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Science Communication Program: Lecturer Pool (Ongoing Pool)

Recruitment Period

Open February 14th, 2020 through Wednesday, Dec 1, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

If you apply to this recruitment by December 1st, 2021, you will have until December 31st, 2021 to complete your application.


The Science Communication Program at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for an ongoing pool of Lecturers who may be appointed to teach various graduate and undergraduate-level courses. Course topics include science newswriting and editing, feature writing and editing, profile and essay writing, multimedia storytelling, and investigative and policy reporting. See the UCSC Course Catalog for a complete list and descriptions of the program’s courses.

We seek applications from practicing journalists and science writers to teach graduate students the art and craft of science writing at a national, professional level. Applicants with experience in public outreach are strongly encouraged to apply.

The campus is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their teaching and other assigned duties.


Commensurate with qualifications and experience and the particular courses the Lecturer is appointed to teach. Compensation for Summer Session courses may vary from courses taught during the academic year.


  • B.A./B.S. (or equivalent foreign degree) in science, English, journalism, or closely related field at the time of application
  • A minimum of one quarter (or semester) teaching experience at the college or university level and/or experience leading workshops and/or training exercises for science communication professionals
  • A minimum of three published articles in professional science journalism

Appointments are contingent on the hiring unit’s instructional need and the availability of funding. Appointments are typically made during one or more quarters of the regular academic year (fall, winter, and spring quarters).

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

Please refer to Position # JPF00804-20P in all correspondence.


  • Letter of application that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position (required)
  • Curriculum vitae (required)
  • Three relevant published writing samples (required)
  • Sample course syllabi (one is required and a maximum of five will be accepted)
  • Teaching evaluations of teaching (optional, a maximum of five will be accepted)

Reference Requirement
Applications must include three confidential letters of recommendation*. 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 (e.g., dossier service, career center, etc.), direct the author to UCSC’s confidentiality statement at

Applications for this recruitment will be accepted through December 1, 2021. This recruitment is valid for initial appointments through fall quarter 2022. Initial appointments made after this period must be made through other recruitments.

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.

Our institution is committed to addressing the spousal and partner employment needs of our candidates and employees. As part of this commitment, our institution is a member of the Northern California Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (NorCal HERC). Visit the NorCal HERC website at to search for open positions within a commutable distance of our institution



Job location

Santa Cruz, California


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

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

  • Sample Publication

  • Sample Publication

  • Sample Publication

  • Sample Course Syllabus

  • Sample Course Syllabus (Optional)

  • Sample Course Syllabus (Optional)

  • Teaching evaluations of teaching (Optional)

  • Teaching evaluations of teaching (Optional)

  • Teaching evaluations of teaching (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3 letters of reference required