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Assistant Professor - Department of Ethnic Studies

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Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: San Bernardino - San Bernardino Campus
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Social Sciences, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time



California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) is located in San Bernardino in the Inland Empire, 60 miles east of Los Angeles and operates a satellite campus in Palm Desert located in Coachella Valley. CSUSB serves approximately 20,000 students, of which 81% are first-generation college students and graduates about 5,000 students annually. As a designated Hispanic Serving Institution, CSUSB reflects the dynamic diversity of the region and has one of the most diverse student populations of any university in the Inland Empire, and the second highest Hispanic enrollment of all public universities in California. CSUSB employs 467 full-time faculty and offers 48 undergraduate, 35 graduate, and one doctoral degree programs and 14 academic programs with national accreditation.

At CSUSB, diversity, equity and inclusion are values central to our mission. We recognize that diversity and inclusion in all its forms are necessary for our institutional success. By fully leveraging our diverse experiences, backgrounds and insights, we inspire innovation, challenge the status quo and create better outcomes for our students and community. As part of CSUSB’s commitment to hire, develop and retain a diverse faculty, we offer a variety of networking, mentoring and development programs for our junior faculty. We are committed to building and sustaining a CSUSB community that is supportive and inclusive of all individuals. Qualified applicants with experience in ethnically diverse settings and/or who demonstrate a commitment to serving diverse student populations are strongly encouraged to apply. CSUSB has received the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification, which recognizes CSUSB’s ongoing commitment to service-learning, a high-impact practice that combines classroom instruction with meaningful volunteer service and correlates strongly to student success.


The Program of Ethnic Studies at California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB), invites applications from qualified candidates for a tenure-line position at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin August 2023. We seek a scholar and instructor of Native/American Indian/Indigenous Studies with a focus on California Indian Studies. Candidates should demonstrate how their research, scholarship, and teaching materials connect Indigenous land-based knowledge systems, sovereignty development, Indigenous environmental, and racial and/or social justice movements as it pertains to California Indian communities. We also welcome scholars interested in how urban Indians and transnational Indigenous communities in California build reciprocal, decolonial and collaborative relationships with California Indian tribes. In particular, we are seeking candidates with scholarly expertise alongside a history of and/or strong potential to engage with local Southern California Tribes.


The primary responsibilities of the successful candidate will include the teaching and development of both introductory and core courses in the discipline and in their area(s) of specialization. The normal course load is a 4/4. Specific courses that this person will teach include:
  • One or more core courses: Introduction to Ethnic Studies and/or Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality. These courses are currently part of the General Education program in accordance with the requirements of Assembly Bill 1460, which mandates a 3-unit Ethnic Studies requirement for all CSU students
  • Additional courses based on the candidate's interests and new course proposals.
  • One or more upper division courses required for the minor and B.A., including: Research Methods in Ethnic Studies, Senior Writing Seminar and/or additional courses based on the candidate’s areas of expertise and interest.
  • Building and maintaining partnerships with local communities related to their areas of expertise.

The successful candidate will be responsible for producing scholarship/creative work commensurate with the requirements for tenure. They will also be expected to engage, contribute and participate in the implementation of the B.A. and the growth of a burgeoning Department of Ethnic Studies. Additionally, service comprises a significant portion of the candidate’s responsibilities, including advising and mentoring Ethnic Studies students, serving on committees, building partnerships across student organizations and centers on campus and participating in the broader university and disciplinary communities.


  • Ph.D., or other terminal degree, in Ethnic Studies or an Allied Field with a focus on American Indian Studies
  • Expertise in California Indian Studies
  • Candidates who are ABD and set to complete their degrees by the time of appointment are also encouraged to apply
  • Evidence of promise in scholarship, commitment to excellence in teaching, and of service to the University and larger community 
  • Demonstrated commitment to engaging with a diverse student population



  • Demonstrated potential for success in teaching courses in California Indian and Southern California Indian Studies
  • Evidence of potential for excellence in teaching relational Ethnic Studies courses
  • Demonstrated history of working with Southern California Indian Communities, organizations, and/or Tribal Nations
  • The ideal candidate will bring a wealth of experience to their scholarship, teaching and service rooted in the lived experiences of American Indian communities



The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Following a conditional offer of employment, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may start work with CSUSB. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment. Note: CSUSB cannot deny an applicant a position solely or in part due to a criminal conviction history until it has performed an individualized assessment and linked the relevant conviction history with specific job duties in the position being sought.

Please note: Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that CSUSB has designated as sensitive. Sensitive positions are those requiring heightened scrutiny of individuals holding the position based on potential for harm to children, concerns for the safety and security of people, animals, or property, or heightened risk of financial loss to CSUSB or individuals in the university community.

For health and well-being, CSUSB is a smoke & tobacco-free campus. The university is committed to promoting a healthy environment for all members of our community.


The Department of Ethnic Studies and the B.A. in Ethnic Studies were both launched in the Fall 2022 semester, following decades of success as a Minor. The Department of Ethnic Studies is committed to an understanding of Native/American Indian/Indigenous Studies as regional, hemispheric and global while always grounded by the epistemologies of, and responsibilities to, those on whose land we are located. CSUSB sits on the territory and ancestral land of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians (Yuhaaviatam). We recognize that every member of the CSUSB community has benefited and continues to benefit from the use and occupation of this land since the institution's founding in 1965. The Office of Tribal Relations at CSUSB aims to increase enrollment of Native American students, and to promote Native American perspectives across campus. The campus hosts the annual San Manuel Powwow, and coordinates with a Native American Advisory Board through which stakeholders provide input in decision-making that impacts Native American affairs on campus and in the surrounding community. CSUSB has a Center for Indigenous Peoples Studies, through which students can earn a Certificate in Native Nations / Indigenous Peoples Studies and a Certificate in California Indian Languages and Cultures. The campus regularly offers courses in the Cahuilla, Luiseno and Serrano languages.

To find out more about the Department of Ethnic Studies:


Recruitment Chair

Dr. Diana Johnson 


Interim Department Chair

Dr. Thomas Long 



Please submit:

1. Curriculum Vitae
2. Cover Letter that includes: 
     a.  A statement of your teaching interest/philosophy
     b.  A statement of your research experience/plans                                                                                                                   
3. If available, evidence of teaching effectiveness such as teaching portfolios, reports on teaching observations, and/or student evaluations of teaching.  
4. Unofficial copies of all postsecondary degree transcripts (official transcripts will be required prior to appointment).
5. Reference List - names, telephone numbers, and email addresses of three (3) referees whom we may contact to obtain letters of recommendation.

6. Confidential letters of recommendation may be solicited from those listed as references on the application if the applicant is moved forward in the recruitment process. Non-confidential letters of recommendation can be uploaded by the applicant during the application process. 
7. Diversity Statement, which may include your interpretation of diversity, equity and inclusion, and must include specific examples of how your background and your educational and/or professional experiences have prepared you for this role at California State University, San Bernardino (maximum 1,000 words).

Formal review of applications will begin December 19, 2022 and continue until the position is filled.

If you are interested in this opportunity, we invite you to apply by using this CSU Recruit hyperlink at:

Salary is commensurate with experience.


A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

California State University, San Bernardino is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status. This position adheres to CSU policies against Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Violence, including Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking. This requires completion of Sexual Violence Prevention Training within 6 months of assuming employment and on a two-year basis thereafter. (Executive Order 1096)

This position may be “Designated” under California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. This would require the filing of a Statement of Economic Interest on an annual basis and the completion of training within 6 months of assuming office and every 2 years thereafter. Visit the Human Resources Conflict of Interest webpage link for additional information:


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