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Education: Assistant Professor Science Education (Open Until Filled; Initial Review 12/12/18)

Recruitment Period

Open date: October 8th, 2018
Last review date: December 13th, 2018
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: June 30th, 2019
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.


The Education Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz, invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor whose professional and research expertise lies in the area of Science Education. The department is particularly interested in candidates whose research agendas clearly focus on improving educational access and opportunity for non-dominant youth in and/or out of school. Candidates with knowledge of K12 education and adolescent learners who could contribute to an interdisciplinary focus on sustainability, interdependence, and/or earth futures are encouraged to apply.

We seek scholars with evidence of a promising research program, expertise in quantitative or mixed methods, and the capacity to develop externally funded research grants, projects, or research partnerships. The successful candidate should be able to teach across the department’s programs (Undergraduate Minor, Master’s/Teaching Credential, and Ph.D.), advise and mentor graduate and undergraduate students, and work with students, faculty, and staff from a wide range of social and cultural backgrounds.

We are especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service. We welcome candidates who understand the barriers facing minoritized scholars who are underrepresented in higher education careers and who have experience in equity and diversity with respect to teaching, mentoring, research, life experiences, or service towards building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment.

Assistant Professor [tenure-track]

Commensurate with qualifications and experience; academic year (nine-month basis).

Doctorate or equivalent foreign degree in science education or closely related field (expected to be conferred by August 2019).

July 1, 2019, with academic year beginning September 2019. Degree must be conferred prior to December 31, 2019 for employment beyond that date.

Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system; all documents and materials must be submitted as PDFs.

Please refer to Position # JPF00659-19 in all correspondence.


  • Letter of application that briefly summarizes qualifications and interest in the position (required)
  • Curriculum vitae (required)
  • Statement addressing contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service (required). Guidelines on diversity statements can be viewed at
  • Research Statement (required)
  • Teaching Statement (required)
  • Sample publications (a minimum of 1 relevant article or book chapter or dissertation chapter; 2 will be accepted)

Reference Requirement
Applications must include three confidential letters of recommendation*. Please note that references, or a 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

Full consideration will be given to applications completed by December 12, 2018. Applications received after this date will be considered only if the position has not been filled.

UC Santa Cruz faculty make significant contributions to the body of research that has earned the University of California the ranking as the foremost public higher education institution in the world. In the process, our faculty demonstrate that cutting-edge research, excellent teaching and outstanding service are mutually supportive.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees. Inquiries regarding the University’s equal employment opportunity policies may be directed to the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 or by phone at (831) 459-2686.

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check (see More information is available at the APO website (see or call (831) 459-4300.

UCSC is a smoke & tobacco-free campus.

If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact the Academic Personnel Office at (831) 459-4300.


Job location

Santa Cruz, CA


Document requirements
  • Cover Letter - Letter of application that briefly summarizes qualifications and interest in the position.

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.

  • Research Statement

  • Teaching Statement

  • Sample Publication - Relevant article or book chapter or dissertation chapter

  • Sample Publication - Relevant article or book chapter or dissertation chapter

Reference requirements
  • 3 letters of reference required

How to apply

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  2. Provide required information and documents
  3. If any, provide required reference information
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