Assistant Professor - American Indian and Indigenous Studies (526260)

  • Cal State University (CSU) LA
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 28, 2023
Full Time Education and Training Public Health

Job Description


Tenure-Track Faculty Position

College of Ethnic Studies

Position :

While the Department of American Indian and Indigenous Studies is being established, the successful candidate will select and be appointed to one of the departments within the College of Ethnic Studies.

Assistant Professor of American Indian and Indigenous Studies

Starting Date :

August, 2023

Minimum Qualifications :

1) An earned doctorate (Ph.D., J.D., Ed.D.) or earned M.F.A. in American Indian, Native American, or Ethnic Studies, and/or other relevant interdisciplinary fields from an accredited institution (or equivalent) is required at the time of application. Applicants nearing completion of the doctorate (ABD) may be considered; for appointment, the doctorate must be completed by the date of appointment (8/17/2023).

2) Demonstrated teaching experience at the undergraduate level of a diverse student population.

3) Evidence of research in scholarly journals, community engagement, and/or creative activities in American Indian, Native American, and/or Indigenous Studies.

Preferred Qualifications :

1) Demonstrated history of working with American Indian or Indigenous communities, organizations, non-profits, programs, and/or Tribes/Tribal Nations.

2) Particular interest will be paid to candidates with scholarly and/or creative expertise with American Indians and Indigenous people in California.

3) Experience of or potential for successful teaching of comparative Ethnic Studies courses involving populations that include Native Americans, African Americans, Chicana/Latina/o/x, and Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders in the United States.

4) Demonstrated expertise in utilizing intersectional analyses, methodologies, and practices in the field of Ethnic Studies.

Duties :

The primary professional responsibilities of instructional faculty members are: teaching, research, scholarship and/or creative activity, and service to the University, profession and to the community. These responsibilities generally include: advising students, participation in campus and system-wide committees, maintaining office hours, working collaboratively and productively with colleagues, and participation in traditional academic functions.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach courses with a focus on American Indian, Native American, and/or Indigenous people at the undergraduate levels and possibly graduate levels in the future, mentor students, collaborate with colleagues in the College of Ethnic Studies, engage with community partners, maintain an active research profile, and actively participate in building the Department of American Indian and Indigenous Studies.

The successful candidate will be committed to the academic success of all of our students and to an environment that acknowledges, encourages, and celebrates diversity and differences. To this end, the successful candidate will work effectively, respectfully, and collaboratively in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings. In addition, the successful candidate will be ready to join faculty, staff, students, and administrators in our University’s shared commitment to the principles of engagement, service, and the public good.


Initial salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience (anticipated hiring range: $82,812 - $85,704 annually)

The University:

California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA) is one of 23 campuses within the California State University system. The University is the premier comprehensive public university in the heart of Los Angeles. Cal State LA is ranked number one in the U.S. for the upward mobility of its students, and is dedicated to engagement, service, and the public good. We offer nationally recognized programs in science, the arts, business, criminal justice, engineering, nursing, education, ethnic studies, and the humanities. Our faculty have a strong commitment to scholarship, research, creative pursuits, community engagement, and service.

Our 240,000 alumni reflect the City and County’s dynamic mix of populations. The University has one of the most diverse student populations of any college or university in the nation. As a federally recognized Hispanic-Serving Institution, and Asian-American, Native American, and Pacific Islander-Serving Institution, Cal State LA recognizes the transformative power of education and embraces its duty to identify and serve the needs of all of its students. The University is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can live, work and learn in an atmosphere of civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual.

The College:

As the second college of ethnic studies in the nation, the Cal State LA College of Ethnic Studies provides an interdisciplinary intellectual space that centers the histories, traditions, cultures, experiences, struggles, and accomplishments of diasporic communities of color, making connections between the local and the transnational. It currently houses three academic departments, including Pan-African Studies Department, Asian and Asian American Studies Department, and Chicana(o) and Latina(o) Studies Department.

The College of Ethnic Studies supports the University’s Official Land Acknowledgement:

The Department:

The successful candidate will help build the Department of American Indian & Indigenous Studies in the College of Ethnic Studies.

Required Documentation:

Please submit the following to the Search Committee Chair at the Apply link listed below:

1) a cover letter specifically addressing minimum and preferred qualifications.

2) a narrative statement describing your commitment to working effectively with faculty, staff, and students in a multicultural/multiethnic urban campus environment with a substantial population of students who are among the first-generation of their family to attend a college or university.

3) a curriculum vitae.

Finalists will be required to submit:

Official transcripts.

Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States.


Deadline: For full consideration, complete applications must be submitted by April 24, 2023. Applications received after the deadline may be considered.

To apply: please click the Apply Now icon on this page or visit Tenured/Tenure Track Faculty Positions or .

Please address all questions to the search committee chair, Anita Tijerina Revilla, at: .

Note: 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.

CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to .

Beginning January 1, 2022, campuses may not hire or reappoint an Employee to perform CSU-related work outside of California. Requests for exceptions are very limited based on CSU Policy and must have prior written approval from the University President.

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.

In addition to meeting fully its obligations under federal and state law, Cal State LA is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can live, work and learn in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual. To that end, all qualified individuals will receive equal consideration without regard to economic status, race, ethnicity, color, religion, marital status, pregnancy, national origin or cultural background, political views, sex, sexual orientation, gender identification, age, disability, disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran status.


Upon request, reasonable accommodation will be provided to individuals with protected disabilities to (a) complete the employment process and (b) perform essential job functions when this does not cause undue hardship.
Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

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