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Education: Early Literacy Education - Assistant Professor (Initial Review 11/01/21)

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: Monday, Nov 1, 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 Early Literacy Education.

We seek candidates who focus on early literacy education (Pre-K to 3rd Grade). We seek someone whose research contributes to scholarship, policy, teacher preparation, curriculum, and/or pedagogy relevant to national, state, and local literacy education contexts, especially as relevant for linguistically, ethnically, and racially marginalized populations in California. Possible areas of specialization include emergent literacy/reading, bi/multilingual literacies, critical literacy, children’s literature/reading, digital/multimodal literacies, pedagogy/curriculum development, equitable approaches to formative and/or summative assessment, literacy practices across home and school contexts, literacy and racial justice, literacy research methods, or the social, cultural, and political dimensions of early literacy. We are particularly interested in hiring a colleague whose scholarship engages the transformational capacities of education for the least-advantaged children 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, after-school programs, and/or community-based initiatives. The successful candidate will be able to teach across the department’s programs (Undergraduate Education Major/Minor, MA/Teaching Credential, and PhD in Education); collaborate with our teacher education instructors and teacher supervisors in preparing multiple subject (elementary) teachers; 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 Literacy Studies, Literacy Education, Reading, Applied Linguistics, Early Childhood Education, Bilingual Education, Psychology, or closely related fields. Degree requirements expected to be completed by June 30, 2022.

Application Requirements

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.

  • Statement of Research

  • 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:

  • Statement of Teaching

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

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

  • 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