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Assistant Professor in Critical Race + Media Studies

Position overview

Position title: Assistant Professor
Salary range: The posted UC salary scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and/or step at the time of appointment. See Table 1 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 $78,700 - $102,200 at the Assistant Professor level.
Percent time: 100% FTE
Anticipated start: July 1, 2024

Application Window

Open date: October 18, 2023

Most recent review date: Monday, Nov 27, 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 Film and Media Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara is conducting a search for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the area of Critical Race + Media Studies. We invite applications from scholars who work at the intersections of critical race studies and film/media studies. Candidates are expected to have demonstrated expertise in at least one of the following areas, with a clear focus on media and race: data studies; media industries; emergent technologies/STS (e.g. computer-based algorithms, AI, sensors, CGI); environmental media; gender and sexuality studies; radical and revolutionary traditions (e.g., Black Marxism, Subaltern studies, decolonial epistemologies); critical ethnic studies; Indigenous studies; critical legal studies; biopolitics and governance; sports studies; cultural studies; or other critical approaches foregrounding the intersection of media and race, ethnicity, class, or caste.

We are interested in work that is interdisciplinary and global in orientation. We welcome perspectives that generate fresh ways of historicizing media cultures and cartographies; extend theorizations of embodiment, sensing, and affect; critique media industries and their reorganization of the social; and contend with the power operations and predicaments of film and media. Our new colleague will be expected to teach in our core curriculum, and develop courses in their area of expertise. They will ideally participate in existing research clusters and centers within our department, including the Carsey-Wolf Center, the Global Media Technologies and Cultures Lab, and Wireframe Studio; as well as those associated with other departments, programs, and centers on campus, such as Asian American Studies, Black Studies, Chicano and Chicana Studies, the Hemispheric Souths Initiative, the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies, the American Indian and Indigenous Studies program and the Area Global Initiative.

The position begins July 1, 2024.

The faculty of the Department of Film and Media Studies engages in scholarship and pedagogy encompassing multiple scholarly approaches and a dynamic understanding of film and media study. We are a robust department with over 600 undergraduate majors and 30 doctoral students. With this appointment we seek to extend the department’s scholarly and curricular strengths and advance our department’s commitment to diverse, interdisciplinary research and teaching.
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.

In 2023-24, UC Santa Barbara departments are partnering with the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to launch a special faculty recruitment initiative named after Benjamin Banneker, the 18th-century African American mathematician, astronomer, antiracist, engineer, ecologist, and peace advocate. Funded by an Advancing Faculty Diversity grant from the UC Office of the President, the Banneker Initiative will recruit scholars, scientists, and engineers whose disciplinary and interdisciplinary work would take place within the community of concerns exemplified by Banneker’s intellectual, ethical, and social commitments as an African American scientist, especially his desire to advance scientific and humanistic knowledge for the public good.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
  • The minimum qualification to be considered for this position is the completion of all requirements for a PhD except the dissertation at the time of application
  • Teaching experience at the university or college level defined as a minimum of one year as teaching assistant or instructor of record.
Additional qualifications (required at time of start)
  • Evidence of an active research agenda
  • Completion of PhD by September 1, 2024
Preferred qualifications
  • At least one year of teaching experience as instructor of record at university or college level
  • Evidence of a strong commitment to teaching as indicated by syllabi, teaching evaluations, reference letters, or candidate teaching statement
  • Record of peer-reviewed publications
  • Demonstrated interest in and use of innovative teaching methods and tools

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Letter of Application - A letter of application outlining current and future research plans and teaching experience

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

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

  • Writing Sample - One writing sample (article or chapter-length).

  • Sample Syllabi

  • Optional: Teaching Statement and/or Teaching Evaluations (Optional)

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

Provide names and contact information for three academic references. References for candidates who are advanced to the shortlist will be contacted via email.

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Job location

Santa Barbara, CA