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Cluster Hire: Tenure Track Assistant Professor; Greater Mexico and U.S. Latinx Perspectives

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The University of California at Riverside (UCR) is implementing a major expansion of our faculty and investing in state-of-the-art research facilities to support their work. This expansion will build critical mass in 34 vital and emerging fields of scholarship, foster truly cross-disciplinary work, and further diversify the faculty at one of America’s most diverse research universities. We encourage applications from scholars committed to excellence and seeking to help define the research university for the next generation. For more information about our hiring initiative or to submit an application, please visit or

Faculty recruited in the Greater Mexico/U.S. Latinx cluster will join an active and vibrant community of scholars at the University of California Riverside. Drawing on Americo Paredes’ term, “Greater Mexico,” we are interested in scholars whose work attends to Mexico, Central America, and US areas with significant populations of people from this region. We are seeking applicants to fill four full-time tenure-track and tenured positions at both the assistant and associate/full professor levels. We are seeking scholars with expertise in the areas highlighted below. The placement of each successful candidate may be in any of the departments in College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (CHASS), and/or in the Graduate School of Education, School of Public Policy, and School of Medicine, depending on the qualifications and preferences of the candidate and of the host departments/schools.

Preference will be given to candidates with one or more of the following research interests and expertise:

  • Race and Migration, including indigenous migration, transnationalism, and Latinx/Barrio urbanism
  • Social Movements, including transnational and U.S. organizing around labor, migrant justice, and movements against criminalization and immigrant detention
  • Latinx Literature, Writing, and/or Public Humanities, with an emphasis on Chicano/a and Greater Mexico perspectives
  • Latinx Performance, Culture and the Visual Arts
  • Latinx Education and Equity, including the school to prison pipeline, undocumented student access, and additive approaches for school and community engagement
  • Political Economy of Migration, including labor/work, and legal status
  • Health Issues in U.S. Latinx/Greater Mexico Communities, including innovative approaches to studying and working with underserved communities in the areas of public health, health policy and medicine.

Applicants must be ABD or have met the requirements for the PhD by time of appointment, July 1, 2017 (candidates within the Performing and Creative Arts may possess an MFA or MA and extensive years of experience in the field); college level teaching experience; experience working with Latino/a and Latin American communities; and an interest in working in a diverse, multi-ethnic, international environment.

Successful candidates will be expected to maintain an active research agenda and record of publications; teach a regular course load of 4 courses per year at both the undergraduate and graduate levels; and to participate in departmental activities and administrative service at college and campus levels. The successful candidates will have the opportunity to teach required courses and electives in their areas of specialization.

Applicants are required to submit a two-page cover letter that includes a research statement, an updated curriculum vitae, a statement addressing contributions to or potential for contributions to academic diversity, a minimum of one writing sample or article reprint (additional writing samples may be requested later), evidence of teaching excellence and a sample of recent teaching evaluations, if available, and three letters of recommendation.

Candidates in the arts must also submit a website, dossier, or media-player links with access to samples of their artistic work. Additional materials may be requested for candidates who are placed on the short list.

Applicants who use Interfolio may utilize a feature provided by the Interfolio Service to allow Interfolio to upload their letters directly into AP Recruit. Applicants can input an Interfolio-generated email address in place of their letter writer's email address. Interfolio refers to this as Online Application Deliveries. The following link on the Interfolio website shows how to set this up.

Review of applications will begin January 30, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration, applications and supporting materials must be received by January 30. Electronic submission is strongly encouraged.

Appointments will begin July 1, 2017. Salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

Letters and inquiries should be addressed to: Jonathan Ritter,

UCR 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. 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.

UCR is located fifty miles east of Los Angeles in Riverside county, an area that is approaching or just exceeding 50% Latino. Nestled against the Box Springs mountains, UC Riverside is two and half hours north of the US-Mexico border, and at the epicenter of a vibrant and dynamic Inland Empire transnational landscape. We seek scholars who can build on and complement UC-MEXUS and President Napolitano’s UC-Mexico Program, as well as existing UCR initiatives & centers like: Latin American Studies, Tomas Rivera Endowment, The Robert Presley Center for Crime and Justice Studies, Blum Initiative on Global and Regional Poverty, Center for Healthy Communities, Center for Ideas & Society, and California Center for Native Nations.

Established in 1954, the UCR campus today has a fast-growing population of approximately 21,000 students, is the most diverse undergraduate student body in the UC system with 35 percent identifying as Chicano or Latino. As part of our commitment to pioneering the college experience appropriate for the local and global demands of the 21st century, faculty at UC Riverside lead the way in teaching first-generation college students. In 2016, we welcomed a cohort of 6,000 students, of which 62 percent were the first to attend college.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff. 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.

Job location

Riverside, CA


Document requirements
  • Cover Letter - 2 page cover letter that includes a research statement

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through teaching, research, professional activity, and/or service.

  • Writing sample or article reprint

  • optional additional writing sample or article reprint (Optional)

  • optional additional writing sample or article reprint (Optional)

  • Evidence of Teaching Excellence

  • Recent teaching evaluations (Optional)

  • Recent teaching evaluations (Optional)

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

  • Candidates in the arts: website, dossier, or media-player links with access to samples of their artistic work (Optional)

  • Candidates in the arts: website, dossier, or media-player links with access to samples of their artistic work (Optional)

  • Candidates in the arts: website, dossier, or media-player links with access to samples of their artistic work (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required