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Assistant Professor of Women and Gender Studies

Apply now Job no: 505447
Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Fullerton
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Social Sciences, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time

Department of Women and Gender Studies and Queer Studies
College of Humanities & Social Sciences
Assistant and Advanced Assistant
Fall 2022

The Department of Women and Gender Studies (WGST) and Queer Studies at California State University, Fullerton, invites applications for a tenure‐track position at the rank of Assistant or Advanced Assistant Professor with appointment to begin Fall 2022. The advanced rank can include up to two years of service credit (time counted toward the normal six-year probationary period).

California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) is a minority-serving institution and an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. CSUF is strongly committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community and the curriculum, and to fostering an inclusive environment within which students, staff, administrators, and faculty thrive. Candidates who can contribute to this goal through their teaching, research, advising, and other activities are encouraged to identify their strengths and experiences in this area. Individuals advancing the University’s strategic diversity goals and those from groups whose underrepresentation in the American professoriate has been severe and longstanding are particularly encouraged to apply.

Directly supporting CSUF’s mission to educate our diverse and dynamic student body, the majority of whom are students of color and the first in their family to earn a college degree, this search is responding to the continued need to provide our student body with educators whose teaching and research supports campus progress towards an anti-racist, inclusive and socially-just future. We anticipate hiring faculty who will choose to join previous cohorts who have this mission and vision as core to their intellectual work. Academic Affairs and Human Resources, Diversity, and Inclusion will support these new faculty with mentorship designed to sustain and advance their teaching and scholarly or creative activity success and to create a secondary community to complement that of their home department.

We invite teacher-scholars with interests in one or more of the following: (1) Queer, trans, and/or non-binary studies, from an intersectional and queer of color critiques perspective; (2) indigenous studies from local and/or transnational perspectives (3) non-western understandings of the body, gender, and sexuality, including but not limited to a critical engagement with masculinity studies (4) engaging communities from the Global South and its marginalized diasporas (5) decolonial/izing methods, practices and approaches to gender and sexuality 6) engaging cultural production, including areas such as visual, media/film, literature, and performance art and/or art activism. Applicants with earned doctorates, strong commitment to and experience in transformative pedagogy, a research agenda that includes scholarship, and experience working with diverse communities are especially encouraged to apply.

CSUF faculty are committed teacher/scholars who bring research and creative discovery to life for students in classrooms, labs, studios, and individually mentored projects. They teach broadly in the curricula of their departments, advise students, and serve on departmental and university-wide committees. The primary responsibilities of the person in this position will include the development and teaching of introductory and core courses in the discipline, and the development of courses in their area(s) of specialization. Specific courses that this person will teach include:

  • One or more core courses: Intro to Gender in the Humanities, Research Methods, Feminist Theories, and Intersectionality.
  • One or more Queer Studies, trans studies, and/or non-binary studies specific courses: Intro to Queer Studies, Queer Theory, Masculinities
  • One or more topical courses on indigenous studies and gender, non-western gender and sexualities, and/or art activism

This person will also be responsible for producing scholarship and/or creative work commensurate with the requirements for tenure. The successful candidate will also be expected to engage with, contribute to and participate in the life and development of the department, advise students, serve on committees, and participate in the broader university and disciplinary communities.

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree in area of expertise, Women and Gender Studies, Native American and Indigenous Studies, Ethnic Studies, Cultural Studies, American Studies, Philosophy, History, Sociology, and/or a related field by the time of appointment
  • Ability to balance teaching, scholarship/creative activities, and service
  • Demonstrated commitment to and excellence in undergraduate teaching of a very diverse student population, including first‐generation college students, low-socioeconomic students, and racially minoritized students
  • Demonstrated expertise and scholarly interest in topics related to one or more of the following: EX: queer studies; trans studies; non-binary studies; sexuality studies and/or gender studies; intersectional research and methodologies; indigenous studies and non-western modalities; community engaged scholarship in local and/or transnational settings; cultural production as practitioner and/or scholar; visual culture, arts, and media; or transformative social change and activism

Preferred Qualifications

  • A familiarity with critical pedagogies and recognized best practices in teaching and an interest in using and developing innovative instructional technologies such as emerging online pedagogical practices to promote student learning
  • Interest and experience in the development and bolstering of the Queer Studies curriculum
  • Multi-disciplinary, interdisciplinary, trans-disciplinary, and/or traditional approaches to research
  • Experience, research, and commitment to promoting social justice within and beyond the departmental community
  • Demonstrated interest and commitment to the development of the department, university and community service, and student co-curricular activities
  • Scholarship and creative production that centers and/or contributes to social justice and activism.
  • Evidence of successful teaching experience at the college or university level

A complete on‐line application must be received by electronic submission to be considered. To apply, please visit http://hr.fullerton.edu/careers/Faculty.php, choose full-time faculty, search for Job #505447, and provide the following required materials:

  • Cover letter in which you respond to the required qualifications
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy, submitted as a single pdf (no more than 2 pages)
    • Discuss how you approach teaching a diverse community and how you approach student success. What are some of the techniques/strategies you use to teach in a culturally relevant and/or responsive way? What are techniques/strategies you employ to create a supportive learning environment for differently gendered students as well as enhance the access of differently abled students?
  • Syllabus: Submit either a course you have taught or would like to teach in our department
  • Candidate Statement on Commitment to Inclusive Excellence (no more than 2 pages)
    • Discuss your approach to co-creating a welcoming and inclusive work environment that supports and values diversity and equity for our CSUF’s diverse student body, colleagues, staff, and community populations. Share how you have addressed or plan to address uplifting the values of equity, diversity, and community building in your teaching, research, and/or collaborations with colleagues such that the committee is able to assess your ability to contribute to our campus in this area. Describe any significant accomplishments in this area.
  • Research and Creativity Activity Statement, submitted as a single pdf (no longer than 2 pages)
    • Discuss your research and/or creative activity agenda for the next 5 years.
  • a list of three references with relevant contact information
    • Finalists will be required to have three letters of recommendation submitted. Please have these ready for the referents to submit. On the References page of the online application, enter information and email addresses for three referents who will provide a confidential letter of reference for your application. At the finalist step in the search process, they will receive a request via email along with information on uploading the letter. You will be able to verify that each letter has been received by CSUF by logging back into your applicant portal.

Please direct all questions about the position to: Dr. Xhercis Méndez, WGST Vice-Chair and Department Search Committee Chair at xmendez@fullerton.edu or the WGST office at 657-278-3888.

Application Deadline
To be assured full consideration, all application materials must be received by November 8, 2021. The anticipated appointment date is August 2022.

The College and Department
The mission of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences is to educate students to be culturally, globally, socially, historically, and environmentally astute, civically responsible alumni able to navigate and increasingly complex and interconnected world. The College of Humanities and Social Sciences is the largest college at Cal State Fullerton, offering 23 undergraduate degrees, 38 minors, and 15 graduate degrees. The 20 departments and programs employ over 450 faculty and 50 staff members serving more than 7,500 students and annually awarding over 2,000 degrees. The College of Humanities and Social Sciences offers students the breadth of a traditional liberal arts education in the humanities and social sciences while preparing them for a wide range of professions. Faculty members in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences are committed teacher/scholars who bring research and creative discovery to life for students in classrooms, labs, and individually mentored projects. The College of Humanities and Social Sciences is committed to the University’s strategic plan objective to “increase the number of tenured and tenure-track faculty, with a concentrated attention to those from historically underrepresented groups.” For more information about the college, please go to http://hss.fullerton.edu/

The Department
The Women and Gender Studies and Queer Studies Department at CSUF houses a collective of teacher-scholars that explore the ways in which culturally constructed understandings of gender, sexuality, and bodies work together to shape and impact our identities, institutions, relations, and experiences. We pay particular attention to the intersectional modes through which these identity categories, and related effects of power, are experienced, including the influences of racialization, race, and white supremacy, class, religion, citizenship, ableism, heternormativity, as well as other social forces. Our courses and curriculum are designed to move students from exploring key ideas, through a variety of theoretical frames and methods, to the application of these ideas by way of active engagement with contemporary social issues. This can take many forms, including but not limited to campus and community organizing and activism; coordinating events such as the Feminist Symposium; writing, research and publishing workshops and opportunities; and occasions to work collaboratively with faculty and other students on a variety of related projects.

As a department, we are committed to the well-being of our departmental members and community and as such have collectively articulated a set of values, practices, and principles that guide our communication, structure, conduct, and decision-making with each other. We seek to practice and uplift these values in all that we do, including through our contributions to student-centered teaching, social justice oriented scholarly and creative activity, and transformative consciousness-raising service.

Additional Information

Multiple positions may be hired from this recruitment based on the strength of the applicant pool.

Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications, and is subject to budgetary authorization and any California State University System faculty contract increases. Summer research grants, moving expenses, start‐up funds, and a reduced teaching load may be available. An excellent comprehensive benefits package is available that includes: health/vision/dental plans; spouse, domestic partner and dependent fee‐waiver; access to campus child‐care; and a defined‐benefit retirement through the state system along with optional tax sheltering opportunities. For a detailed description of benefits, please visit https://hr.fullerton.edu/total-wellness/.

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.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be formally offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self‐disclose.

Notice of Non-Discrimination on the Basis of Gender or Sex and Contact Information for Title IX Coordinator (http://www.fullerton.edu/titleix/about/notice.php).

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 https://calstate.policystat.com/policy/9779821/latest/ and questions may be sent to hr@fullerton.edu.

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