This page lists faculty positions at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs as they become available. For staff positions, search the database at the UCLA Careers website.

Current Faculty Openings

Associate or Full Professor in Social Welfare

Start date: Fall 2018

The UCLA Department of Social Welfare in the UCLA Meyer and Renee Luskin School of Public Affairs is searching for tenure-track faculty at the rank Associate or Full Professor with mental health expertise, to join a distinguished Department with more than a 65-year tradition of educating and serving ethnically and culturally diverse urban populations. The Department of Social Welfare is in the process of dynamic growth. We are currently introducing three new areas of concentration in our MSW curriculum: Social and Economic Justice, Health and Mental Health Across the Life Span, and Child and Family Well-Being, and launching a schoolwide undergraduate major in Public Affairs in the fall of 2019.

Candidates will be considered for the Marjorie Crump Chair within the Department of Social Welfare. The Endowed Chair is a five-year appointment and is for a distinguished scholar whose research addresses cutting edge and innovative issues in the field of social welfare. Ideal mid-career and senior candidates should be able to provide leadership in securing extramural research funding, including the potential for center grants. In addition, applicants should have an MSW degree, a doctorate in social welfare or a related field, and demonstrated success as a productive scholar as evidenced by publications in top-tier journals in social welfare and related fields.

The Department of Social Welfare welcomes candidates whose experience in teaching, research, or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. Applicants should have teaching and research interests in mental health or a related field. We are especially interested in applicants who focus on mental health disparities, community-based mental health interventions, and/or mental health policy. Faculty candidates are expected to teach foundation and advanced courses in the MSW program and mentor PhD students in their areas of expertise. We are seeking those who are able to teach direct practice and human behavior in the social environment. Applicants should have experience in mentoring and outreach to diverse groups of students.

The University, Department and School: UCLA is consistently ranked among the top research universities across the nation and around the world. The Department of Social Welfare is the only social work program in Southern California housed in a major public research university, and has the unique advantage of being situated in an interdisciplinary school of public affairs along with highly ranked departments of Urban Planning and Public Policy.

Position is open until filled, but early inquiries are encouraged. Applications will be reviewed beginning September 15, 2017. To apply, submit a cover letter, CV, and the names & addresses 3 references ONLINE to: https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/apply/JPF03140 . For questions related to the position, please contact Search Committee Chair and Professor Todd Franke at tfranke@g.ucla.edu.

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. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Social Welfare

Start date: Fall 2018

The Luskin School of Public Affairs at the University of California, Los Angeles (www.luskin.ucla.edu) is presently recruiting for a faculty member at the level of Assistant Professor to join its distinguished Department of Social Welfare, with a 65-year tradition of educating and serving diverse urban populations. The Department’s mission is to promote excellence in research and leadership for 21st century social policies and practices, from local to global settings. It seeks an early-career candidate with post-doctoral research and teaching experience and a demonstrated record in publishing and securing external funding in the area of Social and Economic Justice. The Department of Social Welfare is in a process of dynamic growth. We are currently introducing three new areas of concentration in our MSW curriculum: Social and Economic Justice, Health and Mental Health Across the Life Span, and Child and Family Well-being, and launching a school-wide undergraduate major in Public Affairs in the fall of 2019.

Ideal candidates for this position of Assistant Professor are investigating social inequalities and disparities by conducting research to understand their root causes, and/or to address these inequalities through existing or innovative interventions and social policies. They are developing, using, and teaching state-of-the-art research methodologies and have experience in community outreach and engagement. Appropriate areas of investigation can include philosophies of social justice and distribution of wealth, poverty, labor and employment, social justice organizing and activism, housing and homelessness, environmental justice, positive youth and adult criminal justice, immigration, disabilities, race and ethnicity, or any area within social and economic justice with a demonstrated relevance for social welfare.

The Department of Social Welfare welcomes candidates whose experience in teaching, research, or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in social welfare, social work or in a related social science, health science, or policy field; have a robust research and research dissemination agenda; and be prepared to teach at the Masters, Ph.D., and Undergraduate levels. An MSW degree is preferred. All faculty in the Luskin School of Public Affairs (including the departments of Social Welfare, Urban Planning, and Public Policy) have opportunities to participate in current initiatives in global affairs, digital technologies, the environment, democracy and inequality, and social justice, equity, and opportunity. Applicants should have experience in mentoring and outreach to diverse groups of students.

