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Associate Professor Transborder Literature and Culture (Mexico and the Mexico-US Border)

Application Window

Open date: November 3, 2022

Next review date: Thursday, Dec 15, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Nov 3, 2023 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 Literature at the University of California, San Diego invites applications for an Associate Professor of Transborder Literature and Culture, beginning fall 2023.

We seek a specialist on border literatures and cultures with the ability to teach in Spanish and English courses for Chicanx and Latinx Studies, Latin American Studies, and the Literature Department. In addition to literature, the candidate’s subareas of specialization might include but not be limited to film, performance studies, visual art, music, TV and digital culture. Intersectional approaches to border cultural production and ability to draw transnational connections with other borderlands in Latin America and elsewhere, as well as expertise in Indigenous studies, would be welcome additions to the candidate’s profile.

The successful candidate should expect to assume equitable administrative duties in the Literature Department and be prepared and willing to lead the Spanish Section and other initiatives related to our Latinx communities and student populations on campus.

This position is one of 14 new ladder-rank faculty positions in the Latinx Cluster Hire Initiative (LCHI) at UC San Diego. The LCHI aims to increase faculty diversity, innovative research, and culturally relevant curriculum and mentorship through increased engagement and collaboration between various departments across campus with the Chicanx and Latinx Studies (CLS) and Latin American Studies (LAS) programs. Faculty hired under LCHI will have multiple opportunities to contribute to UC San Diego’s transformation from an emergent Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) to a full-status HSI that meets the curricular and cultural needs of Latinx, URM, and first-generation students. This includes faculty engagement with scholars across disciplines to address issues of race and racism, access and equity, and social and political debates pertinent to Chicanx, Latinx, and Latin American Studies, while also working within their home departments and professional communities. Faculty hired under LCHI will be expected to design and teach undergraduate courses that align with the CLS and LAS academic programs. They will also be expected to serve as faculty affiliates in CLS and/or LAS and mentor undergraduate students in one or both programs.

We seek candidates whose research, teaching, and service will advance UC San Diego’s transition to HSI and/or anti-racism, anti-oppression, equity, and social justice with a focus on the Latinx/Chicanx community. We especially welcome candidates whose professional experience, community engagement, and personal background have facilitated their understanding of and ability to better serve students from traditionally underrepresented communities in higher education. Faculty are expected to have an inclusive approach to mentoring and advising that incorporates working with women and underrepresented undergraduate and graduate students.

Salary is based on the University of California salary scales.

Authorization to work in the US must be provided at the start of the appointment (Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1985).

Qualifications

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
  • PhD in related disciplines
  • Competence in Spanish and English is expected
Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

None

Preferred qualifications
  • An MFA and/or a creative practice would be considered an added bonus
  • Expertise on the cultural production of the Tijuana-San Diego borderlands region is preferred
  • Competence in additional languages is a plus

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Cover Letter - A brief summary of past, current, and future research, teaching, and service/leadership

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

  • Statement of Research

  • Writing Sample - In English, Spanish and/or some combination of the pair

  • Teaching Portfolio - Sample syllabi, recent student evaluations, Teaching Statement, proposed courses for the department

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

  • Authorization to Release Form - Applicants must complete, sign and upload this form. See Institutional Reference Check (https://aps.ucsd.edu/recruitment/background_check/) for more information.

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Reference requirements
  • 3 letters of reference required

Please add contact names and requested information (click on the prompt to contact references, which generates an email to these references). Request your dossier services to upload reference letters to your online application web page.

Apply link: https://apol-recruit.ucsd.edu/JPF03417

Help contact: litadm@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