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Assistant Professor, Arab and Muslim Studies

Apply now Job no: 520558
Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: San Francisco
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Social Sciences, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time
Position Description

San Francisco State University, Department Race and Resistance Studies offers an exciting opportunity for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas (AMED) Studies beginning August 9, 2023.
We seek a colleague whose teaching and research interests offer a counternarrative to the Euro-centered perspective of Arab and Muslim ethnicities and diasporic communities, particularly at the intersections of race, ethnicity, ability, age, gender, sexuality, socioeconomic status, and religion. We are especially interested in qualified candidates who demonstrate a commitment—through their research, teaching, and service—to diversity and excellence in their focus on Arab and Muslim ethnicities and diasporas.
About the Department
The Department of Race and Resistance Studies is the newest department in the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University. Our curriculum developed around the foci of social movements, intersectionality of race/class/sex/gender, cultural production, and borders and transnationalism. We seek to build a praxis that unites both theory/study and practice/organizing. The Department offers a major in Race and Resistance Studies and minors in Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas (AMED), Critical Pacific Islands and Oceania Studies (CPIOS), and Queer and Trans Ethnic Studies (QTES).
About the AMED Studies Program
Housed in the historic College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University alongside the studies of Indigenous communities and other communities of color, the AMED Studies program is framed within a justice centered perspective that is grounded in the need for accountability and service to multiple publics, including those within and outside of the academic community. AMED generates and advances a counter narrative that views Arab and Muslim communities as communities of color within the US, in the Americas, and transnationally across other diasporas. AMED’s intellectual focus and framing will complement and build on the Comparative Ethnic Studies approach that is central to the Race and Resistance Studies Department in the College of Ethnic Studies.
AMED Studies provides an intellectual home to scholarship and analysis on pertinent issues affecting Arab and Muslim communities. Through engagement with the larger community, with activists and scholars engaged in critical and decolonizing work in the field, through its efforts toward documentation, analysis, and skilled pedagogy, AMED Studies represents a cutting-edge initiative and an urgent scholarly enterprise for students at SF State.
About the University
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 required teaching undergraduate courses for Race and Resistance Studies (RRS), mentoring and advising undergraduate and graduate students, helping to build the AMED Minor as well as the minor and major for RRS, developing an active ongoing scholarship program in one’s area of specialty, and ongoing committee and service assignments.
● Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree in a discipline relevant to Arab and Muslim Studies from an accredited program. ABD candidates are welcome to apply, though a terminal degree must be completed by the first day of employment.
● Record of working and communicating effectively with colleagues and students
● Record of teaching contributions in the areas that include, but are not limited to: Arab and Muslim resistance movements in the U.S. and abroad, Islamophobia, Arab American History, Palestine, Gender and Queerness in Arab and Muslim communities
● Awareness and engagement with critical concerns in the discipline of Arab and Muslim Studies and/or a publication record that demonstrates a sustained research focus in Arab and Muslim Studies
● Active record of scholarship related to Arab and Muslim Studies and evidence of external support or the potential for external funding of these activities.
● Demonstrated ability to incorporate inclusion, diversity, and educational equity in teaching, and/or scholarship and creative works
● Experience teaching and working closely with students from historically under-represented communities
● Record of contributing to supportive and collaborative work environments
Rank and salary
Assistant Professor. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. The California State University (CSU) provides generous health, retirement and other benefits.
Application Procedure
Submit the following materials by January 15, 2023:
1. Cover letter (relating your experience to the required qualifications)
2. Current CV
3. Statement of teaching philosophy
4. Description of research interests
5. A statement on how your teaching and scholarship align with the commitment of the Race and Resistance Studies Department to foster an inclusive and diverse academic community.
6. Names and contact information of three references who will provide letters of recommendation upon request
Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.
Please direct all questions about the position to: Abul Pitre, Chair of Search Committee at
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 and questions may be sent to
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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