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Assistant or Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies

Apply now Job no: 509158
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:  February 25, 2022 - Extended
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.

To promote inclusive teaching strategies across the university and increase curricular coverage of areas related to diversity, equity and inclusion, the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Science (CAHSS) is proud to announce its first Download FileDEI-focused cluster hire. Toward this effort, CAHSS seeks to hire two positions (one assistant professor and one associate professor) in the area of Ethnic Studies within the School of Humanities & Communication Department (HCOM). These faculty will contribute to the university’s diversity, equity and inclusion goals in their departments and colleges, the University, and community.


In anticipation of the launch of the new B.A. Degree Program in Ethnic and Gender Studies, the School of Humanities and Communication invites candidates to apply for one of two tenure-line positions at the rank of assistant and associate professor (with the possibility of tenure) in the field of Ethnic Studies. Specifically, we seek applicants whose research and teaching focus on

  • Position 1:  Africana Studies - African Diasporic, African American, Black culture and Black feminist thought


  • Position 2:  Comparative Race - social, cultural, political, historical and economic factors shaping meanings of race, class, gender and sexuality

Applicants whose research and teaching overlap any of the two areas are also encouraged to apply.  

These positions were also created in response to a new Ethnic Studies general education requirement (GE area F) implemented by the California State University system.  This requirement was developed to advance innovative approaches to the study of race, race relations, racialization and the practice of social justice.  Along with GE area F courses, the candidate will also be expected to teach core courses in their fields of specialization, as well as additional Ethnic and Gender Studies courses. In addition, the candidates should have the ability to teach comparative Ethnic Studies courses, integrate multiple disciplinary cultural and global perspectives, and incorporate educational technology in their teaching and professional activities. Candidates should also be committed to working with a diverse student population. We seek colleagues who can collaborate across disciplinary lines and bring innovative approaches to teaching.   


  • Teaching
  • Advising and mentoring students in the major
  • Scholarly and Creative Activities
  • Service/Contribution to the Institution
  • Service/Contribution to the Community
  • Service on Department, College, and University Committees
  • Curriculum development and Assessment of the Major


  • Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies, Africana Studies, Humanities, or other related fields from an accredited university; Terminal degree must be earned by the start of the appointment (August 2022)
  • Evidence of effective teaching at college level
  • Evidence of successful research and scholarly publication and/or creative activities


  • Demonstrated commitment to working successfully with a diverse student population
  • Ability to teach comparative courses and integrate multiple disciplinary cultural and global perspectives
  • Demonstrated evidence of grounding in Afrocentric method, approaches, and in comparative Africana Studies
  • Demonstrated evidence of or potential for conducting comparative studies across Africana Studies, American Indian Studies, Latina/o Studies, Asian American Studies, and/or Gender Studies
  • Experience strengthening outreach, recruitment, retention, and professional development of diverse faculty, staff, and administrators
  • Ability to leverage the diversity of the university community to enhance the educational experience for all students
  • Experience with or demonstrated commitment to learning instructional technologies in order to teach courses using various modes, i.e., in-person, hybrid, online, etc., separately or in combination
  • Ability to mentor and work with diverse students in applied and action research, service learning, community engagement, internship, study abroad, and other faculty directed and supported student development activities


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.

Required Documentation:

  1. A completed CSUMB Application
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. A cover letter (no more than 5 pages) that includes:
    1. The position for which the candidate is applying (e.g., Position 1-Africana Studies or Position 2-Comparative Race)
    2. A discussion of teaching philosophy as it pertains to student success and inclusive excellence
    3. A description of research experiences and scholarly interests
    4. A diversity statement that must include specific examples of how your background, educational/professional experiences, and area of expertise prepared you for this position
  1. Finalists will be asked for three recent letters of recommendation, a course syllabus, and a chapter or article of their scholarship.
  2. Unofficial copies of all postsecondary degree transcripts (official transcripts will be required prior to appointment).

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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