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 - Behavioral Sciences, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time
Position Description


Rank: Assistant Professor 

Program: Ethnic Studies  

Starting Date: Fall 2024 

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 the context of critical, comparative, and relational Ethnic Studies, with a specific emphasis on education and critical pedagogy. In particular, we seek applications from candidates whose research and/or teaching specialization is in any of the following: critical, ethnic studies, decolonial, transformative, liberation, and/or abolitionist pedagogies; K-12 urban education; and/or youth activism.  

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; historiographies of solidarity; Black feminist thought; placemaking; and critical refugee studies.

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, Curriculum and Pedagogy, Education, or any relevant/aligned interdisciplinary field with a specialization in Critical Pedagogy and/or Teacher Education; Applicants with ABD status will be considered; Ph.D. must be completed before employment start date.
  • Research and teaching specialization in Ethnic Studies Pedagogies.
  • Demonstrated potential to develop undergraduate courses and teach courses on critical pedagogy and comparative Ethnic Studies. 
  • Demonstrated potential for a meaningful and sustainable research and/or creative activity trajectory.   
  • Demonstrated commitment to working effectively with a diverse student population.

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Demonstrated record of developing education studies curriculum as it engages critical, comparative, and relational Ethnic Studies.
  • 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 Ethnic Studies, 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 with particular emphasis on teaching Ethnic Studies in secondary schools;
  • Play a central and active role in maintaining and developing collaborations and partnerships with local school districts as they meet the mandate of AB 101;   
  • Participate in meaningful departmental, college, university, community and/or professional service.

Anticipated Hiring Salary Range: $6,916 - $7,333 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 
  • Curriculum Vitae 
  • Diversity Statement
  • Research Statement (1 page) 
  • Teaching Portfolio—includes a Statement of Teaching Philosophy (1 page); one Sample Syllabus; and Evidence of Effective Teaching. 
  • Writing Sample (20-25 pages max; excerpts acceptable) 
  • Three Professional References 

Review of applications will begin January 17, 2024, 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.

The CSU strongly recommends that all individuals who access any in-person program or activity (on- or off-campus) operated or controlled by the University follow COVID-19 vaccine recommendations adopted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) applicable to their age, medical condition, and other relevant indication and comply with other safety measures established by each campus. 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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