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Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature - Asian American Literature

California State University, Fullerton
California, United States
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Posted Date
Aug 5, 2019

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Faculty Positions, Humanities, English & Literature
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Tenured/Tenured Track
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Full Time
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Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature - Asian American Literature

College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Department of English, Comparative Literature and Linguistics
Assistant Professor
Fall 2020

The Department of English, Comparative Literature and Linguistics at California State University, Fullerton invites applications for a tenure-track position as an Assistant Professor of Asian American literature. Appointment to begin in Fall 2020.

California State University, Fullerton is a minority-serving institution, and an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer with a strong commitment to increasing the diversity of the campus community and the curriculum, and fostering an inclusive environment within which students, staff, administrators and faculty thrive. Candidates who can contribute to this goal through their teaching, research, advising, and other activities are encouraged to identify their strengths and experiences in this area. Individuals advancing the University's strategic diversity goals and those from groups whose underrepresentation in the American professoriate has been severe and longstanding are particularly encouraged to apply.

We invite applications for a tenure-track position in Asian American literature. Scholars with comparative or transnational approaches are especially encouraged to apply. Desirable secondary specializations include Creative Writing or Children's Literature. The appointee will be expected to teach a wide range of courses in all areas of the English major, both at the upper-division and graduate (M.A.) levels, as well as lower-division, introductory, and general education courses. Teaching assignments may include courses in Asian American literature, Asian literature, survey courses in American or Comparative Literature, and/or courses in Creative Writing or Children's Literature. Faculty generally teach 3 classes per semester. A reduced teaching load is provided for the first two years. Evidence of an active research program and high-quality teaching is required.

CSUF faculty are committed teacher/scholars who bring research and creative discovery to life for students in classrooms, labs, studios, and individually mentored projects. They teach broadly in the curricula of their departments, advise students, and serve on departmental and university-wide committees. The person in this position will also be responsible for producing scholarship / creative work commensurate with the requirements for tenure. The successful candidate will also be expected to contribute to and participate in the life and development of the department, advise students, serve on committees, and participate in the broader university and disciplinary communities.

Required Qualifications
  • Ph.D. in English, Comparative Literature, or a related field is required by August 2020
  • ABDs must show evidence of degree completion prior to appointment
  • Specialization in Asian American Literature
  • Ability to balance excellent teaching, scholarship, and service
  • Evidence of successful, high-quality teaching
  • Active research program with demonstrated evidence of, or clear potential for, high-quality peer-reviewed publication
  • Potential for collegial participation in departmental, campus, and disciplinary communities
  • Demonstrated commitment to working successfully with a diverse student population, including first‐generation college students
  • Demonstrated contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and service

  • Preferred Qualifications
    • Secondary specialization in Creative Writing or Children's Literature

    Appointment Date
    August 2020

    Application Procedure
    A complete on‐line application must be received by electronic submission to be considered. To apply, please visit to apply for requisition #493610, and provide the following required materials:
    1. Letter of application in which you respond to the required qualifications
    2. Curriculum vitae
    3. Undergraduate and graduate transcripts (Unofficial transcripts to be accepted during application process; Official transcripts required upon start of appointment if selected)
    4. Writing sample of no more than 25 pages
    5. Diversity statement: Statement addressing past and/or future contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and service (approximately one to two pages, single spaced)
    6. A list of three references with relevant contact information
      • Semi-finalists will be asked to submit three letters of recommendation. Please have these ready for the referents to submit. On the References page of the online application, enter information and email addresses for three referents who will provide a confidential letter of reference for your application. They will receive a request via email along with information on uploading the letter. You will be able to verify that each letter has been received by CSUF by logging back in to the recruitment system.

    Please direct all questions about the position to: Dr. Stephen Mexal, Chair of the Department of English, Comparative Literature, and Linguistics at or call 657-278-3163.

    Application Deadline
    Review of applications will begin immediately. Applications received by October 1, 2019 will be given full consideration. Position is open until filled.

    Additional Information
    Multiple positions may be hired from this recruitment based on the strength of the applicant pool.

    Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications, and is subject to budgetary authorization and any California State University System faculty contract increases. Summer research grants, moving expenses, start‐up funds, and a reduced teaching load may be available. An excellent comprehensive benefits package is available that includes: health/vision/dental plans; spouse, domestic partner and dependent fee‐waiver; access to campus child‐care; and a defined‐benefit retirement through the state system along with optional tax sheltering opportunities. For a detailed description of benefits, please visit

    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.

    A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be formally offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

    Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self‐disclose.

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