College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Department of African American Studies
Assistant Professor
Fall 2020

The Department of African American Studies at California State University, Fullerton, invites applications for a tenure‐track Assistant Professor position in African American Studies with a focus on History with appointment to begin Fall 2020.

California State University, Fullerton is both a minority-serving institution and Hispanic Serving Institution, and an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer with a strong commitment to increasing the diversity of the campus community and the curriculum, and fostering an inclusive environment within which students, staff, administrators and faculty thrive. Candidates who can contribute to this goal through their teaching, research, advising, and other activities are encouraged to identify their strengths and experiences in this area. Individuals advancing the University’s strategic diversity goals and those from groups whose underrepresentation in the American professoriate has been severe and longstanding are particularly encouraged to apply.

The Department of African American Studies at California State University, Fullerton invites applications for the tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor of African American History. The faculty member will be responsible for teaching African American history and other interdisciplinary courses to undergraduate majors; additional teaching responsibilities based upon applicant’s strengths and African American Studies’ Department needs; engaging in scholarly/creative activities leading to national visibility and contributing to a university vision on internationalization and interdisciplinary collaboration; advising African American Studies’ Department majors; and providing appropriate university service.

The successful candidate will be conversant with multi-disciplinary/interdisciplinary approaches to understanding African American history in the United States and should be able to offer a broad range of courses, including introductory surveys of race and ethnicity in America, history of racism, and upper division classes in her/his/their area of specialty. Positive tenure and promotion decisions require excellent teaching, research, peer-reviewed publication, and participation in the broader disciplinary community.

The position offers the right candidate an opportunity to participate in the growth and development of a creative, energetic faculty building a dynamic, intellectually exciting interdisciplinary department. The successful candidate will be eager to join with colleagues in a commitment to active learning, to the assessment of learning outcomes, and to multiple pathways enabling students to acquire a transformative education on the way to a college degree.

CSUF faculty are committed teacher/scholars who bring research and creative discovery to life for students in classrooms, labs, studios, and individually mentored projects. They teach broadly in the curricula of their departments, advise students, and serve on departmental and university-wide committees. The primary responsibilities of the person in this position will include the development and teaching of introductory and core courses in the discipline, and the development of courses in their area(s) of specialization. Specific courses that this person will teach include Introduction to African American Studies and A History of Ethnic Minorities. This person will also be responsible for producing scholarship / creative work commensurate with the requirements for tenure. The successful candidate will also be expected to contribute to and participate in the life and development of the department, advise students, serve on committees, and participate in the broader university and disciplinary communities.

Required Qualifications
• Ph.D. in African American Studies, Ethnic Studies, American Studies or a related field. ABDs must show evidence that the degree will be completed by the appointment date
• Specialization in Diasporic African American History as related to the 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th century and/or a combination of time periods
• Demonstrated experience and interest in topics related to a broad historical view of African American racial and social relations
• Evidence of successful teaching experience at the college or university level
• A strong record of scholarly accomplishments appropriate to the level of appointment
• Ability to balance excellent teaching, scholarship, and service
• Experience in working collaboratively with colleagues and community
• Demonstrated contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and service
• Demonstrated commitment to and excellence in undergraduate teaching of a very diverse student population, including first‐generation college students
Desired Qualifications
• Experience in Comparative Black and Latinx Studies
• Experience in Comparative Black and Native American Studies
• Experience in Comparative Black and Asian American Studies

Application Procedure
A complete on‐line application must be received by electronic submission in order to receive consideration. To apply, visit and select Job# 493563. Applicants will need to provide the following required materials:

1. Letter of application in which you respond to the required qualifications
2. Curriculum vitae
3. Undergraduate and graduate transcripts (Unofficial transcripts to be accepted during application process; Official transcripts required upon start of appointment if selected)
4. Research statement
5. Teaching statement
6. Reprints and preprints of publications and presentations (submit as a single pdf)
7. Representative course syllabi and teaching evaluation summaries (submit as a single pdf)
8. Diversity statement: Statement addressing past and/or future meaningful contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and service. Please describe relevant experiences working with first generation students in a public comprehensive university (approximately one to two pages, single spaced)
9. A list of three references with relevant contact information (to be submitted as part of the on-line application)

Candidates will be asked to submit three letters of recommendation. Please have these ready for the referents to submit. On the References page of the online application, enter information and email addresses for three referents that will provide a confidential letter of reference for your application. Should you advance to the finalist stage, they will receive a request via email along with information on uploading the letter. You will be able to verify that each letter has been received by CSUF by logging back in to the recruitment system.

Please direct all questions about the position to: Dr. Siobhan Brooks at or call 657-278‐3847