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Assistant Professor, Latino Studies and Social Justice

Dominican University of California
San Rafael

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Assistant Professor, Latino Studies and Social Justice

Job Details
Job Location : Main Campus - SAN RAFAEL, CA
Position Type : Full Time

Position Summary
The Division of Public Affairs at Dominican University of California is seeking a teacher/scholar/activist to teach in our newly revised community-engaged Latin American and Latino Studies minor and our Social Justice major. While the discipline of specialization is open, the position entails a focus on Latino communities including indigenous migrants and U.S. issues (domestic and foreign policy/laws). The successful candidate will have an expertise in community-based and social justice scholarship and organizing, and be bilingual with an ability to teach at least two service-learning courses in Spanish to assist primarily heritage speakers refine and expand their Spanish vocabulary and skills (not primarily grammar courses but focused on community issues, field specific vocabulary, interpretation and linguistic capital). The successful candidate for this tenure-track Assistant Professor position will be committed to social justice for immigrant communities, value working with a diverse student population (many of whom are first generation), and dedicated to best practices in community engagement. Secondary emphases: social science expertise in U.S. public policy in relation to structural social change and/or post-colonial studies. Tenure-track faculty members are required to participate in scholarship and university service. All faculty adhere to requirements in the Dominican Faculty Handbook.

  • Teach five four-unit courses per year, which includes two service-learning courses in Spanish as well as courses within our Social Justice major that also serve as general education courses for all students.
  • Shape future course offerings in both the community-engaged Latin American and Latino Studies minor, the Social Justice major, public policy programming, and participate in our Service-Learning program.
  • Scholarship/publication consistent with Dominicans requirements for tenure, with emphasis on community-engaged research and scholarship. Three-unit release for scholarly work.
  • Attend and contribute to faculty meetings and other professional development activities, including shared governance via service on university-wide committees and through participation in faculty forum
  • Mentor and academically advise students
  • Uphold academic performance standards and integrity

  • Required Qualifications
  • Earned Ph.D., or have one in hand by time of appointment
  • Bilingual with ability to teach courses in Spanish
  • Demonstrated involvement in community-engaged scholarship

  • Preferred Qualifications
  • Academic teaching experience

  • Additional Position Information
  • The deadline to apply for this position is December 10, 2021
  • Must be willing to consent to a background check

  • Dominican’s Service-Learning Program is well established and implements critical community engagement through service-learning designated classes across the curriculum. The learning outcomes include critical analysis of structural issues and valuing of community voice and knowledge. The program has very well established partnerships of mutual respect and trust, especially with the Canal Latino immigrant community that is in San Rafael, a ten minute drive from campus.

    For More Information Contact:

    Dr. Laura Stivers

    Professor of Ethics

    Co-Chair Division of Public Affairs

    [email protected]

    Dominican University of California

    50 Acacia Ave, San Rafael, CA 94901

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    Working at Dominican University of California

    Dominican University of California is an independent university offering the best of Liberal Arts combined with a rigorous professional education. Founded in 1890, Dominican enjoys an over century-long reputation for excellence in scholarship, research and community outreach.

    The University offers more than 60 academic programs that reflect the diversity and creativity of both the faculty and the students. With about 1,900 students and a student to faculty ratio of10:1, Dominican is able to successfully blend the personal attention associated with smaller schools with the academic resources of a larger university.


    Dominican University of California educates and prepares students to be ethical leaders and socially responsible global citizens who incorporate the Dominican values of study, reflection, community, and service into their daily lives. The University is committed to diversity, sustainability, and the integration of the liberal arts, the sciences, and professional programs.

    Academic Life:

    Dominican’s focus on interdisciplinary studies provides a challenging academic environment with four schools, 24 majors, and an average class size of 16.

    In the sciences, the University excels at involving undergraduates in sophisticated research projects that enable students to present at national academic conferences and publish alongside their faculty mentors in peer-reviewed journals.

    In the humanities, students may combine dance and musical performance with the study of philosophy, literature, world cultures, and religion. 

    Dominican offers strong undergraduate professional programs in business, education, and nursing. There are also graduate offerings in these disciplines, as well as in counseling psychology and occupational therapy. 

    Dominican Diversity:

    Dominican students come from across the United States. Although primarily from the Bay Area and Northern California, students come from 18 countries, including Brazil, China, Ireland, Japan, Russia, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, and  Turkey.

    More than 80 percent of undergraduate students attending Dominican receive some form of financial aid, allowing students from diverse backgrounds to further their education. The University focuses in global community outreach and bringing a diverse range of faculty and students to campus.

    Dominican University of California is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to excellence through diversity, and takes pride in its multicultural environment.

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    San Rafael
    United States
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