San José State University, San José, California

Subject to Budgetary Approval
African American Studies
Specialization: Chair
Job Opening ID (JOID): 24248
Rank: Associate Professor with Tenure

The Department of African American Studies invites applications for the position of Department Chair and Associate Professor with an open area of specialization. We seek someone with broad interdisciplinary training in either the social sciences or the humanities. Required qualifications include a Ph.D. (or equivalent) from an accredited institution, an established history of excellence in the classroom, research, and service that meets San Jose State University’s requirements for tenure, a commitment to program development, and excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Desired qualifications include an interdisciplinary and/or ethnic studies background, demonstrated administrative, program and curricular development, and community outreach experience. Applicants should demonstrate awareness of and sensitivity to educational goals of a multicultural population as might have been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching and other comparable experience.

As chair of the department, the successful candidate is expected to be a visionary with the ability to lead the department through exciting changes at SJSU and to strengthen and develop the existing program. In addition, the successful candidate will schedule courses, advise students, hire faculty, and perform assessment activities. All faculty in the department are expected to teach core classes, maintain an active research agenda, and engage in service activities. The successful candidate must address the needs of a student population of great diversity – in age, cultural background, ethnicity, primary language and academic preparation – through course materials, teaching strategies and advisement.

Salary Range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Starting Date: July 1, 2018

Eligibility: Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

Application Procedure:
For full consideration, send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching interests/ philosophy, research plans, and three confidential letters of recommendation with contact information by October 31, 2017

Please include Job Opening ID (JOID) on all correspondence.

Questions may be directed to: Carlos E. Garcia ( or Altovise Rogers (

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