Social Welfare Assistant/Associate Professor with Expertise in Latinx Communities and Social Welfare

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Social Welfare Assistant/Associate Professor with Expertise in Latinx Communities and Social Welfare
University of California Los Angeles

Requisition Number: JPF07738

The University of California, Los Angeles, Department of Social Welfare seeks applicants for a faculty position as an Assistant/Associate Professor in the area of scholarship and research on the Latinx/Latino/a experience. UCLA's commitment to the Latino/a population is reflected in its effort to achieve designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and which includes multiple faculty positions throughout its campus to ensure that research, teaching and public service are serving the Latinx population. UCLA's HSI Infrastructure Initiative provides resources for students, post-doctoral scholars, staff and research programs as well as additional faculty lines.

UCLA aims to achieve federal designation as a Hispanic Serving Research Institution (HSI) 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 the Latinx experiences in the United States. This search is conducted in partnership between the Chicano Studies Research Center (CSRC) and the Department of Social Welfare. Faculty hired through this search are expected to maintain an active affiliation to the CSRC and encourage the success of Latinx and first-generation scholars.

In participating in this initiative, the Department of Social Welfare in the Luskin School of Public Affairs seeks to hire an Assistant or Associate professor who studies the social, behavioral and mental health issues confronting Latino/a families and communities. We seek applicants who address the demographic, social and policy issues facing what will be the nation's largest ethnic/minority population. We are looking to hire a scholar who focuses on social welfare related concerns in clinical, practice and/or policy areas around the broad issues of immigration, mental health, child welfare, gerontology and the broader civic engagement and empowerment potential of Latinx communities in the US and globally. We encourage applications as well from individuals conducting research across diverse facets of the Latinx communities including research with indigenous populations and Afro/Latinx communities.

Successful applicants are expected to develop a nationally recognized program and collaborate across disciplines to develop research initiatives promoting research and leadership for the emerging Latino/a communities. Candidates should demonstrate evidence of strong research productivity, potential for securing extramural funding and a commitment to excellence in teaching, practice and mentoring of graduate students. Applicants must have an MSW at the time of application, and a PhD in social welfare or a related field at the time of appointment, and demonstrate a robust research agenda with relevance to social welfare systems, practices, and policies. We are also interested in candidates with clinical and social work experiences that complement the Departments strengths in scholarship, field placements and professional practice. Candidates must also demonstrate commitment to multi-disciplinary collaboration among the Luskin School's departments (Social Welfare, Urban Planning, Public Policy) and with the University's Latinx centers (Chicano Studies Research Center, Latino Policy and Politics Institute, Cesar E. Chavez Department of Chicano/a and Central American Studies).

UCLA is among the leading global universities and is the number one ranked public university in the nation, and the UCLA Department of Social Welfare is ranked among the top ten Social Welfare programs nationally. We educate PhD and MSW students along three main areas of concentration: Child and Family Well Being, Health and Mental Health Across the Life Span, and Social and Economic Justice. Our faculty also teach in the school-wide undergraduate program in Public Affairs. Los Angeles is a global city renowned for its dynamism, rich cultural diversity, and spectacular climate.

The Position is opened until filled, but early applications are encouraged. Applications will be reviewed beginning Oct 1, 2022. Interested candidates should apply through UC Recruit: Please submit a cover letter that illustrates your leadership experience; a curriculum vitae, brief summaries of your research and teaching; one to two publications or works in progress, a statement of equity, diversity and inclusion; and the names and affiliations of three references. References will only be contacted for candidates who advance as a top finalist.

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.

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UCLA is a public research university located in the Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. It was founded in 1919 and is the second oldest of the ten campuses affiliated with the University of California system. UCLA offers over 300 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in a wide range of disciplines and enrolls about 26,000 undergraduate and about 12,000 graduate students from the United States and around the world every year.

UCLA features the College of Letters and Science, seven general campus professional schools, and four professional schools for the health sciences. The UCLA College of Letters and Science has 34 academic departments and 900 faculty, and houses the majority of UCLA's 129 undergraduate majors as well as the students in the Graduate Division of Letters and Sciences. The UCLA College Honors Program is also housed in the College. The College of Letters and Science's programs are divided into five academic divisions: humanities, social sciences, life sciences, physical sciences, and the International Institute. UCLA also offers certificate programs, undergraduate degree-credit and continuing education credits for non-full-time students through its UCLA Extension education program.

The 2010 edition of U.S. News & World Report ranked UCLA as the 24th best university in the nation and 32nd best in the world. In the 2007 edition of U.S. News and World Report, UCLA Medical Center was ranked best in the West, as well as one of the top 3 hospitals in the United States alongside Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Johns Hopkins Hospital. In 15 of the 16 medical specialty areas examined, UCLA Medical Center ranked in the top 20.

The campus' location in Los Angeles makes excursions to local museums, theaters, or other entertainment venues relatively quick and easy.

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