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Assistant Professor of Sociology

Apply now Job no: 533203
Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Monterey Bay
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Social Sciences, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time

Classification:  Academic Year Faculty
Priority Screening Date:  December 5, 2023 - Extended
Recruitment Status:  Open Until Filled
Appointment Date:  Fall 2024

California State University, Monterey Bay is a mid-sized university in California’s Central Coast that grants undergraduate and graduate degrees. Powered by an inspiring Founding Vision Statement, CSUMB is part of the nation’s largest four-year public university system, California State University, which educates nearly 460,000 students every year. 

With a vibrant, diverse student body of over 7,000 students, CSU Monterey Bay is both a Minority Serving Institution and a Hispanic Serving Institution. Our staff and faculty transform students’ lives with a focus on student success and engagement through experiential learning, service learning, and a strong emphasis on multicultural and global perspectives. CSUMB’s sustainability goal is to be carbon neutral by 2030. 

The university’s Strategic Plan prioritizes inclusive excellence through recruiting and investing in developing a diverse body of faculty, staff and administrators. Many appreciate living and working close to the shores of beautiful Monterey Bay, with easy access to recreational areas from Big Sur to Santa Cruz. Nearby opportunities for collaborative research include working in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Silicon Valley, and with colleagues at local research universities, including UC Santa Cruz and Stanford University.

As one of the 23 campuses in the CSU system, CSUMB offers excellent benefits, including access to below-market-rate rental housing on East Campus, and competitive salaries for faculty and staff. With proximity to the San Francisco Bay Area and San Jose, opportunities for faculty, staff and students are as endless as the shores of the nearby Pacific Ocean.

The B.A. Degree in Sociology from the Department of Social Sciences and Global Studies, housed in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Science (CAHSS), invites candidates to apply for a tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor in the field of Sociology. We are seeking a sociologist committed to undergraduate teaching, active scholarship, and professional service. The successful candidate should have expertise in teaching Sociological Theory (classical and contemporary), with additional research and/or teaching expertise in Race/Ethnicity.

This position is meant to grow our new Sociology major, housed within our interdisciplinary department of Social Sciences and Global Studies, and set to launch in Fall 2024. We are looking for a candidate who is capable of engaging our diverse student population in sociological theory and application, including student capstone research. The successful candidate will be able to integrate sociological and other disciplinary perspectives, especially disciplines across the social sciences. We seek a colleague who emphasizes outcomes-based education and high-impact educational practices, and who is excited to collaborate across disciplines. The successful applicant will teach 12 units per semester in courses covering sociological theory, race/ethnicity, and other courses in sociology or interdisciplinary social sciences. Teaching responsibilities may include a combination of in-person and online modalities.


  • Teaching
  • Advising and mentoring students in the major
  • Research and other scholarly or creative activities
  • Service/Contribution to the Institution/Community
  • Curriculum development and Assessment of the Major


  • Ph.D. in Sociology from an accredited university by time of appointment
  • Demonstrated success in teaching Classical and Contemporary Sociological Theory
  • Demonstrated expertise in the Sociology of Race/Ethnicity
  • Demonstrated potential or evidence of successful research and scholarly publication and/or creative activities
  • Demonstrated success in working with a diverse student population
  • Demonstrated commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration


  • Experience strengthening outreach, recruitment, retention, and development of diverse student populations
  • Ability to leverage the diversity of the university community to enhance the educational experience for all students
  • Experience with using instructional technologies to teach courses in various modalities
  • 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
  • Experience teaching in interdisciplinary social sciences


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

The person holding this position will have a duty to report to the Campus Title IX Officer information pertaining to discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, sexual exploitation, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, and retaliation and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order EO 1095, EO 1096, and EO 1097 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.

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


Anticipated Hiring Salary Range:  $76,432/annual - $81,432/annual

CSU Salary Schedule


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: Employee Benefits Summary.  Additionally, the University Corporation at CSU Monterey Bay provides access to affordable campus housing based on availability, visit:  Schoonover Employee Housing for more information.


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. A statement of teaching philosophy as it pertains to student success and inclusive excellence
    2. A statement of research experiences and scholarly interests
    3. A diversity statement that must include specific examples of how your background, educational/professional experiences, and area of expertise prepared you for this position
  4. 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 Human Resources at (831) 582-3389 or


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:

The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff remain our highest priority. While on campus, students, faculty, staff, and the community will be expected to follow all campus safety mandates.  

CSUMB is a smoke and tobacco-free campus. 


CSUMB is an Equal Opportunity 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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