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Assistant Professor in Latina/o/x/e-Centered Communication Research

Position overview

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 - $135,000 at the Assistant Level.
Percent time: 100%
Anticipated start: 07/01/2024

Application Window

Open date: October 4, 2023

Most recent review date: Monday, Nov 6, 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: Sunday, Jun 30, 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 Department of Communication at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in the area of Latina/o/x/e-centered communication research. The Department seeks to hire a scholar who conducts theory-driven, culturally-informed, applied research on communication processes centering Latina/o/x/e communities. We desire candidates whose scholarship complements or extends at least one of the department’s three core areas in interpersonal and intergroup communication; media and digital communication; and organizational and group communication, as well as any of our cross-cutting emphases in health, community engagement, family, science, environmental, political, or global approaches to communication. We welcome a wide range of empirical approaches to research, including qualitative, quantitative, and/or mixed methods. The ideal candidate would further strengthen the department’s relationship with, for example, the Chicano Studies Institute, the Migration Initiative, the Center for Information Technology and Society, the Orfalea Center for Global & International Studies, or the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management. The candidate would connect with UCSB’s vibrant group of scholars who are deeply committed to engaging in research, teaching, and service that uplifts Latina/o/x/e communities. As a Hispanic-Serving Institute with a large Latina/o/x/e undergraduate student population (~28%), candidates are expected to have expertise or demonstrated commitment to providing inclusive and equitable teaching and mentoring to students from Latina/o/x/e communities; knowing, understanding, and challenging the systemic barriers that Latina/o/x/e communities face in higher education and in the discipline; and engaging in service at the department, university, and/or disciplinary levels that prioritizes Latina/o/x/e communities. 

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.

UCSB is ranked in the top 7 public universities in the United States, and the Department of Communication is ranked 5th in worldwide comparisons. UCSB is a designated Hispanic Serving Institution and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution. It offers several programs to support incoming faculty, including housing assistance ( and various grant support programs.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

All applicants must have minimally completed all requirements for a Ph.D (or equivalent) in a Communication or related social science field except dissertation by the time of application.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

A Ph.D. (or equivalent) in communication or a related social scientific field is required by the time of appointment.

Preferred qualifications

Candidates should have a strong record of publishing theoretically oriented, rigorous empirical research; and an appreciation of the broader implications of their work.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Cover Letter - A cover letter that highlights your qualifications, research agenda, and teaching capabilities.

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

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

  • Evidence of Teaching Effectiveness

  • Publication #1 - Published or completed research.

  • Publication #2 - Published or completed research.

  • Publication #3 - Published or completed research.

Reference requirements
  • 3 letters of reference required

Please include the names, contact information, and be sure to trigger the solicitation request for each of your letter writers in order to be considered "complete". Please note: These letters are solicited through UCRecruit, and not offline.

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Job location

Santa Barbara, CA