History Department: Assistant Professor, Pre-Colonial West or Central Africa (Initial Review 10/24/22)

Position overview
Position title: History Department: Assistant Professor, Pre-Colonial West or Central Africa
Salary range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience; academic year (nine-month basis).

Anticipated start: July 1, 2023, with the academic year beginning in September 2023. Degree requirements must be met by June 30, 2023 for employment effective July 1, 2023.

Application Window

Open date: August 24, 2022

Next review date: Monday, Oct 24, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Jun 30, 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 History Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for an Assistant Professor in pre-colonial West or Central Africa. Field of specialization is open, but the department is especially interested someone whose research and teaching contributes to our existing strengths in the history of women, gender, and sexuality; slavery; science and medicine; race, ethnicity, and empire; and/or environmental history. The successful candidate would support the department’s developing focus upon empire and transnational history, working with historians whose research engages the Atlantic World and the Americas. The candidate will also contribute to the campus’s Global Black Studies initiative; finally, this position would provide key transregional and chronological grounding for the developing programs in Critical Race and Ethnic Studies and Black Studies. The successful candidate must demonstrate the ability to teach undergraduate and graduate courses focused on the precolonial history of West and/or Central Africa, as well as more general courses on African history in the modern and early modern periods. The position carries a five-course-equivalency workload, which normally means teaching four courses over three quarters and carrying out other academic and professional service responsibilities.

UC Santa Cruz values diversity, equity, and inclusion and is committed to hiring faculty who support 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, research, 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: https://apo.ucsc.edu/diversity.html

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.)

Department: https://history.ucsc.edu/


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
Ph.D. (or equivalent foreign degree) in history or related discipline; evidence of research activity; demonstrated record in college or university teaching. It is expected that the degree requirement will be completed by June 30, 2023.

Application Requirements

Document requirements

• Cover Letter – Letter of application describing your research and teaching experience

• Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – Statement addressing your understanding of the barriers facing traditionally underrepresented groups and your past and/or future contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through teaching and professional or public service. Candidates are urged to review guidelines on statements (see https://apo.ucsc.edu/diversity.htmlhttps://apo.ucsc.edu/diversity.html) before preparing their application.

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

• Writing sample (1 of 2 required) – i.e. published work, unpublished work, or dissertation chapter

• Writing sample (2 of 2 required) – i.e. published work, unpublished work, or dissertation chapter

• Writing sample (1 of 2 optional) – i.e. published work, unpublished work, or dissertation chapter

• Writing sample (2 of 2 optional) – i.e. published work, unpublished work, or dissertation chapter

Reference requirements

• 3-5 letters of reference required

Applications must include confidential letters of recommendation* (a minimum of three are required and a maximum of five 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 UCSC’s confidentiality statement at http://apo.ucsc.edu/confstm.htm.
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Help contact: [email protected]

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 University’s 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 https://www.uscis.gov/e-verify). The university sponsors employment-based visas for nonresidents who are offered academic appointments at UC Santa Cruz (see https://apo.ucsc.edu/policy/capm/102.530.html).

UCSC is a smoke & tobacco-free campus.

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

UCSC is committed to addressing the spousal and partner employment needs of our candidates and employees. As part of this commitment, our institution is a member of the Northern California Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (NorCal HERC). Visit the NorCal HERC website at https://www.hercjobs.org/regions/higher-ed-careers-northern-california/ to search for open positions within a commutable distance of our institution.

The University of California offers a competitive benefits package and a number of programs to support employee work/life balance. For information about employee benefits please visit https://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/compensation-and-benefits/index.html

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/5000695/SARS-CoV-2_Covid-19.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. New University of California employees should refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for applicable deadlines. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements. Additional information and resources for compliance are located on the campus https://healthcenter.ucsc.edu/services/covid-19/covid-vaccine.html.

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Job location: Santa Cruz, California

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