Assistant Professor, College of Arts and Sciences-Latinx History, Vancouver Campus

Washington State University
Vancouver, WA

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270-NN_FACULTY - Assistant Professor

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Assistant Professor, College of Arts and Sciences-Latinx History, Vancouver Campus

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Full time

Position Term:

9 Month - Summer

Position Details:

Assistant Professor, College of Arts and Sciences-Latinx History, Vancouver Campus

WSU Vancouver has an open nine-month tenure-track Assistant Professor in Latinx history with a focus on Food and Environmental Justice.

Summary of Duties

The Department of History at the Vancouver, WA campus of Washington State University (WSU) invites applications for a permanent, full-time, nine-month, tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Latinx history in the United States (or its immediate borderlands) with research expertise in some combination of agriculture, labor, food systems, race and ethnicity, racism, structures of inequality, migration, or environment. Applicants should provide evidence of a well-defined research program. Applicants must demonstrate commitment to underrepresented communities through research, service, teaching, public history projects, and/or community engagement. It is anticipated that the successful candidate will begin August 16, 2024.

Job duties

  • The workload of this position is 40% research, 40% teaching, and 20% service.

  • Teach two courses per semester (a 2-2 load). Teach upper and lower division undergraduate and graduate courses in United States, Chicana/o/x, Latina/o/x, labor, and/or immigration history and develop courses in their area of research specialization.

  • Contribute to the department’s graduate program and to the undergraduate Roots of Contemporary Issues course.

  • Maintain an active research program.

  • Participate in service at the departmental, college, university, and campus level.

Required Qualifications

  • Completed PhD in history or closely related field at time of appointment.

  • Evidence of a well-defined research agenda within Latinx history.

  • Demonstrated teaching experience or potential for successful teaching and instruction.

  • Demonstrated record of or potential for commitment to underrepresented communities and to campus and university diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.

Candidates with equity focus who do community-engaged scholarship:

WSU is committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive university community. The university recognizes that fostering an inclusive environment for all, with particular attention to the needs of historically marginalized populations, is vital to the pursuit of excellence in all aspects of our institutional mission. Towards continually strengthening this commitment, we seek candidates whose research, teaching, and/or service has prepared them to be an integral contributor to the continued advancement of inclusion, diversity, equity, and access here at WSU.

This position is part of a faculty cluster hire initiative in the scholarship and teaching about racism and social inequality in the Americas, with a particular focus this round on Food and Environmental Justice. The university is particularly interested in hiring scholars who are deeply connected to and integrated into the communities that they study, as a means to build on our strong tradition of engaged and applied scholarship at WSU. We anticipate that this appointment will help to build bridges across the region through public outreach and civic engagement that helps to contextualize issues of race, racism, and food justice in our historical moment.

Application instructions:

Applicants must attach multiple documents at the time of application. Please read the entire posting description and follow the instructions below to apply.

Additional Information:


Washington State University Vancouver

Department Name:

The College of Arts and Sciences, History Department

City, State, Zip:

Vancouver, WA 98686

Department Link:

Work Location and Schedule:

This position is not eligible for remote/hybrid work assignments.

Salary range:

$76,875-$80,000/year. In accordance with RCW 49.58.110, the above salary reflects the full salary range for this position. Individual placement within the range is based on the candidate’s current experience, education, skills, and abilities related to the position or as mandated by a U.S. Department of Labor prevailing wage determination.


WSU offers a comprehensive benefits package which includes paid sick and vacation leave; paid holidays; medical, dental, life and disability insurance package for employees and dependents; retirement; deferred compensation and optional supplemental retirement accounts. For additional information, please review the detailed Summary of Benefits offered by WSU for Faculty:

Find total compensation information here:



Position Type:

This is a 9-month permanent tenure track position.

Application Deadline:

Formal review of applications will begin October 30, 2023, and the recruitment will remain open until a successful candidate is selected.

Direct inquiries about this position to Dr. Matthew Sutton, History Department Chair ( or Dr. Laurie Mercier, Search Committee Chair (

Background Check

This position has been designated by the department to require a background check because it requires access to children or vulnerable adults as defined by RCW 74.34, engages in law enforcement, requires security clearance, interacts with WSU students in a counseling or advising capacity, has access to personal identifying and/or financial information, unsupervised access to university buildings/property, or other business-related need. A background check will not be completed until an initial determination of qualification for employment has been made.

Application Instructions

Application materials should clearly communicate how the applicant meets all required qualifications and additional requirements. Applicants are required to include contact information for professional references within the application.

External candidates, please upload all documents in the “Resume/CV” section of your application.

Internal candidates, please upload all documents in the “Resume/Cover Letter” section of your application.

Applicants must attach the following documents to their online application:

  • A cover letter addressing qualifications for this position.

  • Current curriculum vita

  • A brief (2 pages) research statement addressing your research focus and methodologies, as well as the broader social applications of your research and/or impact on communities.

  • A brief (2 pages) teaching statement addressing your teaching approaches and philosophies, including ways in which you address issues of educational equity.

  • A brief (1 page) service statement that discusses your past activities and experience as well as your future plans to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion, in alignment with WSU Vancouver’s mission, through activities such as mentoring, professional activities, recruitment, outreach, retention, community-based work, and/or committee, task force, or board service.

  • Names, addresses and contact information of at least three individuals who can address your history or potential for excellence in research, teaching and service. Letters will be requested at a later point in the search process. 

About WSU, the History Department, Vancouver, and the College of Arts and Sciences:

Washington State University (WSU) conducts transformational research and provides world-class education to a diverse student population of approximately 31,000 students statewide. Founded in Pullman in 1890, WSU today consists of four campuses: Pullman (21,000 students), Spokane (1,600 students), Tri-Cities (1,800 students), and Vancouver (3,500 students). This multi-campus system shares one central administration and one faculty. The University strongly values diversity among its faculty, staff and students. As a Tier-1 land-grant institution, Washington State University is committed to excellence in research, learning, and outreach to all constituents.

The Department of History at WSU is a collegial community of over 40 full-time faculty members across three campuses, who conduct ground-breaking research in a wide variety of fields and have been awarded numerous prizes, fellowships, and teaching awards. For more information, see the department website, The WSU Vancouver History Program has an established record of public engagement through public forums, digital archives, radio and television programs, and collaborations with metropolitan, regional, and international history museums. Historians on the Vancouver campus have played a central role in the creation and programming efforts of the interdisciplinary Collective for Social and Environmental Justice (CSEJ), which brings a wide variety of public programs, digital projects, and conferences to WSU Vancouver and Southwest Washington. CSEJ has developed a certificate program in social and environmental justice for undergraduates and has initiated several ongoing interdisciplinary research and outreach projects on environmental, Indigenous, and food justice. The new hire will be able to help support and expand these initiatives, welcomed into a community of collaboration.

WSU Vancouver is an inclusive, innovative, non-residential campus dedicated to offering premier undergraduate and graduate educational and research experiences. Situated on 351 scenic acres, WSU Vancouver is on the homelands of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe and Peoples of the Lower Columbia Valley. Located in the southwest region of Washington state, Vancouver is part of the Portland, Oregon metro area, and offers a wealth of social justice, cultural and recreational interests, community events, visual and performing arts, professional sports teams, farmers’ markets, and hiking trails. Currently the population is approximately 300,000 in the Greater Vancouver area and nearly 3 million in the Greater Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area. Economic growth in Vancouver includes an expansion of the downtown Columbia River waterfront community as well as growth in the tech and healthcare sectors. Vancouver’s central location also facilitates access to a number of nearby attractions and metropolitan areas, including the Washington and Oregon coasts, Cascade mountain range, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas.

WSU Vancouver’s strategic plan includes the goal to “Promote an ethical and socially just society through an intentional commitment to inclusion, equity, and diversity.” One of our goals in that area is to increase the success of our historically minoritized students, particularly Latinx, Black, Native American, Pacific Islander and underrepresented Asian student populations with a goal of closing the opportunity gap in graduation rates of these groups. WSU Vancouver has been recognized by Insight Into Diversity Magazine as a top college for diversity.

As the second largest campus in the WSU system and the only public four-year educational institution in Southwest Washington, WSU Vancouver enjoys a personal atmosphere, small classes, and extraordinary community support. The campus is committed to developing areas of academic and research excellence that fulfill regional needs, with more than 100 tenure-line faculty. To learn more about the university visit

Encompassing more than 30 departments, schools, and research institutes on five campuses statewide, the College of Arts & Sciences is the heart of WSU. Together our 730+ faculty and staff deliver more than 50% of WSU’s total undergraduate and graduate instruction, including the vast majority of WSU’s core curriculum. We also drive wide interdisciplinary research in public and community health, environmental change, equity and social justice, and data and technology at the boundaries. As Arts & Sciences celebrates its 10th anniversary as a unified college, we seek to lead a reimagining of WSU’s land-grant mission for the 21st century, expanding the boundaries of creativity and discovery while simultaneously recognizing more completely our obligations to Native and Indigenous peoples. For more about the College of Arts & Sciences at WSU, please see

