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Assistant Professor, Africana Studies

San Francisco State University
San Francisco

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job no: 532463
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, On-site (work in-person at business location)

San Francisco State University, Department of Africana Studies offers an exciting opportunity for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Diasporic Africana/Black Queer/Quare, Gay/Lesbian Sexualities Studies beginning August 2024. We seek a colleague whose teaching and research interests aim to articulate and embolden a framing of Africana/Black Queerness as a necessary intellectual, theoretical, and political area of study. 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. 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. About San Francisco State University SF State is a major public urban university, situated in one of the world’s great cities. Building on a century-long history of commitment to quality teaching and broad access to undergraduate and graduate education, the University offers comprehensive, rigorous, and integrated academic programs that require students to engage in open-minded inquiry and reflection. SF State prepares its students to become productive, ethical, active citizens with a global perspective. Mission StatementSan Francisco State University educates and equips students to thrive in a global society. We deliver academic excellence by pursuing knowledge, inspiring creativity, supporting our diverse community and advancing social justice and positive change in the world. Visit the Strategic Planning website to learn more. ResponsibilitiesThe 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. Qualifications Required:• 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.• Research and/or demonstrated scholarly interest in the areas of: Diasporic Africana/Black Queer/Quare/ Black Queer Womanist and Feminist Theory/ Sexuality Studies• Record of working and communicating effectively with colleagues and students Preferred:• Evidence of teaching contributions in: Africana Studies or a related area of study• 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 under-represented communities. Compensation:The Assistant Professor (Academic Year) classification salary range is: $89,000 to $93,000 annually (12 monthly payments per academic year). The anticipated hiring range is $7,415 to $7,750 per month. Salary offered is commensurate with experience and qualifications. In addition, the California Equal Pay Act prohibits employers from paying its employees less than those of the opposite sex and/or another race or ethnicity for substantially similar work ( Professional development funds, moving expenses, start‐up funds, and a reduced teaching load may be available. The California State University (CSU) provides generous health, retirement, and other benefits. Application Procedure:A complete online application must be submitted to receive consideration. To apply, please 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 communities2. Curriculum vitae3. A journal article or chapter-length writing sample.4. A diversity statement that is no more than 500 words that provides an understanding of yourcapabilities 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. Names and contact information of three references who will provide letters of recommendation upon request. Review of applications will begin on December 1st, 2023 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. Dorothy Tsuruta who is serving as the Search Chair. An offer of employment will be conditional upon background verification. CSU strongly encourages 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 are encouraged to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to Thank you for your interest in employment with California State University (CSU). CSU is a state entity whose business operations reside within the State of California. Because of this, CSU prohibits hiring employees to perform CSU-related work outside of California with very limited exception. While this position may be eligible for occasional telework, all work is expected to be performed in the state of California, and this position is assigned to on-campus operations. 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. 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 ( ).

Advertised: September 27, 2023 (9:00 AM) Pacific Daylight Time
Applications close: Open until filled

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