Assistant Professor in Latinx/Hispanic Life in the UCLA Department of Psychology

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The UCLA Department of Psychology seeks to hire a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor, inviting applications from outstanding candidates in any subfield of psychology, neuroscience, or other related fields whose teaching, research, scholarship and/or mentoring supports Latinx/Hispanic life in the United States. We are interested in applicants pursuing innovative research across and within any of the Areas in our Department (Behavioral Neuroscience, Clinical, Cognitive, Developmental, Health, Social, or Quantitative Psychology) with a demonstrated commitment to advancing research related to the experience of Latinx/Hispanic individuals and/or enhancing the inclusion of Latinx/Hispanic students in the pursuit of research. The committee seeks evidence of intentional, strategic efforts designed to remove or address barriers facing Latinx/Hispanic individuals and encourage, equip, and support their success and advancement. Potential applicants who have questions about how their specialization aligns with the position can inquire to Prof. Alicia Izquierdo, search committee chair, at SearchCommittee@psych.ucla.edu.

UCLA aims to achieve federal designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution by 2025. In preparation for this designation, the Office of the Chancellor and the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost have sponsored this search in order to recruit exceptional scholars whose teaching, scholarship and/or mentoring has strong ties to Latinx experiences in the United States. This search is conducted in partnership between the Chicano Studies Research Center and the Department of Psychology. Faculty hired through this search are expected to maintain an active affiliation to the Chicano Studies Research Center and encourage the success of Latinx and first-generation scholars. Applicants with a history of commitment to mentoring students from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

We strongly encourage applications from women, individuals from under-represented racial and ethnic groups, and other individuals who are under-represented in the field, across color, creed, race, ethnic and national origin, physical ability, gender and sexual identity, or any other legally protected basis. UCLA offers a diverse campus community and is a leader in advancing strategies to diversify its faculty. This includes recent initiatives such as Rising to the Challenge, Hispanic-Serving Institution initiative, and Native American/Pacific Islander Bruins Rising. UCLA has programs to assist in partner employment, childcare, schooling, and other family concerns. For additional information, visit the UCLA Academic Personnel Office website (https://apo.ucla.edu/faculty-career-development/work-life-balance) or the UC Office of the President’s website (https://www.ucop.edu/faculty-diversity/policies-guidelines/family-friendly-practices-and-policies/index.html and https://www.ucop.edu/faculty-diversity/policies-guidelines/index.html).

UCLA and the UCLA Department of Psychology are firmly committed to the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI). Therefore, we require each applicant to submit an EDI statement that includes activities that advance Latinx life, including how their research, teaching, and/or service relate to this goal. Descriptions of additional efforts to promote EDI are also welcome.

The online application should include (1) a cover letter of interest, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) a statement of research interests, (4) a teaching statement, (5) the aforementioned EDI statement, (6) contact information for three recommenders, and (7) three relevant publications. Letters of recommendation will be requested at a later date for applicants who progress to the next stage of review. A PhD in Psychology, Neuroscience, or a related field is required. To ensure full consideration, the online application should be completed and submitted by November 15, 2022. Apply at the following website: https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/JPF07877

The University of California is committed to creating and maintaining a community dedicated to the advancement, application, and transmission of knowledge and creative endeavors through academic excellence, where all individuals who participate in University programs and activities can work and learn together in a safe and secure environment, free of violence, harassment, bullying and other demeaning behavior, discrimination, exploitation, or intimidation. With this commitment as well as a commitment to addressing all forms of academic misconduct, UCLA conducts targeted employment reference checks for finalists to whom departments or other hiring units would like to extend formal offers of appointment into Academic Senate faculty positions. The targeted employment reference checks involve contacting the finalists’ current and prior places of employment to ask whether there have been substantiated findings of misconduct that would violate the University’s Faculty Code of Conduct. To implement this process, UCLA requires all applicants for Academic Senate faculty positions to complete, sign, and upload the form entitled “Authorization to Release Information” into RECRUIT as part of their application. If the applicant does not include the signed authorization to release information with the application materials, the application will be considered incomplete. As with any incomplete application, the application will not receive further consideration. Although all applicants for faculty recruitments must complete the entire application, only finalists (i.e., those to whom the department or other hiring unit would like to extend a formal offer) considered for Academic Senate faculty positions will be subject to targeted employment reference checks.

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. New University of California employees must (a) provide proof of receiving at least one dose of a COVID-19 Vaccine no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment and provide proof of Full Vaccination no later than eight weeks after their first date of employment; or (b) if applicable, submit a request for Exception or Deferral no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

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, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy (https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/DiscHarassAffirmAction).