WSU acknowledges that its locations statewide are on the homelands of Native American peoples, who have lived in this region and have been caretakers of the land from time immemorial. The Morrill Act of 1862 established our land-grant institution by providing public and federal lands that are traced back to the disposition of Indigenous lands, often taken by coercive and violent acts, and the disregard of treaties. For that, we extend our deepest apologies. We owe our deepest gratitude to the Native peoples of this region and maintain our commitment towards reconciliation. And as a land-grant institution, WSU is deeply committed to the land-grant mission, its Memorandums of Understanding with Native tribes in the region, and a tradition of service to society. To read the full WSU land acknowledgement, please see

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veteran, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521 (v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or


Working at Washington State University

Founded as the people’s university, WSU embraces its land-grant heritage, seeking to transform lives through education, research, and community engagement and service. The University has been delivering life-changing knowledge and discoveries to the state, region, nation, and the world for nearly 130 years. WSU enjoys productive partnerships with major industries in the state, including agribusiness, aerospace, health care, software, technology, and construction. The colleges at WSU Health Sciences Spokane have formed robust partnerships across the state of Washington, both with large medical centers and hospitals, as well as a variety of rural and community hospitals and clinics.

WSU is Washington’s land-grant university with campuses located statewide in Everett, Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and online through the Global Campus. WSU also has research centers located throughout the state and extension offices in every county. Learn about WSU’s statewide reach.

WSU employees promote academic excellence and innovative research with nationally recognized academic programs, renowned professors, students who make a difference, and vibrant communities.

WSU offers staff and faculty a comprehensive benefits package as well as professional development and a host of work/life quality programs. Explore WSU’s benefits.

Review the application instructions for instructions and tips on using the WSU Jobs site and applying for jobs at WSU.

WSU is Washington’s land-grant university with campuses located statewide in Everett, Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and online through the Global Campus. WSU also has research centers located throughout the state and extension offices in every county. Learn about WSU’s statewide reach.

WSU employees promote academic excellence and innovative research with nationally recognized academic programs, renowned professors, students who make a difference, and vibrant communities.

WSU offers staff and faculty a comprehensive benefits package as well as professional development and a host of work/life quality programs. Explore WSU’s benefits.

Review the application instructions for instructions and tips on using the WSU Jobs site and applying for jobs at WSU.

Diversity Profile: Washington State University

As a land-grant institution, diversity, equity, and inclusion serve as core values and beliefs of Washington State University (WSU). At the university, college, or department level, WSU is committed to fostering open, proactive dialogue to create a more inclusive culture at all its locations including the five physical campuses and its online Global Campus, as well as its 39 Extension offices, four research centers, and 25 small business development centers.

Core Belief

WSU is committed to achieving an ethical and socially just society for all. Instituting social change on a large scale begins at home with system-level policies that actively promote equity. The University is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout every aspect of its statewide system. We strive to create a climate that enables underrepresented students, faculty, and staff to thrive in communities that foster a sense of belonging in a culture of inclusion. The ultimate goal? Creation of institutional culture in which inclusion and equity are the norms, a model that helps move the world toward a place in which all people are treated with dignity and respect.

Core Value

Equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging. Promotion of an ethical and socially just society through an intentional commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

WSU’s core ideology can be found in its System Strategic Plan. 

WSU’s Student Body

WSU's student body statewide is ethnically diverse: 31 percent of our students are underrepresented minorities, and first-generation students represent nearly 33 percent of the total enrollment. About 15 percent of WSU students hail from outside the state of Washington and about 7 percent are international students. System-wide enrollment reached a record 31,607 students in fall 2019.

Associate Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence Recently Announced

Dr. Lisa Guerrero was recently named associate vice provost for inclusive excellence. Guerrero has been an active advocate for diversity and inclusion since joining the WSU faculty in 2004. She is currently a professor of Comparative Ethnic Studies in WSU’s School of Languages, Cultures, and Race. She will maintain her faculty position, while serving as associate vice provost in a half-time appointment.

Dr. Guerrero will provide leadership to academic affairs in implementing WSU’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. She will help to identify and implement best practices and evidence-based approaches in faculty hiring, tenure and promotion, research support, faculty retention, teaching and mentoring, and curriculum planning. One of her first areas of responsibility will be to oversee the Racism and Social Inequality in the Americas faculty cluster hire program for Fall 2021.

Representative Affinity Groups

Representative affinity groups within the Washington State University system include the following:

WSU Resources and Offices

WSU Human Resource Services supports a climate of integrity and equity that actively reflects open, respectful dialog. Additional resources are available on the Human Resource Services website.

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