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Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology

Position overview

Position title: Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology
Salary range: A reasonable estimate for this position is $90,000.
Percent time: Full-time (100%)
Anticipated start: As soon as possible after the initial review of applications.
Position duration: One year.

Application Window

Open date: June 11, 2024

Most recent review date: Thursday, Jul 11, 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: Tuesday, Jun 10, 2025 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

Professor of Environmental Studies and Sociology and Director of the Everett Program Chris Benner, in the Sociology Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for a visiting assistant professor. The position will involve working directly in the Everett Program, an innovative program housed in the sociology department but open to students across campus, that 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 experience is at the intersection of technology and movements for social, economic, and racial justice. We are particularly interested in candidates with a strong background in critical social science studies and practical digital technology skills, with experience in community engagement. In addition to pursuing their own research, the candidate will 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 design and use technological tools in support of processes of social change and community development. 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 successful candidate will be expected to teach at the undergraduate level and mentor students in applied project development, while also pursuing their own research, and to perform university and professional service. The successful candidate must be committed to the equity and inclusion goals of the Everett Program, be an excellent teacher, and 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 cannot 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 or a related social science or social sciences oriented humanities field, or in a technical field, such as computer science, with a focus on public interest technology.
  • Teaching experience demonstrated by college-level teaching and/or applied professional workshops and training programs.

Application must demonstrate that the degree requirement is completed by 6/30/24.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V., which must include a list of professional references along with their contact information. The search committee will conduct reference checks for those applicants who are under serious consideration.

  • Cover Letter - Please be sure to address you practical digital technology skills and your experience with community engagement.

  • 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

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Santa Cruz, California