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Assistant Professor, Public Law, Political Science Department

Apply now Job no: 518775
Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: San Francisco
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Letters/Humanities, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time

San Francisco State University’s Department of Political Science offers an exciting opportunity for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Public Law beginning August 9, 2023. We seek a colleague who works centrally on public law, with teaching and research interests on race, immigration, civil rights, voter rights, or closely related topics. We are especially interested in qualified candidates with a demonstrated commitment -- through their research, teaching, and service -- to the excellence and diversity of our academic community.

The Department of Political Science at SFSU was founded in the mid 1960s during a period of intense political activism, and it carries on this legacy through rigorous interdisciplinary research and engaged pedagogy. Our students reflect the racial, ethnic, and class diversity of the San Francisco Bay Area and bring their experiences, insights, and knowledge to the classroom. We teach BA and MA courses in American politics, comparative politics, political theory, and public law, plus required courses in research methods. The department’s popular public law curriculum is growing, and we’re the home department for a young but very successful Moot Court program and an interdisciplinary certificate in pre-law.

The mission of San Francisco State University is to create and maintain an environment for learning that promotes respect for and appreciation of scholarship, freedom, human diversity, and the cultural mosaic of the City of San Francisco and the Bay Area; to promote excellence in instruction and intellectual accomplishment; and to provide broadly accessible higher education for residents of the region and state, as well as the nation and world. To fulfill its mission, the University is committed to the following goals:

  • Attracting, retaining and graduating a highly diverse student body
  • Providing disciplinary and interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional education that is academically rigorous and intellectually challenging
  • Providing curricula that reflect all dimensions of human diversity, and that encourage critical thinking and a commitment to social justice
  • Recruiting, retaining and supporting a diverse faculty whose teaching demonstrates an active engagement with their individual fields of study and whose creative and scholarly work is an extension of the classroom, laboratory or studio
  • Employing a staff and administration reflecting the diversity of our student community and the values of the campus;
  • Fostering a collegial and cooperative intellectual environment that includes recognition and appreciation of differing viewpoints and promotes academic freedom within the University community; and
  • Serving the communities with which its students and faculty are engaged.


The position requires developing and teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses in Public Law and Judicial Politics (U.S. focus), mentoring and advising pre-law students, as well as other undergraduate and graduate students, developing an active ongoing scholarship program that advances knowledge in one’s area of specialty, and ongoing committee and service assignments. A detailed position description is available at



Ph.D. in Political Science or related discipline, such as Sociology. Terminal degree must be completed by the first day of employment.


  • Candidates with a J.D. degree in addition to the required Ph.D. are encouraged to apply.
  • Teaching experience or evidence of strong potential for effective teaching.
  • Active record of scholarship related to specialty area of public law / judicial politics.
  • Experience teaching and working closely with students from historically underrepresented communities.
  • Ability to demonstrate how they will incorporate inclusion, diversity, and educational equity in their teaching and scholarship.

Rank and salary

Assistant Professor. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. The California State University (CSU) provides generous health, retirement and other benefits.


A complete online application must be submitted to receive consideration. To apply, please upload the following materials:

  1. Cover letter (relating your experience to the required and preferred qualifications)
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. A diversity statement that is no more than 500 words that provides an understanding of your capabilities to address diversity in support of SFSU’s diverse student and community populations. Please discuss how you have addressed diversity in your teaching, research, and service.

Letters of recommendation and material related to teaching and scholarship upon request at a later date.

Review process of applications will begin on October 14, 2022.

Please direct all questions about the position to: Jason McDaniel, Chair of the Search Committee, via email:

Thank you for your interest in employment with California State University (CSU).  CSU is a state entity whose business operations reside within the State of California.  Because of this, CSU prohibits hiring employees to perform CSU-related work outside of California with very limited exception.  While this position may be eligible for occasional telework, all work is expected to be performed in the state of California, and this position is assigned to on-campus operations.

San Francisco State is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status. We strongly encourage the application of individuals from historically underrepresented groups. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the Senior Human Resources Manager. Additional information on the requirements for new hires may be found at the Human Resources web page ( ).

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