Robert Rosen, a film and television historian and preservationist, has assumed the deanship of UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television.
He replaces Gil Cates, who remains a member of the faculty.
Rosen has served as chair of the school’s Dept. of Film and Television since June 1991. He came to UCLA in 1975 as director of the UCLA Film and Television Archive, specializing in film and television history, criticism and theory, historiography and media curatorship.
“Professor Rosen is renowned in the international film and television community for his leadership and scholarship as a historian and preservationist,” said UCLA chancellor Albert Carnesale.
Last year, Cates announced his decision to step aside after almost eight years as dean. Cates is director of the Geffen Playhouse in Westwood, within steps of the campus, and producer of the Academy Awards telecast.
“Bob Rosen, in addition to being an excellent film archivist and critic, is a devoted supporter and leader of our unique school,” Cates said. “I know he will do an outstanding job.”
Rosen, in a statement released by UCLA, said he was excited about his new challenge.
“I am honored to be following in the footsteps of Gil Cates as dean and excited by the challenges of leading a great school to even higher levels of achievement,” Rosen said.
Rosen completed his undergraduate work in political science at Rutgers U. and his graduate work in history at Stanford. He began his teaching career at Columbia U. in 1969. In 1970 he moved to the U. of Pennsylvania, where he remained until 1974, broadening his teaching to encompass film and social and intellectual history.
At UCLA, the Dept. of Film and Television includes both production and critical studies programs, with about 265 graduate and 60 undergraduate students. The 50 faculty members include leading scholars as well as professionals from the Los Angeles and international film and television industries.
In the Dept. of Theater, approximately 275 undergraduate and 125 graduate students study under more than 40 faculty members and guests from the field. It has a staff of 35.
The UCLA Film and Television Archive claims to be the world’s largest university-based collection of motion pictures and broadcast programming.