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Assistant or Associate Professor of Service Learning and Social Action

California State University, Monterey Bay
California, United States
Not specified
Posted date
Dec 6, 2018

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Other Social & Behavioral Sciences
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Assistant or Associate Professor of Service Learning and Social Action

Faculty Classification: AY
Faculty Status: Tenure-Track
Department Name: Service Learning Institute
Job Number: FAC2018-315
Priority Screening Date: 02/04/2019
Recruitment Status: Apply now! Priority screening date is 2/4/2019.

Position Description:
Powered by an inspiring Founding Vision Statement, California State University, Monterey Bay (WWW.CSUMB.EDU) is a comprehensive, mid-sized four-year university whose staff and faculty help transform student lives by emphasizing project-based learning, requiring service learning, and promoting multicultural and global perspectives on and beyond the campus community. CSUMB is both an MSI and HSI and has a vibrant, diverse student body of over 7000 students and growing. Our faculty and staff, many of whom live in campus housing, appreciate living and working about one mile from the shores of the beautiful Monterey Bay. As one of the 23 campuses in the California State University (CSU) system, we offer excellent benefits, including housing, and competitive salaries for our faculty and staff. During our 25th Silver Anniversary Celebration in 2019-20, we will complete two major building projects: the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and the Student Union. By 2030, CSUMB's sustainability initiative is to be carbon neutral.

CSU Monterey Bay is a national leader in service learning and civic engagement, and one of the few universities in the country to have made service learning a graduation requirement. CSUMB has embraced a social justice approach to service learning, emphasizing the examination of systems of power, privilege and oppression and their relationship to social action and civic engagement. All CSUMB students complete a lower division service learning course as part of general education; and, an upper division service learning course as part of their major requirements. All CSUMB service learning courses teach to learning outcomes grounded in critical civic literacy, helping students develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes to create more just and equitable communities, workplaces and social institutions. The Service Learning Institute (SLI) provides leadership for the CSUMB service learning program by teaching service learning courses, leading faculty professional development, coordinating community partnership, risk management and evaluation systems, and training Service Learning Student Leaders.

The Service Learning & Social Action faculty will serve as the SLI point person for the newly redesigned lower division Civics/Service Learning course. The new course is designed to give students the opportunity to become personally involved in a community issue, while more deeply understanding their individual rights and responsibilities, along with the civic and political structures that govern action in our society. The course covers American political institutions, the United States and California constitutions, social group identities and the dynamics of power, privilege and oppression, and the skills of civic action. In addition to teaching multiple sections of this course, the faculty person will play a leading role in supporting professional development for this new GE requirement campus-wide. The Service Learning & Social Action faculty will also be able to teach courses as part of the Student Leadership in Service Learning Program, and the Minor in Service Learning Leadership.

As a University that educates students of various ethnic and cultural backgrounds, we value diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds of our faculty and staff. CSUMB welcomes applicants who are knowledgeable about and interested in working within a cross-cultural learning environment.


  • Teach lower division courses in civics/service learning that focus on diversity, social justice, and civic knowledge/action; and upper division courses in service learning that connect disciplinary knowledge with issues of diversity, social responsibility and social justice
  • Build reciprocal service learning partnerships with local and regional community organizations that support student engagement in significant societal challenges
  • Design and deliver faculty professional development for service learning courses that address diversity, identity, systems of oppression, civic engagement and social action
  • Design and deliver civic action projects in collaboration with campus student leaders to enhance student activism and civic engagement
  • Able to teach a typical load of 12 credits per semester

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Ph.D. or Ed.D. in a field related to community engagement, social action, and/or service learning by time of appointment. Relevant fields include, but are not limited to: Social Sciences, Social Justice Education, Political Science, Education Leadership, Higher Education, Community Studies, Ethnic Studies, College Student Development, Community Psychology, American Studies, Gender Studies, Queer Studies, etc.
  • Demonstrated ability in teaching social justice-oriented service learning courses that address issues of power, develop authentic partnerships with community organizations, and have an assets-based social change orientation
  • A track record of and/or strong potential for scholarly publication and/or funded research related to service learning, civic engagement and/or social change processes
  • Demonstrated ability in teaching and mentoring culturally diverse students, including under-represented students of color, LGBTQ students and first-generation college students
  • Demonstrated ability in working effectively in ethnically and culturally diverse communities

Preferred Qualification:
  • Demonstrated ability working in or contributing to community-based social change processes through participatory action research or other collaborative approaches to knowledge generation and social action
  • Demonstrated ability developing and implementing assessment tools and processes focused on student learning outcome achievement, community impact, or other dimensions of community-university partnership
  • Demonstrated leadership in facilitating communities of practice and other participatory approaches to professional development
  • Demonstrated leadership skills in professional, academic or community-based areas are desirable

Other Related Information:

Special Conditions 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 as a condition of employment.

The incumbent is required to maintain confidentiality as outlined in the Department of Education’s Family Educational Rights and Privacy and California’s Educational Code Chapter 13 regarding sensitive student issues.

All offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a background check (including a criminal records check).

Compensation and Benefits:




How to Apply:
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A completed online application and all required materials must be received by University Personnel by 5:00 p.m. on the priority screening date listed above to be guaranteed a review. Application submissions received after the application screening date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University. Materials submitted become the property of CSUMB and will not be returned. CSUMB will not fax application materials.

For assistance or if you require an accommodation, please call (831) 582-3389. For computer/online access you may visit the Tanimura & Antle Family Memorial Library (map). Please check the link provided for the respective hours and the location.

CSU Monterey Bay is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to: Age, Disability, Race or Ethnicity, Gender, Gender Identity or Expression, Nationality, Religion, Sexual Orientation, Genetic Information, Veteran or Military Status.

All employees must be eligible for employment in the U.S.


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