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Post-Doctoral Fellow and Assistant Professor in African American Studies

California State University, Fullerton
California, United States
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Oct 2, 2020

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Post-Doctoral Fellow and Assistant Professor in African American Studies
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Department of African American Studies

Post-Doctoral Fellow and Assistant Professor

Fall 2021

The Department of African American Studies at California State University, Fullerton, is pleased to invite applications for a combined post-doctoral fellowship and tenure track Assistant Professorship in African American Studies with a focus on Music.

This prestigious appointment is offered in collaboration with the Postdoctoral Partnership Initiative of the American Council of Learned Societies. The appointment will begin in Fall 2021 with a one-year post-doctoral fellowship as ACLS Visiting Faculty and continue in Fall 2022 with the tenure-track position. The first year of the tenure tack appointment will carry the title ACLS Distinguished Assistant Professor.

California State University, Fullerton is both a minority-serving institution and Hispanic 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.


The Department of African American Studies at California State University, Fullerton invites applications for the combined position of Post-Doctoral Fellow and tenure-track Assistant Professor of African American Performance Studies. The appointment will begin in Fall 2021 with a one-year post-doctoral fellowship as ACLS Visiting Faculty and will continue in Fall 2022 with the tenure-track position. The first year of the tenure tack appointment will carry the title ACLS Distinguished Assistant Professor.

As the ACLS Visiting Professor and ACLS Distinguished Assistant Professor, the faculty member will receive additional support for research and travel, reduced teaching and service requirements, and the opportunity to work with the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows program hosted by the College.

The appointed faculty member will be responsible for teaching performance, music appreciation, and other interdisciplinary courses to undergraduate majors; additional teaching responsibilities based upon applicant's strengths and African American Studies' Department needs; engaging in scholarly/creative activities leading to national visibility and contributing to a university vision on internationalization and interdisciplinary collaboration; advising African American Studies' Department majors; and providing appropriate university service.

The successful candidate will be conversant with multi-disciplinary/interdisciplinary approaches to understanding African American performance and music in the United States and should be able to teach a broad range of courses, including introductory surveys of race and ethnicity in America, Intro to African American Studies, and upper division classes in her/his/their area of specialty. Positive tenure and promotion decisions require excellent teaching, research, peer-reviewed publication, and participation in the broader disciplinary community.

The position offers the right candidate an opportunity to participate in the growth and development of a creative, energetic faculty building a dynamic, intellectually exciting interdisciplinary department. The successful candidate will be eager to join with colleagues in a commitment to active learning, to the assessment of learning outcomes, and to multiple pathways enabling students to acquire a transformative education on the way to a college degree.

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 primary responsibilities of the person in this position will include the development and teaching of introductory and core courses in the discipline, and the development of courses in their area(s) of specialization. Specific courses that this person will teach include African American Music Appreciation, Blacks in Performing Arts, and Black Representations in Film. This person 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 African American Studies, Ethnic Studies, American Studies, Ethnomusicology, Performance Studies or a related field. ABDs must show evidence that the degree will be completed by the appointment date
  • Specialization in African American Music and/or Performance Theory
  • Demonstrated experience and interest in topics related to a broad historical view of African American cultural theory and social relations
  • Evidence of successful teaching experience at the college or university level
  • A strong record of scholarly accomplishments appropriate to the level of appointment
  • Ability to balance excellent teaching, scholarship, and service
  • Experience in working collaboratively with colleagues and community
  • Demonstrated contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and service
  • Demonstrated commitment to and excellence in undergraduate teaching of a very diverse student population, including first generation college students

    Desired Qualifications
  • Experience in Comparative Ethnic Studies
  • Familiarity with other performance subdisciplines (i.e. Theater, Film, and Dance).


    A complete online application must be received by electronic submission in order to receive consideration. To apply, visit and select Job# 497711. Applicants will need to provide the following required materials:
  • Letter of application in which you respond to the required qualifications
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Undergraduate and graduate transcripts (Unofficial transcripts to be accepted during application process; Official transcripts required upon start of appointment if selected)
  • Research statement
  • Teaching statement
  • Reprints and preprints of publications and presentations (submit as a single pdf)
  • Representative course syllabi and teaching evaluation summaries (submit as a single pdf)
  • Diversity statement:
  • This statement provides the candidate's unique perspective on their past and present contributions to and future aspirations for promoting diversity, inclusion, and social justice in their professional careers. The purpose of the diversity statement is to help departments identify candidates who have professional experience, intellectual commitments, and/or willingness to engage in activities that could help CSUF contribute to its mission in these areas. (approximately one to two pages, single spaced)
  • A list of three references with relevant contact information. On the References page of the online application, enter contact information for three referents who will provide a confidential letter of reference for your application. Should you advance to the finalist stage, 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. Natalie Graham at or call 657-278-2791

    To be assured full consideration, all application materials must be received by November 1, 2020.

    The College:

    The mission of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (H&SS) at California State University, Fullerton is to educate students to be culturally, globally, socially, historically and environmentally astute, civically responsible alumni able to navigate an increasingly complex and interconnected world.

    The College of Humanities and Social Sciences' departments and programs offer students the breadth of a traditional liberal arts education in the humanities and social sciences while preparing them for a wide range of professions, for graduate school, and for advanced professional study in fields such as law, education, public administration, clinical psychology, and business. Students who graduate with a degree from H&SS are assured of having depth of understanding in their field of study and the useful core skills that are most attractive to prospective employers and to success in graduate school.

    The College of Humanities and Social Sciences is the largest college at Cal State Fullerton, offering 23 undergraduate degrees, 38 minors, and 15 graduate degrees. The 20 departments and programs employ over 450 faculty and 50 staff members serving more than 7,500 students and annually awarding over 2,000 degrees. For more information about the college, please go to

    The Department

    The Department of African American Studies is an interdisciplinary intellectual community committed to advancing knowledge about Black people in the United States, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, and Africa. The department strives to interrogate the historical meanings and dimensions of slavery, colonialism, resistance, and freedom, and to explore their implications for contemporary political, social, and cultural expressions of Black identity. In addition to analyzing the impact of slavery and freedom on Black life in the Americas, we also examine the issues that continue to shape and define Black communities in the post-Civil Rights Era United States and the contemporary Africa diaspora, including: Black intra-racial dynamics, gender relations, marriage and family patterns, mixed raced identities, sexuality, expressive forms, and hip-hop culture.

    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 childcare; 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.

    Notice of Non-Discrimination on the Basis of Gender or Sex and Contact Information for Title IX Coordinator (

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