Job Posting for TT Assistant Professor, Early Global South Comparatist, UCLA Department of Comparative Literature

Published: September 12, 2022

Position overview

Position title: Assistant Professor

Application Window

Open date: September 8, 2022

Next review date: Wednesday, Nov 30, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Wednesday, Nov 30, 2022 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 Comparative Literature at the University of California, Los Angeles has been authorized to make an appointment to a full-time position at the rank of Assistant Professor (tenure-track), effective July 1, 2023. The Department seeks an Early Global South comparatist for the position. The ideal candidate will work in the early periods (ca. 1000 – 1600 C.E.) in a non-European field, in any of the following areas: Middle East, Asia, Africa, or the Americas. This includes indigenous thought in the precolonial/early colonial period. While the non-European field specialty should be primary, comparative work on non-European-to-European connections will be considered. Applicants should have a PhD in Comparative Literature or a related field in hand by the time of appointment (July 1, 2023). The candidate will show broad and sophisticated theoretical competence. We seek the potential for exceptional research, excellence in teaching (lower division to graduate), and value candidates whose experience in teaching, research, or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. Women and underrepresented minorities are encouraged to apply.

Applicants should submit the materials listed below by November 30, 2022:

  • Letter of application
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness
  • Sample course descriptions
  • Writing sample, no longer than 30 pages
  • Diversity statement
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Authorization to Release Information Form

These materials must be submitted online:

All inquiries about the application process may be directed to Laura Enneian at: Please cite the reference number for this search in all correspondence: JPF07817.

UCLA offers an excellent package of benefits, including domestic partner benefits; it also has a number of programs to assist faculty in career development and the balance of work and family obligations.

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, bullying and other demeaning behavior, discrimination, exploitation, or intimidation. With this commitment as well as a commitment to addressing all forms of academic misconduct, UCLA conducts targeted employment reference checks for finalists to whom departments or other hiring units would like to extend formal offers of appointment into Academic Senate faculty positions. The targeted employment reference checks involve contacting the finalists’ current and prior places of employment to ask whether there have been substantiated findings of misconduct that would violate the University’s Faculty Code of Conduct. To implement this process, UCLA requires all applicants for Academic Senate faculty positions to complete, sign, and upload the form entitled “Authorization to Release Information” into RECRUIT as part of their application. If the applicant does not include the signed authorization to release information with the application materials, the application will be considered incomplete. As with any incomplete application, the application will not receive further consideration. Although all applicants for faculty recruitments must complete the entire application, only finalists (i.e. those to whom the department or other hiring unit would like to extend a formal offer) considered for Academic Senate faculty positions will be subject to targeted employment reference checks.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Applicants should have a PhD in Comparative Literature or a related field in hand by the time of appointment (July 1, 2023).

Application Requirements

Document requirements

  • Cover Letter – Letter of application
  • Curriculum Vitae – Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness – This can include teaching evaluations, peer teaching observations, etc.
  • Sample Course Descriptions
  • Writing sample – No longer than 30 pages
  • Statement on Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion – An EDI Statement describes a faculty candidate’s past, present, and future (planned) contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion. To learn more about how UCLA thinks about contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, please review our Sample Guidance for Candidates and related EDI Statement FAQ document.
  • Reference check authorization release form – Complete and upload the reference check authorization release form

Reference requirements

  • 3 letters of reference required

Three letters of recommendation must be submitted at time of application.

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Campus Information

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees must (a) provide proof of receiving at least one dose of a COVID-19 Vaccine no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment and provide proof of Full Vaccination no later than eight weeks after their first date of employment; or (b) if applicable, submit a request for Exception or Deferral no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

The University of California 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: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.

Job location

Los Angeles, CA