Associate Professor: Social Justice Movements

Job description

The Department of Africana Studies requests a tenure-track position at open rank specializing in either historic and contemporary social justice movements, Africa, or the Caribbean. We seek to fill this position with a scholar who has a commitment to an engaged student-centered teaching pedagogy and a demonstrated interest in and vision for the future of Africana Studies, and whose research applies to the needs and interests of Africana communities (including mass incarceration, criminal justice, policing, housing and employment segregation and discrimination, family, gender relationships, cultural patterns and behavior, and other issues of social justice). Further, the scholar’s research and teaching philosophies should interrogate the intersection of power, culture, society, and behavior from a culturally centered perspective. This hire would strengthen the department’s social justice and/or Africa and Diaspora curriculum and offer and/or design general education and specialized courses on the Africana experiences. This hire would address the human capital needs of our full-time staff and enable the department to meet the needs of new initiatives on campus, but strengthen the department’s social justice and/or Africa or the Caribbean that highlight the diversity and commonalities of Africana people. The scholar will also contribute to the overall vision and development of Africana Studies in the following ways:

  • Ph.D. in Africana Studies/African American Studies;
  • Strong record and promise of scholarly accomplishment appropriate to level of appointment;
  • Research interests that contribute to diversity and integrate understanding of underrepresented populations and communities;
  • Commitment to student-centered teaching of a diverse student population;
  • Record of service in Africana communities.
  • Commitment to working collaboratively with colleagues and communities in and out of the university to develop social justice-oriented scholarship and pedagogical practices.

Candidates must meet three (3) or more of these eight (8) criteria:

  1. Is committed to engaging in service with underrepresented populations within the discipline
  2. Has demonstrated knowledge of barriers for underrepresented students and faculty within the discipline
  3. Has experience or demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentoring underrepresented students
  4. Has experience or has demonstrated commitment to integrating understanding of underrepresented populations and communities into research
  5. Has experience in or has demonstrated commitment to extending knowledge of opportunities and challenges in achieving artistic/scholarly success to members of an underrepresented group
  6. Has experience in or has demonstrated commitment to research that engages underrepresented communities
  7. Has expertise or demonstrated commitment to developing expertise in cross-cultural communication and collaboration
  8. Has research interests that contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education

For more information about the Department of Africana Studies, please visit our website:

SDSU is a large, diverse, urban university and Hispanic-Serving Institution with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Our campus community is diverse in many ways, including race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, pregnancy, medical condition, and covered veteran status. We strive to build and sustain a welcoming environment for all. SDSU is seeking applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups.

SDSU is the oldest and largest higher education institution in the San Diego region. Since its founding in 1897, the university has grown to become a leading public research university. Each year, SDSU provides more than 35,000 students with the opportunity to choose from 91 undergraduate majors, 78 master’s programs, and 22 doctoral degree programs.

To ensure full consideration, apply via Interfolio at by January 29. 2021. The position will remain open until filled. All additional inquiries should be addressed to the search committee chair Dr. Charles Toombs, [email protected], Department of Africana Studies, San Diego State University.

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 before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

SDSU is a Title IX, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.




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Posted: 12/10/2020
Application Due: 2/8/2021
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