Junior Faculty Position- Black Religion


The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Department of African American Studies invites applications for a tenure track appointment at the level of Assistant Professor with an emphasis on African American religious and theological traditions and/or African diasporic practices.

We are interested in candidates working on ethics, moral philosophy, emancipatory theologies, and/or the history and politics of Black religious institutions and communities. Candidates may approach their research from comparative, transnational, and/ or Pan-African perspectives. Candidates with a Ph.D. or equivalent in African American Studies or related fields are encouraged to apply. Ph.D. or equivalent is required by date of hire. Applicants must show exceptional promise as researchers, scholars, teachers, and mentors and a willingness to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence.

An interdisciplinary instructional program in African American Studies was established at UCLA in 1974. The program achieved departmental status during the 2013-14 academic year. The department maintains both BA and MA degree programs and offers a joint MA/JD program with the UCLA School of Law. For additional information about the department, please go to: http://afam.ucla.edu.

This search is a partnership between the Department of African American Studies 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.

Interested candidates should submit application materials via UC Recruit at: https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/JPF08747. Each application should include a Curriculum Vitae, Cover Letter, Statement of Research, Statement of Teaching , Statement on Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, Reference Check Authorization Release Form (with contact information of three recommenders) and One Writing Example. To ensure full consideration, it is recommended that candidates complete their application by October 9, 2023. After the initial review date, new applications will only be considered if the position has not been filled.




*Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. The anticipated appointment date is July 1, 2024.*

The salary range for this position is $74,600-$97,200.

The posted UC salary scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and/or step at appointment. See Table(s) #1:https://www.ucop.edu/academic-personnel programs/_files/2023-24/oct-2023-acad-salary-scales/t1.pdf.

“Off-scale salaries” and other components of pay, i.e., a salary that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions.

See the campus compensation page for additional information: https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/shortcuts/salary_range

The anticipated appointment date is July 1, 2024.



Basic qualifications (required at time of application): Ph.D. or equivalent is required by date of hire. 



  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Research
  • Statement of Teaching
  • Statement on Contributions to Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion (EDI) 
    • An EDI Statement describes a faculty candidate’s past, present, and future (planned) contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion. To learn more about how UCLA thinks about contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, please review our EDI Statement FAQ document.
  • Reference Check Authorization Release Form - Please use the following link to access the authorization to release information form. https://ucla.app.box.com/s/8awvkn4szd0u3l20zs325lon1r560qj6
  • One Writing Example



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Although all applicants for faculty recruitments must complete the entire application, only finalists (i.e., those to whom the department or other hiring unit would like to extend a formal offer) considered for Academic Senate faculty positions will be subject to targeted employment reference checks.

As a University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements.

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. 


APPLICATION LINK (12/02/2023 Last Date to Apply)

Interested candidates should submit application materials via UC Recruit at: https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/JPF08747.






Russelle Gonzales, rgonzales@ss.ucla.edu