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Education Department: Assistant Professor, Elementary Mathematics Education (initial review Nov. 27, 2023)

Position overview

Position title: Assistant Professor, Elementary Mathematics Education, tenure-track
Salary range: The salary range for this position is $98,000-$110,000 academic year (nine-month basis). The posted UC salary scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and/or step at appointment. “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. See salary scales titled (Faculty--Ladder Ranks--Professor Series)
Percent time: Full-time, 100%
Anticipated start: July 1, 2024, with the academic year beginning in September 2024. Degree requirements must be completed by June 30, 2024 for employment July 1, 2024.

Application Window

Open date: September 24, 2023

Most recent review date: Monday, Nov 27, 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: Sunday, Jun 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 Education Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz, invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor in Elementary Mathematics Education. The ideal candidate will possess professional and research expertise in mathematics education with an emphasis on elementary education for historically underserved young learners in PreK-5 classrooms, communities, after-school programs, families, and/or informal learning environments. We seek a scholar with evidence of a promising research program; publications and extramural funding appropriate to the applicant’s career stage; expertise in quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods designs; and the capacity to develop externally-funded research grants, research-practice partnerships, community-engaged scholarship, or other collaborations.

We are looking for scholars whose research focuses on equity and justice for historically underserved young learners (PreK-5) and how mathematics instruction can support them in building a strong foundation for learning and using mathematics. The department is particularly interested in scholars who engage in research on power, equity, race, class, or language issues in early mathematics learning/teaching and who use participatory, community-based design research or design-based research. Possible areas of research include (but are not limited to) environments and sociocultural processes to support early mathematical competencies; embodied mathematics learning; social networks and technologies; ecological models of mathematics learning/teaching; mathematics instruction for bilingual/multilingual learners; or indigenous epistemologies.

The successful candidate will have demonstrated the capability to teach successfully across the department’s programs (Undergraduate Major in Education, Democracy and Justice (EDJ), Minors in Education and STEM Education, MA/Teaching Credential, and PhD programs); teach math content courses for future elementary teachers; collaborate with our teacher education instructors and teacher supervisors; 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. 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 PK-12 and 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.)

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Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Doctorate or equivalent foreign degree in Mathematics Education, Learning Sciences, or closely related fields. Degree requirements expected to be completed by June 30, 2024.

Application Requirements

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

  • Curriculum Vitae - The curriculum vitae should include published papers and manuscripts accepted for publication, proposals submitted and awarded, classes taught, students mentored, awards, and other relevant signs of preparation and recognition.

  • Statement of Research (up to 2 pages)** - This statement should focus on 1) your three most innovative achievements, 2) your overall goals and vision for a research program at UC Santa Cruz, 3) and the experience and qualifications that make you particularly well-suited to achieve those goals.

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (up to 2 pages)** - This statement should address your understanding of the barriers facing traditionally underrepresented groups and your past and/or future contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through teaching, research, 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 only on the research statement and the statement on contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion

  • Publication (1 of 1 required) - One required sample publication (relevant article or book chapter or dissertation chapter) and up to three relevant sample publications (relevant article or book chapter or dissertation chapter) may be submitted that represent innovative research achievements, as well as knowledge of and accomplishments in teaching and mentoring, promoting DEI, and leadership and community engagement. Preprints, accepted, in review, or in prep manuscripts may be submitted.

  • Publication (1 of 2 optional) (Optional)

  • Publication (2 of 2 optional) (Optional)

  • Statement of teaching & mentoring (up to 2 pages) - This statement should focus on 1) your previous teaching contributions and future teaching goals, 2) your previous mentoring contributions and future mentoring goals, 3) your approach to using inclusive and effective practices in teaching and mentoring.

Reference requirements
  • 3-4 required (contact information only)

Applicants must provide the names and contact information of a minimum of three (3) references, and a maximum of four (4) 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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