Ethnic Studies Position at CSUSM

Ethnic Studies Position at CSUSM

Assistant Professor 1819-019

Effective Date: Fall 2019

The Ethnic Studies Program at California State University San Marcos invites applications from exceptional teacher-scholars for a tenure-track position at the advanced Assistant Professor level to begin August 2019. The Ethnic Studies program consists of a longstanding minor and a new major in its second year. The Ethnic Studies Program at CSUSM provides an interdisciplinary, comparative approach to studying issues related to historically marginalized populations. The Ethnic Studies core curriculum anchors students intellectually, theoretically, and methodologically. Augmenting the core upper-division courses are three themes of the curriculum: Colonialism, Migration and Diasporas; The State, Inequality and Resistance; and, Identities and Representation. The successful candidate will contribute to core course offerings, as well as have the opportunity to create courses based on their area of expertise.

Minimum Qualifications:

PhD in Ethnic Studies. Candidates in related field with extensive training, experience, teaching or scholarship in Ethnic or other Area studies will also be considered. Applicants must possess demonstrated teaching effectiveness at the undergraduate level. Demonstrated commitment to or competence with diverse groups in teaching, research and/or service. Commitment to mentorship of undergraduates from diverse backgrounds. Demonstrated ability to conduct comparative research in communities of color. Evidence of excellence in scholarly productivity. Ability and/or willingness to teach courses in one’s area of specialty in another department in the College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral, and Social Sciences.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience working in and/or demonstrated commitment to community work. Areas of research might include, but not restricted to: Critical refugee studies; Decolonization; Settler-colonial studies; Race and migration including indigenous migration; Social movements such as transnational, US organizing around labor, migrant justice and movements against criminalization in immigrant detention; Environmental justice; and/or State and gendered violence; Queer or LGBTQ studies in communities of color.

Duties: The successful candidate will:

  • Develop innovative coursework in area(s) of expertise;
  • Deliver core courses in the Ethnic Studies curriculum;
  • Contribute to program development;
  • Maintain and sustain active and current scholarship;
  • Assist with advising and mentoring of majors and minors;
  • Engage in department, college, university, discipline and/or community service;
  • Be prepared to assume program leadership following receipt of tenure.

Application: Review of applications will commence March 4, 2019. Position open until filled. All applications must include: 

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of teaching philosophy and interest in a career at a state university
  •  Two copies of publications of academic work
  • Summary of course evaluations and letters of recommendation are not required at this time. Only short-listed candidates will be requested to submit three letters of recommendation.
  •  Faculty Application
  • Applicant Survey 1819

Submit application and direct any inquiries to: 

Laurette McGuire, Search Committee Chair, Ethnic Studies Program,

As an interdisciplinary major, the B.A. in Ethnic Studies emphasizes the social and historical study of race and racism in the United States. Through the study of power and its linkages to race, ethnicity, class, gender, and sexuality students gain an understanding of historical movements for social transformation, resistance, and liberation. The program teaches students about the social dynamics of race, racism, structural violence, colonialism, legalized discrimination, assimilation, and the resulting impacts of such processes. Moreover, the program provides an in-depth understanding of our racial/ethnic diversity, indigenous and liberationist epistemologies, community and identity formation, artistic productions, and activism on the social, legal, and public policy front.

The Ethnic Studies Program at CSUSM consists of a program director as well as affiliate faculty committed to delivering related curriculum.  The program offers a major and a minor in Ethnic Studies, with core curriculum offered in the fall of 2018. Overseeing the program is its program director and steering committee, supported by a robust set of affiliates from the social sciences, arts, and humanities. For more information visit

California State University San Marcos is dedicated to preparing future leaders, building great communities and solving critical issues. Located on a 304-acre hillside overlooking the city of San Marcos, the University is just a short distance from some of Southern California’s best beaches and an hour from the U.S.-Mexico border.

The University is particularly interested in candidates who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for under-represented groups. Forty-five percent of the student body come from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds and fifty-three precent are the first in their family earning a four-year college degree.

CSUSM has been designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) and was recently named one of the top 32 Colleges most friendly to junior faculty by the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education. Visit for more information. 

California State University San Marcos is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.  We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status. 

This position is subject to employment verification, education verification, reference checks and criminal record checks. An offer of appointment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check, including a criminal records check, and may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information.