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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: March 20, 2024

Most recent review date: Friday, May 17, 2024 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: Thursday, Mar 20, 2025 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 from scholars of Native American and Indigenous politics — in American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, or Political Theory — for appointment at the rank of tenure-track Assistant Professor to begin July 1, 2024.

We seek candidates whose research, teaching, and service will advance scholarship in the area of Native American and Indigenous politics by:

  • Building and maintaining a record of high quality scholarship and professional activity.
  • Providing meaningful service including contributions to a campus and professional community that prioritizes equity, inclusion, and diversity, as well as engagement with Native American and Indigenous communities.
  • Teaching and advising undergraduate and graduate students (typically 4 courses per year; 3 undergraduate and 1 graduate).
  • This search is part of the Designing Just Futures Cluster Hire Initiative at UC San Diego which aims to recruit diverse faculty engaging in innovative and interdisciplinary research at the intersections of design and social justice and that prioritize Indigenous, Black, and migrant Futures. Faculty hired under this initiative will be affiliated with the UC San Diego Design Lab and the Indigenous Futures Institute and would be expected to teach at least one design course as part of their departmental load.


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.
Preferred qualifications

We are particularly interested in scholars with expertise in Native American and Indigenous politics.

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 describe how their research advances social justice and strengthens Indigenous sovereignty.

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

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

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required

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Job location

La Jolla, CA