Faculty Openings

Open Positions in the College of Ethnic Studies




Position title:

Assistant Professor, Pacific Islands/Oceania Studies and Education

Race and Resistance Studies and Asian American Studies (joint appointment)

Start date: August, 2019

New deadline: January 15, 2019

Link to full job description: http://careers.calstate.edu/Detail.aspx?pid=70610

Email to chair of hiring committee: pishire@sfsu.edu

San Francisco State University, the Departments of Race & Resistance Studies and Asian American Studies, offer an exciting opportunity for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position with expertise in Pacific Islands/Oceania Studies and the field of education beginning August 2019.

We seek a colleague whose teaching, research, and service will sit at the intersection of Pacific Islands/Oceania Studies, education, and the development of liberatory and alternative pedagogies. This joint position will focus on developing a Critical Pacific Islands and Oceania Studies program at the University. We are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute and bolster through their research, student-centered teaching, and service to campus and community, the founding principles of the College of Ethnic Studies: self-determination and community empowerment.

About the Departments:

The Department of Race and Resistance Studies is the newest department within the College of Ethnic Studies (founded in 2010 with formal departmental status granted in 2017). The mission of Race and Resistance Studies is to prepare students to think critically, nurture a social consciousness, actively engage with and respond to community needs, develop leadership skills, while deepening a foundation of knowledge related to the multiple histories and cultures of communities of color within and outside the United States. To do so, Race and Resistance Studies utilizes an approach that is comparative and relational, interdisciplinary, intersectional, and centered in a praxis of resistance. Currently, RRS houses two minors (Race and Resistance Studies and AMED: Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas), has two additional minors in the pipeline (Critical Pacific & Oceania Studies and Queer Ethnic Studies), and soon will offer a BA in Race and Resistance Studies. http://rrs.sfsu.edu/home

Born out of the historic 1968-69 Third World Strike, the Asian American Studies Department is both the oldest and largest in the nation. Asian American Studies at SF State has the nation’s most comprehensive program of study on the Asian American experience, with a commitment to serving our students, the academy, and most important, Asian American communities. It houses a minor, a major, and an MA program. As with RRS, the Asian American Studies department resides within the only College of Ethnic Studies in the nation and was founded on principles of community-based research and teaching, student leadership and activism, and the self-determination of communities of color. http://aas.sfsu.edu/

The position includes a full-time faculty workload per the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the California State University and the California Faculty Association. The workload will be split between Race and Resistance Studies (1 course, professional development and service time) and Asian American Studies (2 courses). Teaching assignments for AAS will include courses in Asian Americans and Education; as well as introductory courses in Asian Americans and Critical Thinking; or Contemporary Asian American Issues. Teaching assignments in RRS will include teaching within and developing the Critical Pacific Islands and Oceania Studies minor. Professional development and service in RRS will be directed toward the development of the Critical Pacific Islands and Oceania Studies minor as well. Tenure and promotion will occur in RRS with appropriate representative from AAS.


The position requires

  • undergraduate teaching in Race and Resistance Studies/Critical Pacific Island and Oceania Studies and Asian American Studies
  • mentoring and advising graduate and/or undergraduate students,
  • developing an active ongoing research program in the applicant’s area of specialty (Pacific Island and Oceania Studies, Asian American Studies, Education),
  • ongoing committee and service assignments.



  • Ph.D. or equivalent degree in History, Ethnic Studies, Asian American Studies, American Studies, Feminist Studies, Sexuality Studies, Sociology, or related discipline.
  • Record of working and communicating effectively with colleagues and students Preferred:
  • One to two years of undergraduate teaching experience with a large, diverse student body or in a multicultural setting.
  • Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum design, instruction of individuals and groups, and the assessment of learning.
  • Planning and organizing skills sufficient to ensure implementation of the assigned curriculum, job duties, and established expectations.
  • Oral and written communication skills in the English language at a level that comprehends and conveys information to and from students, colleagues, and others in an effective manner.
  • Awareness and engagement with critical concerns in the discipline and a publication record that demonstrates a sustained research focus on Pacific Island and Oceania Studies.
  • A demonstrated record of community involvement related to Pacific Island communities. Interpersonal orientation that encourages productive interactions with students, colleagues, and other campus stakeholders and promotes collegiality in department, college and university contexts.

Rank and Salary: Assistant Professor. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. The California State University (CSU) provides generous health, retirement and other benefits.

Application: Submit

  1. letter of intent/interest,
  2. a current CV,
  3. a statement on how your teaching and scholarship align with the mission of the Race and Resistance Studies & Asian American Studies Departments to foster an inclusive and diverse academic community,
  4. a sample of scholarly papers,
  5. teaching philosophy regarding pedagogical approaches that address Pacific Islands/Oceania Studies, Education, and Pacific Island communities,
  6. description of research interests,
  7. letters of recommendation from three references.

Teaching evaluations will be requested at a later date.

Submit all materials via email to: pishire@sfsu.edu by January 15, 2019.

Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

About the University:

The mission of San Francisco State University is to create and maintain an environment for learning that promotes respect for and appreciation of scholarship, freedom, human diversity, and the cultural mosaic of the City of San Francisco and the Bay Area; to promote excellence in instruction and intellectual accomplishment; and to provide broadly accessible higher education for residents of the region and state, as well as the nation and world. To fulfill its mission, the University is committed to the following goals:

  • Attracting, retaining and graduating a highly diverse student body
  • Providing disciplinary and interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional education that is academically rigorous and intellectually challenging
  • Providing curricula that reflect all dimensions of human diversity, and that encourage critical thinking and a commitment to social justice
  • Recruiting, retaining and supporting a diverse faculty whose teaching demonstrates an active engagement with their individual fields of study and whose creative and scholarly work is an extension of the classroom, laboratory or studio
  • Employing a staff and administration reflecting the diversity of our student community and the values of the campus;
  • Fostering a collegial and cooperative intellectual environment that includes recognition and appreciation of differing viewpoints and promotes academic freedom within the University community; and
  • Serving the communities with which its students and faculty are engaged.

San Francisco State is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, National origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the Senior Human Resources Manager.

Search begins for College of Ethnic Studies Dean

Link to Full Job Description


Nominations and applications are invited for the position of Dean of the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University.

The College of Ethnic Studies was established in Fall 1969 through the efforts of dedicated students, faculty, and community members. The five departments of Asian American Studies, Africana Studies, Latina/Latino Studies, American Indian Studies and Race and Resistance Studies offer over 250 courses each semester to meet the needs of close to 9000 students. For fifty years, the College of Ethnic Studies--the first and only in the nation--has served as the “beating heart” of the SFSU campus and flagship Ethnic Studies institution in the country. The College of Ethnic Studies supports students to complete their general education; pursue a personal interest in ethnic studies; teach subjects in elementary, secondary, community and college level institutions; or critically inform their professional and vocational skills in areas such as business, social welfare, law, and medicine. Informed by the principles of educational self-determination, social justice, and a transformative pedagogy that seeks to both understand and change the world, the Ethnic Studies field is unique as an educational experience that redefines the lives of people of color from their own perspectives.

The College offers Master of Arts degrees in Asian American Studies and Ethnic Studies, and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Africana Studies, American Indian Studies, Asian American Studies, Africana Studies, Latina/Latino Studies, and soon Race and Resistance Studies. There are also minor programs in all these five departments including Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas and soon Queer Ethnic Studies, Mixed Race Studies, and Critical Pacific Island and Oceania Studies. The College of Ethnic Studies is nationally recognized for community service learning, excellence in teaching, and community-based research.

San Francisco State University is a member of the CSU system and serves a diverse student body of 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The University seeks to promote appreciation of scholarship, freedom and, human diversity through excellence in instruction and intellectual accomplishment. San Francisco State University faculty are expected to be effective teachers and demonstrate professional achievement and growth through research, scholarship, and/or creative work. Our goal is to attract a world-class and diverse faculty committed to building a multicultural educational environment.

San Francisco State University is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer with a strong commitment to diversity. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or other legally protected
category. We strongly encourage the application of individuals from historically underrepresented groups.
A background check (including a criminal and credit record check) must be completed satisfactorily before any employment with the CSU.

QUALIFICATIONS. Applicants for this position should have an earned doctorate from an accredited institution and possess an outstanding record of leadership and service to the community. Candidates must have successful management and administrative experience (five years preferred) including successful fundraising and transparent practices of managing budgets and personnel. Candidates must have demonstrated collaborative leadership. Candidates must possess a breadth of knowledge of the varied disciplines within the College, have a track record of interdisciplinary collaboration, and exhibit a long-term commitment to building and sustaining Ethnic Studies.

The candidate should have an understanding—and show evidence—of academic excellence that is grounded in community-engaged service, teaching, and scholarship. The successful candidate should demonstrate an ability to work with and for students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds, in particular indigenous nations and communities of color. As a leader in an urban university, the successful candidate should demonstrate experience with community outreach and partnering with community-based and social justice organizations related to service learning, civic engagement, internships, programming, and research. Preferred qualifications include collective bargaining and shared governance experience.

POSITION. The Dean is the chief academic, fiscal, and administrative officer of the College, and reports to the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs. We seek a person of vision with proven leadership skills consistent with the founding principles of the College of Ethnic Studies. This person should be able to communicate effectively; set College priorities and policies; develop and manage College budgets; promote collaboration and cooperation among academic units; and work closely with students, faculty, staff and administrators to foster and sustain an environment of academic excellence through a strong commitment to teaching, research, scholarship, community service, and interdisciplinary endeavors. In addition, the Dean is expected to lead, support and ensure ongoing development of academic and administrative college initiatives tied to the University Strategic Plan and College of Ethnic Studies mission and purpose; to facilitate and support efforts for external funding; to promote relationships with alumni; and to establish and maintain communication and exchange with communities of color outside the university. The Dean should have a commitment to the College and University mission with a focus on diversity, equity and social justice, excellence in recruiting and retaining faculty and staff, and experience in building relationships with the community.

COMPENSATION. The salary for this position is competitive, commensurate with experience and qualifications. A generous benefits package is provided and the position is included in the California State University Management Personnel Plan.

PROCEDURE FOR CANDIDACY. Send 1) cover letter; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) Teaching Philosophy Statement; 4) Diversity Statement that addresses how the applicant’s teaching and scholarship align with the commitment of the College of Ethnic Studies to foster an inclusive and diverse academic community, and 5) list of three to five references to:

Co-Chairs, College of Ethnic Studies Dean Search Committee
c/o Office of the Provost and VP for Academic Affairs
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue ADM 455
San Francisco, CA 94132-4111
or send electronic applications to: coesdean@sfsu.edu

Applications will start to be reviewed on Monday November 26, 2018, and the position will remain open until filled.