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

Field Work Consultant – CalSWEC Title IV-E

POSITION:  Field Work Consultant, Academic Year (9 month), 100% time.

OVERVIEW:  Responsible for the operation and implementation of field education experiences for students that focus on the delivery of the CalSWEC Title IV-E competencies.  Includes the development of educational programs for students and collaboration and coordination with public and private agencies in Los Angeles, and surrounding counties.  Candidate will be expected to teach courses and to support the recruitment of students for the CalSWEC program.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Consults with field agency field instructors and/or preceptors to develop fieldwork sites for students.
  • Identifies, develops, and provides training, seminars and other field work support that focus on the delivery of the CalSWEC Title IV-E competencies,  for field instructors, preceptors, and students to enhance the field work placement experience.
  • Works and collaborates with the Principal Investigator, Director of Field Education, CalSWEC Coordinator, and other Field Education Faculty to plan and implement educational experiences and activities for the field education program.
  • Works and collaborates with the CalSWEC Project Coordinator and other the CalSWEC instructional and field faculty in the development and teaching of the enhanced CalSWEC model which includes:  PCW Practice Series, Specialized Seminars, and Field Projects.
  • Facilitates and functions as field faculty in assigned field practicum seminar.
  • Interprets school policies and requirements; monitors and evaluates students’ progress; advises CalSWEC students; evaluates field instructors and agency’s performance; mediates problems and/or disputes.
  • Assists in the development of student orientations, field education coursework, and field instructor trainings.
  • Contributes to relevant written materials as needed, e.g. field manual, learning agreements, school policies that impact the field education curriculum and support the internships.
  • Monitors and evaluates liability, malpractice, and risk management issues for students and agencies.  Provide due process, input, and feedback for agencies, field instructors, and students.
  • Supports the job search procedures and requirements and employment monitoring systems for Title IV-E students.
  • Participates in departmental committees, curriculum development and special projects, as assigned.
  • Teaches in the MSW program.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Incumbent must possess a Master’s Degree in Social Work
  • Demonstrated success in agency based social work practice
  • Supervisory experience of both staff and students in the role of field instructor
  • Incumbent must have excellent communication skills – written and oral
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse populations
  • Minimum five years experience with a minimum of two years experience in public child welfare and specifically in Child Protective Services (i.e., LAC DCFS)
  • Experience teaching at instructor level at a University

SALARY:   $85,000 – $100,000

CLOSING DATE:  November 21, 2019

APPLICATIONSApplications must be submitted online at https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/JPF05091 and may be addressed to:

Gerry Laviña, LCSW, Director of Field Education
University of California, Los Angeles
Meyer and Renee Luskin School of Public Affairs
Department of Social Welfare
3250 Public Affairs Building
Box 951656
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1656

 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 policy and affirmative action policy see:  UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.

Social Welfare Scholars with Expertise in Child and Family Well-Being

The UCLA Department of Social Welfare in the Meyer and Renee Luskin School of Public Affairs invites applications for two (2) tenured or tenure track positions, one at the rank of Assistant Professor and the other at the rank of Associate Professor, with an expected start date of July 1, 2020. We seek to recruit one scholar with a focus on child welfare. Topics of interest include but are not limited to public child welfare, foster care, child maltreatment, child, family, or systems-focused interventions, or child welfare policy. In addition we seek to recruit one scholar with a focus on early childhood in the context of the family system. Topics of interest include but are not limited to parenting, attachment, childcare, intergenerational processes, family-focused interventions involving young children, or family policy.

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 is advantageously situated in the interdisciplinary Luskin School of Public Affairs along with highly ranked departments of Urban Planning and Public Policy. We are one of the nation’s most diverse departments of social welfare, and were recently ranked third in scholarly impact among all 76 doctoral degree granting social work/social welfare programs. Both the Department and the Luskin School are experiencing dynamic growth. In addition, our Department has a 65-year tradition of educating and serving ethnically and culturally diverse urban populations.

