CSUSM Recruitment

CSUSM Recruitment

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Assistant 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: Assistant 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 of Assistant Professor. We seek a candidate whose teaching, research, and community and professional service are situated broadly within context of critical, comparative, and relational Ethnic Studies and more specifically within Black Studies. In particular, we seek applications from candidates whose research and/or teaching specialization is in Black Feminist Thought.

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 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 develop 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, Africana Studies, African American Studies, American Studies, or any relevant/aligned interdisciplinary field with a specialization in Black Studies; degree must be in hand by the start of the appointment—August 2023.    

- Research and teaching specialization in Black Feminist Thought.    

- Demonstrated potential to develop undergraduate courses and teach in Black Studies and comparative Ethnic Studies.  

- Demonstrated potential for a meaningful and sustainable research and/or creative activity agenda.   

- Demonstrated commitment to working effectively with a diverse student population.

Preferred Qualifications: 

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

- Demonstrated record of developing Black Studies curriculum as it engages critical, comparative, and relational Ethnic Studies.

- Demonstrated ability to develop and teach undergraduate courses in critical, comparative, and relational Ethnic Studies and Black and to develop and teach courses with respect to candidate's specializations.

- Demonstrated record for innovative, high-impact, and culturally responsive approaches to teaching and mentoring. 

- Demonstrated record of conducting, publishing, and/or presenting research and/or creative activity to academic and/or nonacademic audiences.   

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


The successful candidate will: 

- Deliver core courses in the Ethnic Studies curriculum; 

- Develop innovative, undergraduate coursework in Black Studies, Black Feminist Thought, and additional area(s) of specialization; 

- Develop and sustain a research and/or creative activity agenda that will lead to publications and other forms of knowledge production and circulation;  

- Contribute significantly to curriculum and program development;  

- Participate in meaningful departmental, 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. 

- 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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