The position is open until filled. Interested persons are strongly encouraged to apply before September 15, 2017. To apply, submit a cover letter outlining your research and teaching interests and accomplishments, a complete curriculum vita, and the names and addresses of three references online at: https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/apply/JPF03142. For questions related to the position contact the Chair of the Search Committee, Professor David Cohen (cohen@luskin.ucla.edu).

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. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.

Assistant Professor in Social Policy — UCLA Luskin Public Policy

Start date: Fall 2018

We welcome applicants for the position of Assistant Professor of Public Policy whose research is relevant to social policy. We seek a scholar whose research advances our knowledge of policies that address the economic and social disparities—inclusive of differences in geography, race, and ethnicity. His or her research may deepen our understanding of the changing dynamics of labor-market opportunities or how employment contributes to the social welfare of individuals and families. Successful candidates will have doctorates in Economics, Political Science, Political Economy, Public Policy, Sociology, or a related field. Applicants’ research should have important public policy implications. A Ph.D. or equivalent is required by the time of appointment.

We are a collegial, interdisciplinary department within a school of public affairs located at an excellent and diverse public university in one of the greatest cities in the world. We offer a Master of Public Policy degree, are developing an undergraduate major, and help train doctoral students from varied departments across campus.

A letter of interest, CV, three reference letters, and a research paper should be submitted to UCLA Recruit. In your cover letter please provide examples of public policy courses that you could teach. You may also submit an optional diversity statement with examples of your contribution to diversity-related research, teaching, and/or service. Applications are due October 1, but they will be reviewed as received until this position is filled.

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. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.

Learn More: Please visit luskin.ucla.edu/jobs to learn more about this position and other academic opportunities with the Luskin School of Public Affairs.

Requirements:

• Curriculum Vitae: Please provide your most recent CV
• Cover Letter: Please additionally provide examples of public policy courses that you could teach
• Research Paper
• Diversity Statement: Please submit a statement with examples of contributions to diversity-related research, teaching, and/or service (optional)
• Three letters of reference

Assistant Professor in Immigration and/or Migration Policy — UCLA Luskin Public Policy

Start date: Fall 2018

We welcome applicants for the position of Assistant Professor of Public Policy whose research is relevant to understanding immigration and/or migration. We seek a scholar whose research advances our understanding of the causes and consequences of these population movements. He or she may also study the social, political, economic, and demographic realignments that migrants produce in their communities of destination or origin. Successful candidates will have doctorates in Economics, Political Science, Political Economy, Public Policy, History, Sociology, Psychology or a related field. Applicants’ research should have important public policy implications. A Ph.D. or equivalent is required by the time of appointment.

We are a collegial, interdisciplinary department within a school of public affairs located at an excellent and diverse public university in one of the greatest cities in the world. We offer a Master of Public Policy degree, are developing an undergraduate major, and help train doctoral students from varied departments across campus.

A letter of interest, CV, three reference letters, and a research paper should be submitted at https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/apply/JPF03189. In your cover letter please provide examples of public policy courses that you could teach. You may also submit an optional diversity statement with examples of your contribution to diversity-related research, teaching, and/or service. Applications are due October 1, but they will be reviewed as received until this position is filled.

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. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.

Learn More: Please visit our website at www.luskin.ucla.edu/jobs to learn more about this position and other academic opportunities with the Luskin School of Public Affairs.

