Assistant Professor, Youth Studies- UCSC (Closing Date: 10/1/13)

Assistant Professor, Youth Studies

The Latin American and Latino Studies Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for a position in Youth Studies, at the Assistant Professor (tenure-track) level. The position is open with respect to substantive focus. We seek candidates whose research focuses on youth studies, with an emphasis on the processes and implications of how youth actively reinvent and mobilize around their identities, construct social, cultural and communicative or media practices, or engage in active civic and political life in areas such as public education, representation, gender, sexual and racial equality, or immigration reform. The candidate’s work should demonstrate expertise in transnationalism. While we are open to the specific issues that the successful candidate would focus on in his/her research, we seek to hire a youth studies professor whose approach will fit the department’s four substantive themes: cultural flows/cultural politics, collective action/social movements, social inequalities, or transnational migration.

The Department of Latin American and Latino Studies has a strong tradition of collaborative and interdisciplinary work, and we especially encourage applications from strongly qualified candidates eager to extend their teaching and research activities across departmental and disciplinary boundaries.

The ability to contribute significantly to graduate education and the mentoring of graduate students is highly desirable. The successful candidate must be able to work with students, faculty and staff from a wide range of social and cultural backgrounds. We are especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community, and we encourage both domestic and international candidates to apply.

SALARY: Commensurate with qualifications and experience

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. in Social Science or Humanities field, or other related field, is required by June 30, 2014. Demonstrated record of research and university teaching.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Proficiency in Spanish, Portuguese or an indigenous language in the Americas.

POSITION AVAILABLE: July 1, 2014, with academic year beginning September 2014. Position contingent upon

TO APPLY: Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system, and must include Curriculum Vitae, Letter of Application, sample of written work, research statement, pedagogy statement, three confidential letters of reference*, teaching evaluations (optional). Applicants are invited to submit a statement addressing their contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files

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*All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSC’s confidentiality statement at

CLOSING DATE: Review of applications will begin on October 01, 2013.

To ensure full consideration, applications should be complete and letters of recommendation received by this date.

The position will remain open until filled, but not later than 6/30/2014.

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