Assistant Teaching Professor - Lecturer with Potential Security of Employment in Data Science/Programming University of California San Diego, Social Sciences United States

Assistant Teaching Professor - Lecturer with Potential Security of Employment in Data Science/Programming

Job #JPF01564



Open date: September 22nd, 2017
Last review date: January 22nd, 2018

Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: June 30th, 2018

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.




The Department of Cognitive Science within the Division of Social Sciences at the University of California, San Diego is committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body. We invite applications for a Tenure Track Assistant Teaching Professor position in Data Science/Programming. We interpret this area broadly and invite candidates who can provide students with strong foundations in the computational techniques employed in analysis of the wide range of quantitative and qualitative data involved in Cognitive Science. These topics include—in addition to data wrangling, modeling, statistical analysis, and visualization—new types of data from crowd-sourcing, online experiments, protocols, social computing, and video ethnography. We are especially interested in candidates who will flourish in a Cognitive Science Department, and whose research, teaching, or service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity within an academic setting. Joint appointment with other departments can be considered where appropriate and the successful candidate will be offered an affiliation with the new Halicioglu Institute for Data Science at UC San Diego. The institute is the result of a $75 million gift from alumnus and Facebook pioneer Taner Halicioglu (


The Assistant Teaching Professor is also known within the UC as an LPSOE (Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment). The LPSOE series parallels the research-focused series but with emphasis upon excellence in teaching and other instruction-related activities. Individuals in the position are expected to provide outstanding teaching as well as to engage in professional activity (including research on pedagogy) and service related to the pedagogical mission of the department and university. This appointment confers membership in the Academic Senate, and, contingent upon promotion, tenure-paralleling security of employment.


The UCSD Department of Cognitive Science was the first of its kind in the world, and, as part of an exceptional scientific community, continues to influence the field it helped to create. The department is truly interdisciplinary, with a faculty whose interests span anthropology, computer science, design, human development, human-computer interaction, information and data science, linguistics, neuroscience, philosophy, psychology, sociology, and vision. We welcome candidates to apply whose PhD or M.F.A. or equivalent degree are in these disciplines. Applicants must have a Ph.D., M.F.A., or equivalent degree in their area of expertise or completion of degree by the start date of the position. An interdisciplinary perspective and experience with multiple methodologies is highly valued.


The preferred candidate will have strong demonstrated accomplishments in areas contributing to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and a desire to play a leadership role in advancing UC San Diego’s commitment to achieving excellence and diversity. Candidates will be favored who will contribute to instruction-related activities (e.g., conducting TA training, curriculum development, creation of instructional materials including online instruction, employ new technologies) at the campus, statewide, and national level.


Candidates should submit, via online application to (a) a short cover letter describing background and interests, (b) vita, (c) teaching statement, (d) documentation of teaching excellence (e.g., links to instructional materials developed by candidate, summaries of teaching evaluations, online instructional segments), (e) statement of scholarly activities (which may include research on pedagogical focus, (f) reprints of up to four representative publications/scholarly articles particularly with a pedagogical focus, (g) personal statement summarizing their contributions (or potential contributions) to diversity and leadership (, and (h) at least three letters of reference commenting on the candidate’s pedagogical skills, among other attributes (provide referee name, title, address and email) to


Applications received by December 9, 2017 will be given full consideration. However, positions will remain open until filled. Appointments will begin July 1, 2018 and salary is commensurate with experience and based on the University of California pay scales.


UCSD is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to academic excellence and diversity and to addressing dual career issues ( All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status.



San Diego, CA


More information about this recruitment:



  • Cover Letter - Describe background and interests

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

  • Documentation of Teaching Excellence - e.g. links to instructional materials developed by candidate, summaries of teaching evaluations, on-line instructional segments

  • Statement of Scholarly Activities - May include research on pedagogical focus.

  • Publications - Include up to 4 representative publications/scholarly articles particularly with a pedagogical focus.

  • Statement of Contributions to diversity - Applicants should summarize their past or potential contributions to diversity. See our Faculty Equity site for more information.

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

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