Requirements
• Curriculum Vitae: Please provide your most recent C.V.
• Cover Letter: Please additionally provide examples of public policy courses that you could teach
• Research Paper
• Diversity Statement: Please submit a statement with examples of contributions to diversity-related research, teaching, and/or service (Optional)
• Three letters of reference

Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Planning and the Environment — UCLA Luskin Urban Planning

Start date: Fall 2018

UCLA’s Department of Urban Planning invites applicants for a tenure-track faculty position in Planning and the Environment. As we confront the immediate and long-range challenges of large-scale environmental change, particularly the impacts of climate change, the ability to understand and integrate complex knowledge systems and approach planning for uncertain futures becomes increasingly critical. We welcome a broad range of research interests around the central concerns of planning for the environment. Specific research topics might include structures of environmental governance, rethinking the politics of environmental services, planning for climate change mitigation and adaptation, resilience, urban ecologies and urban sustainability, ecological economics, environmental economics, environmental modeling, critical environmental assessments, energy transitions, political ecology, and planning topics related to science and technology studies.

Our focus is on scholars with core expertise in U.S. domestic environmental analytics, but we welcome those with global and related perspectives. We also welcome scholars from a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches, and from multidisciplinary backgrounds, including but not limited to planning, public policy, environmental science, ecology, geography, science and technology studies, environmental ethnography, and political science. We expect the new colleague to take the lead in advancing collaborative and interdisciplinary research on the natural and built environments of cities and regions at UCLA, including with colleagues at the Fielding School of Public Health, the Institute of Environment and Sustainability, the Anderson School of Management, Environmental Engineering, Geography, Anthropology, and the Law School.

The Department of Urban Planning, in the Luskin School of Public Affairs, currently hosts 16 tenured/tenure-track planning faculty, seven affiliated tenured/tenure-track faculty, four visiting practice faculty, five active professors emeriti, 38 Ph.D. students, 148 master’s students, and 60 undergraduate minors across its large, diverse, and highly selective Ph.D., master’s, and undergraduate programs. We have a tradition of intellectual leadership in urban and regional studies and design, and our faculty, students, and alumni have long been known for their passionate commitment to social justice and progressive planning ideals.

Los Angeles is a global city renowned for its dynamism, robust economy, rich cultural diversity, and spectacular climate. The Department of Urban Planning has the unique advantage of being situated in an interdisciplinary school of public affairs along with highly ranked departments of Social Welfare and Public Policy. All faculty in the Luskin School of Public Affairs (including the departments of Social Welfare, Urban Planning, and Public Policy) have opportunities to participate in current initiatives in global affairs, digital technologies, the environment, democracy and inequality, and social justice, equity, and opportunity.

UCLA offers competitive salary and attractive benefits packages, including a housing assistance program for new faculty members. The University of California seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the people of California, to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning. The Department of Urban Planning in particular is committed to diversity and excellence in our faculty, students, and scholarship, and we especially encourage candidates who share and can contribute to this commitment. A separate statement that addresses past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion should also be included in the application materials.

 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. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.

While we expect to appoint at the rank of Assistant Professor, applicants and appointments at all levels will be considered. The successful candidate is expected to hold a Ph.D. in urban planning or a related discipline. The expected start date is July 1, 2018. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. All materials must be submitted via UCLA Academic Recruit by Monday, November 13, 2017, to be guaranteed full consideration.

Please visit http://luskin.ucla.edu/open-positions/ for other related academic opportunities. You are welcome to apply for multiple positions, but you must submit your applications separately for each position of interest.

Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Justice and the Environment — UCLA Luskin Urban Planning

Start date: Fall 2018

The Department of Urban Planning and the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at UCLA invite applicants for a tenure-track faculty position in Justice and the Environment. We understand justice in the environment broadly and welcome applicants with research interests in institutions, policies, social and cultural practices, and economies that influence the equity of environmental outcomes with respect to social, racial and cultural divisions. Research focus areas might include analysis of risk and vulnerability; urban environmental governance, institutions, and justice; the intersection of urban environmental justice with human rights, migration, labor, or technology; environmental justice in relaton to class, gender, and race; environmental justice in relation to formal and informal urbanism; and climate justice.

We are open to scholars with domestic and global perspectives in environmental planning, and with a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches. Relevant disciplinary backgrounds include but are not limited to anthropology, economics, environmental science, ethnic studies, geography, history, planning, political science, and sociology. We expect the new colleague in this joint position to help advance collaborative and interdisciplinary research.

