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Open Rank Professor Position in Sociology of Culture

Position overview

Position title: Assistant Professor, Associate Professor , Professor
Salary range: The posted UC salary scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and/or step at the time of appointment. See for the salary ranges. Off-scale salaries and other components of pay, i.e. a salary that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions. A reasonable estimate for this position is $90,000 - $130,000 at the Assistant Level $95,000 - $180,000 at the Associate level and $142,000 - $276,000 at the Professor level
Percent time: 100
Anticipated start: July 1, 2024

Application Window

Open date: August 17, 2023

Most recent review date: Friday, Oct 20, 2023 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 28, 2024 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 Sociology Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara, invites applications for a position in the area of culture, beginning July 1, 2024. The ideal candidate will have an active research agenda that engages in the sociological study of culture (topical specializations and methodologies are open), an outstanding publication record as demonstrated through peer reviewed journal articles and/or books, and demonstrated excellence in teaching, student mentorship, and professional and public service.

UCSB’s Sociology Department is ranked among the top 10 nationwide in the sociological subfield of culture. Within the department, culture is a core area that intersects deeply and broadly with all the other core and thematic areas of research and teaching. We seek to hire a scholar whose expertise in sociology of culture can add to the department’s strength, which lies in the rich theoretical, analytical, and methodological diversity of the faculty. The ideal candidate also can contribute teaching and mentoring excellence to serve our graduate program and our large and highly diverse undergraduate major.

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)

Applicants must currently have a PhD in sociology or a closely related social science discipline.

Preferred qualifications

Applicant's research and scholarship should focus on the sociological study of culture.

Active research program as demonstrated through publications in peer reviewed journals and/or books.

Topical specializations and methodologies in the field of culture are open. We are particularly interested in candidates with outstanding records of scholarly achievement.

Candidates with research and teaching experience that can add to the department’s rich theoretical, analytical, and methodological diversity.

Demonstrated excellence in teaching and student mentoring (Demonstrable via letters of reference, qualitative and/or quantitative evaluations (if available), past record of student mentoring, and/or via interview process).

Contributions to diversity and equal opportunity as demonstrated by commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive learning community, including evidence of engagement in relevant activities promoting equity, inclusion, and diversity, as applicable.

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Teaching

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.

  • Sampling of published materials

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

At time of application contact information only. Once the short-list is determined, the letter writers will be contacted via UC Recruit to submit reference letters.

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Job location

Santa Barbara, Ca