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Fall 2023: European and Asian Adventure
Executive Dean

Rameen Talesh

Dr. Rameen Talesh is the Associate Vice Chancellor-Student Life & Leadership and Dean of Students at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). He served as the Dean of Student Life on Semester at Sea (SAS) Fall 2014 and is excited to be returning to the shipboard experience. One of his favorite memories was coaching women’s and men’s SAS basketball teams in friendly matches with the University of Havana.

Throughout his career, Rameen has worked with various programs and departments including undergraduate housing, campus activities, clubs & organizations and cross-cultural services. His 33 years of professional experience in student affairs administration has covered both public and private institutions of various sizes including University of California Riverside, California State University Northridge (CSUN), and Occidental College.

Rameen received his Doctorate degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Southern California where he teaches graduate courses in the Rossier School of Education as an adjunct Associate Professor. He earned his Master’s in Public Administration from CSUN, and his BA degree in Political Science from UCI.

Rameen believes that the experiences in the classroom are enhanced by the experiences outside the classroom. On his campus, he is affectionately known as the “Fistbump Dean”. You can follow him @deanrameen. He is looking forward to sailing on the voyage with his wife and enjoys spending time with his grandkids, playing basketball, doing yoga and has been known to sing from time to time.