Assistant Professor of Asian American Studies

California State University, Fullerton
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Jun 01, 2021
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Assistant Professor of Asian American Studies
Department of Asian American Studies

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Assistant Professor

Fall 2021

The Department of Asian American Studies at California State University, Fullerton is seeking applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant or advanced Assistant Professor. The advanced rank will include up to two years of service credit (time counted toward the normal six-year probationary period). The appointment will begin Fall 2021.

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.

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.


We invite teacher-scholars with interests in one or more of the following: (1) political science, economics, or social sciences focusing on contemporary Asian-Pacific Islander-Desi American (APIDA) issues; (2) comparative ethnic/racial studies with an interdisciplinary social science/history background focusing on APIDAs; (3) transnationalism and APIDAs; (4) community development and community organizing; or (5) community-based cultural production and performance. Applicants with earned doctorates, strong commitment to and experience in transformative pedagogy, a research agenda that includes community-based scholarship, and experience working with APIDA communities are especially encouraged to apply. Research and teaching interests in Southeast Asian (Vietnamese American), Native Hawai'ian, Pacific Islander, South Asian American or Chinese American communities are also desirable.

The primary responsibilities of the person in this position will include the teaching and development of both introductory and core courses in the discipline and in their area(s) of specialization. Specific courses that this person will teach include:
  • One or more core courses: Introduction to Asian American and Pacific Islander Studies, History of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Introduction to Ethnic Studies, and Ethnic Studies Research Methods
  • One or more community-specific courses on multiple-heritage APIDA, Pacific Islander, South Asian/Desi American, Southeast Asian American (particularly Cambodian and Vietnamese), or Chinese American communities
  • One or more topical courses on contemporary issues in APIDA communities in Orange County; gender, queerness and sexualities; transnational/global migration studies, indigenous studies, or visual cultural studies
  • At least one of the Asian American Studies courses for the Ethnic Studies requirement per academic year

    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 engage, contribute, and participate in the development of the department, advise students, serve on committees, and participate in the broader university and disciplinary communities.

    Required Qualifications
  • Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree in area of expertise, Ethnic Studies, Asian American Studies, or a related field by the time of appointment
  • Experience working collaboratively with colleagues and community
  • Ability to balance teaching, scholarship/creative activities, and service
  • Evidence of successful teaching experience at the college or university level
  • Demonstrated commitment to and excellence in undergraduate teaching of a very diverse student population, including first‐generation college students, low-socioeconomic students, and racially minoritized students
  • Demonstrated commitment to department, university and community service, and student co-curricular activities
  • Demonstrated expertise and scholarly interest in topics related to one or more of the following: comparative studies; justice and human rights; global and transnational studies; contemporary politics; community engaged learning; civic engagement; economic justice; community-based intersectional research and methodology; cultural production as practitioner and/or scholar; visual culture, arts, and media; or transformative social change and activism
  • Demonstrated community-based engagement with Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Studies and/or Ethnic Studies.

    Preferred Qualifications
  • Familiarity with recognized best practices in teaching and have an interest in using and developing innovative instructional technologies such as emerging online pedagogical practices to promote student learning
  • Interest and experience in the development of the department, university and communities, both on- and off-campus
  • Interest and experience in the development of the local and regional community partnerships
  • Multi-disciplinary, interdisciplinary, or traditional training that is utilized for community-based and/or comparative research
  • Experience, research and community-engagement with Southeast Asian (e.g. Cambodian, Lao, Vietnamese) communities
  • Experience, research and community-engagement with Pacific Islander communities
  • Academic training and significant community-based engagement with Asian Pacific Islander Desi American and/or Ethnic Studies
  • 3-5 years of professional or community-based organizing experience


    A complete on‐line application must be received by electronic submission to be considered. To apply, please visit to apply for requisition #498339, and provide the following required materials:
  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Graduate transcripts, submitted as a single pdf
  • Unofficial transcripts to be accepted during application process; official transcripts required upon start of appointment, if selected

  • Teaching Statement and Evidence of Teaching, submitted as a single pdf
  • Discuss 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? For Evidence of Teaching, include representative course syllabi and other evidence of teaching excellence.

  • Candidate Statement on Commitment to Inclusive Excellence
  • Discuss what it means to you to be effective in an environment that values diversity and equity. This statement should provide an understanding of your capabilities to address diversity and equity in support of CSUF's diverse student and community populations. Please discuss how you have addressed or plan to address equity and diversity in your teaching, research, and/or service such that the committee is able to assess your ability to contribute to our campus in this area. Describe any significant accomplishments.

  • Service Statement
  • Discuss what role should faculty play in the development of the department, university and communities, both on- and off-campus. What are some of the specific ways you could contribute to the development of the department, university and communities, both on- and off-campus? Describe any significant accomplishments

  • Research/Creativity Statement and Evidence of Research and/or Creative Accomplishments, submitted as a single pdf
  • Discuss your research and/or creative activities. Explain how your interests developed and plans for developing them in this position.

  • Community Engagement Statement
  • Describe what “community engagement” means for you and your work. Describe any significant accomplishments.

  • 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. At the appropriate point in the search process (should you advance to the semi-finalist/ 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 into the recruitment system.

    Please direct all questions about the position to: Dr. Eric Estuar Reyes, Chair; Department of Asian American Studies; or 657‐278‐5195.

    To be assured full consideration, all application materials must be received by January 11, 2021.

    The College

    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

    The Department

    Established as a minor-granting program in 1996, the Asian American Studies Program began awarding Bachelor of Arts degrees in 2000, and was recognized as the Department of Asian American Studies in 2018. Our Department currently awards the Bachelor of Arts in Ethnic Studies with an Option in Asian American Studies and the Minor in Asian American Studies.

    With the approval of AB 1460, state legislation that requires all California State University graduates to complete an Ethnic Studies Requirement, the Department is entering an exciting phase of growth. Currently five tenured, full-time faculty (two full, three associate) are housed completely within the Department. We are based within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and enjoy extensive institutional support through our interdisciplinary collaborations across the university with full- and part-time faculty whose teaching and research interests include some aspect of Asian-Pacific Islander-Desi American (APIDA) studies. Strong working relationships with the Ethnic Studies Departments of African American Studies and Chicana/o Studies, the Asian American and Pacific Islander Faculty & Staff Association, the Asian Pacific American Resource Center, the Student Association for Asian American Studies, alumni, and various community-based organizations in Orange County also contribute to the Department's evolution. Faculty are engaged with community-based research projects both locally in Orange County/Southern California and transnationally. California State University, Fullerton is the largest campus of the California State system enrolling more than 39,800 students in Fall 2019.[1]

    With nearby APIDA communities including large Vietnamese, Korean, Chinese, and Filipino communities (Orange County counts 22.1% residents of Asian and Pacific Islander ancestry[2], CSUF enrolled approximately 8,650 students of Asian and Pacific Islander ancestry (20.9% of the student body) in Fall 2020.[3] Uniquely situated to educate a diverse population, the mission of ASAM at CSUF is to give rise to our communities' strength, power, and potential through student-centered teaching, community-minded scholarly and creative activity, and consciousness-raising service.

    [1] California State University Enrollment,

    [2] U.S. Census QuickFacts, Orange County, California.,US/RHI425219

    [3] CSUF Office of Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness, Student Demographics Fall 2020,

    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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