Associate Professor: Chicana/o/x Borderlands Feminism, Community Formations, and Expressive Culture

San Diego State University
San Diego, California

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Arts & Humanities, Ethnic & Cultural Studies, Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies
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Tenured & Tenure-Track
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Four-Year Institution

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The Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies seeks a Chicana/o/x Borderlands Feminism scholar specializing in Community Formations and Expressive Culture (with a focus on testimonio, ethnography and/or autoethnography) who can advance our strong focus on borderlands, race, gender, sexuality, and social justice at the rank of Associate Professor.  A documented record of interdisciplinary and intersectional scholarship that is theoretically and methodologically sophisticated and innovative is required. The topical area of specialization is open and may include transnational community formations; community culture, health, and engagement; and immigration and social policy, among others.

The successful candidate is expected to have a record of research and publications focused on Chicana/o/x borderlands feminism, community formations, and expressive culture of transnational and/or transborder [email protected]/[email protected]/Indigenous communities.  The candidate should be able to teach lower division feminist theory and writing courses (that may include CCS 150 and CCS 111A) and upper division courses that may include Community Studies courses (CCS 303), Chicano Culture and Thought (CCS 376), courses on Immigration and Borderlands (CCS 306, CCS 355, CCS 405), and Film (CCS 400) as well as courses they develop within their area of expertise.  In addition, we seek a scholar who has demonstrated experience with community-based engagement and who is committed to developing community-based projects.  This includes but is not limited to innovative collaborations between the community and University: public pedagogy, embedded praxis, and cultural/arts production.

In their letter of application, candidates should address the points below:

  • Intersectional/interdisciplinary 20th century Chicano/a/x borderlands feminism focus;
  • Strong record and promise of scholarly publication appropriate to level of appointment;
  • Demonstrated theoretical and/or methodological innovation;
  • Demonstrated experience and commitment to sustained and collaborative work with and in service to Chicano/a/x communities in and outside of the university.
  • Commitment to research that engages Chicano/a/x communities;
  • Demonstrated leadership in the service of underrepresented populations in higher education;
  • Commitment to student-centered teaching of a diverse student population in a Hispanic-Serving Institution;
  • Experience or demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentoring underrepresented students;
  • Leadership in community organizing and engagement; and
  • Demonstrated commitment to working collaboratively with colleagues, and especially to develop social justice-oriented scholarship and pedagogical practices.

We are seeking applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups. Candidates must satisfy two or more of the eight Building on Inclusive Excellence (BIE) criteria. Candidates that meet BIE criteria: (a) are committed to engaging in service with underrepresented populations within the discipline, (b) have demonstrated knowledge of barriers for underrepresented students and faculty within the discipline, (c) have experience or have demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentoring underrepresented students, (d) have experience or have demonstrated commitment to integrating understanding of underrepresented populations and communities into research, (e) have experience in or have demonstrated commitment to extending knowledge of opportunities and challenges in achieving artistic/scholarly success to members of an underrepresented group, (f) have experience in or have demonstrated commitment to research that engages underrepresented communities, (g) have expertise or demonstrated commitment to developing expertise in cross-cultural communication and collaboration, and/or (h) have research interests that contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education. Please indicate in a separate diversity statement how you meet at least two (2) of these criteria. 

Candidates should submit 1) Letter of application describing publications, ongoing research, teaching philosophy/interests, and, if applicable, community-based projects. 2) Full curriculum vitae. 3) Three references are required (names, affiliation, and contact information only). Letters of reference will be solicited by the Search Committee at a later stage. 4) Diversity Statement. 5) Two writing samples: PDFs of published book chapters or articles. 6) Evidence of teaching effectiveness (i.e., student and/or peer evaluations, syllabi, assignments, pedagogical training). 

To ensure full consideration, apply via Interfolio by November 24, 2021. The position will remain open until filled. All additional inquiries should be addressed to the search committee chair Roberto D. Hernández, Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies, San Diego State University 5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego, CA 92182-6034. Email: [email protected], fax (619) 594-3195.

Additional Information

San Diego State University is the largest university in San Diego and the third largest in California. The highly diverse campus community has a student population of over 36,000 and approximately 5,849 faculty and staff. SDSU is included in the Carnegie Foundation’s Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity category. Established in 1897, SDSU offers bachelor’s degrees in 84 areas, masters in 76 and doctorates in 21. See for more information. 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. 

As part of its commitment to a safe and equitable “OneSDSU” community, SDSU requires that individuals seeking faculty employment provide at the time of application authorization to conduct background checks if they become a finalist for the position; applications without this authorization will be considered incomplete and not considered. 

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. 

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. 

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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