The proposed Department of Society, Environment, and Health Equity (SEHE) at the University of California, Riverside, seeks to hire an Associate/Full Professor (tenured) whose scholarship focuses on the Black diaspora and health, broadly conceived. The ideal candidate will be committed to our efforts to build transformative university programming through teaching, research, and community-driven scholarship focusing on improving health and wellbeing in historically marginalized communities. We are particularly interested in scholars whose research addresses areas including, but not limited to, antiblackness and its health consequences, reproductive justice, the health impacts of environmental and climate injustices, science and technology studies of health, queer and trans health, disability studies, and work at the intersections of art, community activism, and health. Scholars whose activist and critical approaches bridge multiple disciplines and actively engage students in experiential learning are highly desired. The position is projected to begin July 1, 2023.
Given the urgency of our planetary climate challenges and ongoing global pandemic that has exposed and exacerbated health and social inequities, SEHE heeds the call for a transdisciplinary department to equip the next generation of students to address these health challenges. The selected candidate will join a vibrant community of scholars from across UCR's College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (CHASS) who seek innovative solutions to health concerns that center students and communities. Candidates must hold a PhD in any relevant field of social or health sciences or medical humanities, or have equivalent professional experience.
With support through a grant designed to advance diversity from the University of California Office of the President, this position offers significant funding for research, graduate student support, and professional development. The efforts to build SEHE also intersect with a newly approved Department of Black Study (DBS) at UCR. The candidate for SEHE will be part of a collective hiring effort to recruit faculty whose scholarship seeks to address the existential threats of antiblackness and imagine new ways of being. The candidate may opt for a joint appointment in both departments (DBS and SEHE). DBS will serve as the home department until SEHE department status is achieved. Duties include a current teaching load of four courses per year on the quarter system; undergraduate and graduate supervision; mentoring junior faculty; research; and service that will help build and expand the exciting new initiatives of SEHE and DBS for our students and community.
The appropriate rank at the Associate or Full Professor level will be based on the candidate's qualifications and experience. After appointment, advancement through the faculty ranks at the University of California is through a series of structured, merit-based evaluations, occurring every 2-3 years, each of which includes substantial peer input.
Complete applications must include a cover letter of interest, updated CV, writing sample or excerpt of no more than 30 manuscript pages or 25 published pages, research statement, teaching evaluations, a statement of contributions to diversity, and names and contact information of 3-5 references. Applications received by December 16, 2022 will receive full consideration. The position will remain open until filled. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with education and experience. You may contact Jennifer Syvertsen (email@example.com) for questions.
Established in 1954, the UCR campus today has a fast-growing population of over 26,000 students, is the most diverse undergraduate student body in the UC system, and is one of the most diverse campuses in the nation. UCR is located in a medically underserved region where ample opportunities for community-engaged research and health service provision can have a tangible impact. Located fifty miles east of Los Angeles, the campus lies in the heart of over twenty Native American communities, including the Tongva, Cahuilla, Serrano and Payomkawichum Nations and the largest urban Native American population in the U.S. Riverside is situated in an historic citrus growing area surrounded by mountain ranges; it is about an hour away from ski slopes, surfing, or hiking in mountain or desert environments. The campus is also located in a prime position to build collaborations with other universities, research institutes, and community-based organizations throughout Southern California.