Full/Associate Professor in Disability Studies, University of California, Berkeley

University of California, Berkeley
Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society
Disability Studies Cluster Job Announcement

The University of California, Berkeley invites applications for a tenured position at the rank of full or associate professor in disability studies.  The candidate will be appointed as the Haas Chair in Disability Studies. The anticipated starting date is July 1, 2014. The successful candidate will be housed in the academic unit(s) most relevant to his or her specialization.  Joint appointments are possible.  The search is part of the interdisciplinary Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society and will be conducted under the auspices of its Disability Studies Research Cluster. Applicants may read about the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at http://diversity.berkeley.edu/haas-institute.

The successful applicant for this first of two faculty positions in the Cluster will help develop UC Berkeley’s strengths and potential so that the campus can play a leading role in theoretical and applied research, policy analysis, teaching, and community partnership on disability issues. We seek a scholar or a leader of outstanding creative work, achievement and reputation whose work complements that of existing faculty on campus and whose research helps further the general goals of disability studies: eliminating barriers to full social integration, advancing the civil and human rights of people with disabilities, elucidating the social complexities of disability experience, and opening up new ways of thinking about and from the vantage point of disability.

The successful candidate will be expected to become a core faculty member of the Disability Research Cluster, be actively involved in planning Cluster programming and research, share responsibility for the administration of the Cluster, and teach, possibly including courses in the undergraduate Disability Studies minor program.

The ideal candidate will have a record of leadership as an engaged scholar or nationally recognized creative leader with proven understanding of advocacy, community work, and a range of disability issues.  We are particularly but not exclusively interested in candidates in the following fields: public policy; law; architecture; disability-related design (in a number of possible fields, including design for the built environment, human/computer interaction, and new media); education; city and regional planning; work in any of these fields (and more) on emerging new directions for disability studies (for instance, on nonvisible, cognitive and psychosocial disability, and on links between disability studies and deaf studies); work in any of these fields (and more) that develops new critical paradigms for understanding disability in relation to race, gender, sexuality, citizenship, transnational perspectives, and economic disparities.  The applicant should be able to work collaboratively across disciplines and help develop new interdisciplinary approaches in disability studies.

Qualifications include a Ph.D. or its equivalent in a relevant field (for example, a J.D. for a law professor) or its equivalent in terms of creative work at the time of application, outstanding research accomplishment, and the capacity for distinguished teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

To apply, go to: https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/apply/JPF00185 Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research statement, summary of teaching experience and interests, 2 required significant publications or works-in-progress and 1 additional optional, and the names and e-mail addresses of three references.  Early applications are encouraged.  The deadline for complete applications is October 21, 2013.

Letters of reference do not need to be sent at this time, but references may be contacted later with prior consent.  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 (http://apo.chance.berkeley.edu/evalltr.html) prior to submitting their letter.  The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

UC Berkeley is committed to addressing the family needs of faculty, including dual career couples and single parents.

For information about potential relocation to Berkeley or career needs of accompanying partners and spouses, please contact the CALcierge office at calcierge@berkeley.edu or visit http://calcierge@berkeley.edu

Questions concerning this recruitment can be directed to Toni Whittle-Ciprazo at algran@berkeley.edu or (510) 642-4190.

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