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Assistant Professor of Latino/a/x Politics, Department of Political Science

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 - $130,000 at the Assistant Level.
Anticipated start: 7/01/2024

Application Window

Open date: October 11, 2023

Most recent review date: Saturday, Nov 11, 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 University of California, Santa Barbara Department of Political Science seeks a scholar of Latino/a/x Politics for a tenure-track appointment at the rank of assistant professor. The appointment may concentrate on any political science subfield of American politics, with a particular interest in scholarship that explores how race and racism shapes the way(s) in which the Latino/a/x community engages in the political process and/or institutions. All methodological and theoretical approaches are welcome, including ones that feature interdisciplinarity and intersectionality in exploring substantive topics on migration, citizenship, gender, human rights, and social movements. 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. Thus, the University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service. The department requires all applicants to submit a Statement of Contributions to Diversity addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through
research, teaching, and service. Reviewers will make note of the applicant's teaching contributions promoting diversity and equal opportunity in the initial review stages, 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.


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 related field

Preferred qualifications
  1. Expertise in Latino/a/x Politics, construed broadly
  2. Teaching ability/promise
  3. Publication record/promise
  4. 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.

  • Writing Sample

  • Teaching Evaluations (or other evidence of teaching effectiveness)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required

Applicants should provide the names and contact information for 3-5 references and must request letters of reference within the system in order to complete application requirements. Reference letters will be evaluated during the initial candidate screening to determine the long shortlist.

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Job location

Santa Barbara, CA