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Assistant Professor: Language and Social Justice

Position overview

Salary range: Salary is commensurate with qualifications and based on University of California pay scales.

Application Window

Open date: September 8, 2022

Next review date: Friday, Oct 14, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Saturday, Dec 31, 2022 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 (http://communication.ucsd.edu/) within the School of Social Sciences at the University of California San Diego is seeking to make an appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor, to begin Fall, 2023 in the following area:

Language and Social Justice: Our ideal candidate will have an active and creative research and teaching program that focuses on the relationship between language and struggles for social justice particularly as they occur around race, indigeneity, gender, disability, class and nationality. Also of interest is how language becomes an instrument for perpetuating systems of exclusion and inequality, and at the same time a vehicle for framing alternative visions that challenge such systems. Areas of specialization may include: language and globalization, including bilingualism and multilingualism; language and decolonization; language and migration; language and learning systems; language and media culture; multimodality; political, moral, and legal discourses related to language; and ecolinguistics (the relation between language and the environment). We are open to candidates trained in communication, relevant areas of linguistics (such as sociolinguistics) or other relevant fields.

Successful candidates will have strong methodological skills that augment the department’s interdisciplinary program and strengths in cultural and historical analysis, institutional analysis (including political economy), comparative analysis, ethnography and textual and discourse analysis, and community based participatory research. Candidates from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds and/or with a research focus on LatinX or other underrepresented language communities are encouraged to apply.

The Department of Communication and the University of California San Diego are committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body. We seek candidates who will maintain the highest standards of scholarship and professional activity and make a strong and meaningful contribution to the development of a campus climate that supports equality and diversity.

Qualifications

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Candidates are expected to have a Ph.D., or have advanced to candidacy in Communication, Linguistics, or other relevant field in the social sciences or humanities by time of application.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

Completion of PhD in Communication, Linguistics, or other relevant field in the social sciences or humanities by date of hire.

Preferred qualifications

Candidate is also expected to have significant training in social science identified by degrees and/or multiple years of work experience.

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter - A two to three page cover letter

  • Statement of Research - Statement detailing your research interests

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Applicants should summarize their past or potential contributions to diversity. See our Faculty Equity site for more information.

  • Writing Sample(s) - Writing sample(s) up to 50 pages total.

  • Statement of Teaching - Statement detailing your teaching experience and philosophy.

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)
Apply link: https://apol-recruit.ucsd.edu/JPF03337

Help contact: eedale@ucsd.edu

Campus Information

The University of California, San Diego is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, covered veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for the deadlines applicable to new University of California employees. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

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Job location

La Jolla, CA