The Ella Baker Visiting Professorship in Undergraduate Research

The University of California at Santa Barbara seeks an Advanced Assistant or beginning Associate Professor to serve as the Ella Baker Visiting Professor in Undergraduate Research, a one-year, non-tenure track appointment in the Department of Black Studies, with an affiliated appointment in at least one other department in the Social Sciences, Humanities, Engineering, or Sciences on campus for the 2014-15 academic year.

The Ella Baker Visiting Professorship in Undergraduate Research honors Ella Baker (1903-1986), the legendary Black woman activist and teacher who helped found the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and the Freedom Schools that taught thousands of African Americans in the segregated South literacy, as well as skills related to economic and political justice, especially the right of students to question what constitutes knowledge. In the Visiting Professorship, we request applications from professors who epitomize Ella Baker’s commitment to transformative education. We seekapplicants with an active research agenda to spend the academic year at UC Santa Barbara conducting research and teaching undergraduates.Applicantdisciplines include but are not limited to Sociology, Political Science, Economics, English, Comparative Literature, Environmental Studies, Latin American Studies, Chicano and Chicana Studies, Feminist Studies, Biology and Public Health, Materials Engineering, etc. The Ella Baker Visiting Professorship in Undergraduate Research exemplifies UC Santa Barbara’s commitment to diversity and to transformative scholarship and teaching.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must be Assistant or Associate Professors at an American or international college or university with a relevant PhD degree and have teaching and research interests in relevant areas of the humanities, social sciences, physical sciences, or engineering.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Preference will be given to persons representing disciplines in which minorities are traditionally underrepresented and whose research highlights methodological innovations that can be translated into undergraduate research projects. Preference will be given to applicants with a demonstrated record of excellence in undergraduate teaching and who have a commitment to participating in student-led diversity initiatives at UCSB.

UCSB is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including, but not limited to, racial/ethnic minorities, women, and individuals with disabilities. UCSB has a non-discrimination policy that includes sex, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, and veteran status.

Salary will depend on the professor's current salary at her or his home institution.  The Ella Baker Visiting Professor will be eligible for benefits including health insurance.

Applicants must submit the following materials:

1.  Letter of application, stating course of research during Ella Baker tenure

2.  Curriculum Vitae

3.  Three letters of recommendation, with at least one letter addressing the applicant’s work in undergraduate teaching and
     research (recommenders must send letters directly to UC Recruit)

4.  Course Syllabus and most recent teaching evaluations from one undergraduate course (quantitative and qualitative)

5.  Syllabi proposing two undergraduate courses

6.  Published writing sample


Submit the above materials to UC Recruit (  Review of applications will begin on May 2, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Event Date: May 4, 2014 (All day)

Ella Baker. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress