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Assistant, Advanced Assistant or Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies

California State University, San Bernardino
California, United States
Salary Not specified
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Jul 6, 2022

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Faculty Positions, Humanities, Ethnic & Multicultural Studies
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Assistant, Advanced Assistant or Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies
California State University, San Bernardino

Job No: 503899
Work type: Instructional Faculty - Tenured/Tenure-Track
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Social Sciences, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) is located in San Bernardino in the Inland Empire, 60 miles east of Los Angeles and operates a satellite campus in Palm Desert located in Coachella Valley. CSUSB serves approximately 20,000 students, of which 81% are first-generation college students and graduates about 5,000 students annually. As a designated Hispanic Serving Institution, CSUSB reflects the dynamic diversity of the region and has one of the most diverse student populations of any university in the Inland Empire, and the second highest Hispanic enrollment of all public universities in California. CSUSB employs 467 full-time faculty and offers 48 undergraduate, 35 graduate, and one doctoral degree programs and 14 academic programs with national accreditation.

At CSUSB, diversity, equity and inclusion are values central to our mission. We recognize that diversity and inclusion in all its forms are necessary for our institutional success. By fully leveraging our diverse experiences, backgrounds and insights, we inspire innovation, challenge the status quo and create better outcomes for our students and community. As part of CSUSB's commitment to hire, develop and retain a diverse faculty, we offer a variety of networking, mentoring and development programs for our junior faculty. We are committed to building and sustaining a CSUSB community that is supportive and inclusive of all individuals. Qualified applicants with experience in ethnically diverse settings and/or who demonstrate a commitment to serving diverse student populations are strongly encouraged to apply. CSUSB has received the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification, which recognizes CSUSB's ongoing commitment to service-learning, a high-impact practice that combines classroom instruction with meaningful volunteer service and correlates strongly to student success.


The Program of Ethnic Studies at California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB), invites applications from qualified candidates for a tenure-line position at the rank of Assistant, Advanced Assistant or Associate Professor to begin August 2022. We seek a scholar/instructor of Critical Ethnic Studies specializing in Native/American Indian/Indigenous Studies with a focus on settler colonialism, environmental justice, Queer Indigeneity and/or Indigenous epistemologies and methodologies; or, in African American/Black Studies with a focus on Abolition Studies, Black Trans Studies, visual culture and/or Black geography to teach in a newly revised curriculum in a growing and dynamic Program of Ethnic Studies. Candidates whose specializations are in Critical Ethnic Studies with a focus on relational frameworks between communities of color, prioritizing those we have listed above, will also be considered. We particularly welcome applicants whose work complements the program's existing strengths in Critical Race Theory, Feminist Studies and Queer of Color Critique, and who will help us deepen our offerings in Critical Ethnic Studies from globally-informed historical, interdisciplinary, intersectional, theoretical and relational perspectives.

The Program of Ethnic Studies is committed to an understanding of Native/American Indian/Indigenous Studies as regional, hemispheric and global while always grounded by the epistemologies of, and responsibilities to, those on whose land we are located. CSUSB sits on the territory and ancestral land of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians (Yuhaaviatam). We recognize that every member of the CSUSB community has benefited and continues to benefit from the use and occupation of this land since the institution's founding in 1965. The Office of Tribal Relations at CSUSB aims to increase enrollment of Native American students, and to promote Native American perspectives across campus. The campus hosts the annual San Manuel Powwow, and coordinates with a Native American Advisory Board through which stakeholders provide input in decision-making that impacts Native American affairs on campus and in the surrounding community. CSUSB has a Center for Indigenous Peoples Studies, through which students can earn a Certificate in Native Nations / Indigenous Peoples Studies and a Certificate in California Indian Languages and Cultures. The campus regularly offers courses in the Cahuilla, Luiseno and Serrano languages.


The primary responsibilities of the successful candidate will include the teaching and development of both introductory and core courses in the discipline and in their area(s) of specialization. The normal course load is a 4/4. Specific courses that this person will teach include:

● One or more core courses: Introduction to Ethnic Studies and/or Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality. These courses are currently part of the General Education program in accordance with the requirements of Assembly Bill 1460, which mandates a 3-unit Ethnic Studies requirement for all CSU students.

