JOB: Ethnic/Chicano Studies, CSU Sacramento, FT tenure-track

Tenure-Track Position in Chicano Studies
Department of Ethnic Studies
Beginning Fall Semester 2009

California State University, Sacramento, invites applications from individuals interested in joining our dynamic and growing faculty.  With a current student population of approximately 28,000, Sacramento State, the capital University, is one of the larger campuses in the 23-campus California State University system, the largest system of higher education in the nation. The University is organized around seven colleges. There are approximately 1,700 faculty who provide programs of instruction leading towards bachelor’s degrees in 60 disciplines and master’s degrees in 40 disciplines, two joint doctoral programs and an independent doctoral program.

Sacramento is a high-growth metropolitan area with a population of approximately 2 million. Sacramento, a city and county with a very diverse population, was identified by Time Magazine in 2002 as “America’s most integrated city”. As California’s capital, Sacramento is an advantageous setting for premier academic programs. As a major metropolitan university, Sacramento State is committed to providing leadership in addressing significant regional needs and to enriching our liberal arts tradition. The proximity of Sacramento State to the California legislature and other agencies of state and federal government provides unparalleled opportunities for faculty and students to participate in public service through policy research, internships, and employment.
The Ethnic Studies Department has been in existence for more than thirty years at California State University, Sacramento. The Department is comprised of four programs: Asian American Studies, Chicano Studies, Native American Studies and Pan African Studies. Ethnic Studies is a degree-granting interdisciplinary program offering course work in the study of the histories, cultures, languages and issues–past and present-that define and shape the ethnic group experience in the United States. The Department, in addition to its teaching mission, is also involved in research and community based projects.
Minimum Qualifications

Education: Applicants with Ph.D., J.D., or appropriate terminal degree preferred. Applicants completing Ph.D., J.D. or appropriate terminal degree by August 1, 2009, may also apply.

Special Knowledge and Abilities: The person selected for the position should have background knowledge of disciplines comprising the social sciences, education, public policy, or humanities.

Experience: Candidates with experience teaching on the Chicana/Latina experience, U.S. Mexican Border Relations, Central American, Caribbean–Latin American diasporic studies, Chicano/Latino Politics and Public Policy are strongly encouraged to apply. The person hired will also be required to teach general Ethnic Studies courses. Preference is towards applicants who have a strong commitment to teaching and scholarly productivity. Applicants having experience working effectively with diverse populations are highly desired.


Assignments include teaching and other instructionally related activities; advising majors and minors; serving on department and University committees; engaging in scholarship and community based service.


The position is a probationary tenure-track appointment at the rank of entry-level assistant professor.

Application Procedure

Applicants should submit a letter of application, vita, three letters of recommendation, official transcripts of all college work (unofficial copies accepted until invited for interview), sample syllabi, copies of teaching evaluations (if available), and a statement addressing the challenges facing Chicano Studies and Ethnic Studies and how these challenges can be met. Send all application materials to:

Dr. David J. León, Chair,
Department of Ethnic Studies
California State University, Sacramento
6000 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95819-6013.

Review of applications begin on October 6, 2008, and continue until filled. AA/EOE

A successful California State University, Sacramento faculty member will promote the values of Sacramento State as a public, regional, comprehensive, metropolitan university. The University’s Strategic Plan notes that “teaching and learning infuse and motivate all that we do”. In addition to positive contributions to teaching and learning, faculty are expected to engage in scholarship and to provide service to the University and to the greater community. At Sacramento State, the quality of the education we provide is our top priority. Our campus community represents the broad diversity of our state and we believe that all are enriched and unified by this diversity.

California State University, Sacramento is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified people who assist the University in meeting its Strategic Plan goal of pluralism: “To develop a campus community whose diversity enriches the lives of all and whose members develop a strong sense of personal and community identity as well as mutual respect.” Sacramento State hires only those individuals who are lawfully authorized to accept employment in the United States.

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