University of California, Santa Cruz — Assistant Professor, Politics of Public Policy

The Politics Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the Politics of Public Policy. The Department seeks a scholar whose work focuses on the politics of public policy as it relates to issues of race, class, or gender; and/or the impact of policies on underrepresented, marginalized, and/or vulnerable groups. The area or areas of public policy are open, and we welcome applications from scholars whose work focuses on criminal justice, policing, incarceration, health, immigration, education, domestic violence, sexual assault, or human trafficking. Studies that engage the domestic, comparative, or global level are welcome, as are empirical, historical, or critical theoretical approaches.

Candidates will be expected to teach in both the undergraduate and Ph.D. programs in the Politics department and teach one course per year in the proposed MA Program in Social Science and Public Policy. The successful candidate must be able to work with students, faculty, and staff 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, and we encourage both domestic and international candidates to apply.

RANK: Assistant Professor

SALARY: Commensurate with qualifications and experience; academic year (9-month) basis.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. in Political Science or related field is expected to be conferred by June 30, 2017; Demonstrated record of research and teaching.

POSITION AVAILABLE: July 1, 2017, with academic year beginning September 2017. Degree must be conferred by June 30, 2018 for employment beyond that date.

TO APPLY: Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system and must include: letter of application, curriculum vitae, up to 4 samples of written work, research statement, teaching statement, up to 3 sets of teaching evaluations (if available), and 3 confidential letters of reference*. 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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*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 30, 2016.

To ensure full consideration, applications must be complete and letters of recommendation received by this date. The position will remain open until filled, but not later than 6/30/2018.

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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