● One of our lower division courses required for the minor and B.A., including: Resistance and Revolution. Additional courses will be added based on the candidate's interests and new course proposals.

● One or more upper division courses required for the minor and B.A., including: Research Methods in Ethnic Studies, Senior Writing Seminar and/or additional courses based on the candidate's areas of expertise and interest. Specific responsibilities that this person will hold include:

● Demonstrating the ability and/or willingness to build and maintain partnerships with local communities related to their areas of expertise.

The successful candidate will be responsible for producing scholarship/creative work commensurate with the requirements for tenure. They will also be expected to engage, contribute and participate in the implementation of the B.A. and the growth of a burgeoning Department of Ethnic Studies. Additionally, service comprises a significant portion of the candidate's responsibilities, including advising and mentoring Ethnic Studies students, serving on committees, building partnerships across student organizations and centers on campus and participating in the broader university and disciplinary communities.


A Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies is strongly preferred by time of appointment, including evidence of promise in scholarship, of commitment to excellence in teaching, and of service to the University and larger community. Candidates who are ABD and set to complete their degrees by the time of appointment are also encouraged to apply. Those with a Ph.D. or ABD in a related social sciences, humanities and/or interdisciplinary field with strong evidence of Ethnic Studies having shaped the candidate's research, teaching and service goals are also welcome to submit applications.


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.

Following a conditional offer of employment, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may start work with CSUSB. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment. Note: CSUSB cannot deny an applicant a position solely or in part due to a criminal conviction history until it has performed an individualized assessment and linked the relevant conviction history with specific job duties in the position being sought.

Please note: Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that CSUSB has designated as sensitive. Sensitive positions are those requiring heightened scrutiny of individuals holding the position based on potential for harm to children, concerns for the safety and security of people, animals, or property, or heightened risk of financial loss to CSUSB or individuals in the university community.

For health and well-being, CSUSB is a smoke & tobacco-free campus. The university is committed to promoting a healthy environment for all members of our community.


The Program of Ethnic Studies understands the field to be relational, feminist, queer and collective at its core. We offer a minor in Ethnic Studies with a B.A. program set to launch Fall 2022. We invite qualified candidates with an interest and drive in growing a burgeoning program with the goal of establishing a Department of Ethnic Studies by Fall 2023. Interested candidates may find our courses listed here:

For more information regarding the position, please contact:

Recruitment Chairs:

Dr. Diana Johnson


Dr. Hareem Khan


Director of Ethnic Studies:

Dr. Yumi Pak, Director


To find out more about the Program of Ethnic Studies, please visit Please note that the program website is currently in the process of being updated.


Please submit:

1. Curriculum Vitae

2. Cover letter that includes:

a. A statement of your teaching interests/philosophy

b. A statement of your research experience/plans

3. If available, evidence of teaching effectiveness such as teaching portfolios, reports on teaching observations, and/or student evaluations of teaching.

4. A diversity statement, which may include your interpretation of diversity, equity and inclusion and must include specific examples of how your background and your educational and/or professional experiences, including those of engagement with local communities related to your areas of expertise, have prepared you for this role at California State University, San Bernardino (maximum 1000 words).

5. Reference List -names, telephone numbers and email addresses of three (3) referees whom we may contact to obtain confidential letters of recommendation. Confidential letters of recommendation may be solicited from those listed as references on the application if the applicant is moved forward in the recruitment process. Non-confidential letters of recommendation can be uploaded by the applicant during the application process.

6. Writing samples will be requested of semi-finalists.

7. Unofficial copies of all postsecondary degree transcripts (official transcripts will be required prior to appointment).

Applications received by September 16, 2021 will receive full consideration. Formal review of applications will begin on the same date and continue until the position is filled.

If you are interested in this opportunity, we invite you to apply by using this CSU Recruit Hyperlink at:

Salary is commensurate with experience.

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

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.

California State University, San Bernardino is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status. This position adheres to CSU policies against Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Violence, including Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking. This requires completion of Sexual Violence Prevention Training within 6 months of assuming employment and on a two-year basis thereafter. (Executive Order 1096)

This position may be “Designated” under California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. This would require the filing of a Statement of Economic Interest on an annual basis and the completion of training within 6 months of assuming office and every 2 years thereafter. Visit the Human Resources Conflict of Interest webpage link for additional information:

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