Position overviewPosition title: Assistant Teaching Professor of Community-Engaged Research and Learning (Lecturer PSOE). The Assistant Teaching Professor title confers the rights and responsibilities of membership in the Academic Senate, and has the payroll title “Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment” (LPSOE). An LPSOE is eligible for promotion to "Security of Employment', which is analogous to tenure.
Open date: December 1st, 2021
Next review date: Monday, Jan 31, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
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.
The Department of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for an Assistant Teaching Professor. The Sociology Department at UCSC is a mid-sized department with approximately 20 faculty, 6 staff, 30 graduate students, and 650 undergraduate students. This position will entail two key roles intended to support the department’s focus on community-engaged research and experiential learning: 1) Teach courses in the Sociology Department that augment existing curriculum through a critical approach to the process of community engaged learning and research; 2) Coordinate across UCSC and within the community to support undergraduate student placement in internships with community organizations aligned with their interests.
The selected candidate will teach four courses per year at the undergraduate level. Three of these (one per quarter) will help students prepare for, analyze, and critically reflect upon community-engaged research and internship experiences, and include a theoretical and methodological focus on the process of community-engaged research and learning, including ethical and epistemic considerations. An additional course will be taught in areas relevant to the candidate’s areas of expertise, the sociology curriculum, and/or internship placement, including, but not limited to: urban and regional dynamics; health and wellness; immigration and migration; housing and social welfare; environmental issues; media and the arts; labor and work; and broader questions of inequality and difference along lines of race, ethnicity, class, gender, and sexuality.
The incumbent will also coordinate the department’s internship recruitment and placement process for undergraduate students. Department affiliates work closely with many community organizations and the campus as a whole strongly supports experiential learning. The expectation is that the assistant teaching professor will work with centers and initiatives within the Division of Social Sciences as well as the Division of Student Affairs and Success to equitably provide Sociology undergraduates with meaningful opportunities for engagement in the community.
The position requires demonstrated excellence in undergraduate teaching among a broad and diverse range of students; excellence in professional and community-engaged activities, achievements and coordination; and broad contributions to university service. While the specialization for the position is open, we especially welcome candidates whose education, professional activities, and teaching are informed by community-engaged research practice, field research methods, and critical and imaginative theoretical approaches. We welcome candidates who understand the barriers facing women, people of color, and others underrepresented in higher education careers (as evidenced by life experiences and educational background), and who have experience in equity and diversity with respect to teaching, mentoring, research, life experiences, or service towards building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment.
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.)
Sociology Department: https://sociology.ucsc.edu/
Ph.D. (or equivalent foreign degree) in sociology or a related interdisciplinary field. Demonstrated record of university teaching experience at the undergraduate level.
*Statement of Teaching Pedagogy
*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 https://apo.ucsc.edu/diversity.html) before preparing their application.
*Initial screening of applicants will be based on the Statement on Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and the Statement of Teaching Pedagogy.
Cover Letter - Letter of application that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position.
Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
Sample Course Syllabus
Sample Course Syllabus (Optional)
Sample Course Syllabus (Optional)
Teaching Evaluations (Optional)
Sample Publication - Sample of a relevant publication related to professional activities (e.g., community-engaged research practice, field methods, and/or pedagogy).
- 3 required (contact information only)
Applicants must provide the names and contact information of three 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 http://apo.ucsc.edu/confstm.htm.
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