For the Assistant Professor position, we seek an individual with:

  • A demonstrated potential for substantial scholarly impact in social welfare and related fields.
  • A successful record of teaching at any level and the potential for strong mentoring at the doctoral
  • A deep understanding of diversity and social justice issues embedded in teaching, research, and
  • A commitment to collaborative relationships across the Department, School, University, and other institutions.
  • A demonstrated potential for leadership in department and university life.
  • A demonstrated record of applying for external and internal grants, including through federal sources such as NIH, NSF, IES, foundations and other funders, such as State and local agencies.

Basic Qualifications for the Assistant Professor position: To be considered, applicants must have earned a PhD prior to July 1st 2020 in Social Work/Social Welfare or a related field. An MSW degree is required.

Assistant Professor applications will be accepted until October 1, 2019.  Candidates should submit the following items via UCLA Recruit (https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/JPF04805):

  1. An updated curriculum vitae.
  2. A cover letter focused on the relevance of the candidate’s work in child and family well-being. The letter should specifically address:
    1. Scholarly interests and accomplishments.
    2. Teaching philosophy, interests and achievements.
  3. A statement on contributions to equity, diversity and inclusion describing past, present, and future (planned) contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion in scholarship and teaching.
  4. Three letters of reference submitted online by the candidate’s referees no later than November 1, 2019. After an application is submitted by the candidate, the letters of reference may be electronically uploaded by the letter writers (instructions will be provided by the application system).

For the Associate Professor position, we seek a candidate who has acquired tenure at the rank of Associate Professor. The successful candidate will have a growing national and/or international reputation for high impact, funded scholarship in the area of child and family well-being, contribute expertise on vulnerable and at-risk children and families, and provide strategic and academic leadership to the Department and the Luskin School of Public Affairs. Candidates should have:

  • A demonstrated record of receiving grants or contracts including through federal sources such as NIH, NSF, IES, foundations and other funders, including State and local.
  • A demonstrated track record of successfully disseminating research with substantial impact in social welfare and related fields.
  • A strong record of teaching at any level and mentoring at the doctoral
  • A deep understanding of diversity and social justice issues embedded in teaching, research, and
  • A commitment to collaborative relationships across the Department, School, University, and other institutions.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills, commitment to mentoring across the academic ladder, and outstanding departmental and university

Basic Qualifications for Associate Professor position: To be considered, applicants must currently hold a tenured faculty position in Social Work/Social Welfare or a related field.

An MSW degree is strongly preferred.

The Associate Professor position will be open until filled, but early inquiries are encouraged. Applications will be reviewed beginning October, 2019.  Candidates for the Associate Professor position should submit the following items via recruit (https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/JPF04810):

  1. An updated curriculum vitae.
  2. A cover letter focused on the relevance of the candidates work in child and family well-being. The letter should specifically address:
    1. Scholarly interests and accomplishments.
    2. Teaching philosophy, interests and achievements.
  3. A statement on contributions to equity, diversity and inclusion describing past, present, and future (planned) contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion in scholarship and teaching.
  4. A list of three individuals willing to provide a letter or recommendation. Letters are not required at this time. Once the search committee has determined a short list of candidates, the search committee chair will request letters of recommendation.

Interested candidates are encouraged to contact the Search Committee Chair for the Assistnat and Associate Professor positions: Dr. Todd Franke (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.

Assistant Professor with Expertise in Technology and Health/Mental Health Across the Lifespan

The UCLA Department of Social Welfare in the Meyer and Renee Luskin School of Public Affairs invites applications for a full-time, tenure track Assistant Professor faculty position with an expected start date of July 1, 2020. Candidates whose experience in research, teaching, and community service has prepared them to contribute to excellence and diversity are encouraged to apply. We seek a scholar who studies technology and health/mental health across the lifespan. This includes, but is not limited to, the examination of issues concerning technology-based behavior change; the effects of technology and social media on health/mental health; social welfare interventions that leverage digital technology to promote behavioral health and wellbeing (e.g., tele-health, mHealth); technology-based skills training for social workers; information technology and health/mental health care delivery. Both policy- and practice-oriented scholars in the area of technology and health/mental health will be considered for the position.

