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Assistant Professor in Sociology of Family and/or Childhood and Youth

Position overview

Salary range: “Off-scale salaries” and other components of pay, i.e., a salary that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions, qualifications, and experience. A reasonable estimated salary range for this position is $100,000-$132,000, inclusive of the salary scale and off-scale salary components.
Review timeline: Review of applications will begin October 2, 2023

Application Window

Open date: August 18, 2023

Most recent review date: Monday, Oct 2, 2023 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: Wednesday, Jan 31, 2024 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 Department of Sociology at the University of California, Davis, invites applicants for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level for scholars conducting theoretically-driven, empirical research related to the family and/or children and youth. The expected total salary is $100,000-$132,000, commensurate with experience. We are especially interested in scholars who study marginalized or “alternative” family formations and whose work centers axes of inequality such as gender, race, class, and sexuality. Applicants’ research and teaching should align with one or more of the department’s existing areas of strength, which include race/ethnicity, immigration, gender/sexuality, education, culture, political sociology, and crime and law. All methodologies are welcome.

We seek a scholar strongly committed to quality teaching and mentorship. Teaching duties include four (quarter-system) courses per academic year at the introductory, advanced undergraduate, and graduate levels. Supervision of graduate students, student advising, curricular development, and performance of university service are expected of the successful candidate.

We expect the scholar to be active in the discipline of sociology and to contribute to campus efforts to diversify the university community, consonant with the population of the state of California. We especially welcome applicants whose research, teaching, service and/or community outreach demonstrably attest to the inclusion of under-represented and/or non-majority individuals into their respective areas of specialization.

Applications must be submitted through the online application portal found at: Applicants should submit the following required documents: (1) curriculum vitae, (2) a research statement describing their current research and future research goals, (3) a teaching statement describing their experience, pedagogical approach, and practices related to effective teaching, (4) a statement outlining their contributions to the diversity, equity, and inclusiveness of their academic community, (5) up to three articles/manuscripts that present their scholarship, (6) a brief statement identifying the one article/manuscript that best represents their research approach and the types of questions that motivate their work, and (7) contact information for 3 individuals who will be contacted to provide letters of reference. For full consideration, all application materials, including letters of reference, must be submitted by October 2, 2023. The position will remain open until filled.

The statement of contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion may describe (a) the applicant’s track record of engagement and activity related to diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as (b) their plans for future engagement (see for guidance as well as information about the university’s own commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion). This statement will be carefully read and evaluated as a standalone document and should, therefore, include all relevant information related to diversity, equity, and inclusion, even if aspects are also discussed in other submitted materials.

The article/manuscript that is identified as the best representation of an applicant’s work can be published, in press, accepted for publication, an unpublished manuscript, or a work in progress. The brief statement identifying this work should be no longer than one page and should include an explanation of why that work is selected, the contribution it makes to the field, and its broader implications. For coauthored publications, applicants should describe the specific contributions they made to the manuscript and the research on which it reports.

UC Davis supports family-friendly recruitments. UC Davis covers travel expenses for a second person to accompany a faculty recruitment candidate who is a mother (or single parent of any gender) of a child less than two years of age. More broadly, an integrated set of Work Life programs has been in place at UC Davis since January 2003, and a group of Faculty Advisors for Work Life was established in 2007 to help publicize and inform the faculty about the Work Life programs, policies, and resources. Visit for more information about these programs. For information about benefits, potential relocation to Davis, career needs of accompanying partners and spouses, and other resources for new faculty, 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. With this commitment, UC Davis conducts a reference check on all first-choice candidates for Academic Senate Assistant Professor or Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment, Steps 4, 5, or 6, or Acting Professor of Law positions. The reference check involves contacting the administration of the applicant’s previous institution(s) to ask whether there have been substantiated findings of misconduct that would violate the University’s Faculty Code of Conduct. To implement this process, UC Davis requires all applicants for any open search for assistant professor to complete, sign, and upload the form entitled “Authorization to Release Information” into RECRUIT as part of their application. The link to the form can be found here: If an applicant does not include the signed authorization with the application materials, 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, only finalists considered for Academic Senate Assistant Professor or Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment, Steps 4, 5, or 6, or Acting Professor of Law positions will be subject to reference checks.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

The successful candidate must have a completed Ph.D. in Sociology or related field by the first day of courses (September 25, 2024).
The successful applicant’s scholarship must align with the area of sociology that is the focus of this search.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Teaching

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.

  • Writing Sample #1

  • Writing Sample #2 (Optional)

  • Writing Sample #3 (Optional)

  • Statement identifying the most representative writing sample.

  • Authorization to Release Information Form

Reference requirements
  • 3 letters of reference required
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Job location

Davis, CA