Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies (CHIC) College of Humanities and Social Sciences Assistant Professor Fall 2022

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Application Review Begin Date: 01/07/22 Job Number: 505527 Application Link: Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenure-Track Location: Fullerton Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association
Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies (CHIC) College of Humanities and Social Sciences Assistant Professor Fall 2022
California State University, Fullerton is a Hispanic Serving and Minority Serving Institution, and an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer with a strong commitment to increasing the diversity of the campus community and the curriculum, and fostering an inclusive environment within which students, staff, administrators and faculty thrive. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of our community through their teaching, research, advising, and other activities. Individuals advancing the university’s strategic diversity goals and those from groups whose underrepresentation in the American professoriate has been severe and longstanding are particularly encouraged to apply.
We are seeking a candidate who will develop and teach introductory and advanced courses in Native American and Indigenous studies, focusing on, but not limited to North America. We invite applicants with a PhD in any liberal arts discipline who can demonstrate extensive interdisciplinary training and research in a field closely related to North American Indigenous studies at the PhD level. Research interests may span subjects including, but not limited to, art history/practice, poetry/literature/creative writing, museum studies/curation, digital humanities, culture, religion/theology, philosophy, linguistics/rhetoric, history, governance, law, public policy, health, economics, and the environment in Native American and Indigenous communities.
The successful candidate will play a pivotal role in working collaboratively with others in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and on campus to initiate a Native American and Indigenous Studies program at Cal State Fullerton. The candidate chosen for this position will have the opportunity to provide mentorship for the Inter-Tribal Student Council, as well as lead and participate in campus and California State University initiatives designed to deepen the university’s commitment to Native American and Indigenous Studies and strengthen relationships with local tribes and Native American serving organizations. The university and college will provide the necessary support to promote participation. An ideal candidate will have a demonstrated track record of research with Indigenous communities, experience teaching and mentoring Native/Indigenous and other underrepresented students, and/or a record of collaboration with Native communities.
Required Qualifications
  • Ph.D. in any liberal arts discipline with an emphasis on Native American and Indigenous Studies. ABDs may apply but must show evidence that the degree will be completed by the appointment date
  • Demonstrated experience and interest in topics related to Native American and Indigenous Studies including Indigenous or decolonized pedagogies, methods, and theories
  • Evidence of successful teaching experience at the college or university level
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  • A strong record of or potential for scholarly/ creative accomplishments
  • Ability to balance excellent teaching, scholarship, and service
  • Experience in working collaboratively with colleagues and community
  • Demonstrated contributions to equity through research, teaching, and service
  • Demonstrated commitment to and excellence in undergraduate teaching of a very diverse student population, including first‐generation college students, low-socioeconomic students, and racially minoritized students
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience working with Native American and Indigenous communities
  • Experience working with tribal governments or nations
  • Experience in administration or the desire to work in a leadership position
  • Experience in interdisciplinary curriculum development
  • Working within an ethnic studies collaborative and towards an institutional formation
  • Specialization in comparative ethnic studies, relational formations of race, queer studies, settler colonialism, or feminist, women, and gender studies
  • Knowledge of Southwest or Pacific Northwest Native American communities with expertise of California tribes
A complete on‐line application must be received by electronic submission to be considered. To apply, please visit to apply for Job #505527, and provide the following required materials:
  • Cover letter in which you address the following:
    • How you meet the qualifications of the position and are prepared to support the mission of the university, college, and department
    • The importance of Native American and Indigenous Studies at a public teaching centered university
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Research statement that highlights how your research agenda aligns with the job call
  • Teaching Philosophy Statement in which you respond to the following questions:
    • What role should faculty play in student success?
    • What are some of the techniques you use to teach in a culturally relevant and/or responsive way?
    • Why do Indigenous methodologies, theories or standpoints matter in teaching and for student learning?
    • Candidate statement on commitment to inclusive excellence
      • This statement provides the candidate’s unique perspective on their past and present contributions to and future aspirations for promoting diversity, inclusion, and social justice in their professional careers. The purpose of this statement is to help the department identify candidates who have professional experience, intellectual commitments, and/or willingness to engage in activities that could help CSUF contribute to its mission in these areas.
  • Graduate transcripts (Unofficial transcripts to be accepted during application process. Official transcripts required upon start of appointment if selected)
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Semi-finalists only
  • Reprints and preprints of publications and presentations
Semifinalists only
  • Representative course syllabi and teaching evaluation summaries
  • A list of three references with relevant contact information
  • Finalists will be required to have three letters of recommendation submitted. Please have these ready for the referents to submit. On the References page of the online application, enter information and email addresses for three referents who will provide a confidential letter of reference for your application. At the appropriate time in the search process, they will receive a request via email along with information on uploading the letter. You will be able to verify that each letter has been received by CSUF by logging back into your applicant portal.
Please direct all questions about the position to: Alexandro José Gradilla, Ph.D., CHIC Search Committee Chair at or call 657‐278‐4210.
Application Deadline
To be assured full consideration, all application materials must be received by January 7, 2022.
The College
The mission of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences is to educate students to be culturally, globally, socially, historically and environmentally astute, civically responsible alumni able to navigate and increasingly complex and interconnected world. The College of Humanities and Social Sciences is the largest college at Cal State Fullerton, offering 23 undergraduate degrees, 38 minors, and 15 graduate degrees. The 20 departments and programs employ over 450 faculty and 50 staff members serving more than 7,500 students and annually awarding over 2,000 degrees. The College of Humanities and Social Sciences offers students the breadth of a traditional liberal arts education in the humanities and social sciences while preparing them for a wide range of professions. Faculty members in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences are committed teacher/scholars who bring research and creative discovery to life for students in classrooms, labs, and individually mentored projects. The College of Humanities and Social Sciences is committed to the University’s strategic plan objective to “increase the number of tenured and tenure-track faculty, with a concentrated attention to those from historically underrepresented groups.” For more information about the college, please go to
About the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies
The mission of the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies is to expand critical thinking, communication and civic mindedness through an engaging and interdisciplinary curriculum focusing on the arts, humanities, and social sciences. We aim to prepare our students for future academic and employment endeavors to be successful leaders. Our vision is to establish and uphold a premier Chicana/o Studies Department that promotes social justice through student-centered teaching/mentoring, research and service that focuses on Chicanx/a/o- and Latinx/a/o-origin communities. We seek a colleague that can build off these efforts and contribute innovative practices and strategies for further promoting student success.
Additional Information
Multiple positions may be hired from this recruitment based on the strength of the applicant pool. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications, and is subject to budgetary authorization and any California State University System faculty contract increases. Summer research grants, moving expenses, start‐up funds, and a reduced
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  • teaching load may be available. An excellent comprehensive benefits package is available that includes: health/vision/dental plans; spouse, domestic partner and dependent fee‐waiver; access to campus child‐care; and a defined‐benefit retirement through the state system along with optional tax sheltering opportunities. For a detailed description of benefits, please visit
  • The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.
  • A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be formally offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.
  • Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self‐disclose.
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