ABOUT

The Marcie H. Rothman Presidential Chair in Food Studies

Marcie H. Rothman ’68 generously endowed this Presidential Term Chair to help foster the academic advancement in the field by supporting the UCLA Food Studies minor. During her career of nearly 40 years, Rothman’s work included television and radio appearances as “The $5 Chef ” to show people how to cook great tasting, easy to prepare food on a budget. Marcie is committed to influencing the next generation of leaders to think about contemporary issues through the lens of food.

The Marcie H. Rothman Term Chair honors a UCLA Senate Professor or Associate Professor for a five-year term who has a distinguished record of teaching, research, and/or service in the broad area of food.

In addition, eligible faculty will need to demonstrate the following:
• a commitment to teach at least one undergraduate course each appointment year which fulfills requirements for the Food Studies Minor and
• a plan or project to advance research, teaching, and/or service activities as it relates to Food Studies at UCLA.

The annual revenue generated by the million-dollar endowment can be used by the chair holder to support the initiatives of the chair holder to advance food studies at UCLA, including research, teaching, and service activities.
Some of this fund will also be budgeted for other innovative food studies-related curricular initiatives brokered through Undergraduate Education Initiatives and toward department instructional funds to the chair holder’s home department when needed to allow for teaching food-related courses.

SELECTION PROCESS

Eligibility Criteria

The Rothman Term Chair honors a UCLA professor or associate professor for a five-year term who meets the following criteria:

  • a distinguished record of teaching, research and/or service in the broad area of food
  • qualified to teach in the interdisciplinary subject area of food studies

In addition, eligible faculty will need to demonstrate the following:

  • a commitment to teach at least one undergraduate course each appointment year which fulfills requirements for the Food Studies Minor
  • a plan or project to advance research, teaching, and/or service activities as it relates to Food Studies at UCLA

Application Process

Eligible faculty will submit the following materials electronically (in a single PDF document):

  • a one-page letter of interest addressed to the Dean of Undergraduate Education
  • an updated CV (please underscore special achievements related to food studies)
  • a vision statement (limited to three pages) outlining a feasible plan or project focus for advancing of teaching, research or service for the Food Studies program during 2021-26AY that includes:
    • a plan or project identifying at least one food studies course that will be taught annually during their incumbency as chair holder
    • a timeline that illustrates planning, implementation, and evaluation/sustainability of the proposed plan or project
  • a personalized and nuanced statement of teaching, research and/or service experiences in the broad area of food:
    • a narrative that highlights evidence of quality teaching, research and/or service that would not otherwise be noticeable in the university records
    • a list of the relevant undergraduate courses from the previous five years (title and term/year offered), a brief synopsis, and a copy of the course evaluation for each.

The process for selecting the candidate for the Marcie Rothman Term Chair:

  1. The Dean of Undergraduate Education appoints an ad hoc search committee of professors with records of distinguished teaching, research, and/or service but are ineligible for consideration because of their expertise falls outside the donor identified area. The ad hoc search committee will review the materials submitted by all applicants, interview top candidates, and make a recommendation to the Dean.
  2. The Dean will inform the recommended candidate and oversee the preparation of the candidate’s dossier. The dossier will be presented either to the Food Studies Advisory Committee and the department of the selected candidate for review and vote.
  3. The Dean forwards the completed dossier with a record of the faculty vote to the Academic Personnel Office (APO). After checking the dossier, APO forwards it to the Council on Academic Personnel (CAP) for review and recommendation to the Vice Chancellor-Academic Personnel (VC-AP) for final decision. The Dean issues the appointment letter.

Deadline to Apply: Monday, February 1, 2021

ROTHMAN TERM CHAIRS
CONTACT

For general information and questions about the Marcie H. Rothman Term Chair, please contact:

Brooke Wilkinson, Director of Academic Initiatives
Division of Undergraduate Education
bwilkinson@college.ucla.edu