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Assistant Professor in African American History

Position overview

Position title: Assistant Professor in African American History
Salary range: Salary is based on UC salary scales and depends on qualifications.
Percent time: 100
Anticipated start: 07/1/2023

Application Window

Open date: October 28, 2022

Most recent review date: Monday, Nov 28, 2022 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: Friday, Jun 30, 2023 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 History at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in twentieth-century African American history, to begin July 1, 2023. We welcome applications from scholars who research any aspect of the African-American experience in the twentieth century, with a preference for candidates who focus on one or more of the following: gender, culture, social life, social movements, environment, identity, and community. We are especially interested in candidates who engage African American history in a transnational frame. We are also interested in candidates whose work connects with scholars of comparative race and ethnicity and African and African-diaspora history in our department and with scholars in UCSB’s Department of Black Studies. The department seeks candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, professional activity, and service. The successful candidate will contribute to the department’s undergraduate and graduate curriculum.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

The minimum requirement to be considered for this position is the completion of all requirements for a PhD, except the dissertation (or equivalent), at the time of application.

Preferred qualifications

PhD in History or a related field (or equivalent degree). Original and significant research, clarity of writing and argument; ability to collaborate with colleagues in the department and in related fields at UCSB; ability to add to diversity through teaching, mentorship, research, and service; and demonstrated knowledge of the subject in teaching and research area are preferred.

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service. The diversity statement will be reviewed for evidence of teaching, research, professional and/or public service contributions that promote 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 participation in such activities as recruitment, retention, and mentoring of scholars and students.

  • Writing Sample - A writing sample (approximately 30–35 pages in length) is required. If not provided at time of application, semi-finalists may be asked to provide additional writing samples.

  • Syllabi Sample - If not provided at time of application, semi-finalists may be asked to provide sample syllabi.

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required

Three letters of recommendation required. Applicants must trigger the letter solicitations through UC Recruit. Letters will be used to assess the candidate's teaching and scholarly credentials to help select those who will be seriously considered.

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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 Policy on Vaccination Programs – With Updated Interim Amendments. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine Primary Series or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, Religious Objection, and/or Deferral based on pregnancy or recent COVID-19 diagnosis and/or treatment) no later than the applicable deadline. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of receiving the most recent CDC-recommended COVID-19 booster or properly decline such booster no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees should refer to Exhibit 2, Section II.C. of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Attachment for applicable deadlines. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of being Up-To-Date on seasonal influenza vaccination or properly decline such vaccination no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to the Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Program Attachment. (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