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Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies (American Indian Studies OR Comparative Ethnic Studies)

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Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: East Bay
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Social Sciences, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time





THE UNIVERSITY:  California State University, East Bay (CSUEB), one of the 23 California State Universities, is a comprehensive university serving the San Francisco Bay Area/Silicon Valley.  It is known for award-winning programs, expert instruction, its diverse student body, and a choice of more than 100 career-focused fields of study.  With an enrollment of approximately 12,500 students and 900 faculty, the University offers bachelor’s degrees in 49 fields, minors in 52 fields, master’s degrees in 34 fields, 16 credentials programs, 18 certificate options, and 1 doctoral degree program. Cal State East Bay has three campus locations: the main 342 acre campus in the Hayward hills, the Concord campus, and the downtown Oakland campus.

Cal State East Bay has a mission to support a diverse student body through academically rich and culturally relevant learning experiences. Cal State East Bay is a designated Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) as well as an Asian American & Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) which serves a richly diverse, multicultural population of students drawn largely from regional community colleges and high schools. The successful candidate will bring with them expertise or an openness to creating a welcoming and supportive environment for all students, many of who may be first-generation college students and/or working students.

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THE DEPARTMENT:  The Department of Ethnic Studies provides an academically rigorous program that substantively contributes to the University's public commitment to provide a multicultural learning experience. Our comparative and interdisciplinary program covers six core areas: American Indian Studies; Asian American Studies; Black Studies; Chicanx and Latinx Studies; Comparative Ethnic Studies; and Genders and Sexualities in Communities of Color. In our courses, we teach students to analyze social relations of race, class, gender, and sexuality; develop nuanced understandings of social justice; and act as socially responsible global citizens.  The Department of Ethnic Studies has eight full-time faculty members and four full-time lecturers. The Department of Ethnic Studies is committed to interdisciplinary, intersectional, decolonial, and social justice-oriented course content and pedagogies. 

DUTIES OF THE POSITION: ​We seek an individual to teach classes in and who has strong research and teaching interests in the areas of American Indian/Indigenous Studies or Comparative Ethnic Studies, including research and teaching in one or more of the following areas: Federal Indian Policy and law, indigeneity and migration, and be able to help develop curriculum around anti-colonialism, decolonization, and connecting local, regional, and transnational issues; Comparative and Relational Ethnic Studies, Critical Mixed Race Studies, community engagement, labor, geography, abolition, theater and performing arts, ethnic music and dance, and various modes of cultural expression. The new faculty member would develop and teach a variety of courses in our department, primarily courses that meet the new CSU Ethnic Studies Graduation Requirement (Area F).

Please note that teaching assignments at California State University, East Bay include courses at the Hayward, Concord, and Online campuses. The policy and expectation of the California State University is that tenure-track faculty members will perform their duties within the state of California. In addition to teaching, all faculty have advising responsibilities, assist the department with administrative and/or committee work, and are expected to assume campus-wide committee responsibilities.

RANK AND SALARY:  Assistant Professor. Salary is dependent upon educational preparation and experience, and the salary ranges can be found at: CSU Salary Schedule. Subject to budgetary authorization. 

DATE OF APPOINTMENT: Fall Semester, 2023

QUALIFICATIONS: ​Doctorate (Ph.D) or ABD with doctorate degree awarded by August 2023 in one of the Social Sciences or a closely related field. Ordinarily, the subject areas encompassed should be History, Political Science, Geography, or Sociology, Ethnic Studies, Gender/Women’s Studies, Education, Sociology, Cultural Studies, American Indian / Indigenous Studies, Anthropology, or any related interdisciplinary field with degree in hand no later than the effective date of the appointment.

Demonstrate commitment to anticolonial, feminist of color, and antiracist pedagogical strategies and mentoring undergraduate students, actively engaged in research and demonstrated record of success (or potential for success) in research or creative activities with diverse populations.  Demonstrate their ability to teach comparatively on the shared lived experiences of multiple communities of color (e.g., American Indian, Asian American/Pacific Islander; Black/African/African American; Chicanx/Latinx, mixed race, (undocumented) immigrants, and/or refugees) in the realm of community formation, organizing, and/or expressive culture.  Demonstrate experience in teaching, mentoring, research, community service and/or social justice that has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).

Candidates should demonstrate experience in teaching, mentoring, research, or community service that has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. Additionally, applicants must demonstrate a record of scholarly activity. This University is fully committed to the rights of students, staff and faculty with disabilities in accordance with applicable state and federal laws. For more information about the University’s program supporting the rights of our students with disabilities see: For more information about accommodations for employees, contact: Iris Gallardo, Human Resources, at 510-885-2335 or email:

APPLICATION DEADLINE: The priority deadline to submit applications for any of the two (2) available areas, including letters, references, and all other application materials is December 28, 2022. However, this position will be considered open until filled. The search committee will begin reviewing application materials on December 28, 2022. Please submit a cover letter, which addresses the qualifications noted in the position announcement; a complete and current vita; teaching evaluations; sample Area F syllabi; and three reference letters (will be collected by PageUp). Applicants are also required to submit a one-page diversity statement that addresses how you engage a diverse student population in your teaching, research, mentoring, and advising.

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Applicants are required to also submit a 1-2 page diversity and equity statement that addresses how they would successfully engage our diverse student population in your teaching, research, mentoring, and advising. Below are guidelines/examples of evidence that demonstrates a commitment to Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) in Higher Education, taken from San Diego State University’s Building for Inclusive Excellence (BIE) criteria document:

  • Mentoring or advising of individual students from underrepresented populations
  • Advising relevant student clubs or organizations
  • Meaningful involvement with professional organizations or campus committees that advance underrepresented populations
  • Serving on the board of a non-profit organization focused on serving underrepresented populations
  • Narrative discussion or other evidence of effective mentoring or advising of students or faculty from underrepresented populations
  • Narrative discussion or other evidence of own experience as member of underrepresented group or different cultural group
  • Narrative discussion or other evidence of inclusive pedagogical methods
  • Recognition for good teaching at prior institution with diverse student population
  • Participation in workshops or other training on inclusive pedagogy
  • Research addresses or incorporates underrepresented populations and communities
  • Mentoring or advising of students or faculty from underrepresented groups
  • Narrative discussion or other evidence of inclusive pedagogical methods that support artistic or scholarly success
  • Research requires engagement with subjects from underrepresented communities
  • Meaningful engagement in collaborative projects with partners from other cultures
  • Research requires engagement with subjects from other cultures
  • Has a body of research that specifically addresses diversity and equity within the candidate’s area of focus

Note: California State University, East Bay hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States. All offers of employment are contingent upon presentation of documents demonstrating the appointee’s identity and eligibility to work in accordance with provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act.  A background check (including a criminal records check and prior employment verification) must be completed and cleared prior to the start of employment. 

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, CSUEB does not discriminate on the basis of any protected categories: age, ancestry, citizenship, color, disability, gender, immigration status, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran’s status. The University is committed to the principles of diversity in employment and to creating a stimulating learning environment for its diverse student body.       

CSU Vaccination Policy

CSU 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


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