UCLA Anderson Professor Bob Foster ('65) has received the 2014 UCLA Non-Senate Faculty Distinguished Teaching Award. The announcement came this morning in a joint statement from UCLA Anderson Dean Judy Olian and Professor Randy Bucklin, UCLA Anderson's faculty chairman. Their statement is below:
We are delighted to announce that our colleague, Professor Bob Foster ‘65, has been selected by the Academic Senate’s Committee on Teaching to receive the 2014 UCLA Non-Senate Faculty Distinguished Teaching Award. Each year, only three non-senate faculty members at UCLA are selected to receive this award. We are thrilled and honored that Bob was among them this year. The award, one of the highest honors given by the UCLA Academic Senate, recognizes academically and professionally accomplished individuals who bring respect and admiration to the scholarship of teaching. The recipients are selected from nominations received from colleagues and leaders across the campus.
Bob joined UCLA Anderson in 1984 and taught part time for 15 years while continuing to serve as president/CEO of four diverse high technology firms involved in software, factory automation, industrial machinery, map publishing, and composite plastics. He joined the Anderson faculty full time in 1999 and was promoted to Adjunct Professor of Decisions, Operations & Technology Management in 2006. Throughout his teaching career, Bob’s contributions have been most impressive. He has taught a variety of courses, including High Technology Management and Business Plan Development with great success, leading to multiple teaching awards. During the past 11 years, his leadership of the Global Access Program (GAP), the capstone requirement in our Fully-Employed MBA program (FEMBA), has been extraordinary and earned him a knighthood from the government of Finland. In 2010, Bob was selected as one of the “100 Most Inspirational Alumni” during the School’s 75th anniversary celebrations.
Please join us in congratulating Bob on this highly-deserved distinction as he joins a very select group of UCLA’s finest teachers.
Randy and Judy