News: Food Studies Certificate, Project Assistant Opening - Deadline: July 7, 2017

June 27, 2017 - 4:30pm

The Food Studies Graduate Certificate Program is looking for a graduate student to assist with research for and administration of the certificate program.

About the Department of Urban Planning, Food Studies Certificate Program:

Food is integral to life. It sustains life and meets basic human needs for growth, development and function. It is also important for the functioning of societies, allowing people to make social linkages and distinctions. It plays a role in multiple aspects of life and is a subject of interest and inquiry in multiple disciplines including agriculture, anthropology, geography, humanities, law, nutrition, psychology, public health, public policy, and other natural and social sciences. With food security and environmental sustainability becoming increasing global concerns, there is an urgency to educate the next generation of leaders with strong interdisciplinary foundations. The Food Studies Graduate Certificate helps to meet this educational need through three key aims: (1) Provide a harmonized curriculum that provides exposure to the interdisciplinary dimensions of food; (2) Provide a mechanism for graduate students in any discipline at UCLA to pursue interests in food studies; and (3) Attract students with interest in food studies to UCLA’s academic and professional graduate programs.



  1. Time Frame: ASAP July 2017 – June 2018
  2. Title: Project Assistant (Payroll Title = Assistant III)
  3. Time/Pay: Summer stipend for July 2017 – September 2017. Approximately 8 hours (20%) a week at $23.00 an hour for October 2017-June 2018


Job Duties

  1.  Research for certificate program expansion
  2. Coordinate and participate in promotion and recruitment events throughout the year to publicize the certificate to the campus.
  3. Research development and collaborative opportunities on campus and around Los Angeles
  4. Maintain the Food Studies Certificate website and promotional materials


Preference will be given to those with an active interest in food studies.


Students who are interested in this opportunity should email Alexis Oberlander ( with a one-page statement outlining their interest in food studies and relevant skills, and a current resume. The position will remain open until filled but applicants are encouraged to apply by Friday, July 7th.

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