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University of California Santa Cruz
  • Position Number: 4742253
  • Location: Santa Cruz, CA
  • Position Type: Liberal Arts - Sociology

Sociology: Assistant Teaching Professor of Community Engagement and Technology (initial review Nov. 27, 2023)

Position overview
Position title: Assistant Teaching Professor of Community Engagement and Technology
Salary range: The salary range for this position is $98,000-$110,000 academic year (nine-month basis). The posted UC salary scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and/or step at appointment. "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. See salary scales titled (Faculty--Ladder Ranks--Professor Series)

Percent time: Full-time, 100%

Anticipated start: July 1, 2024, with the academic year beginning in September 2024. Degree requirements must be met by June 30, 2024 for employment effective July 1, 2024.

Application Window

Open date: September 23, 2023

Next review date: Monday, Nov 27, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

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 Sociology Department ( at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for an Assistant Teaching Professor of Community Engagement and Technology to support the Everett Program ( and other community engaged student learning in the department. The Sociology Department is a mid-sized department with approximately 20 faculty, 6 staff, 30 graduate students, and 600 undergraduate students, and also offers the Global Information and Social Enterprise Studies (GISES) course sequence associated with the Everett Program.

This Everett Program assistant teaching professor position will bolster a thriving program on applied technology and community engagement that attracts a diverse student body from across campus to the programs interdisciplinary minor and intensive Sociology major, and helps build synergies between Sociology and other initiatives on campus and across the UC, including the Public Interest Technology University Network ( and Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society ( Students in the Everett Program develop technology-linked applied projects with community partners, both locally and globally, simultaneously supporting their own learning and the social justice goals of their community partners.

We seek candidates whose expertise includes practical experience and scholarly achievement at the intersection of technology and social change, particularly the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to help address critical social and environmental problems. Examples of experience and expertise could include: participatory mapping and community geographic information systems (GIS); photo-voice; non-profit technology use and management; links between technology and activism/organizing; interactive data visualizations; the use of ICTs in international development work (ICT4D); appropriate technology; and other participatory research and community development processes. Experience in project management, monitoring and evaluation, and social entrepreneurship is also desirable. This is a permanently funded position with the potential for security of employment. The successful candidate will be expected to primarily teach at the undergraduate level and mentor students in applied project development. The successful candidate must be committed to advancing the equity and inclusion goals of the Everett Program, be an excellent teacher, and able to work with students, faculty, staff and community partners 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 through their research, scholarly activity, and service.

UC Santa Cruz values diversity, equity, and inclusion and is committed to hiring faculty who will work to advance these values. UC Santa Cruz is a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) with a high proportion of first-generation students We welcome candidates who understand the barriers facing historically oppressed groups in higher education (as evidenced by life experiences and educational background) and who can clearly articulate participation in equity and diversity advancement efforts with respect to teaching, mentoring, creative/professional activity, and service towards building an equitable and scholarly environment. Activities promoting equity and inclusion at UC Santa Cruz will be recognized as important university service during the faculty promotion process. More information can be found:

Assistant Teaching Professor, (Sociology Department); The Assistant Teaching Professor title confers the rights and responsibilities of membership in the Academic Senate, and it has the payroll title "Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment (LPSOE)". An LPSOE is eligible for promotion to "Security of Employment", which is analogous to tenure. The Associate Teaching Professor and Teaching Professor titles confer the rights and responsibilities of membership in the Academic Senate, and they have the payroll title of "Lecturer with Security of Employment (LSOE)" and "Senior Lecturer with Security of Employment (SLSOE)" respectively. LSOE and SLSOE are analogous to tenure.

The chosen candidate will be expected to sign a statement representing that they are not the subject of any ongoing investigation or disciplinary proceeding at their current academic institution or place of employment, nor have they in the past ten years been formally disciplined at any academic institution/place of employment. In the event the candidate cannot make this representation, they will be expected to disclose in writing to the hiring Dean the circumstances surrounding any formal discipline that they have received, as well as any current or ongoing investigation or disciplinary process of which they are the subject. (Note that discipline includes a negotiated settlement agreement to resolve a matter related to substantiated misconduct.)

Sociology Department:


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
Ph.D. (or equivalent foreign degree) in sociology or related social science field, or in a technical field, such as computer science, with a strong focus on technology for the public good. It is expected that the degree requirement will be completed by June 30, 2024.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system; all documents and materials must be submitted as PDFs.
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter - Letter of application that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position.
  • Teaching Statement**
  • Statement on Contributions to advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion** - Statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at UC Santa Cruz. Candidates are urged to review guidelines on statements (see before preparing their application.

    ** Initial screening of applicants will be based only on the teaching statement and the statement on contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Statement of Professional Achievement and Activity - A statement that summarizes your professional and creative activities relevant to the advertised position.
  • Sample course syllabus (1 required)
  • Sample course syllabus (1 of 2 optional) (Optional)
  • Sample course syllabus (2 of 2 optional) (Optional)
  • Student evaluations (up to three preferred) (Optional)
  • Sample of published material - Minimum of one, up to three articles and/or book chapters - if submitting multiple, please combine into one PDF.

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required

Applications must include confidential letters of recommendation* (a minimum of 3 are required and a maximum of 5 will be accepted). Please note that your references, or dossier service, will submit their confidential letters directly to the UC Recruit System.

*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 UCSCs confidentiality statement at
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Campus Information

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees. Inquiries regarding the Universitys equal employment opportunity policies may be directed to the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 or by phone at (831) 459-2686.

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check (see The university sponsors employment-based visas for nonresidents who are offered academic appointments at UC Santa Cruz (see

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If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact Disability Management Services at (831) 459-4602.

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