The Department of Urban Planning, in the Luskin School of Public Affairs, currently hosts 16 tenured/tenure-track planning faculty, seven affiliated tenured/tenure-track faculty, four visiting practice faculty, five active professors emeriti, 38 Ph.D. students, 148 master’s students, and 60 undergraduate minors across its large, diverse, and highly selective Ph.D., master’s, and undergraduate programs. We have a tradition of intellectual leadership in urban and regional studies and design, and our faculty, students, and alumni have long been known for their passionate commitment to social justice and progressive planning ideals. The Department of Urban Planning has the unique advantage of being situated in an interdisciplinary school of public affairs along with highly ranked departments of Social Welfare and Public Policy. All faculty in the Luskin School of Public Affairs (including the departments of Social Welfare, Urban Planning, and Public Policy) have opportunities to participate in current initiatives in global affairs, digital technologies, the environment, democracy and inequality, and social justice, equity, and opportunity.

The Institute of the Environment and Sustainability’s (IoES) primary mission is to identify, study and provide solutions for regional and global environmental problems, and to educate the next generation of scholars and leaders. The Institute achieves this mission though its 12 core faculty, over 60 affiliated faculty from across UCLA, an undergraduate B.S. in Environmental Science program, an interdisciplianry Ph.D. program, and a Doctorate in Environmental Science and Engineering program. The IoES emphasizes community engagement, practical experience, and a commitment to science communication. Through its eight centers, the institute supports a wide range of research, education, and outreach activities that span the breadth of academic disciplines at UCLA, with the important goal of encouraging interdisciplinary research and policy.

Los Angeles is a global city renowned for its dynamism, robust economy, rich cultural diversity, ecological diversity and new approaches to solving environmental challenges. UCLA offers competitive salary and attractive benefits packages, including a housing assistance program for new faculty members. The University of California seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the people of California, to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning. The Department of Urban Planning and the IoES are committed to diversity and excellence in our faculty, students, and scholarship, and we especially encourage candidates who share and can contribute to this commitment. A separate statement that addresses past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion should also be included in the application materials.

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. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.

While we expect to appoint at the rank of Assistant Professor, applicants and appointments at all levels will be considered. The successful candidate is expected to hold a Ph.D. in urban planning or a related discipline at the time of appointment. The expected start date is July 1, 2018. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. All materials must be submitted via UCLA Academic Recruit by Monday, November 13, 2017, to be guaranteed full consideration.

Please visit the IoES (https://www.ioes.ucla.edu/) and Luskin School (http://luskin.ucla.edu/) websites for other related academic opportunities. You are welcome to apply for multiple positions, but you must submit your applications separately for each position of interest.

Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Latina/o Urban Issues — UCLA Luskin Urban Planning

Start date: Fall 2018

UCLA’s Department of Chicana/o Studies and Department of Urban Planning invite applications from Urban Studies scholars for a tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor. We seek an innovative thinker who will be a leading scholar of urban issues in Latino communities. We welcome applicants with varied research interests within this broad area, including but not limited to neighborhood change, community development, social mobility, race and ethnicity, immigration, and urban planning in minority communities. We are open to scholars with interest in any geographical area, but we have a slight preference for finding a colleague who emphasizes the study of Los Angeles or its region in their research. The selected candidate will have a joint appointment in both departments and will take the lead at UCLA in advancing collaborative and interdisciplinary research on Latina/o Urban Studies.

The César E. Chávez Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies, in the College of Letters and Science, currently hosts 15 tenured/tenure-track faculty, seven jointly appointed faculty from a variety of disciplines, 12 visiting lecturers, 34 Ph.D. students and over 500 undergraduate majors and minors. The department reflects not just the growth of UCLA’s Chicano/Latino student body, but also more seismic demographic changes in Los Angeles, California, and the nation. It strives to fortify the connection between UCLA and its surrounding urban context and the chosen candidate will assist in these efforts with overlapping commitments to academic achievement, teaching excellence, as well as equity, diversity and inclusion.

