Ast Prof of Human Rights and Environmental Justice in Latin America

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Work type: Tenure-Track Faculty
Location: Main Campus (Gainesville, FL)
Categories: Social/Behavioral Science, Humanities
Department:57140100 - LT-CTR-LT AMER STUDIES-ADMIN

Classification Title:

Assistant Professor of Human Rights and Environmental Justice in Latin America

Job Description:

The Center for Latin American Studies ( at the University of Florida invites applicants who take an intersectional approach to conducting theoretically driven, empirical research for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position of human rights and environmental justice in Latin America and/or the Caribbean. We are particularly interested in considering applications from candidates whose research and teaching focus on Indigenous or Afro-descendant populations, incorporating a broad range of methods. We encourage candidates to apply whose interest and scholarship include such fields as Indigenous studies,….”, Afro-diasporic studies, environmental racism, ecological economics, law and governance, social conflict, conflict mediation, gender, education, political ecology, environmental conservation, sustainability, grassroots organizing, civil society, art and culture, institutional politics, or media studies. We strongly encourage applicants from historically underrepresented groups in the profession, applicants who have collaborators based in Latin America and/or the Caribbean, and those with proficiency in one or more non-English languages spoken in Latin America or the Caribbean. Prior teaching experience with evidence of creative pedagogies, experiential learning, and student mentoring is highly desirable.  We expect the successful candidate to teach two courses each semester, maintain an active research agenda, value methodological pluralism, participate in the activities of the specializations in the Center, and provide service to the Center, University, and their respective disciplines.

About the Center: The UF Center for Latin American Studies (LAS) was founded in 1931 and is one of the top-ranked and oldest centers of its kind. It is renowned for the richness and breadth of its intellectual life, which is sustained in part by the diverse perspectives, backgrounds, and identities of its members. Over 20 LAS faculty and 300 affiliate faculty across the university integrate approaches from social sciences, natural sciences, the humanities and professions. LAS has a vibrant Outreach Program that targets K-16 educators and hosts an annual Bacardi Scholar program that invites a distinguished scholar of Latin American Studies to conduct a semester-long teaching and research residence. Additionally, the Center hosts an annual conference/workshop on an area of relevance to Latin American Studies that brings together scholars, graduate students, and participants from socio-political sectors to contribute to the advancement of research and thought surrounding key issues impacting communities across Latin America and the Latin American Diaspora.

The Center is home to vibrant Master’s degree programs in Latin American Studies (MALAS), Sustainable Development Practice (MDP), and combined JD/LAS that attract students from Latin America, the Caribbean, the United States, and across the globe. It also offers graduate certificate programs in Tropical Conservation and Development (TCD) and Latin American Studies. The Center currently hosts eleven specialization that bring together faculty and students in research and learning communities. Finally, the Center’s core and affiliate faculty, as well as its students, are supported by the UF Libraries’ Latin American and Caribbean Collection (LACC) and the Smathers Library. The LACC holds a range of collections that attract scholars from around the world to the University of Florida campus, and it helps bolster teaching and research by offering immediate access to various archives, manuscripts, and texts.

About the University: Founded in 1853, the University of Florida (UF) is a public land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant research university and one of the most academically renowned universities in the nation. The Wall Street Journal ranks UF as the No. 1 public university in the nation. Other national rankings, such as 2nd by Forbes and 7th by Kiplinger, are a result of UF’s commitment to provide the highest quality education at the best value. UF is home to 16 colleges and more than 200 research, service, and education centers, as well as various bureaus and institutes. UF boasts more than 4,000 faculty members, 50,000 students and 415,000 living alumni. In 2021, faculty scholars generated more than $950 million in research awards. In 2013, the Florida Legislature designated UF as a “preeminent” state university. UF is also an “emerging” Hispanic serving institute with more than 23% of the full-time student body identifying as Hispanic or Latinx.

About the Area: UF is located in Gainesville, a progressive college town in north central Florida that blends big-city cultural and athletic offerings with small-town friendliness and charm, along with excellent schools. Gainesville sits about halfway between the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico, is often recognized as one of America’s best college towns, and is easily accessible from three major metropolitan areas (Jacksonville, Orlando, and Tampa). The National Arbor Day Foundation has recognized Gainesville as a “Tree City USA” every year since 1982. Add the allure of Florida’s famous sunshine, tropical breezes, and abundant wilderness, springs, rivers and seashores nearby, and it is little wonder that top-caliber faculty and students find our College and University to be the perfect balance of premier academics and a fulfilling lifestyle.

Expected Salary:

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications.

In addition to your salary, the University of Florida (UF) offers low-cost State Health plans, a number of Dental plans to fit you and your family’s needs, and Vision. Domestic partner coverage through GatorCare is also available. Optional plans such as life, disability, legal and accident insurance are also available.

The University of Florida provides a variety of leave programs including, sick leave, paid holidays, and family medical leave. UF also provides you the flexibility to deal with life’s challenges by offering paid family leave, eight full weeks of leave over a 24-month period.

Build your retirement roadmap with competitive pension plans, investment accounts and a host of voluntary add-ons, such as 457 deferred compensation and 403(b) plans.

Minimum Requirements:

Applicants must have a PhD by the start date of the position and have substantial knowledge of Latin America and/or the Caribbean.

The anticipated start date is August 2024.

Preferred Qualifications:

The Candidate should have strong knowledge of Latin America and/or the Caribbean, and fluency or proficiency in one or more non-English languages spoken in Latin America or the Caribbean. Preference will be given to candidates with collaborators based in Latin America and/or the Caribbean, a record of conducting empirical research, and theoretical expertise on human rights and environmental justice as it applies to Indigenous and/or Afro-descendant communities in Latin America/the Caribbean. Prior teaching experience with evidence of commitment to creative teaching and student mentoring is highly desirable. We strongly encourage applicants from historically underrepresented groups in the profession.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applications must be submitted online at Careers at UF, visit (Job No. 528704) and must include (1) a letter of interest, 2- page max; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a research statement, 1-page max; (4) a statement of teaching interests and any prior experience teaching and mentoring students; (5) a writing sample; and (6) contact information for three professional references who will be prompted to submit letters through the online application system. Applications received by November 15, 2023, will receive fullest consideration, but the search committee will continue to review applications until the position is filled.

Applicants must submit a published or unpublished writing sample, such as a journal article, book chapter, or dissertation chapter. The writing sample should be the best representation of an applicant’s work in the area of human rights and environmental justice.

All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening which includes a review of criminal records, reference checks, and verification of education. The final candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at

The University of Florida is committed to non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations, genetic information and veteran status in all aspects of employment including recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline, terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, and training.

The University of Florida is An Equal Opportunity Institution. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352/392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800/955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law.

Health Assessment Required:  No


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