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Assistant Professor in Environmental Justice

Position overview

Anticipated start: 07/01/2022

Application Window

Open date: November 1st, 2021

Last review date: Wednesday, Dec 1, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Sunday, May 1, 2022 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 University of California, Santa Barbara Department of Political Science seeks a scholar in environmental justice for a tenure-track appointment at the rank of assistant professor with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2022. The appointment may concentrate on any political science subfield, with a particular interest in scholarship that explores how the politics of race, ethnicity, and inequality intersect with regulation of the environment, energy production, and/or extractive resources. The candidate should have research that relates to the Department’s strong interdisciplinary focus in the study of the environment. We are open with respect to methodological or theoretical approach, but the candidate’s research should be theoretically informed and must demonstrate mastery of appropriate research methods.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values at UC Santa Barbara. Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, staff and students who share our commitment to these values. UCSB is the first Hispanic-Serving Institution in the American Association of Universities (AAU). We have a diverse undergraduate population, including also AAPI and first generation scholars. The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service as appropriate to the position.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

The completion of all requirements for a Ph.D. (or equivalent degree), except the dissertation, in Political Science (or related field) at the time of application.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

Ph.D. in Political Science or a related field

Preferred qualifications

Expertise in environmental justice, construed broadly
Fit with department foci (environment)
Teaching ability/promise
Publication record/promise
Evidence and/or promise of contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion in an academic community through research, teaching and/or service, as applicable.

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service. Reviewers will make note of the applicant's teaching contributions promoting diversity and equal opportunity, such as effective strategies used for the educational advancement of students in various under-represented groups, demonstrated contributions to the advancement of equitable access and diversity in education, and contributions furthering diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through the mentoring of scholars and students.

  • Teaching Evaluations (or other evidence of teaching effectiveness)

  • Writing Sample

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required

Reference letters will be evaluated during the initial candidate screening to determine the long shortlist.

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Campus Information

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 status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees must (a) provide proof of receiving at least one dose of a COVID-19 Vaccine no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment and provide proof of Full Vaccination no later than eight weeks after their first date of employment; or (b) if applicable, submit a request for Exception or Deferral no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location

Santa Barbara, CA