UCLA is consistently ranked among the top research universities across the nation and around the world. The Department of Social Welfare is advantageously situated in the interdisciplinary Luskin School of Public Affairs along with highly ranked departments of Urban Planning and Public Policy. We are one of the nation’s most diverse departments of social welfare, and were recently ranked third in scholarly impact among all 76 doctoral degree granting social work/social welfare programs. Our current full-time programs include: doctorate (Ph.D.) in social welfare, masters in social welfare and bachelor of arts in public affairs. Both the Department and the Luskin School are experiencing dynamic growth. In addition, our Department has a 65-year tradition of educating and serving ethnically and culturally diverse urban populations.

For this Assistant Professor position, we seek an individual with:

  • A demonstrated potential for substantial scholarly impact in social welfare and related fields.
  • A successful record of teaching at any university level and the potential for strong mentoring at the doctoral Ability to teach courses in our MSW’s Health/Mental Health across the Lifespan area of concentration and our newly launched undergraduate major in public affairs.
  • A deep understanding of diversity and social justice issues embedded in teaching, research, and
  • A commitment to collaborative relationships across the Department, School, University, and other institutions.
  • A demonstrated potential for leadership in department and university life.
  • A demonstrated record of applying for external and internal grants, including through federal sources such as NIH, NSF, IES, foundations and other funders, such as State and local agencies.

Basic qualifications to be considered for the position:

  • Applicants must have earned a Ph.D. prior to July 1st 2020 in Social Work/Social Welfare or a related field.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • An MSW degree is strongly preferred.

The position will be open until October 1, 2019.  Candidates should submit the following items via UCLA Recruit: https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/JPF04844

  1. An updated curriculum vitae.
  2. A cover letter focused on the relevance of the candidate’s work in technology and health/mental health across the lifespan. The letter should specifically address:
    1. Scholarly interests and accomplishments.
    2. Teaching philosophy, interests and achievements.
  3. A statement on past, present and future (planned) contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion in scholarship and teaching.
  4. Three letters of reference submitted online by the candidate’s referees no later than November 1, 2019. After an application is submitted by the candidate, the letters of reference may be electronically uploaded by the letter writers (instructions will be provided by the application system).

Interested candidates are encouraged to contact the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Ian Holloway, by email at holloway@luskin.ucla.edu or by phone at 310-825-7840.


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 Faculty Position in Critical Black Urbanism

The Department of Urban Planning 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 Critical Black Urbanism. We seek a scholar who studies the Black experience and whose research and teaching has direct relevance for urban planning. Attractive candidates for this position might study racial segregation, Black migration, Black geographies, community organizing, community and/or economic development, the Black diaspora, policing and incarceration, urban and planning history, critical legal studies, or related topics.

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in Urban Planning, Ethnic Studies, Geography, Sociology, Political Science, 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.

To apply, please submit a brief 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 that best represents your work, a teaching statement of less than 300 words outlining the content of a class you would like to teach, a statement that addresses past and/or potential contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, and three letters of recommendation.

This position reflects a commitment by the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and the Department of Urban Planning to emphasize communities of color in scholarship, teaching, and professional practice. 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.

The Department of Urban Planning currently hosts 18 tenured/tenure-track planning faculty, 6 affiliated tenured/tenure-track faculty, 7 long-term adjunct/practice faculty, 3 active professors emeriti, 35 PhD students, 150 master’s students, and a growing number of undergraduate majors. Department faculty also teach undergraduate students in the Luskin School’s Major in Public Affairs, which just completed its inaugural academic year. We have a tradition of intellectual leadership in urban and regional studies and design, and our faculty, students, and alumni are committed to social justice and progressive planning ideals.

Los Angeles is a global city renowned for its dynamism, robust economy, cultural diversity, spectacular climate, as well as high levels of inequality, poverty and homelessness, residential segregation, and traffic. The UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs is an interdisciplinary school 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 school initiatives in global affairs, digital technologies, the environment, democracy and inequality, global development, Latin American cities, 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.

