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Assistant Professor, Asian American Studies

Apply now Job no: 521042
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 of Asian American Studies offers an exciting opportunity for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Asian American Studies beginning in August 2023. We seek a colleague whose teaching and research interests include expertise in Asian American History and/or Asian American Political Science/Public Policy. We are especially interested in qualified candidates with a demonstrated commitment -- through their research, teaching, and service -- to the diversity and excellence of our academic community, department, and program.
Born out of the historic 1968-69 Third World Strike, the Asian American Studies Department is both the oldest and largest in the nation. Asian American Studies at SF State has the nation’s most comprehensive program of study on the Asian American experience, with a commitment to serving our students, the academy, and most important, Asian American communities. It houses a minor, a major, and an MA program. Asian American Studies Department resides within the only College of Ethnic Studies in the nation and was founded on principles of community-based research and teaching, student leadership and activism, and the
self-determination of communities of color.
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 undergraduate teaching in Asian American Studies, mentoring and advising graduate and/or undergraduate students, developing an active ongoing research program in the applicant’s area of specialty (Asian American History and Asian American Political Science/Public Policy), and ongoing committee and service assignments. The scholarship may address a range of topics in the areas of Asian American History, Asian American and Political Science, Community Organizing Studies. Additional responsibilities include, but are not limited to, productive participation on departmental, college, and university-wide committees; mentoring and advising graduate and undergraduate students; holding regular office hours; curriculum development and improvement, particularly with regard to student learning outcomes; and remaining current in both subject area and teaching methodologies.
• PhD in History, Political Science/Public Policy, Ethnic Studies or a JD;
• Has a focus in Asian American Studies; and
• Has experience building partnerships related to teaching, research, or creative works with the AA community.
• Has undergraduate teaching experience with a large, diverse student body or in a multicultural setting;
• Has experience with multiple teaching and learning modalities, including remote;
• Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum design, instruction of individuals and groups, and assessment of learning;
• Has teaching experience as a main instructor at the university level;
• Demonstrated experience in teaching, advising, mentoring, research, community service and/or social justice that has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion;
• Can teach and develop core AAS and General Education courses such as AAS 210: History of Asians in the United States, AAS 213: Asian American and American Ideals and Institutions, AAS 510: Asian Americans in California, and AAS 595: Asian American Communities and Public Policy;
• Demonstrated development of course materials for undergraduate and/or graduate students in History or Political Science with Asian American Studies focus and linked to student learning outcomes;
• Demonstrated research, scholarship or creative practice in Asian American History or Political Science;
• Has engaged with critical concerns in the discipline and a publication record that demonstrates a sustained research focus on Asian American History or Political Science; Demonstrated a record of community involvement related to Asian American communities;
• Contributed to the field of Asian American History or Political Science by conducting research in one's field of interest and presenting findings in peer-reviewed journals, books, or professional conferences;
• Has applied professional working experience with Asian American immigrants, low- income, first-generation college students, or English-language learners; and
• Research, teaching, or creative work with South Asian or Southeast Asian American communities.
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
A complete online application must be submitted to receive consideration. To apply, please upload the following materials:
(1) letter of intent/interest,
(2) a current CV,
(3) teaching evaluation if applicable,
(4) a statement on how your teaching and scholarship align with the mission of Asian American Studies to foster an inclusive and diverse academic community,
(5) a sample of scholarly papers,
(6) teaching philosophy regarding pedagogical approaches that address Ethnic Studies, history, and political science/public policy with a focus in Asian American Studies,
(7) description of research interests, and
(8) Names and contact information of three references who will provide letters of recommendation upon request.

Application review begins December 2, 2022, continues until filled.

Please direct all questions about the position to: Becky Mou, Department Coordinator at email
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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