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Associate or Full Professor with a focus on Diversity and Social Context

Recruitment Period

Open date: November 4th, 2019

Last review date: Friday, Jan 31, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Tuesday, Jun 30, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The School of Education at the University of California, Irvine is continuing an ambitious initiative to recruit faculty in research areas that are critical to the needs of the university and nation. We are an interdisciplinary school with faculty in education, psychology, cognitive science, sociology, economics, anthropology and related disciplines who are working together to address significant societal challenges related to education. We undertake this search in light of the shifting demographics in the United States, persistent and significant disparities across multiple indicators of student achievement and well-being, and our institutional commitment to educational equity and social mobility.

We seek an associate or full professor whose empirical work asks fundamental questions about diverse learners and the complex social systems in which they are embedded. We have a particular interest in scholars who focus on diverse learners (defined by, for example, race/ethnicity, gender, and/or socioeconomic status) who have been traditionally underserved in existing education systems. We define social contexts broadly to include (but are not limited to) institutions or organizations (e.g., schools, out-of-school learning activities and environments, and/or colleges etc.), families, and culturally and linguistically diverse communities. Strong candidates will foreground issues of equity and inclusivity in their research, and strive to understand how to better support learning and achievement for historically marginalized learners.

We invite candidates who bring critical theoretical and methodological expertise to our existing faculty and school. Ideal candidates should demonstrate experience in applying qualitative and/or quantitative methods to contribute a deeper understanding of how education creates advantages and disadvantages for individuals and groups in the United States.

Candidates should possess an exemplary record of scholarly accomplishment commensurate with the rank of associate or full professor and the demonstrated capacity to work collaboratively with colleagues. . The successful candidate will have experience mentoring and training doctoral students for careers in academia and research organizations as well as a commitment to teaching undergraduate and/or professional degree students.

Application and Review
Full consideration will be given to complete applications received by December 4, 2019, but screening will continue until the position is filled. Completed applications should include:
• a cover letter explaining research interests
• curriculum vitae
• a separate teaching statement
• a separate statement that addresses past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion
• 3 relevant publications/papers
• names and contact information for three referees; letters of recommendation will be requested at a later date from referees of semi-finalists for the position

These should be uploaded electronically at Inquiries about the position may be directed to Search Committee Chair Elizabeth Peña ( or Director of Personnel, School of Education Laurie Andress-Delaney ( For more information on the UCI School of Education, see
The University of California, Irvine is located in Orange County (OC), which is home to 27 school districts, 594 schools, and over 23,000 teachers and administrators serving more than 500,000 students. OC is socioeconomically diverse. Latinos comprise 48.9% of K-12 students; the remaining half is comprised of Whites (28.8%), Asians (16.9%), African-Americans (1.5%), and smaller percentages of Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders and American Indian/Alaskan. Over half of OC K-12 students participate in the Free or Reduced Price Meal Program and over a fourth of students are designated as English Language Learners (Orange County Department of Education, 2015).

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy. A recipient of an NSF ADVANCE Award for gender equity, UCI is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, supports work-life balance through an array of family-friendly policies, and is dedicated to broadening participation in higher education.

Job location

Irvine, CA


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