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Latin American & Latino Studies: Assistant Professor of Migrant Health & Social Justice

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 academic year beginning September 2022. Degree requirements must be completed by June 30, 2022 for employment beyond that date.

Application Window

Open date: September 13th, 2021

Most recent review date: Wednesday, Dec 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 Latin American & Latino Studies Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for an assistant professor of Migrant Health & Social Justice. We welcome applications from scholars in Latina/o/x, Native/Indigenous, Afrolatinx, Central American, and ethnic studies; medical anthropology; health communication; public health; health humanities; and related fields that explore intersections of health, migration, and social justice. We are particularly interested in thematic specializations including: decolonial, Indigenous, and collective health practices and epistemologies; political economies of care; health equity, disparity, and access; mental health; working conditions and occupational health; reproductive justice; migrants in transit; and intergenerational trauma. We are looking for a scholar who both grounds these themes in concrete migrant communities and links them with systemic dynamics (e.g., globalization, neoliberal restructuring, climate change, and social justice struggles).

The successful candidate will hold a 100% appointment in the Department of Latin American and Latino Studies; build on and enhance the Department’s substantive themes (culture and power, social justice, migration, intersectionality, social movements, and human rights); expand our existing partnerships with community health organizations; support our efforts toward a minor in Human Rights and Social Justice; and strengthen the connections and contributions of LALS to UC Santa Cruz’s Global and Community Health program.

We seek scholars with teaching and mentoring experience in higher education and evidence of a developed research program.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach four courses per academic year. This position carries academic, teaching, and service responsibilities to the Department of Latin American and Latino Studies, with some teaching in Global and Community Health. The ability to contribute significantly to graduate education and the mentoring of graduate students is highly desirable. The successful candidate must be able to work with students, faculty, and staff from a wide range of social and cultural backgrounds. We are especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.

UC Santa Cruz values diversity, equity, and inclusion and is committed to hiring faculty who will work to support these values. UC Santa Cruz is a Hispanic-Serving Institution with a high proportion of first-generation college students. To be considered, candidates must demonstrate an understanding of the barriers facing traditionally underrepresented groups and must discuss their past, present, and/or future contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through research, teaching, and service.

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 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)

Ph.D. or equivalent foreign degree in Social Sciences or Humanities field, or related fields; demonstrated record of research, university teaching, and service. It is expected that the degree requirement will 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 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.

    *Initial screening of applicants will be based on the statement of contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

  • Statement of Research

  • Publication or writing sample

  • Publication or writing sample (1 of 2) (Optional)

  • Publication or writing sample (2 of 2) (Optional)

  • Pedagogy Statement

  • Sample syllabus - 1 at the undergraduate level is required

  • Sample syllabus - undergraduate or graduate level (1 of 2) (Optional)

  • Sample syllabus - undergraduate or graduate level (2 of 2) (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)

Applicants must provide the names and contact information of their references (three are required). 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