CSU Sacramento: Ethnic Studies, Assistant Professor, TT


Department of Ethnic Studies
College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies
Chicanx and Latinx (Health and/or Crimmigration)
2 Tenure-Track, Assistant Professor

Review of applications begins December 4, 2023. Position will remain open until filled.

The Ethnic Studies Department has been in existence for more than 50 years at Sacramento State. The Department is comprised of the following programs: Asian American Studies, Chicanx/Latinx Studies, General Ethnic Studies, Native American Studies, Pan African Studies, and Teachers in Urban Settings or Teachers in Bilingual Education. Ethnic Studies is a degree-granting interdisciplinary program offering course work in the study of the past and present histories, cultures, languages and issues that define ethnic group experiences in the United States. In addition to its teaching mission, the department is involved in research and community-based projects.

The Department of Ethnic Studies is housed in the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies, consisting of 11 academic departments, three independent and interdisciplinary academic programs, and several centers and institutes. The College is a congenial and cohesive unit both academically and administratively. Our campus community represents the broad diversity of our state, and we believe that all are enriched and unified by this diversity. To this end, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified individuals with the commitment and ability to work with our diverse student populations, staff, and faculty.

For more information about this department: https://www.csus.edu/college/social-sciences-interdisciplinary-studies/ethnic-studies/

The Department of Ethnic Studies at California State University, Sacramento invites applications for two tenure-track Assistant Professor positions beginning Fall 2024. The successful candidates should hold a Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies, Chicanx/Latinx Studies, related field or appropriate terminal degree such as J.D. (Juris Doctor). ABD candidates will be considered and required to complete the doctoral degree by July 1, 2024.

The Department seeks candidates who demonstrate potential to teach lower-division and upper-division undergraduate and graduate courses in Ethnic Studies, including ETHN 11: Introduction to Ethnic Studies; ETHN 30: Introduction to Chicano/Latino Studies; ETHN 100: Ethnic America; ETHN 130: Chicano/Mexican-American Experience; and ETHN 131: La Raza Studies. 


  • Teaching
  • Scholarly and Creative Activities
  • Service/Contribution to the Institution
  • Service/Contribution to the Community
  • Advising majors and minors
  • Serving on Department, College, and University Committees


  • Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies, Chicanx/Latinx Studies, or related discipline. ABD candidates, J.D. (Juris Doctor), or appropriate terminal degree will be considered. If ABD, all requirements for the doctoral degree must be completed by July 1, 2024.
  • Demonstrated potential to teach courses in Chicanx/Latinx Studies such as ETHN 30 (Introduction to Chicano/Latino Studies), ETHN 130 (Chicano/Mexican-American Experience), or ETHN 131 (La Raza Studies).
  • Demonstrated potential to teach General Ethnic Studies courses such as ETHN 11 (Introduction to Ethnic Studies) or ETHN 100 (Ethnic America).
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Chicanx/Latinx crimmigration (intersection between criminal and immigration law) or Chicanx/Latinx health or associated topics (please state which field/s in your cover letter).
  • Demonstrated experience in using critical, intersectional, and/or interdisciplinary approaches to the study of Chicanx/Latinx populations.
  • Demonstrated experience communicating and working effectively with diverse student populations.
  • Demonstrated active research agenda in Chicanx and Latinx Studies/Ethnic Studies.
  • Demonstrated potential to build collaborative partnerships in the region with Chicanx/Latinx communities.


  • Specialization in one or more of the following areas: gender, and sexuality; Chicana/Latina feminisms; political economy, labor, and/or unions; community activism; racial violence/hate crimes; educational inequalities; media/popular culture; immigration and border studies; incarceration; Latinx indigeneity; decolonization and/or settler colonialism.
  • Critical pedagogies and scholarship that reflect contemporary trends in Ethnic Studies/Chicanx and Latinx Studies.
  • Demonstrated experience teaching one or more of the following: Introduction to Ethnic Studies, Introduction to Chicano/Latino Studies, Chicano/Mexican-American Experience, Chicano/Latino Politics and Public Policy, La Raza Studies, La Mujer Chicana, U.S. Mexican Border Relations, and Race and Ethnicity in Latin America and Caribbean.
  • Demonstrated potential to mentor underrepresented, first-generation college students.
  • Demonstrated experience as a teaching assistant, college/university lecturer, or professor in Chicanx and Latinx Studies/Ethnic Studies courses.
  • Demonstrated potential to create and promote anti-racism in the curriculum and classroom.
  • Demonstrated interest in developing and teaching online/hybrid courses at the University level.
  • Demonstrated potential to engage in departmental, college, and/or university service.

Review of applications begins December 4, 2023. Position will remain open until filled.

Required documents:

  • Current Curriculum Vita
    • Include list of three references with email addresses and phone numbers
  • Letter of Interest/Cover Letter highlighting teaching and research interests (please state which field/s in your cover letter).
  • Unofficial transcripts of all graduate work.
  • Diversity/Equity Statement: Demonstrate your experience and commitment to working with a diverse student population and promoting an inclusive environment (no more than two pages).
  • Teaching Philosophy: Explain how your teaching philosophy and pedagogy contribute to culture of community and diversity in the classroom (no more than one page).
  • Sample course syllabi in Ethnic Studies and/or Chicanx/Latinx Studies.
  • Scholarly Research – Describe your research agenda and how it contributes to Chicanx/Latinx Studies.
  • Teaching Effectiveness: Copies of Teaching Evaluations from the previous five years listed on your CV, if applicable (combine all files into one PDF for upload).

Letters of Recommendation (three, confidential) may be required of finalists only.

The classification annual salary range for this position is $64,860 - $143,928; the anticipated annual starting salary is $75,000.

About Sacramento State
Sacramento State is located in the heart of California’s capital city, five miles from State Capitol. The lush, 300-acre campus is situated along the American River, close to numerous bike trails and other recreational areas. Sacramento, also known as the “Farm-to-Fork Capital,” is one of the most ethnically diverse and livable cities in the country, with a population of half of a million. Sacramento State is a Hispanic and AANAPISI serving institution with about 31,000 students coming not only from the Greater Sacramento Region, but also from across the state, country, and world. Our 1,800 faculty and 1,500 staff are committed to meeting our mission:

 “As California’s capital university, we transform lives by preparing students to lead, serve, and succeed. Sacramento State will be a welcoming, caring, and inclusive leader in education, innovation, and engagement.” As the regional hub of higher education, Sacramento State is dedicated to learning and student success; teaching, research, scholarship and creative activity; justice, diversity, equity and inclusion; resource development and sustainability; dedicated community engagement, and wellness and safety.

As evidenced by the values embedded in our Hornet Honor Code, Sacramento State is committed to creating an inclusive environment where all faculty, staff, students, and guests are welcome and valued.  Our commitment is more than simply ensuring that our campus is free from bias and discrimination, but is one devoted to celebrating many diverse identities, life experiences, and perspectives that enrich our community, teaching and learning. 

To learn more about why you should join the Hornet Family, please visit the Why Sac State? page.

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Out of State Employment
Per CSU-wide policy (HR2021-04), all faculty who will begin initial employment (or return from a 12-month break in service) on or after January 1, 2022 are required to perform their work from within the State of California. Faculty hired prior to January 1, 2022 must be available to perform work in the State of California if their assignment is in-person.

Eligibility Verification
Candidate will be required to provide official transcripts of their highest degree earned and must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S. California State University, Sacramento is a sponsoring agency ( ie. H-1-B Visa).

Advertised: November 01, 2023 (9:00 AM)  Pacific Daylight Time
Applications close: Open Until Filled