Assistant Professor - Queer Studies Program #24-22

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Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Northridge
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Letters/Humanities, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time

Tenure-Track Faculty Position Announcement

Department:   Queer Studies Program

Faculty Hire Number: #24-22

Rank:  Assistant Professor

Effective Date of Appointment: August 21, 2024 (Subject to Budgetary Approval)

Salary Scale: $80,000 (Dependent upon qualifications)

CSUN’s Commitment to You:

CSUN is committed to achieving excellence through teaching, scholarship, learning and inclusion. Our values include a respect for all people, building partnerships with the community and the encouragement of innovation, experimentation, and creativity. CSUN strives to cultivate a community in which a diverse population can learn and work in an atmosphere of civility and respect. CSUN is especially interested in candidates who make contributions to equity and inclusion in the pursuit of excellence for all members of the university community.

As a Hispanic-serving Institution (HSI), inclusiveness and diversity are integral to CSUN’s commitment to excellence in teaching, research, and engagement. As of Fall 2022, CSUN enrolls ~38,000 students, where 57.3% are Latinx, 19.8% are White, 9.2% are Asian-American, 4.9% are Black/African American, 0.1% are Native American, and 0.2% are Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander. 

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About the Department:

The Queer Studies Program focuses on histories, contemporary experiences, and community-based knowledges of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people, intersexed people, queers, and others who occupy non-heterosexist and non-normative gender positionalities. The program explores how heterosexism, heteronormativity and transphobia intersect and collide with national, ethnic, racial, class and other identifications, fostering a community of learners who grapple with issues of diversity, gender, sexuality and social justice. 

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The Queer Studies Program at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) is seeking a tenure-track faculty member in Queer Studies at the rank of Assistant Professor. Specifically, the Program seeks candidates who research and teach in Queer/Trans Studies with an expertise in Chicana/o Studies, Latinx Studies or a related field. The tenure line will be located fully in Queer Studies with collaborative teaching possibilities in Chicana/o Studies. We seek candidates who approach scholarship and research through an intersectional lens using critical, interdisciplinary approaches, specializing in queer of color critique and transnational approaches to gender and sexuality. The successful candidate should have the expertise to teach courses within the program. 

In addition to teaching, the position requires weekly office hours, attending faculty meetings, participation in assessment of student learning, and service to the department, college, and university. The successful candidate will be held to the standards and requirements of the college and department in which they are housed for recommending tenure and promotion. Given CSUN’s commitment to excellence in teaching, research, and engagement in a diverse environment, the successful candidate will help the Department achieve equitable academic outcomes for all students through teaching, student mentorship, scholarship, and service.

Required Qualifications:   

  • Terminal degree (Ph.D. preferred) from an accredited institution. Candidate’s scholarly focus should be on Queer/Trans Studies and/or Women’s/Gender/Sexuality Studies with a background in Chicana/o Studies, Latinx Studies or a related field. Candidates must earn their doctorate or terminal degree by August 16, 2024.   
  • Demonstrated expertise in Chicana/o Studies through scholarship and/or teaching background. 
  • Evidence or clear potential for excellence in teaching current and future Queer Studies courses.  
  • Evidence of a scholarly agenda in Queer/Trans Studies, Chicana/o Studies, and/or related fields. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience or potential for using culturally responsive pedagogy that leads to equitable outcomes for racially diverse students with a commitment to inclusive, interdisciplinary pedagogical practices.  
  • Experience or potential for creating a student-centered learning environment. 
  • Evidence or clear potential for future scholarly contributions in Queer/Trans Studies, Chicana/o Studies and/or related fields.
  • Demonstrated history or potential for working with queer and trans communities, and/or Chicanx communities, organizations, non-profits, and/or programs. 
  • Experience in social justice work with a commitment to challenging structural inequities. 
  • Evidence or clear potential for mentoring queer and trans students at the college level, such as involving students from racially diverse backgrounds in research.


Faculty success at CSUN is measured by three criteria: teaching effectiveness; contributions to one's field of study; and service to the University and Community. The standard teaching assignment is 12 units (4 courses per semester). However, new faculty members in their first two years teach 9 units per semester (3 courses).  

Successful candidates should be able to teach courses offered by the Queer Studies Program. Faculty members are encouraged to develop new courses as needed by the Program. Teaching in Chicana/o Studies and other departments is anticipated, depending on the candidate’s interests.  

Peer-reviewed publications are important for tenure and promotion, and CSUN faculty members can apply for competitive awards that provide course releases for research or fund travel for research. Presentations at academic conferences are supported with annual travel funds. Tenure-track faculty members participate in shared governance, usually in Program, College, and University committees and other service assignments.  

Application Deadline:

Screening of applications will begin November 6th, 2023. Priority will be given to applicants who meet the screening deadline; however, the position will remain open until filled. 

How to Apply:

Candidates should apply by completing the CSUN online application. To submit an application and for more detailed information on the application and hiring process, please visit this link:  

Inquiries may be addressed to James Lunsford. Email:   

Applicants must submit:  

(1) a cover letter that addresses the qualifications and responsibilities described above (2 to 3 pages),  

(2) a curriculum vitae which includes contact information for three professional references who can address the candidate’s teaching, research, and service qualifications, and  

(3) one or two academic papers (as samples of scholarship). 

In later phases of the search process, applicants may be requested to provide additional materials, including professional work samples, verification of degrees, etc. 

At time of appointment, the successful candidate, if not a U.S. citizen, must have authorization from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to work in the United States. 

General Information:

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The person holding this position may be 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 offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

In accordance with the California State University (CSU) Out-of-State Employment Policy, the CSU is a state entity whose business operations reside within the State of California and prohibits hiring employees to perform CSU-related work outside of California.

CSUN is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination based on race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, and disability. Our nondiscrimination policy is set forth in CSU Nondiscrimination Policy. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting James Lunsford at 818-677-2271.

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