About Provost Roxworthy
Emily Roxworthy is the sixth provost of Earl Warren College and has been faculty in the Department of Theatre and Dance since 2004. She is also affiliate faculty in the Department of Ethnic Studies and in the Critical Gender Studies Program. Provost Roxworthy previously served as Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty Diversity & Equity with broad responsibility to promote equity, excellence, and diversity within faculty ranks. She served as Acting Provost of Thurgood Marshall College in Fall 2015, following two years of lecturing for Marshall's renowned DEI course "Dimensions of Culture." She has also taught in Sixth College's Culture, Art, and Technology (CAT) program and received a Sixth College teaching award. Her college appointment is in Warren, where she has served on the College's Writing Advisory Committee and Executive Committee of the Faculty.
Provost Roxworthy is an active and accomplished scholar and teacher, working at the intersection of theatre history and performance studies, with particular interests in interculturalism, Asian/Asian American theatre, digital media, and role playing. She is the author of the award-winning book The Spectacle of Japanese American Trauma: Racial Performativity and World War II, as well as numerous scholarly articles on the Japanese American internment and other topics.
She was recognized by the Academic Senate with a 2012 Distinguished Teaching Award for her graduate and undergraduate pedagogy, and was awarded two Digital Humanities Start-Up Awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for her collaborative digital project titled DRAMA IN THE DELTA, a 3D role-playing video game that reconstructed intercultural performances staged during WWII at the Rohwer and Jerome internment camps that were in the Jim Crow-era Arkansas Delta. Provost Roxworthy is also artistic director of Workplace Interactive Theatre (WIT), a company that performs customized theatre programs for organizations seeking institutional change.
Provost Roxworthy has a demonstrated record of commitment to undergraduate and graduate education, equity, and diversity, with dedicated service on various departmental, college, campus-wide, and system-wide committees. She has served as Chair of the system wide University Committee on Affirmative Action and Diversity (UCAADE) and as a liaison to the Board of Admissions and Relations with Schools (BOARS). Professor Roxworthy's interactive theatre piece, "Ready to Vote," was the centerpiece of the half-day leadership seminar, Fostering Inclusive Excellence: Strategies and Tools for Department Chairs and Deans at all 10 UC campuses. She was recognized for this and other contributions in support of UC San Diego's commitment to diversity as a university-wide recipient of a 2015 Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action and Diversity Award.