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Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies-American Indian Studies Emphasis

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Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: San Luis Obispo
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Letters/Humanities, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time

The Ethnic Studies Department in the College of Liberal Arts at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, invites candidates to apply for a full-time, academic year, tenure-track position at the assistant professor level in the field of American Indian Studies, to begin September 9, 2021.

The Department of Ethnic Studies offers both a major and minor designed to centralize the interdisciplinary study of race, ethnicity, and racism in the United States. The curriculum is intended to prioritize historically marginalized groups in the United States such as Native Americans/American Indians, African Americans, Latinx Americans, and Asian Americans.

This position is part of a three-position cluster hire in Ethnic Studies designed to expand our capacity to teach more of our existing courses to meet the demands of the CSU Ethnic Studies Graduation Requirement. We also expect this new faculty member to propose courses that align with their specific expertise.

The College of Liberal Arts is committed to enhancing the diversity and inclusion efforts of the campus community and the diversity of the curriculum. Candidates who can contribute to this goal in their teaching and scholarly work are encouraged to apply. This position is one of three positions designed to enhance curricular coverage of the Ethnic Studies department. The other two positions include recruitment for an expert in African American Studies and an expert in Asian American Studies. Please see for information on past cluster hire cohorts in the College of Liberal Arts.

At California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity and equity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees, and our community. Bringing people together from different backgrounds, experiences and value systems fosters the innovative and creative thinking that exemplifies Cal Poly’s values of free inquiry, cultural and intellectual diversity, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility. Cal Poly's commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring, and retention. California Polytechnic State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.


  • Teach a lower division survey course in Ethnic Studies (Survey of American Indian Studies) in regular format (32 students/course) and/or large lecture format (120 students/course)
  • Teach/Develop upper division courses according to expertise and curricular need
  • Sustain an ongoing record of research with scholarly publications/creative works
  • Contribute to service duties at the department, college, university, and professional levels
  • Engage in the mentorship of Ethnic Studies students


Candidates must have completed a Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies, American Indian Studies, or a related field at the time of appointment which starts September 9, 2021. The successful candidates will present an excellent teaching record, be able to teach survey courses, and sustain an active publication agenda.

Demonstrated experience and commitment to student-centered learning and teaching, as well as the ability to collaboratively work in multidisciplinary settings is required. Demonstrated proficiency in written and oral use of the English language is required. 


Preference will be given to those with experience in working with diverse populations and fostering a collaborative, supportive and inclusive environment.  Preference will also be given to those with relevant work experience and those who bring professional capabilities.


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.

Following a conditional offer of employment, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may start work with Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment. Note: Cal Poly cannot deny an applicant a position solely or in part due to a criminal conviction history until it has performed an individualized assessment and linked the relevant conviction history with specific job duties in the position being sought.

Please note: Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that Cal Poly has designated as sensitive. Sensitive positions are those requiring heightened scrutiny of individuals holding the position based on potential for harm to children, concerns for the safety and security of people, animals, or property, or heightened risk of financial loss to Cal Poly or individuals in the university community.

For health and well-being, Cal Poly is a smoke & tobacco-free campus. The university is committed to promoting a healthy environment for all members of our community.


Interested candidates must fill out a Cal Poly application online via

Interested candidates must attach (1) a cover letter, (2) resume/curriculum vitae, (3) statement of teaching philosophy (2-page maximum), (4) diversity, equity and inclusion statement (2-page maximum), and (5) a copy of transcript of highest degree earned (official transcript required at time of appointment).  Please be prepared to provide three professional references with names and email addresses when completing the online faculty application.

Review of applications will begin March 1, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

Inquires may be directed to Dr. Grace Yeh, Chair of the Search Committee:, or to Dr. Jenell Navarro, Ethnic Studies Department Chair:

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