Assistant Professor of Africa or the Caribbean

San Diego State University

United States

Assistant Professor: Africa or the Caribbean

San Diego State University: Arts and Letters: Africana Studies

Location

San Diego, CA

Open Date

Sep 29, 2021

Description

The Department of Africana Studies seeks to fill a tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor specializing in Africa or the Caribbean. We seek to fill this position with a scholar who has a commitment to an engaged student-centered teaching pedagogy and a demonstrated interest in and vision for the future of Africana Studies, and whose research applies to the needs and interests of Africana communities in Africa or the Caribbean (including history, culture, political economy, post-colonialism, gender relationships, cultural patterns and behavior, family, housing and employment, and other areas). Further, the scholar’s research and teaching philosophies should interrogate the intersection of history, culture, society, power, and behavior from a culturally centered perspective. This hire would strengthen the department’s Africa and Diaspora specializations within the major and curriculum and offer and/or design general education and specialized courses on the Africana experiences in Africa or the Caribbean. In addition, the hire would help address human capital needs of our full-time faculty in enabling the department to meet the needs of department responsibilities and initiatives and new initiatives on campus. Overall, this position will strengthen and grow the department’s Africa or Caribbean focus to highlight the diversity and commonalities of Africana people. The scholar will also contribute to the overall vision and development of Africana Studies in the following ways:

  • Ph.D. in Africana Studies/African American Studies;
  • Strong record and promise of scholarly accomplishment appropriate to level of appointment;
  • Research interests that contribute to diversity and integrate understanding of underrepresented populations and communities;
  • Commitment to student-centered teaching of a diverse student population;
  • Record of service in Africana communities.
  • Commitment to working collaboratively with colleagues and communities in and out of the university to develop social justice-oriented scholarship and pedagogical practices.

We are seeking applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups. Candidates must satisfy three or more of the eight Building on Inclusive Excellence (BIE) criteria. Candidates that meet BIE criteria: (a) are committed to engaging in service with underrepresented populations within the discipline, (b) have demonstrated knowledge of barriers for underrepresented students and faculty within the discipline, (c) have experience or have demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentoring underrepresented students, (d) have experience or have demonstrated commitment to integrating understanding of underrepresented populations and communities into research, (e) have experience in or have demonstrated commitment to extending knowledge of opportunities and challenges in achieving artistic/scholarly success to members of an underrepresented group, (f) have experience in or have demonstrated commitment to research that engages underrepresented communities, (g) have expertise or demonstrated commitment to developing expertise in cross-cultural communication and collaboration, and/or (h) have research interests that contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education. Please indicate in a separate diversity statement how you meet at least three (3) of these criteria.

Application Instructions

Applicants should submit:

1)   Letter of application/cover letter, describing publications, ongoing research, and teaching philosophy/interests, Africana community engagement, and how these relate to diversity and understanding of underrepresented populations and communities.

2)   Full curriculum vita.

3)   Official transcripts of graduate study.

4)   Three letters of recommendation.

5)   Writing sample.

6)   Evidence of teaching effectiveness.

7)   Applicants must include a separate written diversity statement with their materials that address at least three (3) of the following:

  1. Is committed to engaging in service with underrepresented populations within the discipline
  2. Has demonstrated knowledge of barriers for underrepresented students and faculty within the discipline
  3. Has experience or demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentoring underrepresented students
  4. Has experience or has demonstrated commitment to integrating understanding of underrepresented populations and communities into research
  5. Has experience in or has demonstrated commitment to extending knowledge of opportunities and challenges in achieving artistic/scholarly success to members of an underrepresented group
  6. Has experience in or has demonstrated commitment to research that engages underrepresented communities
  7. Has expertise or demonstrated commitment to developing expertise in cross-cultural communication and collaboration
  8. Has research interests that contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education

To ensure full consideration, apply via Interfolio by October 25, 2021. The position will remain open until filled. All additional inquiries should be addressed to the search committee chair, Dr. Charles Toombs, ctoombs@sdsu.edu, Department of Africana Studies, San Diego State University.

For more information about the Department of Africana Studies, please visit our website: http://africana.sdsu.edu/.

SDSU is the oldest institution of higher education in the San Diego region, with a campus and microsites in San Diego and locations in Southern California’s Imperial Valley and Tbilisi in the Republic of Georgia. The highly diverse campus community has a student population of approximately 36,000. SDSU is included in the Carnegie Foundation’s Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity category. Established in 1897, SDSU offers bachelor degrees in 97 areas, masters in 84 and doctorates in 23.  See http://www.sdsu.edu for more information.  SDSU is a large, diverse, urban university and Hispanic-Serving Institution with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Our campus community is diverse in many ways, including race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, pregnancy, medical condition, and covered veteran status. We strive to build and sustain a welcoming environment for all.

As part of its commitment to a safe and equitable “One SDSU” community, SDSU requires that individuals seeking faculty employment provide at the time of application authorization to conduct background checks if they become a finalist for the position; applications without this authorization will be considered incomplete and not considered.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.


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