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Electrical & Computer Engineering: Assistant/Associate Teaching Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering (REV, review date Jan. 15, 2024)

Position overview

Position title: Assistant/Associate Teaching Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering
Salary range: The salary range for this position is $115,000 - $125,000 academic year (nine-month basis) for Assistant Teaching Professors and $130,000 - $155,000 (nine-month basis) for Associate Teaching Professors. Starting salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. 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—Lecturer with Security of Employment--Business/Economics/Engineering Academic Year).
Percent time: Full-time, 100%
Anticipated start: July 1, 2024, with the academic year beginning in September 2024.

Application Window

Open date: November 1, 2023

Most recent review date: Monday, Jan 15, 2024 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 Electrical and Computer Engineering Department ( at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for an Assistant or Associate Teaching Professor position in the area of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE). The successful candidate will be responsible for leading capstone design projects in coordination with other faculty in the department and across the Baskin School of Engineering, as well as bringing experiential learning into other courses in the curriculum. The successful candidate will be expected to use best practices to introduce experiential learning in the undergraduate progression, and to revise and evaluate existing experiential learning practices both directly within ECE as well as in multi-disciplinary projects.

The working titles of these positions are Assistant or Associate Teaching Professor, while the payroll titles are Lecturer with Potential Security of Employment or Lecturer with Security of Employment. These titles are used differently at the University of California than at some other institutions. Important to note is that these positions have all the rights and responsibilities of membership in the Academic Senate; “Security of Employment'' is directly analogous to tenure; and the positions earn sabbatical credit and have summer flexibility. Faculty in these positions have Principal Investigator status for the purpose of grant applications and administration. Faculty in these positions, as with all faculty, are regularly reviewed for further advancement and salary increases. The Security of Employment series is evaluated on achievements in the areas of teaching, professional scholarship and activity, and University and public service as set by the University of California system. For more information on the policy please read here:

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) is part of the Baskin School of Engineering at UC Santa Cruz. UC Santa Cruz is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), an association of the top research universities in the US. Baskin Engineering is home to six departments contributing to the richness of its research in materials, devices and instruments; engineering mathematics; computing; and health engineering. ECE has a diverse curriculum with an emphasis on Digital and Analog Hardware, Devices, Photonics, Communications, Renewable Power, Signals and Systems, and Robotics, offering separate degree programs in electrical engineering and in robotics. Our electrical engineering undergraduate program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. Nestled in a redwood forest above the city of Santa Cruz and close to Silicon Valley, our beautiful residential campus has a rich history of embracing groundbreaking interdisciplinary work and building deep research ties with the local high-tech industry. Our proximity to Silicon Valley, including a second campus in Santa Clara, affords unique and exciting opportunities for collaboration with industry researchers, as well as with faculty and students at other San Francisco Bay Area universities.

The successful candidate will direct and teach in the Capstone Senior Design program, where teams of senior-level students design and construct substantial projects during a two-quarter project sequence. Many projects are performed in collaboration with stakeholders from outside UC Santa Cruz. The selected candidate will also participate in other design and lab-centric courses offered in the department. Some current examples are ECE118 Mechatronics, ECE121 Microprocessor System Design, ECE173 High Speed Digital Design, and ECE157 RF Hardware Design, which are the core design courses that prepare students for the capstone sequence.

Candidates with strength in at least one of the following areas are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • A track record of design or engineering project-based collaboration with commercial, non-profit, or educational groups;
  • A track record of leading engineering design courses;
  • Strong background in one or more of the areas of focus of Electrical and Computer Engineering including engineering design, systems engineering, computer systems design, product design, electrical systems design, robotics, cyber-physical systems;
  • Educational research concerning capstone design programs, experiential learning, and entrepreneurial thinking;
  • Experience directing multiple simultaneous engineering teams.

The successful candidate is expected to develop an educational research program, supported by external grants, driven by personal intellectual inquiry with likely focus areas including the senior design program, other experiential learning programs, engineering education, or broadening participation in engineering.

UC Santa Cruz values diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and is committed to hiring faculty who will work to promote these values. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are at the forefront of our path to excellence in Baskin Engineering. The successful candidates must be able to work with students, faculty, and staff from various social and cultural backgrounds, genders, and sexual orientations.

A minority-serving institution (MSI) with a high proportion of first-in-family students, UC Santa Cruz is a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), a member of the Alliance of Hispanic-Serving Research Universities (HRSU), a member of the Computing Alliance of Hispanic Serving Institutions (CAHSI), an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI), and a member of several leading identity and ethnic affinity professional societies, including the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). To be considered, candidates must demonstrate an understanding of the barriers facing women, people of color, and other groups historically underrepresented in engineering, as well as describe their experience and future plans to promote equity and inclusion in teaching, mentoring, and research, and in broadening participation in engineering. Application packages will be considered with a view toward potential as well as achievement. DEI statements will be read and scored as part of a holistic assessment throughout the review process. Efforts supporting equity and inclusion at UC Santa Cruz will be recognized as important during the merit review and promotion process. The selected candidates will receive a start-up package that includes funding in support of furthering diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.

The successful 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)

M.S. or Ph.D. (or equivalent foreign degree) in an engineering field and demonstrated experience in college or university teaching; for applicants not holding a Ph.D. degree: a M.S. degree plus a minimum of three years of professional experience relevant to electrical and computer engineering or a related field. It is expected that the degree requirements will be completed by June 30, 2024. Demonstrated experience in professional mentoring and/or other experiential work. Demonstrated record of professional achievement or contributions to electrical and computer engineering. Demonstrated record of contributions to equity and inclusion in the workplace.

Application Requirements

Document requirements

Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system; all documents and materials must be submitted as PDFs.

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

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

  • Statement of Contributions to Advancing 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.

  • Teaching Statement

  • Statement of Professional Achievement and Activity - A statement that summarizes your professional and creative activities relevant to the advertised position.

  • Sample course syllabus (1 required)

  • Sample course syllabus (1 of 2 optional) (Optional)

  • Sample course syllabus (2 of 2 optional) (Optional)

  • Student course evaluations (1 required)

  • Student course evaluations (up to 9 optional) - If submitting multiple optional student course evaluations, please combine all into one PDF.

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required

Applications must include confidential letters of recommendation* (a minimum of 3 are required and a maximum of 5 will be accepted). 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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Santa Cruz, California