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Professor of Education - Civil Rights

Position overview

Position title: Professor of Education

Application Window

Open date: September 3rd, 2021

Next review date: Monday, Nov 1, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Wednesday, Dec 1, 2021 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

The Department of Education in the School of Education & Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles announces an opening for a position in the Professor series whose appointee will serve as Director of the Civil Rights Project/ Proyecto Derechos Civiles (CRP/PDC). The successful candidate will be appointed with tenure to the rank of either associate or full professor.

The Civil Rights Project, the nation’s premiere research center on racial justice, is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2021, has strong support at UCLA, and enjoys an international reputation with affiliates across the U.S. and several other countries. The CRP/PDC has been very visible over its 25 years as it has produced many hundreds of research and policy reports, scholarly articles, Supreme Court briefs, and dozens of books, as well as organizing and headlining numerous scholarly and public policy events. The project is known for its focus on racial diversity research and policy, which often involves work with civil rights groups and agencies. Its mission has never been more critical as the US undergoes a massive demographic transition, enormous tension, and a renewed social movement for racial equality. The CRP/PDC is uniquely situated to mobilize academic resources to support this transition with a strong infrastructure and wide network of dedicated and outstanding scholars.

Although housed in the School of Education and Information Studies, CRP/PDC is very interdisciplinary. Active faculty have appointments in education, law, political science and urban planning, as well as affiliations with the UCLA Bunche Center for African American Studies, Chicano Studies Research Center, and the Latino Public Policy Institute in the Luskin School of Public Affairs. Students from several parts of the UCLA campus have worked on CRP/PDC research projects, many of whom now hold tenure in major universities. Currently the CRP/PDC has an excellent coordinator, a strong data analyst, and an outstanding post-doctoral scholar who will work with the new Director; a project on civil rights remedies headed by Attorney Daniel J. Losen; and a network of collaborators and alumni in many of the nation’s leading universities. The new Director will assume full leadership responsibility as the current co-directors phase out of administration to concentrate on their own scholarship and assist in fund raising activities.

The basic qualification for this position is a PhD (or equivalent) in Education or a social science discipline and/or a JD degree.

The successful candidate must have a strong program of social science research that informs our understanding of how to achieve racial and ethnic equity as society moves through the great transformations of the 21st century. The candidate’s record must also meet the UCLA standards for appointments with tenure. Preference will be given to candidates with the following:

• Strong familiarity with quantitative methods and large data sets and ability to supervise such research;
• Demonstrated interest and skill in producing policy documents;
• Publications for public policy audiences;
• Strong leadership and organizational skills;
• Track record of working collaboratively and productively with a variety of scholars and stakeholders in different disciplinary areas;
• Skill in fundraising to support research and infrastructure;
• Deep experience addressing issues and challenges faced by members of African American, Latino, Asian Pacific Islander, or Native American communities within the context of a multiracial society across different types of institutions;
• Skill in working across racial and ethnic boundaries;
• Knowledge of civil rights law or history.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Professor Sandra Graham, Search Committee Chair,
SALARY: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
START DATE: Appointment to begin July 1, 2022


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

    A PhD (or equivalent) in Education or a social science discipline and/or a JD degree.

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Teaching

  • Statement on Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - An EDI Statement describes a faculty candidate’s past, present, and future (planned) contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion. To learn more about how UCLA thinks about contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, please review our Sample Guidance for Candidates and related EDI Statement FAQ document.

  • Sample Publication #1

  • Sample Publication #2

  • Sample Publication #3 (Optional)

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)

Please include contact information only for minimum 3 references. References will be contacted if application is selected to move to the final round interviews.

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Campus Information

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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. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.

Job location

Los Angeles, CA