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Assistant Professor - Anti-Black Racism and Social Inclusion - School of Public Health

Assistant Professor - Anti-Black Racism and Social Inclusion - School of Public Health

Position overview Position title: Assistant Professor
Salary range: The UC academic salary scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and step at appointment. See the following table for the current salary scale for this position: The current nine-month academic year base salary for this position is $74,600-$97,200. "Off-scale salaries" and other components of pay, which would yield compensation that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions. During the summer, eligible academic year faculty with available funding may earn up to a maximum of one-third of the nine-month academic year salary rate as additional compensation.

Anticipated start: July 1, 2024

Application Window
Open date: September 10, 2023

Next review date: Monday, Oct 23, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Monday, Nov 6, 2023 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.

Position description

The University of California, Berkeley seeks applicants for an Assistant Professor to join the Health & Social Behavior Program in the Community Health Sciences Division at the School of Public Health. The recruitment is part of a multi-year hiring initiative in “Anti-Black Racism and Social Inclusion.” Successful candidates will join a dynamic cluster of scholars at UC Berkeley addressing anti-blackness across various institutions and from diverse disciplinary approaches.

The Anti-Black Racism and Social Inclusion hiring initiative centers anti-blackness as a central organizing feature of social and political institutions in the US and globally and as an expansive conceptual framework that draws attention to the systems and structures that delimit Black lives and enables us to interrogate how anti-blackness functions across and within racial/ethnic groups. We seek scholars who are leading or emerging voices in conversations on anti-blackness as it relates to outcomes in various social domains and who demonstrate commitment to advancing antiracism both inside and outside the academy, whether in the United States or internationally. This initiative is especially interested in applicants whose research can contribute to theoretical, conceptual, and empirical understandings of how social institutions can provide for the safety and well-being of a diverse group of people in a democratic society as it reckons with its roots in racism, anti-blackness, and white supremacy. We invite applicants with interdisciplinary expertise in critical epistemologies, like critical race theory and the Black intellectual and Black feminist traditions. We also invite applicants whose scholarly experience includes a demonstrated commitment to this research arc and to teaching/mentoring, service, practice, and public intellectualism/ partnerships along these lines.

As a part of the Anti-Black Racism and Social Inclusion cluster, the School of Public Health seeks to recruit a faculty member whose research and teaching focus on the influence of policing on the health of Black and other minoritized populations. Contemporary health disparities research emphasizes the impact of social conditions on inequitable health outcomes. However, there has been comparatively little scholarship on policing as a major cause of health inequities among Black and other marginalized populations. Massive rates of surveillance, detentions, arrests, incarceration, and police killings have immediate and chronic effects on the health of affected populations through acute experiences of violence and deprivation, as well as longer-term effects mediated through the social context. Given that most existing health-oriented research in this area has been limited to the impact of incarceration on health, we plan to recruit a scholar whose focus is on policing, which includes a broad spectrum of State/community interactions such as school policing of youth; criminalizing of youth in foster care shelters; monitoring, detaining, arresting, jailing and imprisoning large numbers of Black people and other vulnerable population groups; surveillance, internment and deportation of immigrant populations, and police killings and violence.

We are interested in recruiting a scholar with a strong theoretical foundation in structural racism as manifested in unequal policing and in contemporary theories of health disparities. Topics include but are not limited to understanding the mediated and direct impacts of policing on health through such features of the social context as the life course, the social gradient, neighborhood context, stress and physiological pathways, and the influence of policing on political participation and civic engagement. In addition, we are interested in scholars developing theoretically grounded empirical research that focuses on social policies and programs to eliminate inequitable policing of Black populations. These include but aren't limited to research and scholarship on social movements such as Black Lives Matter, police and abolition, sanctuary movements, and policies to remove policing from public educational settings.

We welcome applicants from a broad set of focal populations of interest and partnership in the intervention research program, as well as to the primary research methods (i.e. quantitative, qualitative, mixed). Faculty are expected to teach courses at the doctoral, master's, and/or undergraduate levels. This position will be assigned a senior faculty mentor through our Junior Faculty Mentoring Program and will also be provided with career development, guidance, and training to ensure a pathway to success.

The UC Berkeley School of Public Health recognizes the intrinsic relationship between diversity and excellence in all our endeavors. The School embraces open and equitable access to opportunities for learning and development as our obligation and goal. We seek candidates who demonstrate a commitment to advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging through their research, teaching, and service.

The School is committed to addressing the family needs of faculty, including dual-career couples and single parents. We are also interested in candidates who have had non-traditional career paths, taken time off for family reasons, or achieved excellence in careers outside academia. For information about potential relocation to Berkeley or the career needs of accompanying partners and spouses, please visit

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, discrimination, exploitation, or intimidation. Consistent with this commitment, UC Berkeley requires all applicants for Senate faculty positions to complete, sign, and upload an Authorization of Information Release form into AP Recruit as part of their application. If an applicant does not include the signed authorization, the application will be considered incomplete, and as with any incomplete application, will not receive further consideration. Although all applicants for faculty recruitments must complete the entire application, applicants will only be subject to reference checks if and when they are selected as the candidate to whom the hiring unit would like to extend a formal offer. More information is available on this website.



Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
Completion of a doctorate degree (e.g., PhD, DrPH, ScD, MD/DO) or equivalent international degree, or enrolled in a doctorate degree or equivalent international degree-granting program at the time of application.

Preferred qualifications
Preferred fields of study are in social and behavioral science, including but not limited to public health, social work, sociology, psychology, anthropology, city planning, and public policy.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Statement of Research
  • Statement of Teaching
  • Statement on Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at Berkeley (for additional information go to
  • Publication 1 of 3 - One publication or work in progress (which may be journal articles, book chapters, dissertation chapters or other appropriate products).
  • Publication 2 of 3 - One publication or work in progress (which may be journal articles, book chapters, dissertation chapters or other appropriate products).
  • Publication 3 of 3 - One publication or work in progress (which may be journal articles, book chapters, dissertation chapters or other appropriate products).
  • Authorization of Information Release Form - A reference check will be completed only if you are selected as the candidate to whom the hiring unit would like to extend a formal offer. Download, complete, sign, and upload the Authorization to Release Information form.

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)

We will only contact your references to request letters if you are advanced to the second round of review for the position, and we will seek your permission prior to doing so.
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Campus Information

UC Berkeley is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. The excellence of the institution requires an environment in which the diverse community of faculty, students, and staff are welcome and included. Successful candidates will demonstrate knowledge and skill related to ensuring equity and inclusion in the activities of their academic position (e.g., teaching, research, and service, as applicable).

The University of California, Berkeley 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:

In searches when letters of reference are required all letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality prior to submitting their letter.

As a University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location
Berkeley, CA

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