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Current Faculty Openings

The Departments of Asian American Studies and Urban Planning, in partnership with the Asian American Studies Center (AASC) at UCLA, invite applications from scholars in Asian American studies, ethnic studies, urban studies, urban planning, and urban design for a tenure-track/tenured appointment at the Assistant or Associate Professor level. We seek an innovative thinker who already is or has the potential to become a leading scholar of urban form and built environment issues in Asian American communities and whose work will play an important role in shaping future policy debates. We welcome applicants who adopt a spatial lens to research topics within this broad area, including but not limited to neighborhood change, community development, spatial practices in formal and informal urbanism, and social and cultural identity in the built environment. We are open to scholars with a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches.

The UCLA Department of Asian American Studies is one of the largest Asian American Studies programs in the nation, which includes 20 core faculty and 11 affiliated faculty. The Department offers a Master of Arts degree and two concurrent degree programs: Asian American Studies MA/Public Health MPH with the Fielding School of Public Health Department of Community Health Sciences; and Asian American Studies MA/Social Welfare MSW with the Luskin School of Public Affairs Department of Social Welfare. As a field, Asian American Studies emerged at UCLA half a century ago to serve the demands of diverse constituencies united by a need to link community engagement, innovative scholarship, and principled change. To address those needs, our field has prioritized interdisciplinary approaches to labor, migration, gendered racialization, empire, sexuality, and myriad forms of organizing, resistance, community, and creativity. Through our research, teaching, and service, we have maintained a commitment to social and economic justice by providing a home in the academy for envisioning and implementing those objectives.

The Department of Urban Planning in the Luskin School of Public Affairs currently hosts 23 tenured/tenure-track planning faculty, six affiliated tenured/tenure-track faculty, six long-term adjunct/practice faculty, two active emeriti professors, 35 PhD students, and 160 Master of Urban and Regional Planning students. Our faculty also teach in the Luskin Public Affairs undergraduate program, which currently has nearly 800 students enrolled in the Major. 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 the interdisciplinary Luskin 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.

This appointment resides jointly in the Departments of Asian American Studies and Urban Planning. The appointee will also be associated with the Asian American Studies Center and join its Faculty Advisory Committee. The Asian American Studies Center is one of the four ethnic studies centers in the UCLA Institute of American Cultures established in 1969 with over 50 Faculty Advisory Committee members. It publishes Amerasia Journal, AAPI Nexus, and numerous books, reports and policy briefs. It has launched the AAPI Policy Initiative with 18 active research and action projects and is translating Asian American and Pacific Islander Studies scholarship for K-12 and undergraduate education. The Asian American Studies Center and the Institute of American Cultures will offer the person hired an additional community of scholars with related interests.

Los Angeles is a global city renowned for its dynamism, robust economy, rich cultural diversity, and spectacular climate. UCLA offers a 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 successful candidate is expected to hold a PhD in Asian American Studies, Ethnic Studies, Urban Planning, Urban Studies, or a related social science discipline at the time of appointment. The expected start date is July 1, 2022. To be guaranteed full consideration, all materials must be submitted via UCLA Academic Recruit by October 29, 2021. To apply, please submit (1) a CV and brief cover letter, (2) a research statement of fewer than 1,000 words highlighting scholarly contributions of recent research and plans for the near future, (3) one publication or writing sample that best represents your work, (4) a statement of fewer than 500 words that describes your approach to teaching, lists undergraduate and graduate courses you could teach, and briefly describes one of these courses, and (5) a statement that addresses past and/or potential contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion. You should also ask three referees who know you and your work well to submit letters of recommendation on your behalf.

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.

The Department of Social Welfare at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs seeks to hire a tenure-track faculty member at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of Social Welfare, Black Life, and Racial Justice. This search is a partnership between the Department of Social Welfare and the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies as part of the campus-wide effort to rise to the challenge of racial and social justice at UCLA, sponsored by the Office of the Chancellor and the Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost.

We seek a scholar who studies the U.S. Black experience and whose research and teaching has direct relevance for social welfare policy, practice and/or theory. In particular, we wish to recruit a scholar whose research focuses on one or more of the following areas: the impact of policing and criminal justice policies on Black communities, the welfare state and the impact of welfare and other social programs and economic policies on Black families, economic and community development in relation to Black neighborhoods; Black health and wellness. We are especially interested in a scholar who brings a critical perspective to research, teaching, and service — including but not limited to Black feminism, abolitionism, critical race theory, Black diasporic studies, Black history — and whose work has the potential to dismantle systems of anti-Blackness and white supremacy and advance racial justice policies and practices.

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in Social Welfare, African American Studies, Sociology, Ethnic Studies, Geography, Gender Studies, History, Political Science, Psychology, Public Health, or a related social science discipline, have a robust research agenda, and be prepared to teach and mentor students at the undergraduate, Master’s, and Ph.D. levels. A MSW degree is welcomed but not required.

Applicants are asked to submit a cover letter, CV, a research statement of less than 500 words highlighting scholarly contributions of recent research and plans for the near future, one publication or writing sample, a teaching statement of less than 500 words outlining teaching experience and philosophy, a statement that addresses past and/or potential contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, and three references. In such material, we hope to see evidence of a career trajectory with robust potential for scholarship and teaching, a demonstrated commitment to Black studies and racial justice, and an active interest in sharing such scholarship and/or working with Black communities, movements and community organizations.

The Department of Social Welfare currently hosts 19 tenured/tenure-track faculty, 4 adjunct faculty, and 6 full-time Field Education faculty. It serves approximately 200 MSW students and 40 doctoral students. Department faculty also teach undergraduate students in the Luskin School’s major in Public Affairs. The Department has a proven track record of social and racial justice pedagogy. Most recently, in collaboration with the UCLA Luskin Black Caucus, students and faculty in the department have created, and are now implementing, an Action Plan to Address Anti-Blackness and Racism.

The UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs is an interdisciplinary school with highly ranked departments of Urban Planning 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 school initiatives in race, class, and inequality; global public affairs; digital technologies and data science; environment; and inequality and democracy. This position joins two other recently filled positions in the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs concerned with Black life and the Black experience: Critical Black Urbanism in the Department of Urban Planning and the Black American experience in the Department of Public Policy. Faculty in the school and department have ongoing collaborations with ethnic studies departments and centers at UCLA. We expect that the faculty member who holds this position will benefit from, and strengthen, existing linkages to the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies, the Department of African American Studies, and other relevant units.

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 expected start date is July 1, 2022. All materials must be submitted online by October 1, 2021, to be guaranteed full consideration. Questions about the search should be directed to Professor Ananya Roy, chair of the search committee: ananyaucla@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