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Assistant Professor of Political Science - Designing Just Futures

Position overview

Position title: Assistant Professor
Salary range: A reasonable salary range estimate for this position is $124,500 - $137,600.
The posted UC academic salary scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and/or step at appointment. See the following table for the salary scale for this position:
The base salary range, from the salary table(s), for this position is $$70,900-$92,800.
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, qualifications, and experience. ​​
Additional UCSD salary information can be found here:

Application Window

Open date: August 25, 2023

Most recent review date: Monday, Sep 25, 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 Political Science within the School of Social Sciences at the University of California, San Diego invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor as part of UCSD’s Designing Just Futures Cluster Hire Initiative, to begin July 1, 2024. We are committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body. We welcome applications from subfields across political science (American, Comparative, International Relations, Political Theory and Methods) and other disciplines that focus on the unique political, legal, economic, and cultural status of Indigenous nations, and their relationships to local, state, and federal governments.

We seek candidates whose research, teaching, and service will advance scholarship and institutional solutions for addressing systemic and structural inequities and advancing UCSD’s commitment to Indigenous inclusion, anti-racism, anti-oppression, equity, and social justice. We especially welcome candidates whose professional experience, community engagement, and personal background have facilitated their understanding of and ability to better serve students from Indigenous and other underrepresented populations.

This search is part of a UC San Diego-wide cluster hire on Designing Just Futures that aims to recruit scholars, artists, or practitioners who can contribute to the advancement of design, social justice, and futures and seeks engagement across disciplines to address issues of territory, access and equity, and social and political debates pertinent to Native American, Indigenous, Black, and migrant communities, while also working within their home departments and professional communities. Faculty hired under this initiative will join the UC San Diego Design Lab and the Indigenous Futures Institute to forge a new paradigm of engagement and collaboration that draws on the geographic, academic, institutional, and cultural strengths of our tri-national region across Southern California, Baja California, and the Kumeyaay region.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Must currently hold a PhD in Political Science or a related field or be currently pursuing a PhD with ABD status.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

Must hold a PhD in Political Science or related field by start date of appointment as Assistant Professor.

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter - Description of training, research, and teaching experience and interests.

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

  • Designing Just Futures Statement - Applications should include a Designing Just Futures Statement wherein applicants describe how they are currently or planning to engage in frameworks focused on futures, futurities, and/or futurism at the intersections of design and social justice that prioritize Indigenous communities.

  • Research Materials - May include research statement, publications, working papers, dissertation chapters, etc.

  • Teaching Materials - May include teaching statement, evaluations, course materials, etc.

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required
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Job location

La Jolla, CA