Assistant Professor of Chicana/o Studies

California State University, Fullerton
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Apr 05, 2021
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Assistant Professor of Chicana/o Studies
Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Assistant Professor of Chicana/o Studies

August 2021

The Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies at California State University, Fullerton, invites applications for a tenure‐track Assistant Professor position in Ethnic Studies/Chicanx/a/o Studies with appointment to begin Fall 2021.

California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) is a Hispanic-serving institution, with the largest student body in the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system, with a total enrollment of over 40,000 students. The CSU is currently engaged in a directed multi-year initiative to improve graduation rates for all students with a particular focus on first-generation college students, low-socioeconomic students, Latinx, African American and Native American students. California State University, Fullerton is committed 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 equity-minded teaching/mentoring, scholarship, advising, and other activities are encouraged to identify their strengths and experiences in this area. Individuals advancing the University's strategic goal of “elevating and infusing equity-minded practices in all that we do” and those from groups whose underrepresentation in the American professoriate has been severe and longstanding are particularly encouraged to apply.


The primary responsibilities of the person in this position will include the development, teaching of introductory and core courses in the discipline, and the development of courses in their area of specialization. Specific courses this person will teach include, but are not limited to, Introduction to Chicanx/a/o Studies, Introduction to Ethnic Studies, Research and Writing in Ethnic Studies, and Ethnic Studies Senior Seminar. This person will also be responsible for producing scholarship and/or 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.

Directly supporting CSUF's mission to educate our diverse and dynamic student body, the majority of whom are students of color and the first in their family to earn a college degree, this search is part of a cohort hire of five tenure-track faculty members across the departments of African American Studies, Chicana/Chicano Studies, Asian American Studies, Theatre and Dance, and Mathematics whose teaching and research supports campus progress towards an anti-racist, inclusive and socially-just future. We anticipate that several additional faculty hired in the 20-21 academic year will choose to join this cohort. Academic Affairs and Human Resources, Diversity, and Inclusion will support these new faculty with mentorship designed to sustain and advance their teaching and scholarly or creative activity success and to create a secondary community to complement that of their home department.

Required Qualifications
  • Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies, Chicana/o Studies, or a related field. ABD's may apply, but must show evidence that the degree will be completed by the appointment date
  • Disciplinary knowledge and expertise in Chicana/o Studies
  • Evidence of successful teaching experience at the college or university level
  • A strong record or potential of scholarly/creative accomplishments
  • Experience in working collaboratively with diverse colleagues and community
  • Demonstrated contributions to equity through scholarship/creative activity, teaching, and service
  • Demonstrated commitment to and excellence in undergraduate teaching of diverse student populations, including first‐generation college students, low-income students, and racialized students of color

    Preferred Qualifications
  • Demonstrated experience and interest in topics related to interdisciplinary and/or comparative approaches with Chicana/o expertise and preferably one of the following: Central Americans, or Caribbean populations, African Diaspora, Indigenous Studies, etc.
  • Specializations in two or more of the following:
  • Queer Latinx Studies
  • Gender, Sexuality, and/or Feminist Studies
  • Trans of Color Studies
  • Popular Culture and Aesthetics Studies
  • Digital Media Studies

    Application Procedure

    A complete on‐line application must be received by electronic submission to be considered. To apply, please visit to apply for requisition #498340, and provide the following required materials:
  • Cover letter in which you address the following:
  • How you meet the required, and if applicable, preferred qualifications of the position
  • How you are prepared to support the mission of the university, college, and department
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Teaching Philosophy Statement in which you respond to the following questions:
  • What role should faculty play in student success?
  • What are some of the techniques you use to teach in a culturally relevant and/or responsive way?
  • Representative course syllabi and/or lesson plans, submitted as a single pdf
  • A Candidate Statement on Commitment to Inclusive Excellence
  • Please discuss how you have addressed or plan to address equity in your teaching, scholarship/creative activity, and/or service such that the committee is able to assess your ability to contribute to our campus in this area. (approximately one page, single-spaced)
  • Graduate transcripts (unofficial transcripts will be accepted during application process; official transcripts will be required upon start of appointment, if selected), submitted as a single pdf
  • A list of three references with relevant contact information
  • On the references page of the online application, enter information for three referents who will provide a confidential letter of reference for your application. Letters must include specific reference to applicant's experiences and abilities to work with students of color. At the appropriate point in the search process, 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 into the recruitment system.

  • Please direct all questions about the position to: Alexandro Jose Gradilla, PhD at or call 657‐278‐4210.

    For priority review deadline, application submission must be by January 15, 2021 and review will continue until the position has been filled.

    About the College of Humanities and Social Sciences

    The mission of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences is to educate students to be culturally, globally, socially, historically and environmentally astute, civically responsible alumni able to navigate and increasingly complex and interconnected world. 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. The College of Humanities and Social Sciences offers students the breadth of a traditional liberal arts education in the humanities and social sciences while preparing them for a wide range of professions. Faculty members in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences are committed teacher/scholars who bring research and creative discovery to life for students in classrooms, labs, and individually mentored projects. The College of Humanities and Social Sciences is committed to the University's strategic plan objective to “increase the number of tenured and tenure-track faculty, with a concentrated attention to those from historically underrepresented groups.” For more information about the college, please go to

    About the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies

    The mission of the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies is to expand critical thinking, communication and civic-mindedness through an engaging and interdisciplinary curriculum focusing on the arts, humanities and social sciences. We aim to prepare our students for future academic and employment endeavors in order to be successful leaders. Our vision is to establish and uphold a premier Chicana/o Studies Department that promotes social justice through student-centered teaching/mentoring, research and service that focuses on Chicanx/a/o- and Latinx/a/o-origin communities. We seek a colleague that can build off these efforts and contribute innovative practices and strategies for further promoting student success.

    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.

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

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