Open-Rank Professor of Ethnic Studies Department (California)

The University of San Diego is a private Roman Catholic university that sits on the Indigenous homeland of the Kumeyaay people. The San Diego region is the third most populated area for American Indians in California and is surrounded by four autonomous Indigenous nations: the Kumeyaay, Luiseño, Cupeño, and Cahuilla. These four nations, represented by 17 federally recognized tribes, make San Diego County home to the largest concentration of individual tribes in the United States. San Diego is also the second largest city in the state, near the busiest port of entry on an international border, and hosts significant ethnic, immigrant, and refugee communities from around the globe, including Central America, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia, the Pacific Islands, and Africa. Serving more than 5,500 undergraduate students, the university holds a commitment to advancing academic excellence, global citizenship, ethical knowledge and conduct, and compassionate service. The Department of Ethnic Studies is a vibrant, interdisciplinary program that critically situates itself within this geopolitical site and engages students in the historical, cultural, and socioeconomic dynamics of race and ethnicity in US, Indigenous, and transnational contexts. At the heart of our work is a commitment to applied social justice and community service learning that directly supports the values of Catholic Social Teaching. Cover letters should clearly state how the applicant fits within this larger pedagogical and programmatic vision.

Detailed Description: The Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of San Diego invites applications for an open rank, tenure-track or tenured professor of Ethnic Studies beginning in Fall 2019. Qualified candidates must hold a PhD or terminal degree in Ethnic Studies or a related field and have expertise in Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) and Comparative Ethnic Studies. Areas of research are open and might include decolonization, Native feminisms, settler-colonial studies, and sovereignty. Applicants must have an active research agenda and be able to teach introductory and advanced undergraduate courses in NAIS as well as Comparative Ethnic Studies; an ability to teach Introduction to Ethnic Studies is required. Applicants must have a willingness to work with local tribes and communities; demonstrated experience working with Native American and Indigenous tribes and communities and mentoring Native American and Indigenous students is strongly preferred.

Job Requirements:

  • PhD or terminal degree in Ethnic Studies or a related field.
  • Background check:  Successful completion of a pre-employment background check.
  • Degree Verification Requirement: Persons offered employment in this position will be required to provide official education transcripts for degree verification purposes.

Commensurate with experience; Excellent Benefits. 

The University of San Diego offers a very competitive benefits package, to include medical, dental, vision, a 12% retirement contribution given to you by the University (with three year vesting period), and access to on-campus Fitness Centers.  Please visit the benefits section of our website to view all of the perks and benefits that USD has to offer.  USD: Human Resources: Benefits

Special Application Instructions:

A complete application will include:

1) Cover letter that includes relevant teaching experience, research, and experience working with American Indian communities

2) Teaching statement that describes teaching philosophy for a small, liberal arts Roman Catholic university

3) Curriculum Vitae

4) Sample course syllabi for both a lower-division Introduction to Ethnic Studies course and a lower- or upper-division American Indian Studies course

5) Writing sample (25-page max)

6) Three references

For full consideration, all materials must be received by January 4, 2019. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Contact: May Fu, Search Committee Co-Chair
Persephone Lewis, Search Committee Co-Chair
Department of Ethnic Studies
University of San Diego
5998 Alcala Park, Maher Hall 210
San Diego, CA 92110
(619) 260-2214

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Additional Details:

The University of San Diego is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community.

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