University of California, Merced — Assistant / Associate / Full Professor in Inequality, Power and Social Justice

The University of California is creating a dynamic new university campus and campus community in Merced, California, which opened in September 2005 as the tenth campus of the University of California and the first American research university built in the 21st century.  In keeping with the mission of the University to provide teaching, research and public service of the highest quality, UC Merced will be providing new educational opportunities at the undergraduate, masters and doctoral levels through three academic schools Engineering; Natural Sciences; and, Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts.

The University of California, Merced is seeking four new faculty members at the ranks of Assistant, Associate or Full Professor as part of a cluster hire.  These positions are part of an ongoing multi-year, multi-departmental strategic initiative across the schools of Natural Sciences; Engineering; and, Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts to build excellence in the broad area of Inequality, Power, and Social Justice (IPSJ). IPSJ is one of six strategic research pillars at UC Merced. IPSJ brings together scholars across disciplines and methodological backgrounds for whom historical and contemporary issues of inequality, power, and social justice are of central analytical focus. By incorporating a wide range of approaches, we aim to develop a richer understanding of how inequality and power are produced and reproduced as well as of their social, political, and personal consequences. We aim to develop a critical analysis of how systems of inequality and power interact with social justice and change. In this focus, we recognize and engage with our location in the Central Valley of California, a region marked by great ethnic diversity and high levels of poverty. The IPSJ pillar will provide space for cross-disciplinary discussion, as well as research and teaching, with the aim of theoretical and methodological inclusivity. We value scholarship that engages with the local, national, and international community both in the production and in the dissemination of knowledge.

We seek to hire scholars whose research fits into either or both of the following themes: 1) identity, experience, and representation; and, 2) structural and institutional inequality. Successful candidates will compete in an interdisciplinary pool and have a record of accomplishment in one or more areas, including but not limited to: American studies, anthropology, art history, cognitive science, economics, English, ethnic studies, ethnomusicology, linguistics, history, neuroscience, philosophy, political science, psychology, public health, Spanish, sociology, women’s studies, and world heritage.

Assistant professor candidates should show promise of research excellence and creativity, while candidates for associate and full professor ranks should have a record of research excellence and creativity. Applicants should also demonstrate an ability to teach and train effectively at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Candidates with broad interests and the potential for active interdisciplinary collaboration are preferred.

Candidates may be affiliated with one or more academic units with the primary appointment being determined by the candidate’s research and teaching interests and qualifications.

In order to be considered, candidates must have a PhD in a field relevant to the topics of interest indicated above by the position start date.

When submitting your application, please be sure to specify your area(s) of specialization.  You may choose more than one option.

Applications must be submitted online. Completed applications must be received no later than November 1, 2016, in order to be considered. Interested applicants are required to submit 1) a cover letter detailing research area(s) of interest, thematic fit, and listing potential home academic unit(s); 2) curriculum vitae; 3) statement of research; 4) statement of teaching; 5) a minimum of one writing sample; 6) a contributions to diversity statement; and, 7) a list of five references with contact information including mailing address, phone number and e-mail address.

The contributions to diversity statement should describe your past experience, activities and future plans to advance diversity, equity and inclusion, in alignment with UC Merced’s mission to reflect the diversity of California and to meet the educational needs and interests of its diverse population. Some faculty candidates may not have substantial past activities. If that is the case, we recommend focusing on future plans in your statement. A more developed and substantial plan is expected for senior candidates.  For additional information on what should be included on your Diversity Statement, please visit http://facultyexcellence.ucsd.edu/c2d/index.html#Are-there-any-guidelines-for-wr.

Applicants for the Assistant Professor level should arrange to have three letters of reference submitted online.  After an application is submitted, the letters of reference should be electronically uploaded by the letter writers (instructions will be provided by the application system).  Letters of reference should be received no later than November 1, 2016.

Applicants for the Associate/Full Professor level should include a list of five references with their applications; letters of reference are not required at this time.  Once the search committee has determined the short list of candidates, the search committee chair will request letters of recommendation at that time.

The anticipated start date for this position is July 1, 2017.

Salary is commensurate with education, experience, and UC academic salary scales.

The University of California, Merced is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty, students and staff.

For additional information, please contact Christina Torres-Rouff at ctorres-rouff@ucmerced.edu

Applicants will be notified when the final candidate has been selected.

To apply, please visit our website: https://aprecruit.ucmerced.edu/apply/JPF00389


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