The Department of Urban Planning, in the Luskin School of Public Affairs, currently hosts 16 tenured/tenure-track planning faculty, seven affiliated tenured/tenure-track faculty, four visiting practice faculty, five active professors emeriti, 38 Ph.D. students, 148 master’s students, and 60 undergraduate minors across its large, diverse, and highly selective Ph.D., master’s, and undergraduate programs. We have a tradition of intellectual leadership in urban and regional studies and design, and our faculty, students, and alumni have long been known for their passionate commitment to social justice and progressive planning ideals. The Department of Urban Planning has the unique advantage of being situated in an interdisciplinary school of public affairs along with highly ranked departments of Social Welfare and Public Policy. All faculty in the Luskin School of Public Affairs (including the departments of Social Welfare, Urban Planning, and Public Policy) have opportunities to participate in current initiatives in global affairs, digital technologies, the environment, democracy and inequality, and social justice, equity, and opportunity.

Los Angeles is a global city renowned for its dynamism, robust economy, rich cultural diversity, and spectacular climate. UCLA offers competitive salary and attractive benefits packages, including a housing assistance program for new faculty members. The University of California seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the people of California, to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning. The Department of Urban Planning in particular is committed to diversity and excellence in our faculty, students, and scholarship, and we especially encourage candidates who share and can contribute to this commitment. A separate statement that addresses past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion should also be included in the application materials.

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. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.

While we expect to appoint at the rank of Assistant Professor, applicants and appointments at all levels will be considered. The successful candidate is expected to hold a Ph.D. in Urban Planning, Urban Studies, Chicana/o Studies, or a related social science discipline at the time of appointment. The expected start date is July 1, 2018. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. All materials must be submitted via UCLA Academic Recruit by Monday, November 13, 2017, to be guaranteed full consideration.

Please visit the Chicana/o Studies (http://www.chavez.ucla.edu/) website and the Luskin School (http://luskin.ucla.edu/) website for other related academic opportunities. You are welcome to apply for multiple positions, but you must submit your applications separately for each position of interest.

Faculty Position in Latino social, economic and political issues

Start date: Fall 2018

The UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, in partnership with the Chicano Studies Research Center (CSRC) at UCLA, seeks an advanced assistant or tenured associate professor in the general fields of Latino social, economic, and political issues. (A starting full professor may be appointed under extraordinary circumstances.) A successful applicant should be appointable in one or more of three departments in the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs: Public Policy, Social Welfare or Urban Planning.

The UCLA Luskin School is an interdisciplinary environment that focuses on human well-being at every level of analysis. As part of this mission, the School, the CSRC, and UCLA’s Division of Social Sciences have launched the Latino Policy and Politics Initiative, with the goal of establishing a multifaceted think tank working on a broad range of challenges faced by the California Latino plurality. Latinos in the U.S. face a multitude of challenges beyond immigration, including issues such as voting rights, environmental racism, K12 educational equity, quality health care, job opportunities, higher education access, worker protection, and criminal justice reform among many others. Scholars of all methodological traditions, interested in any of these substantive areas, as well as others, are invited to apply.

Applicants should hold a Ph.D. in Social Welfare, Public Policy, Urban Planning or any of the cognate fields of Sociology, Political Science, Psychology, Economic, Law, etc., and be interested in problem-driven research and teaching. The UCLA Luskin School offers master’s degrees in the three fields, doctoral degrees in Urban Planning and Social Welfare, and in 2018 will be launching an undergraduate major in Public Affairs. In addition to three departments, the School has several large and thriving research institutes focused on various aspects of governance, social well-being, and solution seeking for challenging issues. UCLA is the largest and most comprehensive campus in the UC system, with 45,000 students seeking degrees across the liberal arts and sciences and professional schools, located in the second largest city in the nation and the largest Spanish-speaking city in the nation. By consensus, UCLA is regularly identified in the top five of all public universities in the U.S., and the top 15 of universities, public and private.

Position is opened until filled, but early inquiries are encouraged. Applications will be reviewed beginning Sep. 15, 2017. To apply, go to UC Recruit, submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, writing sample/representative publications and three letters of recommendation to: https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/apply/JPF03247. For questions related to the position, please contact Julie Straub at jstraub@luskin.ucla.edu.

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. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.

We welcome candidates whose experience in teaching, research, or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence.

Please visit our website for other academic opportunities in the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs.