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University of California Santa Barbara
  • Position Number: 4706442
  • Location: Santa Barbara, CA
  • Position Type: Science - Geology, Earth Sciences & Oceanography

Assistant Teaching Professor of Marine Data Science

University of California Santa Barbara

Position overview
Position title: Assistant Teaching Professor Salary range: The posted UC salary scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and/or step at appointment. See Table 1-L for the salary history range. A reasonable estimate for this position at 100% time is $78,700 - $145,000. "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. Percent time: 100% (50% Bren, 50% CCS Marine Science) Anticipated start: July 1, 2024 Application Window

Open date: October 17, 2023

Most recent review date: Monday, Dec 11, 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: Sunday, Jun 30, 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 College of Creative Studies (CCS) and the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management (Bren School) at the University of California, Santa Barbara jointly invite applications for a tenure-track faculty position as an Assistant Teaching Professor, also known as a Lecturer with Potential Security of Employment (LPSOE), with an anticipated appointment start date of July 1, 2024 and course instruction anticipated to start September 26, 2024.

CCS and the Bren School are looking for exceptional individuals with expertise in both data science and marine science, capable of teaching graduate-level courses in the Bren School as well as undergraduate-level courses in the new CCS Marine Science major. The successful appointment would be evenly split between CCS and the Bren School, and would include program development activities for the CCS Marine Science major, support for the Masters of Environmental Data Science and Coastal and Marine Resource Management Specialization, program development, and graduate student project mentoring activities in the Bren School.

Responsibilities of teaching faculty include teaching and teaching related tasks for lower and upper division undergraduate courses and graduate courses; mentorship of undergraduate and graduate students; professional and/or scholarly achievement and creative activity, particularly relating to instruction and pedagogy; and participation in university and public service. Faculty in this title are members of the Academic Senate, with benefits and privileges that parallel the traditional professor track.

Additional duties will include student advising on capstone or group projects, general advising, student admissions, and program coordination and assessment.

The Bren School and the College of Creative Studies are especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service.

In 2023-24, a wide array of UC Santa Barbara departments is partnering with the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to launch a special faculty recruitment initiative named after Benjamin Banneker, the 18th-century African American mathematician, astronomer, anti-racist, engineer, ecologist, and peace advocate. Funded by an Advancing Faculty Diversity grant from the UC Office of the President, with the goal of diversifying faculty, research, and curriculum in STEM (and related) fields, the Banneker Initiative aims to recruit scholars, scientists, and engineers whose disciplinary and interdisciplinary work would take place within the community of interests exemplified by Banneker's intellectual, ethical, and social commitments as an African American scientist. Applicants may be eligible to be fellows in the Benjamin Banneker Initiative. The community of Banneker Fellows will receive funding for cohort building and professional development activities, including enrollment in the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity Faculty Success Program, proposal writing training, and seed grants.

CCS is a small undergraduate college designed for self-directed students in the sciences and humanities within a world-class research university. It maintains a strong focus on undergraduate research and creative activities, presently hosts nine majors, and offers a BA in Marine Science. We encourage applications from those who have the ability and motivation to engage talented undergraduate students across various sub-disciplines of Marine Science. Further information about the CCS Marine Science program can be found at The Bren School is a graduate school within UCSB that provides rigorous, multi-disciplinary training in environmental science and management to Master's and PhD students. The faculty members are drawn from the natural sciences, social sciences and management. The Bren School Masters of Environmental Data Science provides students with graduate-level courses on a range of data science topics. All Bren Masters students complete a group research project as part of their degree. The candidate will help mentor students through these projects.

This 100% position is eligible for full University of California benefits.




Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

At a minimum, applicants are expected to have completed all requirements for a Ph.D. (or equivalent) in Marine Science, Data Science, or a related discipline, except the dissertation (or equivalent).
Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

Ph.D. (or equivalent) in Marine Science, Data Science, or a related discipline and a minimum of one year of teaching experience (teaching assistant experience is counted).

Preferred qualifications

The successful candidate should be a skilled instructor who, in addition to experience in teaching and mentoring, is familiar with evidence-based pedagogy and learning assessment methodologies and is innovative with respect to developing instructional initiatives.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Cover Letter - Please include a description of your interest in the position and your teaching philosophy.
  • Curriculum Vitae - An up-to-date CV, including your teaching experience.
  • Statement of Teaching Experience and Interests - Please include a description that details your teaching experience and your interests as they relate to this position. This should include A) examples of how your training informs your approach to teaching and use of evidence-based instructional techniques and B) examples of your future teaching and science education plans.
  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statements of contributions to diversity are statements that address past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service. The University of California is committed to excellence and equity in every facet of its mission and strives to recognize contributions in all areas of faculty achievement that promote equal opportunity and diversity. Contributions to diversity and equal opportunity can take a variety of forms including but not limited to:
  • efforts to advance equitable access to education;
  • public service that addresses the needs of California's diverse population;
  • research in the area of expertise that highlights inequalities, and/or mentoring and advising of students particularly from historically underrepresented and underserved populations;
  • creation of effective strategies used for the educational advancement of students in under-represented groups.
  • Teaching Evaluations - If available, relevant teaching evaluations should be included as one document or pdf.
  • Course Proposal - Please upload a course proposal in your area of expertise that includes at minimum a course description, course objectives, student learning outcomes and modes of instruction/assessment.
Reference requirements
  • 3-4 letters of reference required

Applicants must provide the names and contact information for 3-4 references and must request letters of reference within the application system in order to complete application requirements.
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