UCLA's Department of Chicana/o Studies and Department of Urban Planning invite applications from Urban Studies scholars for a tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor. We seek an innovative thinker who will be a leading scholar of urban issues in Latino communities. We welcome applicants with varied research interests within this broad area, including but not limited to neighborhood change, community development, social mobility, race and ethnicity, immigration, and urban planning in minority communities. We are open to scholars with interest in any geographical area, but we have a slight preference for finding a colleague who emphasizes the study of Los Angeles or its region in their research. The selected candidate will have a joint appointment in both departments and will take the lead at UCLA in advancing collaborative and interdisciplinary research on Latina/o Urban Studies.
The César E. Chávez Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies, in the College of Letters and Science, currently hosts 15 tenured/tenure-track faculty, seven jointly appointed faculty from a variety of disciplines, 12 visiting lecturers, 34 Ph.D. students and over 500 undergraduate majors and minors. The department reflects not just the growth of UCLA’s Chicano/Latino student body, but also more seismic demographic changes in Los Angeles, California, and the nation. It strives to fortify the connection between UCLA and its surrounding urban context and the chosen candidate will assist in these efforts with overlapping commitments to academic achievement, teaching excellence, as well as equity, diversity and inclusion.
The Department of Urban Planning, in the Luskin School of Public Affairs, currently hosts 16 tenured/tenure-track planning faculty, seven affiliated tenured/tenure-track faculty, four visiting practice faculty, five active professors emeriti, 38 Ph.D. students, 148 master’s students, and 60 undergraduate minors across its large, diverse, and highly selective Ph.D., master’s, and undergraduate programs. We have a tradition of intellectual leadership in urban and regional studies and design, and our faculty, students, and alumni have long been known for their passionate commitment to social justice and progressive planning ideals. The Department of Urban Planning has the unique advantage of being situated in an interdisciplinary school of public affairs along with highly ranked departments of Social Welfare and Public Policy. All faculty in the Luskin School of Public Affairs (including the departments of Social Welfare, Urban Planning, and Public Policy) have opportunities to participate in current initiatives in global affairs, digital technologies, the environment, democracy and inequality, and social justice, equity, and opportunity.
Los Angeles is a global city renowned for its dynamism, robust economy, rich cultural diversity, and spectacular climate. UCLA offers competitive salary and attractive benefits packages, including a housing assistance program for new faculty members. The University of California seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the people of California, to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning. Both the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies and the Department of Urban Planning are committed to diversity and excellence in our faculty, students, and scholarship, and we especially encourage candidates who share and can contribute to this commitment. A separate statement that addresses past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion should also be included in the application materials.
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.
While we expect to appoint at the rank of Assistant Professor, applicants and appointments at all levels will be considered. The successful candidate is expected to hold a Ph.D. in Urban Planning, Urban Studies, Chicana/o Studies, or a related social science discipline at time of appointment. The expected start date is July 1, 2018. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. All materials must be submitted via UCLA Academic Recruit by Monday, November 13, 2017, to be guaranteed full consideration.
Please visit the Chicana/o Studies (http://www.chavez.ucla.edu/) website and the Luskin School (http://luskin.ucla.edu/) website for other related academic opportunities. You are welcome to apply for multiple positions, but you must submit your applications separately for each position of interest.
Curriculum Vitae - Please attach your C.V. Be sure to clearly identify all publications, the author order, and whether the publication was refereed. Note as well all courses taught, co-taught, and (if applicable) in which you served as a Teaching Assistant.
Cover Letter - In a statement of around 250 words, please describe your interest in the position.
Statement of Research - In a statement of around 750 words, please describe your approach to research, the principal questions that motivate your work, your past research accomplishments, and your plans for the future.
Statement of Teaching - In a statement of around 500 words, describe your approach to teaching and mentoring. List all current UCLA courses you would be willing and able to teach, as well as new courses that you would like to develop and teach.
Statement of Contributions to Diversity - In a statement of around 500 words, please describe your personal and professional contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through research, teaching, and/or service.
Misc / Additional - Please attach up to two pieces of written work that best reflect your scholarship.