Assistant Professor - Diversity & Democracy - Othering & Belonging Institute

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Assistant Professor - Diversity & Democracy - Othering & Belonging Institute
Position overview
Position title: Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) Anticipated start: July 1, 2023 Application Window

Open October 28, 2022 through Monday, Nov 28, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Position description

The University of California, Berkeley invites applications for a full-time tenure-track faculty position as part of a campus-wide cluster hire in the area of Diversity and Democracy. The three areas of focal interest for this position are research and teaching expertise in one or some combination of the following areas:
1) diversity and identity;
2) diversity, civil society and political action; or
3) legal or philosophical frameworks for diverse democracies.

Special consideration will be given to candidates who work in one or more of the following areas:
1) the content and contestation of group identities;
2) the civic and political engagement of diverse populations within local, national, and transnational contexts; or
3) the normative or legal implications of racial and ethnic diversity within democratic societies.

The position is affiliated with the Othering and Belonging Institute (OBI) at UC Berkeley [ https://belonging.berkeley.edu/ ]. OBI is a research institute composed of seven interdisciplinary research clusters led by faculty whose research advances groundbreaking approaches to transforming structural marginalization and inequality. The search will be conducted under the auspices of the OBI Diversity and Democracy cluster [ https://belonging.berkeley.edu/diversity-and-democracy ] and with the participation of faculty from a variety of departments on campus, including but not limited to Political Science, Law, Philosophy, and Sociology. The successful candidate will be housed in the academic unit(s) that they and the identified department mutually see as most appropriate given their research interests. Joint appointments are possible.

We are interested in entry-level or pre-tenure scholars who have demonstrated excellence in research, teaching and service, and a commitment to building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment. We are also interested in candidates who have had non-traditional career paths or who have taken time off for family reasons, or who have achieved excellence in careers outside academia. Early applications are encouraged. Additional materials may be requested of top candidates.

The University is responsive to the family needs of faculty, including dual career couples and single parents. For information about family friendly resources, potential relocation to Berkeley, or career needs of accompanying partners and spouses, please visit: https://ofew.berkeley.edu/support-faculty/new-faculty

Considering the significant disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, particularly for disadvantaged groups, in our evaluation of applicants, dips in productivity in otherwise strong records occurring with the onset of the pandemic will be evaluated with the context of the pandemic in mind.
Qualifications
Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
Candidates must either: (a) hold a J.D. and/or a Ph.D. and/or equivalent international degree or (b) be enrolled in Ph.D. (or equivalent international degree) granting program.
Preferred qualifications
The ideal candidate will:
  • Ph.D. (or equivalent international degree) completed by date of appointment preferred.
  • have an excellent research and teaching record in one or some combination of the following areas: 1) diversity and identity; 2) diversity, civil society and political action; or 3) legal or philosophical frameworks for diverse democracies.
  • provide evidence of strong research productivity, potential for funding, and a commitment to excellence in teaching and research mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students.
  • provide evidence of outstanding scholarship relevant to the study of diversity and democracy.
  • provide evidence of their commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in ways that align with UC Berkeley's mission to meet the educational needs of California's diverse population (see: https://ofew.berkeley.edu/recruitment/contributions-diversity/support-faculty-candidates ).
    Application Requirements
    Document requirements
    • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
    • Cover Letter - The search will be conducted under the auspices of the Othering & Belonging Institute's Diversity and Democracy cluster https://belonging.berkeley.edu/diversity-and-democracy . The successful candidate will be housed in the academic unit(s) that they and the identified department mutually see as most appropriate given their research interests. Joint appointments are possible.

      In your cover letter, please identify your discipline and the department(s) that you think would be the best fit for your appointment.
    • Statement of Research
    • Statement of Teaching
    • Statement on Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at Berkeley (for additional information go to https://ofew.berkeley.edu/recruitment/contributions-diversity ).
    • Writing Sample 1 - Provide a published or draft article that demonstrates your work in the area of diversity and democracy as discussed in the position description.
    • Writing Sample 2 - Provide a published or draft article that demonstrates your work in the area of diversity and democracy as discussed in the position description.
      (Optional)
    • Writing Sample 3 - Provide a published or draft article that demonstrates your work in the area of diversity and democracy as discussed in the position description.
      (Optional)
    Reference requirements
    • 3 required (contact information only)

    We will only contact your references to request letters if you are advanced after the third round of review for
    the position, and we will seek your permission prior to doing so.
    Apply link: https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/JPF03662
    Help contact: robin_pearce@berkeley.edu
    Campus Information

    Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are core values at UC Berkeley. Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and academic and non-academic staff who share our commitment to these values. Successful candidates for our academic positions will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to advancing equity, inclusion, and belonging.

    The University of California, Berkeley 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: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct

    In searches when letters of reference are required all letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality ( http://apo.berkeley.edu/ucb-confidentiality-policy ) prior to submitting their letter.

    As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. 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. Please refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for the deadlines applicable to new University of California employees. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

    Positions that are represented by a collective bargaining unit or agent have particular contracts. For more information, please refer to the relevant contract: Lecturer contract , Postdoctoral contract , Research Series contract , and Librarian contract . Questions about represented positions can be directed to the hiring unit.
    Job location
    Berkeley, CA

    To apply, visit https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/JPF03662

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