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College of Arts and Sciences Tenure-Track Diversity Cluster Hires

University of San Diego
San Diego

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In the spirit of our commitment to academic excellence, diversity, equity and inclusion, and the liberal arts tradition, the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of San Diego will be hiring ten to twenty faculty in three thematic clusters through a multi-year hiring strategy. These clusters are designed to attract a diverse set of scientists, artists, humanists, social scientists, and mathematicians who will participate in campus and community collaborations with interdisciplinary, pedagogical, and community engagement approaches related to one of these three clusters:

  • Climate Change & Environmental Justice
  • Technology & the Human Experience
  • Borders & Social Justice

    USD's Horizon Project includes initiatives to increase the diversity of faculty across all disciplines over the next five years. Each of these clusters will invite and include teacher-scholars who help us build on USD's commitment to support faculty who are underrepresented in their discipline and in the academy. Qualified candidates who are dedicated to empowering students from underserved communities through their teaching, research, creative and pedagogical scholarship, community engagement, service and/or mentoring are strongly encouraged to apply. Scholars of discovery, integration, engagement, and pedagogy are all important to the USD community.

    Climate Change & Environmental Justice: Given the array of disciplinary perspectives from which climate change and environmental justice may be approached, candidates with interest and/or expertise in fostering opportunities to engage with questions about the impact of the changing climate on humanity, the environment, public policy and the arts. Successful applicants will teach classes within their disciplinary expertise. Details related to department curricular needs are found in the department specific information linked below.

    Technology & the Human Experience: The College is seeking applicants with a promising program of research in the study of Technology and the Human Experience to prepare students to design, create, regulate and implement accessible and bias-free technologies for a diverse world. Successful applicants will teach classes within their disciplinary expertise. Details related to department curricular needs are found in the department specific information linked below.

    Borders & Social Justice: In the spirit of recognizing borders as social, political, cultural and physical constructs that act as artificial or natural boundaries within and beyond our imagination, the College of Arts and Sciences is seeking applicants with expertise in challenging and contesting the concept of borders. Successful applicants will teach classes within their disciplinary expertise. Details related to department curricular needs are found in the department specific information linked below.

    Departments Participating in the Interdisciplinary Clusters:
    We endeavor to assemble a cohort of teacher-scholars who will offer a strong contribution to the diversity and excellence of USD through teaching, scholarship, service and collaboration. Based on teaching and research expertise, candidates will apply to one of the listed departments. As a member of a cluster, faculty will be reviewed through the rank and tenure process within their academic department and will be encouraged to participate in interdisciplinary collaborations facilitated by the cluster thematic programming. The College will support interdisciplinary opportunities through professional development, teaching reassigned times, writing retreats, brown-bag lunches, and teaching and research grant opportunities linked to the cluster. It is anticipated that faculty members will work within one of these interdisciplinary clusters to build opportunities for faculty/student collaboration and promote interdisciplinary strengths within the undergraduate core curriculum. A college-wide mentoring program will support new faculty throughout the tenure process.

    The following departments have current openings and will be participating in hiring candidates in any of the three clusters.

  • English
  • Environmental and Ocean Sciences
  • Music
  • Theology and Religious Studies

    Application Process: Candidates are asked to submit the following materials. Please note that positions will be hired at the Assistant Professor level. Specific deadlines are outlined in the department ads.

    1. Letter of application, include reference to the cluster(s) of interest
    2. Curriculum vitae
    3. Teaching Statement and a sample syllabus
    4. Research Statement and a sample of scholarly or creative work
    5. Diversity statement, in which you address A) your values with respect to diversity, equity, and inclusion; B) your experience working with minoritized populations and/or on issues that disproportionately affect diverse populations, and C) your plans related to diversity and inclusion in your teaching and research.
    6. Contact information for three references who will be sent a link to upload letters.

    The successful candidates will
  • Hold an advanced degree, preferably a doctorate or other terminal degree. ABD candidates will be considered on a case by case basis.
  • Have demonstrated a commitment to teaching and research, mentoring undergraduates, and fostering a climate of inclusion and diversity.

