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Latin American & Latino Studies: Asst or Assoc Professor: Brazil/Brazilian Studies (Open Until Filled; Initial Review 09/28/15)

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The Latin American and Latino Studies (LALS) Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for a tenure track (Assistant) or tenured (Associate) professor position that focuses on Brazil/Brazilian studies. Using the analytical framework of transnationalism, we seek a scholar whose work on twentieth-and/or twenty-first century Brazil will strengthen one or more of our Department’s four stustantive themes of (1) Transnationalisms, Migrations, and Displacement; (2) Intersectionality, Identities, and Inequalities; (3) Collective Action, Social Movements, and Social Change; and (4) Culture, Power, Knowledge.

We welcome a variety of inter- and transdisciplinary approaches in the Social Sciences and Humanities, and seek to recruit in fields that include Anthropology, History, Literature, Politics, and Sociology, and the interdisciplinary fields of Cultural Studies, Ethnic and Critical Race Studies, Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Latin American and Latino Studies, Media Studies, and Urban Studies. An applicant whose work focuses on popular culture, media or digital media, south/south migration, indigeneity, and/or dissident sexualities is of particular interest.

The Department of Latin American and Latino Studies has a long tradition of collaborative and interdisciplinary work, and we especially encourage applications from strongly qualified candidates eager to extend their teaching and research activities across disciplinary boundaries. A specialist in Brazil will substantially enrich the department’s existing strengths while also helping UCSC acknowledge the formidable role Brazil plays in the region and in the world.

The successful candidate must be able to work with students, faculty and staff from a wide range of social and cultural backgrounds. In addition to expanding the research and curriculum profile of our recently launched doctoral program, the successful candidate will also contribute significantly to our undergraduate program. We are especially interested in candidates who will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their research, teaching, and service, and we encourage both domestic and international candidates to apply.

RANK: Assistant or Associate Professor

SALARY: Commensurate with qualifications and experience

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. or equivalent foreign degree in Social Science or Humanities field, or related field is expected to be conferred by June 30, 2016; demonstrated record of research and university teaching.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Demonstrated excellence in research and publication, proven distinction in university teaching and administrative service. Proficiency in Spanish, Portuguese or an indigenous language of the Americas.

For Associate Professor: Record of publications; demonstrated experience in university teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels; and administrative service.

POSITION AVAILABLE: July 1, 2016, with academic year beginning September 2016. Ph.D. must be conferred by June 30, 2017 for employment beyond that date.

TO APPLY: Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system. All applications must include: (1) letter of application; (2) curriculum vitae; (3) research statement; (4) pedagogy statement; (5) 2-3 writing samples/publications (20-30 pages each, published work expected from associate professor candidates); (6) teaching evaluations if available; and (7) 3 confidential letters of reference*. Additional publications may be requested of associate-level applicants considered for appointment. All applicants are invited to submit a statement addressing their contributions to diversity through research, teaching and/or service. All documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files.

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Refer to Position #JPF00292-16 in all correspondence.

*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

CLOSING DATE: Review of applications will begin on September 28, 2015.
To ensure full consideration, applications should be complete and letters of recommendation received by this date. The position will remain open until filled, but not later than 6/30/2016.

UC Santa Cruz faculty make significant contributions to the body of research that has earned the University of California the ranking as the foremost public higher education institution in the world. In the process, our faculty demonstrate that cutting-edge research, excellent teaching and outstanding service are mutually supportive.

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: Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064; (831) 459-2686.

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Document requirements
  • Letter of Application

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

  • Research Statement

  • Pedagogy Statement

  • Writing Sample/Publication - 20-30 pages each (published work expected from associate professor candidates)

  • Writing Sample/Publication - 20-30 pages each (published work expected from associate professor candidates)

  • Writing Sample/Publication - 20-30 pages each (published work expected from associate professor candidates)

  • Teaching Evaluations (Optional)

  • Teaching Evaluations (Optional)

  • Teaching Evaluations (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.

Reference requirements
  • 3 letters of reference required