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Critical Race and Ethnic Studies: Lecturer Pool (Ongoing)

Recruitment Period

Open June 1st, 2020 through Tuesday, Mar 1, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

If you apply to this recruitment by March 1st, 2022, you will have until March 31st, 2022 to complete your application.


The Critical Race and Ethnic Studies (CRES) Program at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for an ongoing pool of part-time Lecturers who may be appointed to teach courses in Critical Race and Ethnic Studies during the regular academic year and/or Summer Session.

We seek professionally active and versatile teachers whose pedagogy is grounded in critical analysis of race and ethnicity and who are conversant with recent trends in ethnic studies. Candidates should be willing to develop syllabi, which engage with racial capitalism and emphasize the intersection of race and ethnicity with categories such as gender, sexuality, class, disability, indigeneity, law, and citizenship. We are open to a range of proposed topics, not limited to courses that incorporate or focus on the following:

Comparative approaches to the study of race, ethnicity, and indigeneity
Critical adoption studies
Critical migration or comparative border studies
Critical prison studies
Disability studies
Environmental studies
Histories of decolonizing, anticolonial, race-radical social movements
Indigenous studies
Labor studies
Mixed-race studies
Queer studies
Settler colonial studies
Transgender studies
War and empire studies

We particularly welcome candidates whose courses are grounded in comparative, interdisciplinary, and/or transnational approaches. Additionally, we are especially interested in applicants with experience in indigenous studies or community organizing.

Lecturers should be willing to teach in both large lecture and smaller seminar class formats.


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.

M.A. or equivalent foreign degree in Ethnic Studies, Feminist Studies, American Studies, History, Literature, Sociology or a related field at the time of application and a minimum of three years’ teaching experience at the college or university level.

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), but they may also be made during Summer Session.

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

Please refer to Position # JPF00824-20P in all correspondence.


  • Letter of application that outlines how the basic qualifications are met, including the ability to teach courses that include a large discussion component, educational background, teaching experience, and publication record (required)
  • Curriculum vitae: Please include your most recently updated CV (required)
  • Statement that addresses past or potential contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion (required) See UCSC guidelines for statements at
  • Course Evaluations (two sets of evaluations are required and a maximum of four will be accepted)
  • Sample course syllabi (two are required and four will be accepted)

Reference Requirement
Applications must include confidential letters of recommendation* (a minimum of two are required and a maximum of four will be accepted). 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 (e.g., dossier service, career center, etc.), direct the author to UCSC’s confidentiality statement at

Applications for this recruitment will be accepted through March 1, 2022. This recruitment is valid for initial appointments beginning Summer Session 2022 through Winter Quarter 2023. 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.

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

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Job location

Santa Cruz, California


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

  • Cover Letter - Letter of application that outlines how the basic qualifications are met, including the ability to teach courses that include a large discussion component, educational background, teaching experience, and publication record

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through teaching. See guidelines at:

  • Course evaluations (required set one of two)

  • Course evaluations (required set two of two)

  • Course evaluations (Optional)

  • Course evaluations (Optional)

  • Sample course syllabus

  • Sample course syllabus

  • Sample course syllabus (Optional)

  • Sample course syllabus (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 2-4 letters of reference required