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Education: Assistant Professor of Critical Studies of Education (Open Until Filled; Initial Review 11/18/20)

Application Window

Open date: September 17th, 2020

Last review date: Wednesday, Nov 18, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Wednesday, Jun 30, 2021 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 Education Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor in the area of Critical Studies of Education. We seek candidates who study education, formal and/or informal, through inter/trans-disciplinary critical sociological, philosophical, historical, political, and/or cultural perspectives. Possible focal areas of scholarship include the following: anti-racism/oppression in education, critical race theory, ethnic studies, gender and sexuality studies, diaspora/migration/immigration studies, indigenous studies, and/or decolonial studies in education. We are particularly interested in hiring a colleague whose scholarship engages the transformational capacities of education for the least-advantaged youth and communities, and animates the promise of schools and other public institutions to forge a just democracy.

We seek scholars with a promising research program as well as a capacity to develop externally funded research grants, projects, and partnerships with schools or community organizations. The successful candidate will be able to teach across the department’s programs (Undergraduate Major/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 seek candidates whose scholarship, teaching, and service advance anti-racism, anti-oppression, equity, and justice in education. We welcome candidates who bring a critical understanding of diversity to their own life experiences and background, who understand the barriers facing traditionally underrepresented groups in higher education, and who have engaged in teaching, research, professional and/or public service that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Assistant Professor, Tenure-Track

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

Doctorate or equivalent foreign degree in the Critical Studies of Education, or closely related fields. Degree requirements expected to be completed by June 30, 2021. Evidence of contributions to educational scholarship and teaching from critical frameworks that advance anti-racism and justice in education.

July 1, 2021, with the academic year beginning in September 2021. Degree requirements must be met by June 30, 2021 for employment effective July 1, 2021. Position contingent on budgetary approval.

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

Please refer to Position # JPF00936-21 in all correspondence.

REFERENCE REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must provide the names and contact information of three (3) references. 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

Full consideration will be given to applications completed by November 18, 2020. Applications received after this date will be considered only if the position has not been filled.

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.

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The University of California offers a competitive benefits package and a number of programs to support employee work/life balance. For information about employee benefits please visit


Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • 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.

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Teaching

  • Cover Letter - Letter of application that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position (required)

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

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

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

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)

Job location

Santa Cruz, California