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Teaching Professor of Sociology (2 Positions) 


Open February 27th, 2019 through April 2nd, 2019


The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With more than 7,500 undergraduate and graduate students, UC Merced offers an environment that combines a commitment to diversity, inclusion, collaboration and professional development. With bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs, strong research and academic partnerships, and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving and requires talented, knowledgeable and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.

Ranked among the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced is uniquely equipped to provide educational opportunities to highly qualified students from the San Joaquin Valley and throughout California. The campus enjoys a special connection with nearby Yosemite National Park, is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design, and supports the economic development of Merced and the region.

In Fall 2016, UC Merced broke ground on a $1.3 billion public-private partnership that is unprecedented in higher education. The Merced 2020 Project will nearly double the physical capacity of the campus by 2020, enhancing academic distinction, student success and research excellence. UC Merced is also building the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative building in the heart of Merced.

The Sociology Department at the University of California, Merced invites applications for two tenure-track Teaching Professor positions. We seek applicants with teaching interests in a wide variety of areas, especially those who can teach multiple required undergraduate courses (introductory sociology, research methods, statistics, and theory) as well as contribute to departmental and campus-wide curricular initiatives such as writing intensive, internship, and capstone courses. Other areas of teaching specialty are open and may include (but are not limited to): sociology of health, gender, race and ethnicity, political sociology, critical criminology, and law and society. Candidates with teaching experience in any substantive areas are encouraged to apply, but we are particularly interested in applicants that can offer a breadth of courses and demonstrate past teaching effectiveness. The successful candidate will be expected to primarily teach at the undergraduate level and mentor students and graduate instructors. The successful candidate must be committed to equity and inclusion, be an excellent teacher, and able to work with students, faculty, staff and community partners from a wide range of social and cultural backgrounds. We are especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their teaching, professional activity, and service. The Teaching Professor title confers the rights and responsibilities of membership in the Academic Senate and has the payroll title Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment (LPSOE). An LPSOE is eligible for promotion to "Security of Employment," which is analogous to tenure.

This is a unique opportunity to join the faculty at the newest University of California campus, where we are building a world class faculty and have the opportunity to work with a wonderfully diverse and engaged undergraduate and graduate student population.

In order to be considered, candidates must have a PhD in sociology by the position start date; a strong record of teaching effectiveness; and, demonstrable interest in working with students from diverse backgrounds.

We seek outstanding teachers who will establish and maintain creative teaching programs; participate in creating a senior capstone course at UC Merced; participate actively in the development of graduate student and lecturer teaching; and, teach effectively at the undergraduate level.

The anticipated start date for this position is July 1, 2019.

Applications must be submitted online. Completed applications must be received no later than April 2, 2019, in order to be considered. Interested applicants are required to submit 1) a cover letter; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) statement of teaching; 4) one writing sample; 5) a contributions to diversity statement; 6) Teaching Materials (syllabi, a statement of teaching philosophy, course evaluations, sample class activities, examples of student work, description of pedagogical training activities, and/or peer and student evaluations of teaching); 7) statement of professional and/or scholarly achievement and activity; and 8) a list of references with contact information including mailing address, phone number and e-mail address.

The contributions to diversity statement should describe your past experience, activities and future plans to advance diversity, equity and inclusion, in alignment with UC Merced’s mission to reflect the diversity of California and to meet the educational needs and interests of its diverse population. Some faculty candidates may not have substantial past activities. If that is the case, we recommend focusing on future plans in your statement. For additional information on what should be included on your Diversity Statement, please visit

Applicants for the Teaching Professor position should arrange to have three letters of reference submitted online. After an application is submitted, the letters of reference should be electronically uploaded by the letter writers (instructions will be provided by the application system). Letters of reference should be received no later than April 2, 2019.

The University of California, Merced is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty, students and staff. The UC Merced Department of Sociology is committed to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty dedicated to teaching and working in a multicultural environment, and strongly encourages applications from ethnic and racial minorities and members of other underrepresented groups.

Salary is commensurate with education, experience, and UC academic salary scales.

For additional information, please contact Paul Almeida at

Applicants will be notified when the final candidate has been selected.

To apply, please visit our UC Merced job posting at:


Merced, CA


Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Teaching
  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.
  • List of References
  • Writing Sample
  • Teaching Materials - Syllabi, a statement of teaching philosophy, course evaluations, sample class activities, examples of student work, description of pedagogical training activities, and/or peer and student evaluations of teaching
  • Statement of Professional and/or Scholarly Achievement and Activity - Initial appointment to the Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment title requires evidence or promise of productive and creative contributions to professional and/or scholarly activity that would support excellent teaching.

Reference requirements

  • 3 letters of reference required


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