University of California, Merced — Assistant Teaching Professor of Sociology

The Sociology Department at the University of California, Merced invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Teaching Professor position. We seek applicants with teaching interests in a wide variety of areas, especially those who can teach multiple required undergraduate courses (introductory sociology, research methods, statistics, and theory) as well as contribute to departmental and campus-wide curricular initiatives such as writing intensive, internship, and capstone courses. Applicants with interest in and/or experience with teaching undergraduate statistics will be given priority. Other areas of teaching specialty are open and may include (but are not limited to): sociology of health, gender, race and ethnicity, political sociology, critical criminology, and law and society. Candidates with teaching experience in any substantive areas are encouraged to apply, but we are particularly interested in applicants that can offer a breadth of courses and demonstrate past teaching effectiveness. The successful candidate will be expected to primarily teach at the undergraduate level and mentor students and graduate instructors. The successful candidate must be committed to the equity and inclusion, 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 Assistant Teaching Professor title confers the rights and responsibilities of membership in the Academic Senate and has the payroll title Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment (LPSOE). An LPSOE is eligible for promotion to “Security of Employment,” which is analogous to tenure.

This is a unique opportunity to join the faculty at the newest University of California campus, where we are building a world class faculty and have the opportunity to work with a wonderfully diverse and engaged undergraduate and graduate student population.

In order to be considered, candidates must have a PhD in sociology by the position start date; a strong record of teaching effectiveness; and, demonstrable interest in working with students from diverse backgrounds.

We seek outstanding teachers who will establish and maintain creative teaching programs; participate in creating a senior capstone course at UC Merced; participate actively in the development of graduate student and lecturer teaching; and, teach effectively at the undergraduate level.

The anticipated start date for this position is July 1, 2020.

Applications must be submitted online. Completed applications must be received no later than October 1, 2019, in order to be considered. Interested applicants are required to submit 1) a cover letter; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) statement of teaching; 4) one writing sample; 5) a contributions to diversity statement; 6) teaching materials (syllabi, a statement of teaching philosophy, course evaluations, sample class activities, examples of student work, description of pedagogical training activities, and/or peer and student evaluations of teaching); 7) statement of professional and/or scholarly achievement and activity; and 8) a list of 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. For additional information on what should be included on your Diversity Statement, please visit

Applicants for the Teaching Professor position 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 October 1, 2019.

The University of California is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and invites applications from all qualified applicants, including women, minorities, veterans, and individual with disabilities, who will enrich the teaching, research and public service missions of the university. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.

The UC Merced Department of Sociology is committed to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty dedicated to teaching and working in a multicultural environment, and strongly encourages applications from ethnic and racial minorities and members of other underrepresented groups.

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

For additional information, please contact Laura Hamilton at

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

To apply, please visit our UC Merced job posting at:

The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses. With 8,500 undergraduate and graduate students (, UC Merced is committed to interdisciplinary excellence in research and teaching as well as to diversity, equity and inclusion. Ranked as one of the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced provides outstanding educational opportunities to highly qualified students from the heart of California, the nation, and abroad. The campus has special connections to nearby Yosemite National Park; is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design; and supports the economic development of Central California. The Merced 2020 Project doubled the physical capacity of the campus, and enhanced academic distinction, student success, and research excellence (