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The Music Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position with a focus on Hip Hop scholarship and practice. We are interested in candidates who show the promise or potential for national and international renown and who delve deeply into the diverse styles, methodologies, and evolutionary paths of 21st-century Hip Hop. We are particularly interested in scholars/practitioners with lived and professional experience in Hip Hop who champion perspectives from the BIPOC, queer, trans, womanist, and feminist communities. Candidates with an elaborate understanding of Hip Hop's multifaceted nuances and its historical significance are particularly encouraged to apply.
We seek candidates with a thorough knowledge of the rich Hip Hop legacy spanning 50 years, with a creative engagement in Hip Hop as a musical tradition that draws from deep-rooted African orature and encompasses diverse expressions from dance, rap, and technology to fashion, film, and business. Candidates' research/practice may focus on Hip Hop as an evolving global art form originated from young African Americans and/or focus on its development into a cultural force now capable of influencing global movements, styles, and communities. In research, practice, and teaching, the ideal candidate will invoke Hip Hop's roots, evolution, and development given that contemporary students encounter hip-hop across diverse platforms, from social media and films to everyday ambient music. Since Hip Hop is a genre of music most often characterized by a powerful, rhythmic beat and virtuosic rapping vocal track, we seek candidates who bridge research with practice. In addition to scholarly preparation, candidates should also contribute meaningfully to this dynamic field as practitioners/producers, experts in music technology, demonstrate proficiency in music software and system design, or other direct involvement in Hip Hop's impact on the $16 billion music industry and beyond. We want Hip Hop-based education to reflect a broad-based and interdisciplinary process, with an emphasis on those elements that support the production of songs and lyrics, dance and graffiti, and then applied as curricular resources to inspire people to be agents of social and political change.
Candidates should be poised to outline their prior contributions to equity and diversity within music scholarship and practice. We are eager to understand their strategies for drawing, fostering, and sustaining a more equitable and diverse student body, as well as their visions for advancing equity in the broader spectrum of music studies. Furthermore, we are interested in their prospective contributions promoting both equity and diversity in their service to the department, division, university, and the extended community.
The Department of Music at UC Santa Cruz has declared an active commitment (Initiatives and Commitments Toward Racial Justice | Music Department | UC Santa Cruz) to efforts in the promotion of racial justice, both within our community and across our disciplines. We welcome candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to supporting and advancing the scholarship and creative work of Black, Brown, Indigenous communities, women, trans and non-binary people, and that of other groups historically marginalized and under-represented in higher-education careers. Through our curriculum and our priorities for research areas for hiring, we strive to cultivate diverse knowledge, social and cultural equity, and a more representative university environment. The Hip Hop scholar/practitioner may have opportunities to interface with Visualizing Abolition, which is a public scholarship initiative at the UC Santa Cruz Institute of Arts and Sciences. The initiative features a music series called Music for Abolition, art exhibitions, artist commissions, curriculum development, public events as well as postdoctoral fellowships. Visualizing Abolition also has a certificate program housed in the Humanities Division.
The ability to contribute significantly to graduate education and the mentoring of graduate students is highly desirable. The successful candidate must be able to work with students, faculty and staff from a wide range of social and cultural backgrounds. We are especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research/creative activity, teaching, and service.
UCSC is a Hispanic-Serving Institution and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution with a high proportion of first-in-family undergraduate students. In addition to encouraging participation in robust departmental, divisional, and campus mentoring, the campus offers a Faculty Community Networking Program that provides support for African-American/Black/Caribbean, Asian-American/Pacific Islander, Latinx/Chicanx, and Indigenous faculty, as well as groups for women in STEM, faculty with disabilities, and academic mothers.
The Arts Division supports faculty research through the Arts Research Institute http://artsresearch.ucsc.edu/ari/; the campus supports research and teaching with grants awarded by the Committee on Research, the Committee on Teaching, and other groups.
The campus operates on a schedule of three 11-week quarters per academic year. In accordance with the department's workload policy, music faculty members are required to offer the equivalent of 5.0 five-unit courses per year, of which 1 is tied to undergraduate and graduate advising and 4 are typically formal courses. In addition to teaching, music faculty advise and mentor students; actively engage in creative work and research; and actively undertake administrative service for the department, affiliated college, and University.
Our first round of review will be solely based on (1) the statement of creative practice and/or research and (2) the statement of contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion. We welcome candidates who understand the barriers facing historically oppressed groups in higher education, and who have engaged in teaching, research, professional and/or public service contributions that promote equity, justice, and antiracist, decolonial practice. We are looking for candidates that demonstrate effective strategies that support the recruitment and success of underrepresented scholars and students, which may take a variety of forms. The rubric that we will use to evaluate the statement of contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion is available here: https://apo.ucsc.edu/docs/ucsc-rubrics-c2deistatements.pdf
The chosen candidate will be expected to sign a statement representing that they are not the subject of any ongoing investigation or disciplinary proceeding at their current academic institution or place of employment, nor have they in the past ten years been formally disciplined at any academic institution/place of employment. In the event the candidate cannot make this representation, they will be expected to disclose in writing to the hiring Dean the circumstances surrounding any formal discipline that they have received, as well as any current or ongoing investigation or disciplinary process of which they are the subject. (Note that discipline includes a negotiated settlement agreement to resolve a matter related to substantiated misconduct.)
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