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Education: Educational Policy Studies - Assistant Professor (Initial Review 10/15/21)

Position overview

Position title: Assistant Professor (Tenure-track)
Salary range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience; academic year (nine-month basis)
Anticipated start: July 1, 2022, with the academic year beginning in September 2022. Degree requirements must be met by June 30, 2022 for employment effective July 1, 2022.

Application Window

Open date: August 10th, 2021

Most recent review date: Friday, Oct 15, 2021 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: Thursday, Jun 30, 2022 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 Educational Policy Studies. We seek candidates whose research addresses critical questions related to equity and justice in education. We seek a scholar whose work considers the inter-relationships among policy, organizations, reform efforts, equity goals, and social justice. Possible focal areas of research include: 1) the transformational capacities of education in an embedded context – as shaped by policy and organizational systems – for the least-advantaged populations; 2) how educational policies, programs, and structures may disrupt, reify, and/or exacerbate inequities for pre-K-12 teaching and learning and the professional lives of teachers; 3) other ways that systemic conditions, both inside and outside of education, affect and inform educational policies, opportunities, experiences, and outcomes for learners and their communities. This position is open to scholars with a range of policy topics and methodological approaches. Mixed methodologists with critical approaches to policy analysis are strongly encouraged to apply. A demonstrated commitment to advancing equity, justice and antiracism in research, teaching, and advising is required.

We seek scholars with a promising research program as well as a capacity to develop externally funded research grants and projects. The successful candidate will be able to teach across the department’s programs (Undergraduate Education Major/Minor, MA/Teaching Credential, and PhD in Education), advise and mentor undergraduate, MA/credential, and PhD 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 PK-12 and higher education, and who have engaged in teaching, research, professional and/or public service that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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 10 (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)

Doctorate or equivalent foreign degree in educational policy analysis, organizational theory, or closely related areas like sociology, legal studies, economics etc. It is expected that the degree requirement will be completed by June 30, 2022. Evidence of career stage appropriate contributions to educational scholarship and teaching that address critical questions related to equity and justice in education

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Research Statement

  • 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 research, teaching, and service. Candidates are urged to review guidelines on statements before preparing their application:

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

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

  • Teaching Statement

  • Sample publication (relevant article or book chapter or dissertation chapter)

  • Sample publication (relevant article or book chapter or dissertation chapter) (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)

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

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Campus Information

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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Job location

Santa Cruz, California