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Assistant Professor of Legal Studies and Civic Engagement

California State University, Monterey Bay
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Jan 20, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Humanities, Ethnic & Multicultural Studies
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Assistant Professor of Legal Studies and Civic Engagement

Job no: 509154
Work type: Instructional Faculty - Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Monterey Bay
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Letters/Humanities, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time

Classification: Academic Year Faculty
Priority Screening Date: 2/21/2022
Recruitment Status: Open Until Filled
Appointment Date: Fall 2022

Powered by an inspiring Founding Vision Statement, California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) is a mid-sized comprehensive baccalaureate and masters granting university whose staff and faculty help transform student lives through a focus on student success and engagement through project-based learning, service learning in its regional community, and the promotion of multicultural and global perspectives on and beyond campus. CSUMB is both a Minority Serving Institution (MSI) and a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and has a vibrant, diverse student body of over 7,400 students.

The university's Strategic Plan prioritizes inclusive excellence through recruiting and investing in the development of a diverse body of faculty, staff, and administrators. CSUMB's sustainability initiative is to be carbon neutral by 2030. The university's faculty and staff, many of whom live in the East Campus housing development, appreciate living and working so close to the shores of the beautiful Monterey Bay. As one of the 23 campuses in the California State University (CSU) system, CSUMB offers excellent benefits, including access to below-market rate campus housing and competitive salaries for faculty and staff.

The School of Humanities and Communication (HCOM), housing a unique multidisciplinary BA degree in Humanities and Communication and a BA degree in Ethnic and Gender Studies, seeks an Assistant Professor of Legal Studies and Civic Engagement.

HCOM prepares a diverse group of students, many from historically underserved communities, for leadership in a multicultural society and is committed to inclusive excellence, innovation in interdisciplinary teaching and learning, quality scholarship, as well as collaborative and imaginative program development. HCOM values an educational environment of cultural and linguistic diversity and gender equity, ethical reflection and practice, and a commitment to working across disciplinary boundaries. The curriculum prepares students to be ethical, creative, and critical thinkers and doers in a multicultural and interconnected global society. Toward that end, through its degree programs, HCOM offers students a comprehensive, interdisciplinary humanities and liberal arts education for the 21st century.

  • Teach lower and upper division courses in legal studies, justice studies and/or civics with a service learning component
  • Support the School of Humanities and Communication through school, college and university level service
  • Collaborate with colleagues and students across a range of disciplinary areas in a multidisciplinary program and campus community
  • Typical teaching responsibilities: 12 credits per semester

  • Ph.D. in American Studies, Political Science with a focus on Race, Ethnicity and Politics, Law in Society, or a related humanities or social science disciplinary or interdisciplinary field by the time of appointment
  • Demonstrated commitment to high quality undergraduate teaching, with experience and/or interest in offering lower and upper division courses addressing critical perspectives on law in society, civics, government, and justice studies
  • Preparation to teach such courses as Politics and Participation, Race and Gender Justice, Crime and Communities, Critical Perspectives on Law in Society, Legal Studies Internship, and Senior Capstone as well as developing new courses in areas of expertise
  • Demonstrated experience or significant promise in maintaining and/or building reciprocal community partnerships with local and regional organizations to support student civic engagement through service learning, internships, or other engaged learning opportunities
  • A track record of and/or strong potential for scholarly publication and/or funded research in areas of scholarly interests
  • Demonstrated experience teaching, mentoring and/or advising culturally diverse students, including underrepresented students of color, LGBTQ+ students and first-generation college students
  • Demonstrated experience working in and with an ethnically and linguistically diverse campus community, including students, faculty, staff and administrators
  • Demonstrated experience working effectively in ethnically and culturally diverse communities

  • JD degree
  • Expertise in such areas as Critical Race Theory, LatCrit, Race, Ethnicity and Politics, Feminist Legal Theory, and/or intersection of ethnic studies and/or gender studies and the law.
  • Experience with pre-law advising and/or curriculum development
  • Experience mentoring students for internships and/or undergraduate research
  • Demonstrated leadership skills in professional, academic or community-based areas


    CSUMB offers a premium benefit package that includes outstanding health, dental & vision plans; a fee waiver education program; and membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS). For more information, visit: CSU Benefits Summary. Additionally, University Corporation at CSU Monterey Bay provides access to affordable campus housing based on availability, visit: Employee Housing.


    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.

    The incumbent is required to maintain confidentiality as outlined in the Department of Education's Family Educational Rights and Privacy and California's Educational Code Chapter 13 regarding sensitive student issues.

    All offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a background check (including a criminal records check).

    Working in the State of California is a condition of employment.

    There are components of this job which are deemed essential on campus. This position will primarily work on the main campus, with occasional work from home. This position requires working on campus with students. The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff remain our highest priority. In the fall, students, faculty, staff, and the community can expect that masks will be required and that the appropriate degree of social distancing will be in place in all areas based on evolving guidance. Additionally, all students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to be vaccinated before coming to campus. All community members who work or attend class on campus should expect to participate in a random or periodic testing system. CSUMB will communicate more information about vaccination requirements and testing protocols when the details become available.


    For full consideration, applicants must complete the required online application and submit required documents by the priority screening date found at Application submissions received after the application screening date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University. Materials submitted become the property of CSUMB and will not be returned.

    Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting University Personnel at (831) 582-3389.


    CSUMB hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States and is an E-Verify employer. In compliance with state and federal crime awareness and campus security legislation, including The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act, California Education Code section 67380, and the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), the Cal State University, Monterey Bay Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available at:

    CSUMB requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to

    CSUMB is a smoke and tobacco-free campus.


    CSUMB is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action employer seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. We value and celebrate diversity in all its forms and strive to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion. We consider qualified applicants for employment for their anticipated contributions and without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, pregnancy, marital status, veteran status, or disability.

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