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Native American/American Indian and Indigenous Studies – Ethnic and Women’s Studies – Assistant Professor

Apply now Job no: 540126
Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Pomona
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Letters/Humanities, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time, On-site (work in-person at business location)

Tenure Track Faculty Position

        Department of Ethnic and Women’s Studies

           College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona invites applications for a tenure track faculty position in the Department of Ethnic and Women’s Studies. 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 participate 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. 2 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. In 2022, the campus launched the Black Thriving Initiative recognizing that Cal Poly Pomona’s future as a university is linked to the success of its Black community. More information about our campus initiatives and our Principles of Community can be found on the Office of Inclusive Excellence’s website

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. Cal Poly Pomona is the number one polytechnic university in the nation for student diversity and economic mobility. Our caring and inclusive campus community is committed to helping anyone who dreams of success achieve it. In Fall 2023, Cal Poly Pomona served more than 24,000 students and close to 2,000 graduate students, mostly residents of California. Over half of Cal Poly Pomona students are first-generation college students, 70% receive financial aid, and 42% are low-income students. The university enrolls 56% percent of historically underrepresented students. Our diverse student body identifies as 53% Hispanic/Latinx, 22% Asian, 13% White, 4% two or more races, 3% unknown, 3% African American/Black, 2% International, less than 1% Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and less than 1% Native American. Forty-three percent of students enroll in our STEM majors and our top five enrolled programs across the university include mechanical engineering, computer science, civil engineering, psychology, as well as finance, real estate, and law. 

Inclusive Excellence and Student Success. 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.

*As a part of the application for faculty positions, all candidates must submit a Student Success Statement that demonstrates their commitment and record of contributions to diversity and equity through their teaching, scholarship, or service by speaking to at least two of the inclusive excellence criteria below.

Candidates should explain how they have engaged in the criteria below in their pedagogy, scholarship, and/or service, as well as the level to which these efforts have been consistently incorporated into their work.

Inclusive Excellence Criteria:

  1. Incorporates the contributions and struggles of historic ethnic minority groups or other disadvantaged communities into their teaching, scholarly work, and/or service contributions;
  2. Adopts teaching strategies that support the learning and success of students from diverse student populations;
  3. Mentors and engages diverse student populations in discovery, scholarship, and creative activities;
  4. Engages students in problem-based projects and learning that address the needs of diverse communities;
  5. Possesses knowledge of challenges and barriers for underrepresented students and faculty within the discipline and uses it to inform their work in specific ways;
  6. Mentors and assists diverse student populations interested in pursuing graduate education;
  7. Engages in community-responsive action research or service with diverse student populations and communities;
  8. Has experience in or demonstrates a commitment to adopting experiential learning activities and pedagogy with diverse student populations and communities; and
  9. 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: Cal Poly Pomona’s 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 one’s 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 Ethnic and Women’s Studies: The department of Ethnic and Women’s Studies (EWS) dedicates itself to sustaining a home for our students, faculty, and community partners to advocate and advance knowledge about marginalized peoples, and the processes by which they were constituted and transformed over time. To empower learners to critically assess their lived experiences, our department provides learners with tools and language to decode and analyze forms of systemic oppression including, but not limited to, colonization, racism, sexism, and cis-heteropatriarchy. We also use experiential learning to create coalition communities rooted in activism, resistance, and liberation.

The department offers a major, with two options—Gender, Ethnicity, and Multicultural (GEMS) BA or a BA Pre-credential. In addition to the BA, students can select an emphasis in one of the following areas: African American Studies, Asian American Studies, Chicana/o Latina/o Studies, Native American Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Multicultural Leadership Studies. Students can also minor in these areas of emphasis. For more information on who we are, visit the EWS website at

Position description: We seek candidates whose research and teaching focus on Native American/American Indian Studies and Indigenous Studies

    • Minimum requirements include: An earned doctorate or terminal degree (e.g. teaching artist with an MFA) in Indigenous Studies, Native or First-Nations Studies, Ethnic Studies, Gender and/or Sexuality Studies, Cultural Studies, American Studies, Sociology, Education, History, Critical Studies, Visual Art and Performing Arts, or related interdisciplinary fields conferred by the time of appointment;
    • Demonstrated commitment to inclusivity and equity. Evidence should be provided in a Student Success Statement that responds to the prompt above - “Inclusive Excellence and Student Success.” Experience teaching comparative courses and integrating multiple disciplinary cultural and global perspectives;
    • At least one or more semesters of successful teaching of undergraduates (either full-time or part-time) at a college or university setting and/or postdoctoral teaching experience with potential for growth;
    • Evidence of scholarly engagement and potential as demonstrated through conference presentations, publications and/or grant development;
    • Evidence of community engagement; and  
    • Commitment and ability to contribute to the academic community’s diversity and excellence through research, teaching and service, fostering an inclusive environment. 

Preferred/Desired Qualifications:

  • Evidence of research, scholarly engagement and/or creative activities with one or     more of the following: settler colonialism, cultural and/or visual sovereignty, global Indigeneity, tribal law, K-12 education, Indigenous political ecologies, queer, trans and/or intersectional Indigeneity, Native American womanisms and/or feminisms, Indigenous health and/or healing, decolonial borderlands and/or forced migrations; and/or
  • Demonstrated success in critical/interactive pedagogical practices in Native American/American Indian Studies, Indigenous Studies, and Ethnic Studies including service learning; and/or
  • Demonstrated experience in Indigenous qualitative research methodologies, theoretical frameworks and/or communally defined research needs; and/or
  • Evidence of collegial collaboration and demonstrated experience in mentoring and advising students, working with student groups, cultural centers, and/or community-based organizations.

Conditions of Employment:

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

Application Process:

A completed application will consist of

    • A cover letter (3-page maximum) which contains the following:
      • Your interest in the position including how you meet the minimum and preferred requirements via
      • Your teaching philosophy working within a diverse campus community
      • Your research agenda summary (research accomplishments, current work, and future directions) and/or potential of your scholarship.
    • A Student Success Statement (up to 2-pages, single-spaced) that responds to the prompt above - “Inclusive Excellence and Student Success” and addresses at least two of the inclusive excellence criteria listed (please indicate the criteria numbers in your Statement); and
    • Curriculum vitae.

Finalists for the position will:

    • Be required to provide official transcripts for the highest degree before the on-campus interview;
    • Be required to provide a writing sample (no more than 25 pages);
    • Be required to provide 3 letters of reference, at least one of which must specifically address teaching; and
    • Be interviewed and are expected to make a research presentation to faculty and a teaching demonstration to faculty with students’ interactions.

The position is open until filled. First consideration will be given to completed applications received no later than Monday, September 9, 2024, by 5 p.m. PST.

Please direct inquiries to Dr. Shayda Kafai (

Instructions for submitting applications are listed at the Faculty Affairs site for University hires:

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

Salary Range for academic year, nine month appointment: $84,000-$87,200.

Equal Opportunity Employer

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona is an Equal Opportunity 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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