Cluster Hire: Tomás Rivera Endowed Chair in Creative Writing and English with emphasis on Chicano/Latino Literature
University of California, Riverside
December 22, 2017
The University of California, Riverside seeks applicants at the Associate or Full Professor level for the Tomás Rivera Endowed Chair in Creative Writing and English with an emphasis on Chicano/Latino literature. The successful candidate shall hold the Tomás Rivera Endowed Chair, established in memory of the writer, poet, and academic leader who served as Chancellor of the University of California, Riverside. Applicants must present an outstanding record of creative activity and research in Chicana/o/x or Latina/o/x literature, one evidenced by national and international publications, presentations, and awards. Preference will be given to applicants with an active research agenda who have published with distinction in multiple genres. The successful candidate will be a senior joint appointment in the Department of Creative Writing with a secondary appointment in the Department of English, with teaching and service as assigned. The position will be effective July 1, 2018.
The initial appointment as Endowed Chair will be for five years, with the possibility of renewal. The Endowed Chair holder will receive funding from endowed sources to support research and conference development, as well as teaching activity. The Endowed Chair holder will also teach courses in fiction, poetry, and/or nonfiction, as well as courses in Chicana/o/x and Latina/o/x literature. Proven commitment to and enthusiasm for teaching diverse student populations at both the graduate and undergraduate levels are required, as are knowledge of current debates in Chicana/o/x and Latina/o/x cultural studies and creative arts.
The Endowed Chair holder should also have a background in community outreach and leadership for use in coordinating the annual Tomás Rivera Conference, an event that provides an international forum for thoughtful reflection on the contributions of Chicana/o/x and Latina/o/x artists in the worlds of literature, music, and art, as well as education, business, and medicine.
A terminal degree in the applicant's area of expertise is required. Salary will be commensurate with education and experience.
Applications must include a two-page cover letter that includes a research statement, an updated curriculum vitae, a statement addressing contributions to or potential for contributions to academic diversity, a minimum of one writing sample or article reprint, a statement of teaching philosophy, a sample of recent teaching evaluations, and the names and contact information for three references. Candidates may also submit a website, dossier, or media-player links with access to samples of their artistic work. Additional materials may be requested for candidates who are placed on the short list. Review of applications will begin February 26, 2018 and may continue until the position has been filled. Complete applications received by February 26 will receive full consideration. Advancement through the faculty ranks at the University of California is through a series of structured, merit-based evaluations, occurring every 2-3 years, each of which includes substantial peer input.
The Tomás Rivera Endowed Chair will join faculty recruited in the Greater Mexico/U.S. Latinx cluster hire. Drawing on Americo Paredes' term,
A University of Distinction and Diversity widely recognized as one of the most ethnically diverse research universities in the nation, the University of California, Riverside current enrollment is more than 20,000 students, with a goal of 21,000 students by 2020. The campus is in the midst of a tremendous growth spurt with new and remodeled facilities coming on-line on a regular basis.UCR is loca...ted approximately 50 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. UCR is also within easy driving distance of dozens of major cultural and recreational sites, as well as desert, mountain and coastal destinations. UCR is one of 10 universities within the prestigious University of California system, and the only UC located in Inland Southern California.