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Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies-African American Studies Emphasis

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo
California, United States
Competitive Salary
Posted Date
Feb 11, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Humanities, Ethnic & Multicultural Studies
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Ethnic Studies Department in the College of Liberal Arts at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, invites candidates to apply for a full-time, academic year, tenure-track position at the assistant professor level in the field of African American Studies, to begin September 9, 2021.

The Department of Ethnic Studies offers both a major and minor designed to centralize the interdisciplinary study of race, ethnicity, and racism in the United States. The curriculum is intended to prioritize historically marginalized groups in the United States such as Native Americans/American Indians, African Americans, Latinx Americans, and Asian Americans.

The College of Liberal Arts is committed to enhancing the diversity and inclusion efforts of the campus community and the diversity of the curriculum. Candidates who can contribute to this goal in their teaching and scholarly work are encouraged to apply. This position is one of three positions designed to enhance curricular coverage of the Ethnic Studies department. The other two positions include recruitment for an expert in Asian American Studies and an expert in American Indian Studies. Please see for information on past cluster hire cohorts in the College of Liberal Arts.

At California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity and equity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees, and our community. Bringing people together from different backgrounds, experiences and value systems fosters the innovative and creative thinking that exemplifies Cal Poly’s values of free inquiry, cultural and intellectual diversity, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility. Cal Poly's commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring, and retention. California Polytechnic State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.



  • Teach a lower division survey course in Ethnic Studies (Survey of African American Studies) in regular format (32 students/course) and/or large lecture format (120 students/course)
  • Teach/Develop upper division courses according to expertise and curricular need
  • Sustain an ongoing record of research with scholarly publications/creative works
  • Contribute to service duties at the department, college, university, and professional levels
  • Engage in the mentorship of Ethnic Studies students



Candidates must have completed a Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies, African American Studies, or a related field at the time of appointment which starts September 9, 2021. The successful candidates will present an excellent teaching record, be able to teach survey courses, and sustain an active publication agenda.

Demonstrated experience and commitment to student-centered learning and teaching, as well as the ability to collaboratively work in multidisciplinary settings is required. Demonstrated proficiency in written and oral use of the English language is required.



Interested candidates must fill out a Cal Poly application online via

Interested candidates must attach (1) a cover letter, (2) resume/curriculum vitae, (3) statement of teaching philosophy (2-page maximum), (4) diversity, equity and inclusion statement (2-page maximum), and (5) a copy of transcript of highest degree earned (official transcript required at time of appointment).  Please be prepared to provide three professional references with names and email addresses when completing the online faculty application.

Review of applications will begin March 1, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

Inquires may be directed to Dr. Grace Yeh, Chair of the Search Committee:, or to Dr. Jenell Navarro, Ethnic Studies Department Chair:

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