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English and Modern Languages, Assistant Professor

Apply now Job no: 516305
Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Pomona
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Letters/Humanities, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time

Tenure Track Faculty Position

English and Modern Languages

College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona invites applications for a tenure track faculty ASSISTANT PROFESSOR position in the English and Modern Languages Department in an area related to the study and/or promotion of Linguistics/TESOL.

Cal Poly Pomona is one of three polytechnic universities in the 23-campus California State University system and among 12 such institutions nationwide. Since its founding in 1938, Cal Poly Pomona students have participated in an integrative experiential learning education that is inclusive, relevant, and values diverse perspectives and experiences. With a variety of degree programs in the arts, humanities, sciences, engineering, and professional disciplines, the university is well known for its learn-by-doing approach and Teacher Scholar Model

The university is noted for its scenic and historic 1,400-acre campus, which was once the winter ranch of cereal magnate W.K. Kellogg. We acknowledge that Cal Poly Pomona resides on the territorial and homelands of the Tongva and Tataavium people who are the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar. The university’s nearly 30,000 students are taught and mentored by the campus’s more than 1,400 faculty as part of 54 Baccalaureate and 29 Master’s degree programs, 11 credential and certificate programs, and a doctorate in educational leadership. 

Highly regarded among its peer institutions, Cal Poly Pomona is No. 3 in the U.S. News and World Report rankings of top public regional universities in the west and was named the No. 28 best value college in the nation by Money Magazine. Cal Poly Pomona, a Hispanic-Serving Institution and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution, stands as a national leader in promoting social mobility, and was placed among the 25 top institutions in the country in awarding bachelor’s degrees to minoritized students by Diverse Issues in Higher Education.  

The Cal Poly Pomona campus is located less than 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles at the intersection of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. It is within an hour’s drive of beaches, mountains and deserts. For additional information about the university, please visit, and for more about faculty life, please see YourLife@CPP.

Student Population.  California residents comprise the majority (96%) of applicants to undergraduate programs at Cal Poly Pomona – nearly half (49%) of new students were transfers in Fall 2020.  58% of Cal Poly Pomona students are first generation, 70% receive financial aid, and 44% qualify as Pell-eligible.  The university enrolls a diverse student body that identifies as 49% Latinx, 21% Asian, 15% White, 3% Black, 5% International, 3% two or more races, 3% unknown, and less than 1% Native Hawaiian or Native Pacific Islander and less than 1% Native American Indigenous. 39% of the student body were STEM majors with the top enrolled programs including psychology, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, biology and computer science.

Inclusive Excellence Criteria.  We aspire to be the model inclusive polytechnic university in the nation. We have a strong commitment to inclusive excellence and to educational experiences that leverage the diverse perspectives and experiences needed to succeed and thrive in a diverse society. 

Tenure track faculty hires will demonstrate a commitment and record of contributions through their teaching, scholarship, or service to these inclusive excellence criteria (a minimum of two must be addressed in the Student Success Statement):

1. Integrates the values of equity and inclusivity into their teaching, scholarship and/or service contributions with diverse student populations;

2. Incorporates the contributions and struggles of historic ethnic minority groups and communities into their teaching, scholarly work, and/or service contributions;

3. Adopts teaching strategies that support the learning and success of students from diverse student populations;

4. Mentors and engages diverse student populations in discovery, scholarship, and creative activities;

5. Engages students in problem-based projects and learning that address the needs of diverse communities;

6. Possesses knowledge of challenges and barriers for underrepresented students and faculty within the discipline;

7. Mentors and assists diverse student populations interested in pursuing graduate education;

8. Engages in community-responsive action research or service with diverse student populations and communities;

9. Has experience in or demonstrates a commitment to adopting experiential learning activities and pedagogy with diverse student populations and communities; and

10. Has expertise in or demonstrated commitment to teaching, scholarship and/or service that contributes to access, diversity, and equal opportunity in higher education.

College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) brings to life a vibrant hands-on experience through disciplines in the humanities, performing arts, and social sciences. As the heart and soul of the campus, the College’s mission is to cultivate students’ intellectual development, ethical reasoning, and aesthetic sensibility to support creative and critical thinking in a dynamic world of competing challenges. We are a community diverse in backgrounds, expertise, and thought, committed to improving the human condition and to bettering the world. Our faculty, students, and staff are devoted to creating an inclusive environment where all can thrive through the College’s programs, research activities, creative performances, community outreach, and signature experiences. Learn more about the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences and our 12 distinct departments at

Department of English and Modern Languages (EML) is a blended department that explores the intersection of diverse languages and cultures through the disciplines of applied linguistics, languages, writing, and literature. EML serves more than 500 undergraduate majors with specialized options in Literature, English Education, Spanish, Applied Language Studies, and over 80 graduate students with options in Literature, Rhetoric & Composition, and TESOL. 

