Two Tenure Track Positions at California State University, San Marcos


Positions: Assistant Professors
The Ethnic Studies [ETST] Program at California State University San Marcos invites applications from exceptional teacher-scholars for two tenure-track positions at the Assistant Professor level to begin August 2021.

• The first position seeks scholars whose scholarship and teaching centralizes Black communities.
• The second position invites scholars whose scholarship and teaching centralizes Chicana/o/xLatina/o/x communities.
The Program delivers a major and a minor from an interdisciplinary, comparative approach to studying
race and racism in the United States and as experienced by historically marginalized populations. The
Ethnic Studies core curriculum anchors students intellectually, theoretically, and methodologically.
Augmenting the core upper-division courses are three themes of the curriculum: Colonialism, Migration
and Diasporas; The State, Inequality and Resistance; and, Identities and Representation. The successful
candidates will contribute to core course offerings, as well as have the opportunity to create courses
based on their area of expertise. Overseeing the program is its program director, tenure-track faculty,
and steering committee, supported by a robust set of affiliates from the social sciences, arts, and
humanities. For more information visit
Minimum Qualifications: Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies or related field by August 2021. Candidates in related
field with extensive training, experience, teaching or scholarship in Ethnic or other Area studies will also
be considered. Applicants must possess demonstrated teaching effectiveness at the undergraduate
level. A scholar with demonstrated capacity to launch and sustain a quality research program in Ethnic
Studies. Applicants must satisfy one or more of the following: (1) Develop and/or teach curricula that
advance racial and social justice drawing from their engagement with communities of color, (2) Have a
demonstrated record of success in research or creative activities focused on underserved minoritized
communities, and/or (3) Serve as role models for our diverse student body and have a demonstrated
commitment to underserved communities as well as the academic success of all our students.
Preferred Qualifications: The successful candidate’s research might include, but not restricted to:
Critical refugee studies; Decolonization; Settler-colonial studies; Race and migration including
indigenous migration; Social movements such as transnational, US organizing around labor, migrant
justice and movements against criminalization in immigrant detention; Environmental justice; and/or
State and gendered violence; Queer or LGBTQ studies in communities of color, and/or inequality &

Evidence of excellence in scholarly productivity. Ability to teach courses in one’s area of
specialty in ETST and develop curriculum in either Colonialism, Migration and Diasporas and/or The
State, Inequality and Resistance themes of the degree. Demonstrated commitment to or competence
with diverse groups in teaching, research, and/or service. Commitment to and/or demonstrated
experience with mentorship of undergraduates from diverse backgrounds.

Duties: The successful candidate will:
• Deliver core courses in the Ethnic Studies curriculum;
• Develop innovative coursework in area(s) of expertise;
• Contribute to program development;
• Develop and sustain a research program that will lead to publications and other forms of
scholarly productivity;
• Engage in department, college, university, discipline and/or community service.
Application: All applications must include: 
• A completed Faculty Application
• Cover letter. In it, state whether applying for the first or second position as well as interest in a
career at a state university,
• Curriculum vitae,
• One-page statement of teaching philosophy,
• One-page statement of applicant’s demonstrated commitment to diversity and equity in
teaching, research, and/or service,
• Two examples of publications of scholarly or creative work,
• TT Applicant Survey
• Letters of recommendation and teaching evaluations are not required at this time. Only shortlisted candidates will be requested to submit three letters of recommendation and summary of qualitative and quantitative course evaluations.

Review of applications will commence January 6, 2021. Position open until filled. Submit application and
direct any inquiries to:  Dr. Michelle A. Holling, Search Committee Chair, Ethnic Studies Program,

California State University San Marcos is dedicated to preparing future leaders, building great
communities and solving critical issues. Located on a 304-acre hillside overlooking the city of San
Marcos, the University is just a short distance from some of Southern California’s best beaches and an
hour from the U.S.-Mexico border.
The University is particularly interested in candidates who have experience working with students from
diverse backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for
under-represented groups. Forty-five percent of the student body come from traditionally
underrepresented backgrounds and fifty-three percent are the first in their family earning a four-year
college degree.

CSUSM has been designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and named one of the top 32 Colleges
most friendly to junior faculty by the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education.
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California State University San Marcos 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. 
This position is subject to employment verification, education verification, reference checks and criminal
record checks. An offer of appointment is contingent upon successful completion of a background
check, including a criminal records check, and may be rescinded if the background check reveals
disqualifying information and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified

The person holding this position is considered a limited 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 (revised July 21, 2017) as a condition of employment.
Read more about the position online.