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Critical Race and Ethnic Studies: Assistant or Associate Professor of Indigenous Studies (Initial Review 11/15/22)

Position overview

Position title: Assistant/Associate Professor of Indigenous Studies
Salary range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience; academic year (nine-month basis).
Percent time: Full-time (100%)
Anticipated start: July 1, 2023, with the academic year beginning in September 2023. Degree requirements must be met by November 1, 2022 for employment effective July 1, 2023.

Application Window

Open date: September 7, 2022

Most recent review date: Tuesday, Nov 15, 2022 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: Friday, Jun 30, 2023 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 Critical Race and Ethnic Studies Department ( at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for an Assistant/Associate Professor of Indigenous Studies. We seek a scholar whose work is grounded in Indigenous epistemologies and worldviews and engages anti/decolonial and Indigenous studies methods, theories, and pedagogical approaches. Training in Indigenous Studies at the bachelor’s, master’s, and/or doctoral levels is welcome. Ideal candidates will have experience in and commitment to working collaboratively with Indigenous communities.

We are open to community-driven, collaborative, place-based work with Indigenous peoples, whether in North America, the Americas, borderlands, the Pacific, or elsewhere around the globe, and we welcome a focus on California Indian perspectives. Potential areas in which this scholar could work, among many other areas of focus and expertise, are global Indigeneity; sovereignty struggles; climate justice; settler colonialism; anticolonial movement building; tribal law and CRT; displacement, diaspora, and migration; gender and sexuality; public health; art and visual culture; prisons and policing; native epistemologies and pedagogies; creative/critical approaches to Indigenous studies; and comparative approaches to Indigenous studies. The area of research specialization is ultimately open.

This position carries a five-course equivalency workload, which typically translates to teaching four courses scheduled over three quarters and entails carrying other academic and service responsibilities to the department, division, and campus. Candidates should be prepared to teach regularly in both large lecture and advanced seminar course formats in the CRES core curriculum.

Beyond teaching responsibilities, this position requires a demonstrated commitment or clearly stated interest in programmatic and curricular development, in the service of strengthening and collaboratively building Indigenous studies at UC Santa Cruz. For this reason, we seek a scholar who is willing and has ideas about how both to collaborate with other programs, departments, and initiatives, including the American Indian Resource Center and the Indigenous Faculty Network on campus, and to deepen and expand CRES’s commitment to community engagement.

UC Santa Cruz values diversity, equity, and inclusion and is committed to hiring faculty who will work to advance these values. UC Santa Cruz is a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) with a high proportion of first-generation students. We welcome candidates who understand the barriers facing historically oppressed groups in higher education (as evidenced by life experiences and educational background) and who can clearly articulate participation in equity and diversity advancement efforts with respect to teaching, mentoring, research, and service towards building an equitable and scholarly environment. Activities promoting equity and inclusion at UC Santa Cruz will be recognized as important university service during the faculty promotion process. More information can be found:

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)

Terminal degree (e.g., PhD or MFA or equivalent foreign degree) in a relevant field in the Humanities, Social Sciences, or Arts; a record of interdisciplinary research and scholarly output; and evidence of teaching experience at the university level. It is expected that the degree requirement will be completed by November 1, 2022.

Application Requirements

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

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion** - Statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at UC Santa Cruz. Candidates are urged to review guidelines on statements (see before preparing their application.

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

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

  • Statement of Research

  • One representative writing sample - A sample of either a published piece from a book, edited volume, or journal or, if unpublished, a work or section of no more than 10,000 words

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)

Applicants must provide the names and contact information of their references (3 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

Additional Application Requirements
Applicants who are under serious consideration will be asked to provide relevant sample course syllabi (2 are required). These materials will be solicited at the time of reference letter solicitation.

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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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Santa Cruz, California