Job no: 507382
Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: San Francisco
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Social Sciences, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time
Department/School Name: Africana Studies
Area of Specialization: Africana History/Black Diaspora History
Rank of Appointment: Assistant Professor
San Francisco State University, Department of Africana Studies offers an exciting opportunity
for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Africana History/Black Diaspora History
beginning August 2022. We seek a colleague whose teaching and research interests include
Africana History/Black Diaspora History. We are especially interested in qualified candidates
with a demonstrated commitment to the values of Africana Studies that ensures the success of
all students-- through their research, teaching, and service -- grounded in Africana-centered
theory and culturally relevant approaches to exploring and teaching Africana Studies. This
position is funded as a result of the AB-1460 policy requiring all students in The California State
University System to take an Ethnic Studies course.
San Francisco State University, a member of the California State University System, serves a
diverse student body of 27,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The University seeks to
promote appreciation of scholarship, freedom, and human diversity through excellence in
instruction and intellectual accomplishment. The Department of Africana Studies was the first
department of Black Studies in the country and is situated in the first College of Ethnic Studies
in the country. The mission of Africana Studies is to advance academic excellence, social
responsibility and cultural grounding. Africana Studies focuses on the study of people of African descent from a core paradigm that seeks human liberation. As a discipline, Africana Studies draws its philosophical and intellectual foundation from African culture. The discipline of Africana Studies is concerned with investigating the thought and practice of Africana identified people using theories, concepts, and perspectives that emerge from the unique heritage, and contemporary experiences of people of African descent.
The mission of San Francisco State University is to create and maintain an environment for learning that promotes respect for and appreciation of scholarship, freedom, human diversity, and the cultural mosaic of the City of San Francisco and the Bay Area; to promote excellence in instruction and intellectual accomplishment; and to provide broadly accessible higher education for residents of the region and state, as well as the nation and world. To fulfill its mission, the University is committed to the following goals:
• Attracting, retaining and graduating a highly diverse student body
• Providing disciplinary and interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional education that is
academically rigorous and intellectually challenging
• Providing curricula that reflect all dimensions of human diversity, and that encourage
critical thinking and a commitment to social justice
• Recruiting, retaining and supporting a diverse faculty whose teaching demonstrates an
active engagement with their individual fields of study and whose creative and scholarly work is an extension of the classroom, laboratory or studio
• Employing a staff and administration reflecting the diversity of our student community
and the values of the campus;
• Fostering a collegial and cooperative intellectual environment that includes recognition
and appreciation of differing viewpoints and promotes academic freedom within the University community; and
• Serving the communities with which its students and faculty are engaged.
Responsibilities: The position requires undergraduate and/or graduate teaching in the
Department of Africana Studies, mentoring and advising undergraduate and/or graduate
students, developing an active ongoing scholarship in Africana Studies, and ongoing
committee and service assignments.
• Ph.D. in Africana Studies, or equivalent terminal degree in a relevant discipline from an accredited program. Terminal degree must be completed by the first day of employment.
• Record of working and communicating effectively with colleagues and students
• Record of teaching contributions in the areas of: Africana History/Black Diaspora History
• Active record of scholarly accomplishment appropriate to level of appointment; Record
of service in Africana communities
• Demonstrated ability to incorporate inclusion, diversity, and educational equity in teaching, and/or scholarship/creative works
• Experience teaching and working closely with students from historically underrepresented communities
• Record of contributing to supportive and collaborative work environments
Rank and salary: Assistant Professor. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.
The California State University (CSU) provides generous health, retirement and other benefits.
A complete online application must be submitted to receive consideration. To apply, upload the following materials:
1. Applications should include a cover letter that details a clear research agenda, research methods, teaching interests, the ability to work with a diverse population, and any interest or experience in outreach and service in campus, professional, or wider communities
2. Curriculum vitae
3. Three professional letters of recommendation; and a journal article or chapter-length writing sample.
4. A diversity statement that is no more than 500 words that provides an understanding of your capabilities to address diversity in support of SFSU’s diverse student and community populations. Please discuss how you have addressed diversity in your teaching, research, and service.
5. Review of applications will begin on February 1st, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. Applicants who successfully make it to the next round of review should expect to submit additional documents such as but not limited to a teaching statement that indicates the applicant’s teaching philosophy, methods, and experience; and evidence of teaching excellence (such as but not limited to student evals and/or sample syllabi). If you have any questions about the position, please contact Dr. Antwi Akom [email protected] and Dr. Dorothy Tsuruta [email protected] who are serving as Search Co-Chairs. An offer of employment will be conditional upon background verification.
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 currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement.
The systemwide policy can be found at https://calstate.policystat.com/policy/9779821/latest/ and questions may be sent to [email protected]
San Francisco State is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race,
religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition,
national origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status. We strongly encourage the application of
individuals from historically underrepresented groups to include queer, disabled, and women. Reasonable accommodations will be
provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self disclose by contacting the Senior Human Resources Manager. Additional
information on the requirements for new hires may be found at the Human Resources web page (https://hr.sfsu.edu/about-hr)
Advertised: November 22, 2021 (12:00 PM) Pacific Standard Time
Applications close: Open until filled