UCLA Master of Social Science Program

Position Description:

The UCLA Master of Social Science program (MaSS) is seeking to hire a lecturer in Winter and Spring 2022 to teach SOC SC 430A & B: Community-Based Research. These two courses are required for all students enrolled in the MaSS program. The expected enrollment is approximately 25-30 students. SOC SC 430A & B are offered as a two-course sequence that guides students through the design and execution of research projects developed in partnership with non-profit organizations in the Los Angeles area. Students will work in teams of 3-4 members each. These courses are conducted in a seminar format, meeting once per week for three hours. In addition, the instructor will meet with each team weekly outside of class.

Primary responsibilities of the instructor include guiding teams through the different stages of the research project including, articulation of research plan, development of research questions, literature review, study design and instrument development, data collection and analysis, and write-up process. Teams should receive detailed written comments from the instructor on a number of drafts of the project submitted throughout the two quarters. The ideal candidate for this position will have significant experience as a researcher as well as experience teaching writing to students at the graduate level.


Applicants should hold a PhD in a social science or related discipline. Prior teaching experience required, preferably with experience teaching writing at the graduate level. Ideal candidates should also have experience mentoring students undertaking mixed-methods research, using a wide range of qualitative and quantitative research methods. Experience working with non-profit organizations is preferred.

To Apply:

Applicants should submit by email (subject line: “MaSS Lecturer Application 2022”) a CV and a cover letter describing relevant experiences and qualifications to the MaSS Program Administrator, Ms. Sarah El Massry:

Candidates will be notified of decisions no later than Dec 1, 2021.