CSUSM Recruitment

CSUSM Recruitment

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Assistant or Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies

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Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: San Marcos
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Social Sciences, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time

Rank: Advanced Assistant or Associate Professor 

Program: Ethnic Studies  

Starting Date: Fall 2023 


The Ethnic Studies Program at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the level Advanced Assistant or Associate Professor. We seek a candidate whose teaching, research, and community and professional service are firmly situated within the broader context of critical, comparative, and relational Ethnic Studies. In particular, we seek applications from candidates whose research and/or teaching focuses on historical and/or contemporary social movements for liberation, decolonization, and/or abolition.   

Guided by the original visions of the Third World Liberation Front and aligned with contemporary Critical Ethnic Studies pursuits of activist scholarship and insurgent critique, CSUSM Ethnic Studies is committed to building a relevant education that is grounded in community engagement, public scholarship, and cross-cultural solidarity. As a small, emerging program—situated on the traditional homelands of the Payómkawichum (Luiseño) peoples, located in North County San Diego, approximately 50 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border, we exist at the crossroads of many local communities whose migrations and (re)settlements have been profoundly shaped by histories and structures of colonialism, imperialism, and war. Situated in this place and in these relationships, CSUSM Ethnic Studies seeks to produce knowledge and build pedagogies that are in ongoing dialogue with the intergenerational struggles and dreams of these regional and global communities. Through comparative, relational, transdisciplinary, and intersectional frameworks, current CSUSM Ethnic Studies faculty generate curricular, research, creative, and/or service projects related to: decolonization; cultural resistance; poetics; music, dance, and embodied knowledge/memory; Latinx and Chicanx indigeneities; Filipina/o/x American literatures; and historiographies of solidarity. 

The successful candidate should be prepared to take on leadership roles in the development of the Ethnic Studies Program in areas such as: faculty mentorship; curriculum development; budget management; program assessment; and campus and community outreach and engagement. Additionally, the successful candidate will be expected to develop and teach courses for undergraduate majors and minors in Ethnic Studies, and for students looking to fulfill the Area F General Education requirement, i.e. CSU Ethnic Studies Graduation Requirement, to maintain an active and sustainable research and/or creative activity agenda, and to engage in meaningful university, community, and professional service.

Minimum Qualifications:  

- Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies, or relevant/aligned interdisciplinary field. 

- Demonstrated record of curricular and program development in comparative Ethnic Studies or a relevant/aligned interdisciplinary field.  

- Demonstrated record of substantial and meaningful service to department, college, university, community and/or profession.    

- Demonstrated record of coordinating community-based and/or public-facing programs, initiatives, and/or projects.

- Demonstrated record of developing and teaching courses in comparative Ethnic Studies, and/or in relevant/aligned interdisciplinary field.  

- Demonstrated record of innovative, high-impact teaching and mentoring.

- Demonstrated potential for developing and teaching undergraduate courses focusing on social movements for liberation, decolonization, and/or abolition.

- Demonstrated publication—or equivalent presentation/performance—record of meaningful research and/or creative activity.
- Demonstrated potential for continuing and/or (re-)developing a meaningful and sustainable research and/or creative activity agenda.   

Preferred Qualifications: 

- Demonstrated experience as program director, department chair or associate chair, or experience in similar project/program management.

- Demonstrated record of effective mentorship of junior faculty from historically marginalized and underserved communities.

- Demonstrated record of managing project, program, and/or departmental budgets.     

- Demonstrated record of developing and sustaining collaborative research and community projects with colleagues, students, and/or local communities.  

- Notable publication—or equivalent presentation/performance—record in Ethnic Studies journals and/or relevant/aligned academic journals/platforms.


The successful candidate will: 

- Assume leadership and/or major responsibilities in the ongoing development of Ethnic Studies;  

- Mentor junior faculty in Ethnic Studies and affiliate faculty;  

- Deliver core courses in the Ethnic Studies curriculum; 

- Expand Ethnic Studies curricular offerings through the development of innovative coursework in candidate's area(s) of specialization; 

- Maintain a research and/or creative activity agenda that will lead to publications and other forms of scholarly productivity and knowledge distribution;  

- Participate in meaningful college, university, community and/or professional service.

Anticipated Hiring Salary Range: $6,751 - $7,167 per month

CSU Classification Salary Range: $5,405 - $11,994 per month

Applications Must Include: 

- Cover Letter (up to 3 pages) that addresses: a) how the candidate meets minimum and preferred qualifications b) the candidate's interest in holding a position within Ethnic Studies and c) the candidate's reason for applying to CSUSM 

- Research Statement (1 page) 

- Teaching Portfolio—includes a Statement of Teaching Philosophy (1 page), one Sample Syllabus, and Evidence of Effective Teaching. 

- Mentorship Statement (1 page) that addresses the candidate's approach to the mentoring of faculty and students

- Curriculum Vitae 

- Writing Sample (25 pages max; excerpts acceptable) 

- List of Three Professional References 


Review of applications will begin January 18, 2023, and thus applications received by this date will be given priority consideration.


The University is particularly interested in applicants who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for under-represented groups.

CSUSM has been designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and was recently named one of the top 32 Colleges most friendly to junior faculty by the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education. Visit Faculty Opportunities for more information.

California State University San Marcos is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer strongly committed to promoting diversity in all areas of the campus community.  We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, physical or mental disability, gender or sex, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion or religious creed, sexual orientation and veteran or military status.

Per the California State University’s Out-of-State Employment Policy, the CSU is prohibited from hiring employees to perform CSU-related work outside California. Working in the State of California is a condition of employment.

The person holding this position is considered a mandated reporter under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 Revised December 22, 2020 as a condition of employment.

CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy, can be found at CSU Covid Policy. Questions should be sent to the Office of Human Resources at hr@csusm.edu

This position is subject to employment verification, education verification, reference checks and criminal record checks. An offer of appointment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check, including a criminal records check, and may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information.  Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act or Clery Act Notification can be found at Clery Act Notification.

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