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Academic Administrator V, Undergraduate Education Initiatives (Director of the Rothman Family Institute for Food Studies)

Position overview

Position title: Director

Application Window

Open July 13th, 2022 through Wednesday, Aug 31, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

If you apply to this recruitment by August 31st, 2022, you will have until September 7th, 2022 to complete your application.

Position description

UCLA is an emerging Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) that seeks to recruit diverse candidates who share our institutional commitment to fostering learning and community-building in an inclusive and equitable environment.

Under the purview of the Dean of the Division of Undergraduate Education, the Director reports to the Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Education Initiatives (UEI). The Director leads the UCLA Rothman Family Institute for Food Studies in collaboration with the Institute’s advisory committees comprised of a broad range of stakeholders. The Director performs outreach and engages with UCLA faculty, campus partners, students, and the greater Los Angeles community to develop an innovative model for problem-solving today’s big food-related challenges. The Academic Administrator provides strategic and intellectual leadership to spearhead development of inclusive courses, curricula and programs, working closely with committed faculty on all aspects of program development and implementation. This individual supports the effort to increase resources for the Institute through grant writing and donor cultivation. The Academic Administrator teaches undergraduate courses that contribute to UCLA’s overall Food Studies curriculum and assesses the impact of curricula and programming in the interest of continuous improvement. The incumbent elevates the stature of the Institute through regular speaking engagements in the community and at academic conferences and by publishing in scholarly and popular publications.

Qualifications include a PhD in a related discipline with scholarship and teaching relevant to the topic of food; college-level teaching experience; knowledge of interdisciplinary instruction; understanding of teaching technologies and new pedagogical research and techniques; strong leadership and interpersonal skills to bring together faculty, graduate student instructors, and other academic personnel in collaborative projects. The candidate must demonstrate evidence of strategic thinking and leadership, strong oral and written communication skills, an ability to forge collaborative relationships, a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, a record of effective leadership, and experience in curriculum development and strategic communication in a university context.

The Academic Administrator’s responsibilities fall in four broad areas: (1) strategic leadership across campus and beyond, (2) development of and instructional support for UCLA’s Food Studies curriculum, (3) support for external funding opportunities, and (4) instruction in the Food Studies Minor.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

PhD in a related discipline with scholarship and teaching relevant to the topic of food; college-level teaching experience

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement on Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - An EDI Statement describes a faculty candidate’s past, present, and future (planned) contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion. To learn more about how UCLA thinks about contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, please review our Sample Guidance for Candidates and related EDI Statement FAQ document.

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)

Applicants must provide names and contact information for three (3) professional references. Applicants selected for interviews will be asked to submit letters of recommendation from their references.

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Campus Information

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees must (a) provide proof of receiving at least one dose of a COVID-19 Vaccine no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment and provide proof of Full Vaccination no later than eight weeks after their first date of employment; or (b) if applicable, submit a request for Exception or Deferral no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.

Job location

Los Angeles, CA