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Everett Program Visiting Assistant Professor

Position overview

Position title: Everett Program Visiting Assistant Professor
Salary range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. The posted UC salary scales set the minimum pay determined by the rank and/or step at the time of appointment. See salary scale titled FACULTY--LADDER RANKS--PROFESSOR SERIES ACADEMIC YEAR. “Off-scale salaries” and other components of pay (i.e. a salary that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step), are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions. A reasonable estimate for this position is $90,000 per 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 June 30, 2023 for employment effective July 1, 2023.
Position duration: One year.

Application Window

Open date: May 31, 2023

Most recent review date: Friday, Jun 30, 2023 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, May 30, 2024 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 Sociology Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for a visiting assistant professor position. Under the supervision of the Director of the Everett Program, Professor of Environmental Studies and Sociology Chris Benner, the visiting assistant professor will work directly in the Everett Program; an innovative program housed in the sociology department but open to students across campus. The Everett Program empowers students to take direct action on issues of social justice and environmental sustainability in partnership with community-based organizations in both the U.S. and around the globe, using digital tools to help support their work.

We are looking for a candidate whose research and teaching are at the intersection of technology, race and ethics. We are particularly interested in candidates with a strong background in feminist media, critical social science studies, computational media, and experience in community engagement and technology.

In addition to pursuing their own research, the candidate would be expected to contribute to developing and implementing courses and student-led projects that incorporate community-based, experiential, and applied learning opportunities; address community research needs; and integrate new technologies in meaningful ways. This includes helping students not just understand technology, but to also use and design technologies in processes of social change that can play a valuable role in community development processes. This pedagogy is rooted in an understanding that digital technologies have become ubiquitous and are involved in all aspects of contemporary economic change, social interaction, and cultural development.

The selected candidate will be expected to teach at the undergraduate level and mentor students in applied project development, while also pursuing their own research. This position carries a three to four course workload over three quarters. Furthermore, the position requires the incumbent be committed to the equity and inclusion goals of the Everett Program, be an excellent teacher, and be able to work with students, faculty, staff and community partners 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 through their teaching, professional activity, and service.

The hiring unit will not sponsor employment-eligible immigration statuses for this position.

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Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
  • Ph.D. (or equivalent foreign degree) in sociology; a related social science field; a social sciences-oriented humanities field; or a technical field, such as computer science. Degree requirements are expected to be completed by June 30, 2023.
  • Teaching experience that can be demonstrated by college-level teaching and/or applied professional workshops and training programs.

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Teaching

  • 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 before preparing their application.

  • Sample Course Syllabus

  • Teaching Evaluations (course 1 of 3) (Optional)

  • Teaching Evaluations (course 2 of 3) (Optional)

  • Teaching Evaluations (course 3 of 3) (Optional)

  • Sample of Published Material (e.g., article or book chapter) (Optional)

  • Sample of Published Material (e.g., article or book chapter) (Optional)

  • Sample of Published Material (e.g., article or book chapter) (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)

Applicants must provide the names and contact information of their references. The hiring unit will request confidential letters* from the references of those applicants who are under serious consideration. 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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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