The expected start date is July 1, 2020. All materials must be submitted via UCLA Academic Recruit by October 15, 2019, to be guaranteed full consideration.

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

Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty Position in in Latina/o/x Urban Issues

The Department of Urban Planning, in partnership with the Chicano Studies Research Center (CSRC) at UCLA, invites applications from scholars in urban studies and urban planning for a tenured/tenure-track appointment. We seek an innovative thinker who will be a leading scholar of urban issues in Latina/o/x communities and whose work will play an important role in shaping future policy debates. 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 communities of color. We are open to varied methodologies, but are especially interested in scholars whose work applies quantitative methodologies to one or more these research areas. We are open to scholars with interest in any geographical area and especially welcome applicants with an interest in the study of Los Angeles or its region in their research.

The Department of Urban Planning currently hosts 18 tenured/tenure-track planning faculty, 6 affiliated tenured/tenure-track faculty, 7 long-term adjunct/practice faculty, 3 active professors emeriti, 35 PhD students, 150 master’s students, and a growing number of undergraduate majors. Our faculty also teach in the new schoolwide Public Affairs undergraduate program. 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 completely in the Department of Urban Planning, but the appointee will be a Faculty Associate in the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center (CSRC). Since its founding in 1969, the CSRC has played a pivotal role in the development of scholarly research on the Chicano-Latino population. The CSRC 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 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.

To apply, please submit (1) a brief cover letter, (2) a research statement of less than 500 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 less 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 successful candidate is expected to hold a Ph.D. in Urban Planning, Urban Studies, or a related social science discipline at the time of appointment. Applicants and appointments at all levels will be considered. The expected start date is July 1, 2020. All materials must be submitted via UCLA Academic Recruit by October 15, 2019, to be guaranteed full consideration.

 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.

Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Urban Data Science

The UCLA Department of Urban Planning invites applications for a tenured or tenure-track faculty position. We seek a bold, innovative thinker who is, or soon will be, a leading scholar of cities and regions.  We are looking for applicants who use new data sources and data science methods to visualize and analyze pressing economic, environmental, social, transportation, or urban development issues at scales ranging from local to global.  The candidate selected must be able to contribute substantially to both teaching urban data science and expanding the Luskin School’s data science capacities, which include urban informatics, spatial analytics, machine learning, data economics and regulation, computational social science, and so on, as well as offer critical perspectives on their application to policy and city planning and design.  This position is part of a larger investment in big data analytics, new technologies, and cyber infrastructure in the Luskin School of Public Affairs, in the UCLA College, and across the UCLA campus.

The Department of Urban Planning currently hosts 18 tenured/tenure-track planning faculty, 6 affiliated tenured/tenure-track faculty, 7 long-term adjunct/practice faculty, 3 active professors emeriti, 35 PhD students, 150 master’s students, and a growing number of undergraduate majors. We have a tradition of intellectual leadership in urban studies and planning, and our students and alumni have long been known for their passionate commitment to progressive planning ideals.

Los Angeles is a global city renowned for its dynamism, robust economy, rich cultural diversity, and spectacular climate. The generously endowed Luskin School of Public Affairs is home to the departments of Public Policy, Social Welfare, and Urban Planning, as well as eight research centers, all of which support faculty research: the California Policy Lab, Census Data Research Center, Center for Policy Research on Aging, Institute on Inequality and Democracy, Institute of Transportation Studies, Latino Politics and Policy Initiative, Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies, and the Luskin Center for Innovation.

The University of California actively 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.

UCLA offers competitive salary and attractive benefits packages, including a housing assistance program for new faculty members. All applicants should hold a PhD at the time of appointment and demonstrate exceptional promise for scholarship and teaching.  While we expect to appoint at the rank of Assistant Professor, we will consider applicants and appointments at the Associate level.

To apply, please submit (1) a brief cover letter, (2) a research statement of less than 500 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 less 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 expected start date is July 1, 2020. All materials must be submitted via UCLA Academic Recruit by October 15, 2019, to be guaranteed full consideration.

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