San José State University — Assistant Professor, African American Studies / Africana Studies / Black Studies

San José State University – San José, California
Subject to Budgetary Approval

Department: African American Studies
Job ID (JOID): 25151
Specialization: African American Studies/Africana Studies/Black Studies
Rank: Assistant Professor

The Department of African American Studies invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor with a specialization in African American Studies, Africana Studies or Black Studies. We seek someone with broad interdisciplinary training within the discipline of African American/Africana/Black Studies. Required qualifications include a doctorate from an accredited institution at the start of the appointment, a commitment to and demonstrated potential for teaching excellence, potential for research productivity, as might be demonstrated through peer-reviewed publications or presentations, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and a commitment to program development. Desired qualifications include a terminal degree in African American, Africana, African Diaspora or Black Studies, strong record of teaching excellence, experience in program development, and a record of research productivity as demonstrated through peer-reviewed publications and presentations. 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.

The successful candidate should be prepared to contribute to teaching courses within the department situated in the general education sequence as well as courses in their area(s) or expertise. Other teaching duties include developing new courses appropriate to an interdisciplinary department and course and program assessment. Faculty at SJSU have a four course per semester teaching load with a teaching load reduction during the first two years of service. Other responsibilities include maintaining an active research agenda as well as service and shared governance to rank. 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 inclusive course materials, teaching strategies, and advisement.

Salary Range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience
Start Date: August 13, 2020
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 philosophy and interests, statement of research interests and scholarly goals, and three confidential letters of recommendation with contact information by October 15, 2019 to

Forward inquiries to Dr. Theodorea Berry, Department Chair, at

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San José State University enrolls over 37,500 students, a significant percentage of whom are members of minority groups. As such, this position is for scholars interested in a career at a national leader in graduating URM students. SJSU is a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander (AANAPISI) Serving Institution; 40% of our students are first-generation, and 38% are Pell-qualified. The university is currently ranked fifth nationally in increasing student upward mobility. The University is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty so our disciplines, students, and the community can benefit from multiple ethnic and gender perspectives.

San José State University is California’s oldest institution of public higher learning. Located in downtown San José (Pop. 1,000,000) in the heart of Silicon Valley, SJSU is part of one of the most innovative regions in the world. As Silicon Valley’s public university, SJSU combines dynamic teaching, research, and university-industry experiences to prepare students to address the biggest problems facing society. SJSU is a member of the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system.

San José State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. This policy applies to all San José State University students, faculty, and staff as well as University programs and activities. Reasonable accommodations are made for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose. Note that all San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

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