Request for Nominations for Vice Provost for Institute of American Cultures

May 25, 2016

UCLA Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost

To:  Deans, Directors, Department Chairs, Administrative Officers and Faculty

Dear Colleagues:

As you know, M. Belinda Tucker will be stepping down from her role as vice provost of the Institute of American Cultures to return to the faculty full time on July 1. I invite you to send me your recommendations for potential candidates to fill the position, which Chancellor Block and I have decided to fill through an internal search.

The vice provost is responsible for the leadership of the IAC, including an extensive range of organizational, operational, institutional advancement and scholarly matters. The vice provost provides academic and administrative leadership for interdisciplinary research on and initiatives related to race, ethnicity, identity and culture as experienced by traditionally underrepresented populations in the U.S.

The vice provost will actively engage in developing educational and research programs, and in facilitating interdisciplinary scholarly activities and support for scholars working in the area of ethnic and interethnic studies. The vice provost oversees the administrative coordination, fiscal management and leadership of the four ethnic studies research centers at UCLA; administers the institute’s grant programs, which fund faculty, scholars and graduate students conducting research in ethnic and interethnic studies; participates in development initiatives and fundraising for the IAC and its related academic programs; engages IAC and External Affairs leadership in Centennial Campaign priorities; and promotes collaboration and cooperation between the IAC and other departments, programs and scholars across our campus.

The vice provost also will serve on the executive vice chancellor’s deans’ council and the chancellor’s executive committee, collaborating with campus leadership at UCLA and across the University of California system.

Please send your suggestions and nominations to me at Please consider faculty with administrative experience, demonstrated intellectual leadership in the broad areas of race, ethnicity, identity and culture in the U.S., and knowledge of the Institute of American Cultures.

As I would like to appoint the vice provost during the summer, please submit all nominations by Friday, June 3.

A small advisory committee of faculty drawn from a slate provided by the Academic Senate Committee on Committees will review the nominations and provide me with their observations and recommendations.

I very much appreciate your suggestions and look forward to receiving your nominations.


Scott L. Waugh
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost