James Mack

Associate Dean of the Graduate School Professor of Chemistry

Formal portrait of James Mack, associate dean of the Graduate School and professor of chemistry.

Prior to joining the Graduate School as associate dean in 2016, Dr. Mack served as the assistant chair for the Department of Chemistry (2013–16) and filled the role of graduate program director of advising for the same department (2005–13). Dr. Mack served on the steering committee for the formation of the UC Black Faculty Association, and upon the organization's establishment in 2016, he was appointed co-chair.

In his 13 years teaching chemistry, Dr. Mack has graduated 11 postgraduate students and is currently advising another eight. Some of these students have assisted him with his nationally and internationally recognized research, which has been broadcast on NPR and featured in the top journals of the chemistry field. His specific interests include the development of environmentally benign organic reactions and the synthesis of novel organic materials.

As associate dean, Dr. Mack provides strategic direction over the necessary processes of the Graduate School, which support its many students, faculty, programs and staff.