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2017-2018 Lecturer for Department of Human Ecology, Community and Regional Development

We are no longer accepting applications for this recruitment


Temporary positions are anticipated for lecturers in Community and Regional Development.

A list of courses that may be available during the 2017-2018 academic year is below. This list includes area of degree and experience required to effectively teach these courses. It is possible that courses may be added or omitted from this list as the year progresses.
Several appointments are made each year. The number of courses assigned for each appointment may vary depending on type of course and percentage of appointment.

Service dates are:
Fall Quarter 2017: September 25, 2017 – December 15, 2017
Winter Quarter 2018: January 5, 2018 – March 23, 2018 March
Spring Quarter 2018: March 29, 2018 – June 14, 2018

The Community and Regional Development Unit of the Department of Human Ecology at the University of California, Davis, offers undergraduate majors leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in Community & Regional Development, and Masters Degree in Community Development.
Temporary lecturers are selected to fill specialized positions which require their professional as well as their academic expertise and to fill teaching needs occasioned by sabbatical leaves, leaves of absence of regular faculty or general instructional needs of the unit. Therefore, in any given year, open positions and requirements for individuals to fill them will vary.

Community and Regional Development (areas of degree and experience noted)

CRD 1 The Community. Basic concepts of community analysis and planned social change. The dynamics of community change through case studies of communities
including peasant, urban ghetto, suburban mainline, and California farm workers.

CRD 20 Food Systems. Social aspects of agri-food systems. Social science perspectives applied to food and agricultural sustainability in relation to ecology, knowledge, technology, power, governance, labor, social difference, and social movements. Social and environmental effects of commodity chains in comparative global context.

CRD 141 Organization of Economic Space. Globalization and technological restructuring of economic activity focusing on new spatial patterns of production and circulation and their implications for workers, communities and societies, both in the U.S. and around the globe.

CRD 151 Community Field Research: Theory and Analysis. Introduction to principles and strategies of community organizing and development. Examination of non-profit organizations, citizen participation, poverty reduction, community needs assessment, and regional development strategies. Comparison of community development approaches of the U.S.A./California with other western and non-western societies.

CRD 152 Community Development. Introduction to principles and strategies of
community organizing and development. Examination of non-profit
organizations, citizen participation, approaches to reducing poverty,
community needs assessment, and regional development strategies.

CRD 154 Social Theory and Community Change. Comparative overview of the dominant social science paradigms for the study of community development and
change. Among the paradigms discussed are functionalism, conflict
theory/Marxism, structuralism, methodological individualism, reflexive

CRD 156 Community Economic Development. How low income communities work together to improve their economic well-being, increase their control over
their economic lives, and build community power and decision-making.
Includes techniques to analyze community economic potential and
identification of appropriate intervention tools.

CRD 157 Politics and Community Development. Analyzes political, economic and
sociocultural forces shaping the form and function of local communities in the
U.S. Considers theories of the state, the community and social change and case
studies of actual community development in comparative historical

CRD 158 Small Community Governance. Governing institutions and political processes in rural and small urban places. Local government organization, community autonomy, leadership, political change, policy development, and select policy issues including public finance. Field research on political processes or policy issues in select communities.

CRD 164 Theories of Organizations and Their Roles in Community Change. Planned change within and through community organizations. Private voluntary
organizations, local community associations, and local government.
Relationship between community organizations and social capital.
Collaborative original data gathering and professional report writing.

CRD 171 Housing and Social Policy. Social impact, economics, and politics of housing in the United States. Special attention given to federal, state, and local policy and program strategies to produce and preserve affordable housing and inclusive neighborhoods.

CRD 180 Transnational Community Development. The effects of grassroots, non-state, non-corporate actors from abroad on local, national and international
development. Socioeconomic, political, and cultural implications of
transnational actions undertaken by international non-governmental
organizations, individual migrants, and migrant grassroots civic organizations.

See for brief course descriptions

Review of applications will begin in August 2017; open until filled (OTF). Interested persons should apply via by uploading a current curriculum vitae, contact information for three references, teaching evaluations, reprints or other examples of scholarly and/or professional attainments, and identify the courses in which they are interested in teaching.

The Davis campus, third oldest in the ten-campus University of California system, offers a full range of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. The city of Davis is a progressive university town of about 65,622, located in the Sacramento Valley 72 miles northeast of San Francisco and 15 miles west of Sacramento, California's capital.

The University of California, Davis, and the Department of Human Ecology are interested in candidates who are committed to the highest standards of scholarship and professional activities, and to the development of a campus climate that supports equality and diversity. UC Davis is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer and is dedicated to
recruiting a diverse faculty community. We welcome all qualified applicants to apply, including women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. These positions are covered by a collective bargaining agreement.

UC Davis is a smoke- and tobacco-free campus effective January 1, 2014. Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes) will be strictly prohibited on any property owned or leased by UC Davis-- indoors and outdoors, including parking lots and residential space.

Job location

Davis, CA


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

  • Teaching Evaluations

  • Scholarly and/or Professional Attainments - Reprints or Examples

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

  • List of Courses you would be interested in Teaching

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)