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Tenure Track Position-Ethnic Studies

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

The Department of Ethnic Studies in the College of Liberal Arts at the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly), invites candidates to apply for a full-time, tenure-track, academic-year Assistant Professor position to begin September 14, 2023.

We seek Ethnic Studies generalist candidates with expertise in comparative frameworks in U.S. histories of settler colonialism, capitalism, genocide, slavery, sovereignty, and racialization whose research complements the current strengths of the department.

The Department of Ethnic Studies offers both an undergraduate major and minor designed to centralize the interdisciplinary and intersectional study of race, ethnicity, and racism in the United States. The curriculum prioritizes historically marginalized groups in the United States such as Native Americans, African Americans, Latina/o/x Americans, and Asian Americans. Although Cal Poly is primarily a teaching university, our faculty are expected to balance teaching with an active program of research/professional development (including publication), student supervision and advising, and participation in service activities at the department and college/university level. The typical teaching load is three 4-unit courses per quarter, with a reduction in course load in each of the first two years to help new faculty establish an active program of research and professional development. Cal Poly strongly values diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), especially in the classroom and among its areas of study. Applicants must provide evidence of current professional activity in the field of Ethnic Studies.

Some of the job responsibilities include:

  • Teach/Develop lower- and upper-division courses according to expertise and department’s curricular needs
  • 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

Salary commensurate with education and experience of the individual selected. Anticipated hiring range:  $79,500 - $85,000 per year.

The College of Liberal Arts (CLA) sees diversity as central to its mission and is committed to fostering an equitable and inclusive environment within the college and university. We value our diversity of complex and intersecting identities, while striving to maintain an environment that is socially just, equitable, respectful, and inclusive. The successful applicant should be able to clearly demonstrate how they have infused these values and student learning objectives into their work. They should be prepared to present clear examples of how they would infuse these areas into their work as a faculty member.

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


· Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies or a closely related field at the time of appointment.

· The successful candidate will present an excellent teaching record, evidence of potential for scholarly and/or creative achievement in Ethnic Studies.

· Demonstrated experience and commitment to student-centered learning and teaching, as well as the ability to work collaboratively in multidisciplinary settings is required.

· 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 working with diverse populations and fostering a collaborative, supportive and inclusive environment.

· Preference will be given to those with demonstrated ability to teach courses in African American/Africana/Black Studies, Asian American Studies, and/or Queer/Trans of Color Critique.

· 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.

The 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 search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement The systemwide policy can be found at CSU Vaccination Policy and any questions you have may be submitted to

In accordance with the California State University (CSU) Out-of-State Employment Policy, the CSU is a state entity whose business operations reside within the State of California and prohibits hiring employees to perform CSU related work outside of California.


Interested applicants should complete the required online faculty application at and submit to Job #520949

  1. Cover Letter - In the cover letter, the applicant should also address the feasibility of conducting a research program within the context of a primarily teaching-oriented undergraduate program
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Unofficial transcripts showing highest degree earned
  4. Statement of Teaching Philosophy (2-page maximum)
  5. Statement of demonstrated commitment to DEI in teaching, scholarship and/or service describing past experience, contributions to DEI efforts, the impact on students, faculty, staff and/or your field and a description of how you will demonstrate a commitment in these areas in teaching, research, and/or service at Cal Poly (2-page maximum)
  6. Candidates who become finalists will be asked to submit a writing sample and two sample syllabi.

Please be prepared to provide three professional references with names and email addresses when completing the online faculty application. For full consideration apply by the REVIEW BEGIN DATE: January 9, 2023. Applicants with complete files by the Review Begin Date will be given full consideration. Applications received after this date may be considered. 

Projected Start Date: 09-14-2023

For questions about the position: Dr. Grace Yeh, Search Committee Chair, via email at

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