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Assistant Professor - Latinx/Chicanx Literature and/or Literature of the Americas

San Jose State University
California, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Sep 20, 2021

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Faculty Positions, Humanities, American Studies, Classics, English & Literature, Foreign Languages & Literatures, Other Humanities
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Position Rank and Title: Assistant Professor - Latinx/Chicanx Literature and Literature of the Americas

School/Department Name: English and Comparative Literature


Commensurate with qualifications, experience, and rank as established by the CSU Salary Schedule . See Benefits Summary for details about the CSU’s excellent employment benefits.

Application Deadline: November 29, 2021 (Applications accepted until filled or closed)

Target Start Date: August 2022

First Review Date (or Closing Date): November 30, 2021

Position Description

The Department of English and Comparative Literature at San José State University seeks qualified candidates for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position teaching Latinx/Chicanx Literature and/or Literature of the Americas with additional ability to serve students in a large department by teaching potential courses in creative writing (especially nonfiction), literary theory, comparative literature, environmental literature, general education, or e-literature/digital humanities courses.

The successful applicant would join a department with ten Assistant Professors, all of whom are currently enjoying course release time each semester specifically dedicated to their writing and research. Although a highly productive, creative and research-rich environment, we take our commitment to teaching very seriously and teach both MA and MFA students as well as four concentrations in our BA program: literature, creative writing, teacher prep, and professional and technical writing. See our website here:

The Department of English and San José State University value diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. Our excellence in research, teaching, and service can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and staff who share our commitment to these values. SJSU enrolls more than 36,000 students, many of whom are historically underserved, and around 45% are first-generation and 38% are Pell-recipients. SJSU is a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander (AANAPISI) Serving Institution. The university’s commitment to social justice extends from its vibrant, inclusive campus to an international network of over 275,000 alumni. As such, San José State is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty so our disciplines, students, and the community can benefit from multiple ethnic and gender perspectives.

This position is one of several recruitments focused on Latinx/a/o experiences across campus, including fields such as Chicana and Chicano Studies, Educational Counseling, Journalism and Mass Communications, School of Information, the School of Management, Sociology and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, and more. Successful candidates will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to equity and inclusion through their research, teaching, and/or service. We ask that all applicants include a Diversity Statement with their application package. A guide to writing this statement can be found at , along with information about how these statements will be evaluated.

Required Qualifications

  • PhD in a field relevant to Latinx or Chicanx literary studies and/or Literature of the Americas by time of appointment.

  • Ability to teach literature courses such as Literature of the Americas (including Caribbean or Latin American), Latinx/Chicanx literature, Multiethnic Literature, Literature of the Borderlands, and/or Topics in Ethnic American Literature.

  • Possess a recent history of scholarly/creative publications that shows promise as a productive researcher in the field of specialty.

  • Applicants should demonstrate an awareness of and sensitivity to the educational goals of a socially and economically diverse student population as might have been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching, and other comparable experience.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Ability to contribute beyond specialty by teaching courses such as our transatlantic surveys or courses in creative writing, comparative literature, theory, research methods, close reading, digital humanities, literature of the environment, or general education courses such as First Year Writing.

Key Responsibilities
  • Teach approximately five courses a year during the probationary period.
  • Design and teach literature courses such as Literature for Global Understanding: The Americas, Topics in Ethnic American literature, and Multiethnic literature courses.
  • The candidate will participate in shared governance, usually in department, college, and university committees and other service assignments.
  • The candidate must demonstrate awareness and experience understanding the needs of a student population of great diversity – in age, abilities, cultural background, ethnicity, religion, economic background, primary language, sexual orientation, gender identity, and academic preparation – through inclusive course materials, teaching strategies and advisement.

Eligibility: Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

Application Procedure:

Click Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents:
  • letter of interest
  • curriculum vitae
  • diversity statement
  • statement of teaching interests/philosophy
  • research plans plus a brief writing sample
  • three reference letters
Inquiries may be directed to the Department Chair, Noelle Brada-Williams at or (408) 924-4439.

Conditional Offer

Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States. Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. CSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

San José State University: Silicon Valley's Public University

Located in the heart of Silicon Valley — one of the most innovative regions in the world — San José State University is the founding campus of the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system and the first public university in the West. The 2020 #1 Most Transformative University in the nation according to Money Magazine, San José State is an essential partner in the economic, cultural and social development of Silicon Valley, the Bay Area and California. SJSU is a top-200 school nationally in research funding and second highest in research productivity in the CSU system. This cutting-edge research, combined with its world-class scholarship, student-centered learning opportunities, and experiential and interdisciplinary programs, allows SJSU to provide transformative opportunities that advance the public good locally and globally.

Equal Employment Statement

San José State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. This policy applies to all San José State University students, faculty, and staff as well as University programs and activities. Reasonable accommodations are made for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose. Note that all San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Advertised: September 20, 2021 (9:00 AM) Pacific Daylight Time
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