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Lecturer - Disability Studies - College of Letters & Science

Application Window

Open date: September 22nd, 2020

Last review date: Tuesday, Oct 6, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Tuesday, Sep 21, 2021 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 Disability Studies program at the University of California, Berkeley invites applications for a pool of qualified temporary instructors to teach Disability Studies courses should an opening arise. Screening of applicants is ongoing and will continue as needed. The number of positions varies from semester to semester, depending on the needs of the department. Positions may range from 17% to 100%.

The Disability Studies minor centers the knowledge and experience of disabled people, studying cultural and artistic productions, public laws and policies, professional practices, and everyday life with an emphasis on disability as a social situation and a political process. Our approach is interdisciplinary, aiming to integrate the study of disability into academic fields across the campus; it is intersectional; and it makes and draws on long-standing connections between scholarship and activism, locally and globally.

Teaching a Disability Studies course includes holding office hours, assigning grades, advising students, and preparing course materials.

Due to COVID 19, UC Berkeley began the academic year with fully remote instruction. Depending on public health conditions, the need for remote education and virtual classrooms may continue. Instructors must have internet access and be prepared to adjust pedagogical approaches to develop asynchronous instructional materials, foster student-to-student interaction, and reimagine assignments and exams for a remote format.

Basic qualifications (at time of application): must have an advanced degree or be enrolled in an advanced degree program at the time of application.

Additional qualifications (by start date): Completion of Master’s degree or an equivalent international degree. Candidates must already be authorized to work in the United States.

Preferred Qualifications: A Ph.D. or equivalent international degree, and experience working with a diverse student population is preferred. College-level teaching experience in disability studies is preferred. Knowledge of accessible technologies and universal design in instruction is preferred.

Salary is commensurate with experience.

The Disability Studies program is interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their teaching. UC Berkeley is committed to supporting employees as they balance work and family.

To apply, please go to the following link:

Letters of reference may be solicited for finalists.

All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality ( prior to submitting their letters.

Applications will be accepted and reviewed for department needs through September 21, 2021. Applications are typically considered in April and May for fall course needs, in September and October for spring course needs, and February and March for summer course needs. The pool will close September 21, 2021; applicants wishing to remain in the pool after that time will need to submit a new application.

Please note: The use of a lecturer pool does not guarantee that an open position exists. See the review date specified in AP Recruit to learn whether the department is currently reviewing applications for a specific position. If there is no future review date specified, your application may not be considered at this time.

Please email questions to the Assistant Director of HR, Kalford Mills at

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:

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Cover Letter

  • One-Page Statement of Teaching

  • One-Page Description of a Proposed Course in Disability Studies

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)