partners, and students. An organizational committee was formed to host discussions and provide students, instructors, and staff a forum to exchange thoughts and share ideas. Kevin began recording monthly video messages to our students and partners around the world to keep them engaged, and assure them that they are actively part of our future, and at UCR, they are offered a diverse and inclusive learning culture where all students, from every background, are welcomed and respected.
Kevin is dedicated to the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. They are philosophies he is deeply committed to upholding--not just for himself, but for his staff, as well. His education, experience, and personal values back this up. He continues to build a stronger sense of community, and makes sure that everyone he comes in contact with feels valued, respected, and genuinely included.
Annette Webb, M.Ed.
Associate Dean, Academic Affairs
Annette Webb, M.Ed., is the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at the University of California Riverside, University Extension. In her role, Annette upholds University Extension's preeminent status in the professional, online, and continuing studies realm by evaluating and successfully responding to the educational needs of non-traditional and diverse communities of learners, both domestic and international. She provides leadership in curricular and instructional areas, strategic planning, partnership engagement, student success, academic quality, distance education and financial management.
Annette holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from California State University, San Bernardino, and a Master's degree in Education with an emphasis on Higher Education Leadership and Policy from UC Riverside. Annette is a member of the College Board’s Advanced Placement Summer Institute Advisory Panel, and serves on the Advisory Board (as Chair, Vice Chair and Member) to the First 5 Riverside Children and Families Commission.
She is UCR’s Staff Representative on the UCOP Systemwide Advisory Committee for the Status of Women, and serves as the inaugural Staff Co-Chair for the UCR Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on the Status of Women. She is a recipient of the UCR Tartan Soul Award, is a proponent for lifelong learning, and is a higher education professional who represents excellence, accountability, integrity, and respect.