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Assistant Professor, Program of Labor Studies

California State University, Dominguez Hills
California, United States
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Posted Date
Jan 17, 2022

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Assistant Professor, Program of Labor Studies

Job No: 504460
Work Type: Instructional Faculty - Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Dominguez Hills
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Letters/Humanities, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time

Assistant Professor of Labor Studies

Program of Labor Studies

College of Arts & Humanities

Position Description

The Program of Labor Studies at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) invites applications for a Tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor (Academic Year) with the appointment starting in Fall 2022.

At CSUDH, we celebrate and respect diversity in all forms that include every race, religion, gender, ethnicity, veterans, people with varied abilities, and members of the LGBTQ+ community. CSUDH is seeking applications from candidates who can demonstrate experience in teaching and working with individuals from diverse backgrounds and contribute to the University's mission, vision, and core values.

For more information: Mission, Vision, and Core Values.

The Labor Studies Program at CSUDH

We are a small, growing program that offers classes in the labor movement, labor rights, labor law, and social justice. Founded in 1977, we offer one of only two Bachelor's programs in Labor Studies in Southern California, along with a minor and a certificate. The program works with faculty in Interdisciplinary Studies, Sociology, History, Public Administration and Psychology, Human Resources, Africana Studies, Chicana/o Studies, and Asian Pacific Islander Studies, and other departments. Critical community-engaged research and creative expression are hallmarks of our program. Our culminating annual event is the Labor, Social, and Environmental Justice Fair, which builds on longstanding ties between campus and community groups, labor unions, high schools and the arts. We coordinate with and recruit actively from community colleges, such as LA Trade Tech. We benefit from relationships with the UCLA Labor Center and Labor Studies Program, the Dolores Huerta Institute, and local worker centers. Our program also has a legacy of working with surrounding communities to combat environmental racism and the impacts of climate change. Recently, our program has created cutting-edge courses on Labor and the Environment and the Future of Work. We are currently engaged in comprehensive curriculum development. Graduates from our program cut their teeth or hone their organizing skills in our classes and go on to work in labor unions or in a range of non-profits, companies, and government agencies. Many pursue graduate study in labor and community organizing, law, mediation, human resources, environmental justice, ethnic studies, and critical race theory.

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The Position

This is a Tenure Track position. Tenure-track faculty in Academic programs teach three to four courses per semester and engage in scholarly and/or professional activities, advising, and service to the department, college, university and the community. We invite candidates from a range of disciplines, including history, geography, applied economics, sociology, public policy, and urban planning. We are interested in candidates who understand Labor Studies as an applied as well as scholarly field. Candidates should have an interest in establishing and building collaborative relationships with labor unions, workers centers, government agencies, and community organizations in various ways, such as serving as guest speakers and working together on internships, job placements, workforce development, public events, and research projects. CSUDH faculty are represented by the California Faculty Association, a diverse and active union committed to strengthening public education, defending academic freedom, and promoting racial and social justice.


Our new colleague will be expected to teach our students to understand and apply theories of collective action, collective bargaining, and/or law as they intersect with race, class, gender, sexuality, national status, immigration, place, poverty, inequality, and policy in the context of a global political economy. They will have a commitment to teaching a diverse student population on a campus with cultural wealth and history. We recognize that Labor Studies includes inquiry into informal work, social reproduction, and care economies, and welcome scholars investigating new and emerging workplace technologies and modalities.


Required Qualifications
  • Applicants must have experience in working with students from diverse age, socioeconomic, cultural, and academic backgrounds in a university setting and/or for union education departments or adult/popular education programs of related community organizations
  • PhD in Labor Studies; PhD in related discipline with an explicit focus on Labor Studies; or JD, MFA, or other terminal degree in related field by the time of appointment
    • Demonstrated research and writing skills and a promising research agenda likely to lead to scholarly publications and/or creative activity in issues related to Labor Studies
  • Experience with organizing, research, and/or policy activities of labor unions, worker centers, or related community or environmental groups

  • Preferred Qualifications
  • A record of teaching Labor Studies courses or courses on labor topics in related fields
  • Background in either labor issues in Southern California, Latinx and labor, or labor and immigration
  • Demonstrated leadership experience in unions or community or environmental organizations working with diverse communities
  • Background in mentoring and student advising

  • Employment Requirement - Background Check

    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.

    Mandated Reporter Per CANRA

    The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA) and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083, revised July 21, 2017, as a condition of employment.

    How to Apply- To apply for this position, please click the "Apply Now" button on this page.

    The position is open until filled. Review of applications will begin in October 2021. For full consideration, please submit your completed application with the required materials no later than November 12, 2021.
  • Current Curriculum Vitae with contact information
  • Cover letter
  • Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • List of 3 references with contact information*
  • Unofficial transcripts (an official transcript will be required for the finalist)**
  • A Statement on Teaching
  • A Statement on Research
  • Sample Publications or Evidence of Creative/Scholarly Activity
  • Teaching Evaluations

  • *This position requires three letters of recommendation (LORs). Please do not upload your LORs with your application. Your list of references will be notified at the appropriate time during the search process. They will receive a request via email along with information on uploading the LOR. You will be able to verify that each letter has been received by CSUDH by logging back into your applicant portal.

    **For finalist with International transcripts, a United States Equivalency certification will be required.

    A United States (US) Equivalency certification is required for earned/awarded/conferred foreign terminal degrees, which is from a foreign Academic Institution for foreign studies. The US Equivalency certification is used to validate foreign studies from an academic credential evaluation agency and is evaluated on foreign studies and deemed to be equivalent to degrees from the United States. The certification must translate the information in English, and confirm that your highest terminal degree is US Equivalent to a US terminal degree (i.e., Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate's, Doctor's of Philosophy). The certification can be emailed to or mailed directly to the office of Faculty Affairs and Development, 1000 East Victoria Street, WH-368, Carson, CA 90747.

    If you have questions regarding the position, please contact:

    Steve McFarland

    Associate Professor of Labor Studies

    Search Committee Chair

    CSU, Dominguez Hills

    1000 East Victoria Street (Lib 4500F)

    Carson, CA 90747

    Closing Statement

    CSUDH 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.

    For more information: U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

    Individuals with disabilities requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may call the Human Resources' Office (310) 243-3771.

    Clery Act crime statistics for CSUDH are available at Campus Security Report (Clery), or by calling University Police at (310) 243-3639.

    Upon appointment, all candidates must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.

    The California State University is Smoke and Tobacco Free. Smoking, Vaping and other Tobacco use are Not Permitted anywhere on University property. Education Code 42356, CCR Title 5, Article 9.

    For more information see: Smoke & Tobacco-Free

    Applications Close: Open until filled

    To apply, visit: jeid-a9316d219401654eb51262bab2441a50
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