The Department’s faculty support each other through clusters of scholarly interests around subjects such asWriting Studies (including creative writing, translation studies, multimodal literacies, etc.); Critical Race Studies; Digital Humanities; and Multilingualism/Multilingual Education (including minors in TESOL, Spanish, French, Chinese, and a certificate in German). Responding to student needs, experiences, and interests, EML looks to build additional support in these areas in order to prepare the students for the professional world.

Position Description:

The Department seeks a tenure-line faculty member in Linguistics and TESOL with the primary areas of expertise in Second Language Acquisition and Second Language (L2) Pedagogy. The successful candidate will teach a lower-division General Education introductory course in Linguistics as well as upper-division linguistics and research methods courses in the English BA program (particularly in the Applied Language Studies option) and graduate courses in TESOL. Opportunities for the creation of new courses in the faculty’s area of expertise and interest are available. All faculty members in the Department are also expected to provide service to the Department, College, and the University by participating in relevant committee work and supporting and fostering student success by mentoring students, advising clubs, organizing and conducting service-learning courses and internships, and similar activities.  The successful candidate will maintain an active research agenda as both the University and the Department are strongly committed to the Teacher-Scholar model.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A doctoral degree in Second Language Studies, Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, or a closely related field from an accredited institution. (Degree must be conferred by the start date of the position).
  • A commitment to and a record of contributions to student success through applicant’s teaching, scholarship, and/or service.  This will be described in the Student Success Statement, which must address at least two of the inclusive excellence criteria listed above.
  • Ability to effectively teach courses in linguistics, research methods, second language acquisition (SLA), and L2 pedagogy as evidenced by prior teaching, teaching assistantship, and/or graduate coursework appearing on the transcript.
  • Ability to work productively and constructively with highly diverse student populations.
  • A viable research agenda and the potential for publication in the field of the candidate’s professional and scholarly expertise.

Preferred Qualifications:

We are seeking candidates who demonstrate experience using culturally responsive pedagogy that leads to equitable outcomes for all students and who are able to create an inclusive, student-centered environment for learning and mentoring.  

As a blended department, EML seeks to expand its interdisciplinary connections in teaching and research and to further diversify the professionalization opportunities for its students. As such, evidence of expertise in ONE of the following secondary areas is desirable but not required for a successful candidate:

  • Familiarity with the field of Communicative Disorders/Speech & Language Pathology.


  • Research and/or teaching experience in corpus linguistics. 


  • Ability to teach courses in the Chinese language and culture.


  • Ability to teach courses in the French language and culture.

Conditions of Employment

The person offered this position is required to pass a background check.

The 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 . Questions regarding the policy may be sent to

Application Process 

A completed application will consist of the following documents:

  • A cover letter, in which the candidate will describe their interest in the position, relevant experience in teaching, service, and research, and the ways in which the candidate meets the minimum qualifications in addition to any preferred qualifications.
  • A Student Success Statement (up to 2 pages, single-spaced) about the candidate’s teaching or other experiences, successes, and challenges in working with a diverse student population.  Please address at least two of the inclusive excellence criteria listed above.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • A self-reflection on the applicant’s teaching philosophy and/or practices. In this document, the applicant should discuss their beliefs about teaching and learning, ideally addressing how these beliefs apply to a specific course (or courses) that the candidate has taught, if applicable.
  • Three recent letters of reference, at least one of which must specifically address the candidate’s teaching abilities and/or potential.
  • The names and contact information for at least three individuals who can serve as references. This list may include but need not be limited to the names and contact information of the referees providing the aforementioned letters.
  • Unofficial transcripts of all graduate-level work.
  • Completed application form on PageUp.

Finalists for the position will be required to: 

  • Provide official transcripts for the highest degree achieved or in progress before the on-campus interview. 
  • Present research work to the faculty.
  • Provide a teaching demonstration in the classroom.  

The position is open until filled. First consideration will be given to completed applications received no later than October 3, 2022, 11:59 PM Pacific Daylight-Saving Time.  Semi-finalists will be interviewed via video-conferencing.  

Please direct inquiries to 

Applications accepted only via PageUp – online application portal - for University hires.

Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. The university seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the people of California, to maintain the excellence of the university, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing. Cal Poly Pomona subscribes to all state and federal regulations and prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity/gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, age, disability, genetic information, medical condition, and covered veteran status. The university hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States. As required by the Clery Disclosure Act, the university prepares a public annual security report.


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