Assistant or Associate Teaching Professor of Community Activism, Community Studies Program, University of California, Santa Cruz

Community Studies Program: Assistant or Associate Teaching Professor of Community Activism, University of California, Santa Cruz (initial review 1.17.2023)
Position overview
Position title: Assistant or Associate Teaching Professor of Community Activism The Assistant Teaching Professor title confers the rights and responsibilities of membership in the Academic Senate, and it has the payroll title “Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment (LPSOE)”. An LPSOE is eligible for promotion to “Security of Employment”, which is analogous to tenure. The Associate Teaching Professor and Teaching Professor titles confer the rights and responsibilities of membership in the Academic Senate, and they have the payroll title of “Lecturer with Security of Employment (LSOE)” and “Senior Lecturer with Security of Employment (SLSOE)” respectively. LSOE and SLSOE are analogous to tenure. Application letters should clearly indicate and address that the applicant wishes to be considered for appointment as an LPSOE (untenured) or LSOE (tenured). The Community Studies B.A. Program is administered through the Sociology Department in the Division of Social Sciences. The Program is governed by an Executive Committee and includes an interdisciplinary roster of UCSC faculty contributing topical courses. The Program manages the major’s core curriculum.
Salary range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience; academic year (nine-month basis).
Percent time: Full-time (100%)
Anticipated start: July 1, 2023, with the academic year beginning in September 2023. Degree requirements must be met by June 30, 2023 for employment beyond that date.
Application Window
Open date: November 14, 2022
Next review date: Tuesday, Jan 17, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
Final date: Friday, Jun 30, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.
Position Description
The Community Studies Program at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for an Assistant or Associate Teaching Professor position. Founded in 1969, Community Studies is UCSC’s oldest interdisciplinary undergraduate degree program and a national pioneer in the field of experiential education related to community activism and social justice. The program consists of a core curriculum whose keystone is an extended field study focused on building community capacity and conditions for social change. The field study articulates with an array of topically focused coursework. More information about the history and pedagogy model of Community Studies is available at
We seek an outstanding, intellectually curious candidate who is widely trained in the social sciences, enthusiastic about undergraduate instruction and well versed in the history and contemporary state of community activism. The selected candidate will teach four courses per year at the undergraduate level (and perform two course equivalencies of effort for the program). Three of the courses will be within the core curriculum and the fourth course will be taught in areas drawing on the candidate’s expected topical disciplinary expertise; especially economic justice, critical public health, climate justice, and broader questions of structural inequality arising from race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and class differences.
The incumbent will also assist the Faculty Director with program management, share responsibility for the field study and represent the program in UCSC ventures that share a community facing mission. The successful candidate will be expected to assume a leadership role and work closely with the Faculty Director. Applicants for the Associate Teaching Professor position with security of employment are expected to have a demonstrated record of effective program leadership. We welcome applicants with a demonstrated record of excellence in undergraduate teaching and demonstrable record of excellence in community activism related scholarly activity and participation
Applicants should be committed to critically appraising the shifting discursive field of community based social change efforts connected to community activism, social movements and/or the non-governmental/non-profit sector of civil society. We are especially interested in candidates whose work is future oriented and seeks to transcend the nonprofitization of social movements (and corresponding nonprofit industrial complex critique) by exploring emergent organizing and activist formations.
UC Santa Cruz values diversity, equity, and inclusion and is committed to hiring faculty who will work to advance these values. UC Santa Cruz is a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) with a high proportion of first-generation students We welcome candidates who understand the barriers facing historically oppressed groups in higher education (as evidenced by life experiences and educational background) and who can clearly articulate participation in equity and diversity advancement efforts with respect to teaching, mentoring, creative/professional activity, and service towards building an equitable and scholarly environment. Activities promoting equity and inclusion at UC Santa Cruz will be recognized as important university service during the faculty promotion process. More information can be found:
The chosen candidate will be expected to sign a statement representing that they are not the subject of any ongoing investigation or disciplinary proceeding at their current academic institution or place of employment, nor have they in the past ten years been formally disciplined at any academic institution/place of employment. In the event the candidate cannot make this representation, they will be expected to disclose in writing to the hiring Dean the circumstances surrounding any formal discipline that they have received, as well as any current or ongoing investigation or disciplinary process of which they are the subject. (Note that discipline includes a negotiated settlement agreement to resolve a matter related to substantiated misconduct.)
Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
Ph.D. (or equivalent foreign degree) in a social science discipline or related interdisciplinary fields such as public health and urban and regional planning. Degree requirement expected to be completed by June 30, 2023. Demonstrated record of undergraduate level university teaching experience.
Application Requirements
Document requirements
• Curriculum Vitae – Your most recently updated C.V.
• Cover Letter – Letter of application that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position and clearly indicates and addresses that the applicant wishes to be considered for appointment as an LPSOE (untenured) or LSOE (tenured)
• Statement of Teaching**
• Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion** – Statement addressing your understanding of the barriers facing traditionally underrepresented groups and your past and/or future contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through teaching and professional or public service. Candidates are urged to review guidelines on statements (see before preparing their application.
**Initial screening of applicants will be based only on the teaching statement and the statement on contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion
• Statement of Professional/Scholarly Achievement and Activity – A statement that summarizes your professional, disciplinary, and creative activities relevant to the advertised position
• Vision statement describing ideas about emergent organizing and activist formations and their potential for student field study
• Sample course syllabi (1 of 2 required)
• Student evaluations (1 of 2 required)
• Sample course syllabi (2 of 2 required)
• Student evaluations (2 of 2 required)
• Student evaluations (Optional)
• Sample course syllabi (Optional)
• Samples of publications and/or documentation relevant to professional activities and achievements (If submitting multiple documents, please combine into one PDF before submission) (Optional)
Reference requirements
• 3-4 required (contact information only)
Applicants must provide the names and contact information of their references (a minimum of three are required and a maximum of four will be accepted). The hiring unit will request confidential letters* from the references of those applicants who are under serious consideration. Please note that your references, or dossier service, will submit their confidential letters directly to the UC Recruit System.
*All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSC’s confidentiality statement at
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