Assistant Professor in Public Policy

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Assistant Professor in Public Policy
University of California, Riverside
California, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Oct 21, 2021
The UCR School of Public Policy invites applications for an Assistant Professor position in Public Policy with a focus on topics broadly situated within the areas of Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration Policy and/or Poverty and Inequality Policy. We are particularly interested in scholars who employ a racial, social and economic justice lens in their research and teaching.
Applicants should have an established record or promise of outstanding research and teaching accomplishments in one or more of these areas and be committed to advancing UCR’s existing research and training in empirical and applied research on race, immigration, poverty, and inequality. Instructional and mentoring activities include teaching four, 10-week courses per academic year and guiding the research of undergraduate and graduate students.
Applicants must have an earned doctorate by the time of appointment in a relevant field such as Anthropology, Economics, Ethnic Studies, Geography, Political Science, Social Work, or Sociology or in an interdisciplinary field with substantial preparation in the social sciences such as Demography, Education, Environmental Studies, Public Health, Public Policy, and Urban Planning.
Applicants should submit the following materials:
  • a letter of interest that clearly describes their scholarly areas of interests and training
  • a statement of contributions to diversity and inclusion
  • curriculum vitae
  • statement of research
  • teaching statement and teaching evaluations or other evidence of teaching effectiveness
  • writing samples
  • 3 letters of recommendation
All materials must be uploaded using UCR’s on-line application system via To ensure full consideration, applications and supporting materials should be received by December 10, 2021. Review of applicants will continue until the position is filled. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with education and experience. The appointment will commence on July 1, 2022.
About the UCR School of Public Policy
Established in 2012, the UCR School of Public Policy is one of only four public policy schools in the 10-campus UC system. It is home to the only Master of Public Policy (MPP) program offered by a major research university in inland Southern California, as well as the only public policy school with an undergraduate public policy major in the entire University of California system; and we will be launching the first public policy five yar BA-MPP program in the UC system Fall 2022.
At the UCR School of Public Policy, our motto is “Solutions for the Region, Solutions for the World.” While our research has global implications and relevance, Southern California—particularly, the inland region in Southern California— offers us a "living laboratory" in our own backyard to explore, investigate, and learn. As such, the theories that we test, issues that we analyze, and the solutions that we identify that concern Southern California and the Inland Empire's most pressing policy challenges have relevance to the state, nation, and world. By engaging in research that identifies the drivers of policy successes, as well as policy failures, we offer decision-makers, students, and society a more complete understanding of what works, what doesn’t, and why.
Our mission is to train a new generation of forward-thinking public policy leaders equipped to address the complex, interrelated challenges of poverty, disease, illiteracy, climate change, energy security, pollution and more. Their training is informed by (i) a diverse, interdisciplinary curriculum that emphasizes evidence-based policy research as well as cross-learning from both international and domestic problem-solving experiences, and (ii) a rich internship program that emphasizes experiential learning.
The School is located on the campus of UCR, which is a world-class research university with an exceptionally diverse undergraduate student body. Its mission is explicitly linked to providing routes to educational success for underrepresented and first-generation college students. A commitment to this mission is a preferred qualification.
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, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
University of California COVID-19 Vaccination Program Policy 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. For new University of California employees, the applicable deadline is eight weeks after their first date of employment.
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