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Lecturer, Social Sciences - Veterans Studies

Job#: JPF09078


Salary range: Annual Salary base begins at $66,259 and the number of courses could vary. UCI Salary Scales: https://bpb-us-e2.wpmucdn.com/sites.uci.edu/dist/1/1819/files/2022/06/NSI-pre.pdf


Open date: July 9, 2024

Next review date: Friday, Aug 9, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Monday, Sep 30, 2024 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.


The program in Social Sciences announces a temporary part-time lecturer position in the interdisciplinary field of Veterans Studies contingent on programmatic need.

Requirements - We are seeking instructor(s) to teach Soc Sci 134W: Veterans’ Voices (WINTER 2025) and Soc Sci 132: Veterans in History and Society (SPRING 2025). Our ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. in qualitative Social Sciences, Cultural Studies, History or a historically-grounded Humanities or Writing-related field (including research and/or coursework on veterans and/or military studies), and will be able to demonstrate knowledge and appreciation of the diversity of military veterans’ identities and experiences. They will also be a military veteran and/or have sustained direct experience with the veteran community and will have experience in higher education teaching with and about veterans.

Additional Course Information:

Soc Sci 132: Veterans in History and Society

In this seminar-style class, students will explore key concepts, issues, and trends in the interdisciplinary field of Veterans Studies. Through intensive critical reading and weekly Study Group tasks, in-class student presentations, and structured discussions, students will gain a deep understanding of the ways that social scientists and historians have analyzed the identities, experiences and worldviews of U.S. military veterans, as well as to the meanings that have been attributed by others to veterans and their service. Students will compare the experiences of veterans from diverse backgrounds, identifying the historical, political, economic and sociocultural factors, including race, class, gender, sexuality and national origin that have differently structured their experiences of military service from the early republic to the present day. They will analyze the different ways that veterans have made sense of their military service and how it has shaped their interactions with one another, their families, communities, and the nation, over time. They will also trace shifting perceptions of veterans and their roles in civilian society during different moments in U.S. history. Finally, students will conduct guided individual research on a veteran-related topic of their choice, and write an 8-10 page paper that analyzes their topic in light of key concepts, themes and debates in the field of veteran studies.

Soc Sci 134W: Veterans’ Voices

Students in this upper division ‘W’ (writing) course will use the medium of academic writing to develop a broad understanding and appreciation for the wide range of worldviews, priorities and values embodied in the creative production and activism of diverse U.S. military veterans. Students will explore how veterans have made their voices heard as authors and artists; as individual political actors and leaders/participants in social movements; through powerful veterans’ and “patriotic” societies like the VFW, the G.I. Forum, AMVETS, and the American Legion; and through veteran-activism in activities like the Bonus March, the founding of the VA, the building of the Vietnam Memorial, as well as anti-war and international de-mining campaigns. While exploring the changing political and social contexts that have informed varied forms of expressions across different historical moments, students will also consider how veterans’ complex and multifaceted intersectional identities, including their race, class, gender, sexuality, national origin and citizenship status, political ideologies and spiritual beliefs, have shaped the ways they have used their voices. Since this is an upper-division writing (W) course, discussions of writing and activities to develop students’ writing skills will be integrated with the content of this course.

**Instructors will be provided approved syllabus for this course. Course delivery format is online/asynchronous.

Application Procedure - Interested applicants should submit a cover letter detailing their scholarly qualifications as well as professional and personal knowledge/experience with veterans and/or the military; vita; two letters of reference; evidence of teaching performance; and a Statement of Contributions to Diversity via our online recruit system: https://recruit.ap.uci.edu/apply/

Please note this is a continuous recruitment to fill classes on an as-needed basis. This department will refer to the pool of applications on file to fill assignments as necessary.

School: https://www.socsci.uci.edu/academic-employment.php


Basic qualifications (required at time of application
Ph.D. in an applicable field.


Document requirements

Reference requirements
  • 2 letters of reference required

APPLY LINK: https://recruit.ap.uci.edu/JPF09078

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.
As a University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements.

Irvine, CA





Course Readers

The title Reader is given to a student employed as a "course assistant." Duties normally include grading student papers and exams.  The Reader cannot be given the responsibilities customarily assigned to a graduate Teaching Assistant. Readers may be graduate students as well as qualified undergraduate students. Applicants mus be a current UCI student to qualify to be a reader. A 3.0 GPA and a satisfactory academic progress toward graduation are expected for appointment.  Preference is given to Readers who have taken the course.

The time commitment and duties vary widely, according to the needs of the particular course to which the reader may be assigned. Duties and work load can be affected by enrollment levels, type and number of assignments, style of exams, as well as other factors.

Interested? Applications for Reader positions may be submitted 4-6 weeks prior to the beginning of each quarter. Instructions and additional information may be found within the following form:

Reader Application


  • Fall 2023, Friday, September 29, 2023 by 5 PM
  • Winter 2024, Friday, January 5, 2024 by 5 PM
  • Spring 2024, Friday, March 29, 2024 by 5 PM

For more information, please contact Rachel Neer by email at rachel.neer@uci.edu. Student readers will be notified of approved hours through email.



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