    The College of Arts and Sciences and University of San Diego
    The College of Arts and Sciences is at the heart of the University of San Diego. Our philosophy is built on the enduring values of the Catholic intellectual tradition, immersing students in the concepts of free inquiry, diversity and inclusion, ethical conduct and compassionate service. The College aims to establish an academic foundation for students to thrive and gain a comprehensive education, which spans the sciences, arts and social sciences. Through our exemplary liberal arts education and rigorous scholarship, we aspire to not only educate the mind but also develop the whole person.

    The University of San Diego, a contemporary and engaged Roman Catholic institution, was founded by the Diocese of San Diego and the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1949. Governed by an independent board of trustees since 1972, USD remains committed to a liberal arts education grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition and the pursuit of truth, goodness and beauty. Inspired by this centuries old tradition of Catholic higher education, the University welcomes people of all faith traditions and any, or no, religious background. The future success of USD relies on the contributions of those who seek to foster the development of engaged global citizens and an earnest confrontation of humanity's urgent challenges.

    The University of San Diego sits on the Indigenous homeland of the Kumeyaay people. The San Diego region is the third most populated area for American Indians in California and is surrounded by four autonomous Indigenous nations: the Kumeyaay, Luiseño, Cupeño, and Cahuilla. These four nations, represented by 19 tribes, make San Diego County home to the largest concentration of individual tribes in the United States. San Diego is also the second largest city in the state, near the busiest port of entry on an international border, and hosts significant ethnic, immigrant, and refugee communities from around the globe, including Central America, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia, the Pacific Islands, and Africa. Serving more than 5,500 undergraduate students, the university holds a commitment to advancing academic excellence, global citizenship, ethical knowledge and conduct, and compassionate service.

    The University of San Diego is an Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, pregnancy, age, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, covered veteran status, genetic information, or other characteristic protected by federal or state law. USD offers same sex domestic partner benefits. Final candidates will complete a pre-employment background check.

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  • Organization

    The University of San Diego is a Roman Catholic institution committed to advancing academic excellence, expanding liberal and professional knowledge, creating a diverse and inclusive community, and preparing leaders dedicated to ethical conduct and compassionate service.

    Located on 180 acres overlooking the city of San Diego, Mission Bay and the Pacific Ocean, the campus is a community treasure, with Spanish Renaissance-inspired buildings and breathtakingly beautiful landscapes.

    Chartered in 1949, the university enrolls more than 7,000 students and is known for its commitment to teaching, the liberal arts, the formation of values and community service. In less than 60 years, the University of San Diego has grown from a local college with 50 students and a handful of professors to a nationally ranked university. This achievement is the direct result of a single, unwavering expectation: academic excellence.

    USD offers more than 60 bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. The university adds depth to education by inspiring students to grow spiritually, morally and socially. The breadth of programs and depth of facilities means that students can easily find a course of study that ignites their intellectual fire. In the classroom, coursework across disciplines encourages students to develop their critical thinking skills.

    Small class size means the instructors know their students and can stimulate curious minds with anything from participation in a research project to an after-class discussion on topic. Instructors welcome the free exchange of complex ideas in an environment of tolerance and civility. In this environment, students begin a lifelong habit of appreciating and cultivating their individual gifts.

    To complement this instruction, the university's Honors program provides a challenging curriculum for USD's uniquely motivated students. The university also holds memberships in several honor societies, including Phi Beta Kappa.

    While intellectual growth is key, USD adds depth to the education experience by inspiring students to grow spiritually, morally and socially. An active faith community invites widespread student participation. In the classroom, study is accompanied by an examination of ethics and values University of San Diego students inquire freely and challenge ideas, exercise moral, spiritual and social judgment, serve others, and contemplate social justice in their lives and in their chosen fields. These students are truly educated. These students achieve excellence.

    Students, faculty and staff are active members of the community, volunteering time and expertise, fostering friendships, and working to preserve the region’s unique character. With a population of more than 7,500 students and approximately 2,000 employees, the university impacts the life of the area economically, politically and socially. In turn, the university welcomes the community to participate in campus life, through classes, special events, sports, forums and tours.

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