Assistant or Associate Professor of Asian American Studies
California State University Channel Islands (Camarillo, CA)
December 19, 2024
Post date: December 19, 2023

Assistant or Associate Professor of Asian American Studies


Job no: 534653
Work type: Instructional Faculty - Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Channel Islands
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Letters/Humanities, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time

Program: Asian American Studies
Rank: Assistant or Associate Professor, Tenure Track
Title: Assistant or Associate professor of Asian American Studies

About the University:

California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI) opened in 2002 as the newest campus in the California State University system. Since that time, the University has grown and developed into one of the premier public universities, not only in the California State University system, but also in the nation. Indeed, U.S. News & World Report listed CSUCI as 29th among “Regional Universities West” in its 2023 edition of Best Colleges Rankings. In 2023, CollegeNET ranked CSUCI 71st out of over 1,400 schools in its “Social Mobility Index.” In 2020, Money Magazine rated CSUCI as the 15th “Most Transformative College” in the nation.

CSUCI is a public comprehensive university that engages students in critical inquiry and is dedicated to educating leaders for a global society. The University is located in Ventura County and is home to more than 4,959 undergraduate and 168 graduate students. Approximately 48% of CSUCI's students are Pell Grant eligible, and approximately 60% are first-generation college students. CSUCI is also proud to be designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), with 61% of its undergraduate students self-identifying as Latinx, 23% as White, 6% as Asian/Asian American, 4% as multiracial, and 2% as Black/African American. In 2022, CSUCI was among the first institutions to be recertified with Excelencia in Education's "Seal of Excelencia” for its facilitation of Latinx student success.

CSUCI is committed to diversifying its faculty in order to address students' ever-changing needs in the 21st century. The University is also taking steps to confront racism and to advocate for social justice. To this end, CSUCI encourages applicants to apply who are motivated to serve and contribute to the university's tenure-track body, which self-identifies as 54% White, 24% Latinx, 11% Asian/Asian American, and 4% Black/African America.

Diversity Statement:

CSUCI is committed to recruiting individuals who are dedicated to furthering inclusive excellence in our campus community. We seek to enhance our diverse University population by welcoming people from all backgrounds, and by working to sustain an environment where colleagues can not only work and learn, but also create and thrive.

CSUCI Mission Statement:

Placing students at the center of the educational experience, California State University Channel Islands provides undergraduate and graduate education that facilitates learning within and across disciplines through integrative approaches, emphasizes experiential and service learning, and graduates students with multicultural and international perspectives.

CSUCI's Commitment to You:

CSUCI is committed to helping newly hired faculty develop a sense of belonging in a collaborative and supportive community dedicated to providing resources and opportunities for establishing and sustaining a research agenda and engaging in continuous improvement in equitable teaching and learning.

About the Program:
Asian American Studies is focused on the experiences of Asians in the United States, with additional emphasis on diasporic, transnational and transborder migrations and communities. Asian American Studies is rooted in the Third World Liberation movement within the United States, and its origins within the CSU system, which arose from student needs, assets, and demands. At CSUCI, Asian American Studies is a new academic program envisioned to meet the needs of our diverse student body. Our goal is to inaugurate Asian American Studies on this campus, which has had a sizable yet historically underserved Asian American population in Ventura County. While Asian Americans account for 8 percent of the population countywide, it is most densely concentrated in the Southeastern part of the county surrounding CSUCI with populations ranging from 11-12 percent in those zip codes.

About the Position:
The California State University, Channel Islands (CSUCI) invites candidates to apply for one Tenure-track faculty position (assistant or associate professor) with teaching and research focus in Asian American to begin Fall 2024. As the inaugural member of our Asian American Studies Program, candidates will be expected to teach an introductory lower-division Asian American Studies survey course that examines the experiences of Asian-Americans in the United States, as well as develop new courses according to expertise and curricular need. The successful candidate will guide the program as it grows and develops at CSUCI. This position will entail curriculum and program development as well as efforts to recruit faculty and students and collaborate with other programs. In addition to teaching, the position requires weekly office hours, attending faculty meetings, and service to the program, college, and university. The successful candidate will be held to the standards and requirements of the college and department in which he/she/they is/are housed for recommending tenure and promotion.

Minimum Degree Requirements:
Candidates must possess a Ph.D./Doctoral Degree/MFA in Asian American Studies, Ethnic Studies, American Studies or closely related discipline/field. Advanced ABD candidates will be considered with a terminal degree completed by their start date in August 2024. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of Asian American Studies, candidates may have a degree in various humanities (including but not limited to History, Fine and Applied arts, English) or social science disciplines (including but not limited to Anthropology, Sociology, Political science) so long as they have a record of teaching, research and publishing in Asian American Studies.

Required Qualifications:



  • Applicants should hold research and scholarly expertise in Asian American Studies, or closely related fields.
  • Applicants should demonstrate evidence of excellence in teaching Asian American Studies


  • Experience with curriculum and program development within the field of Asian American Studies.
  • Applicants should demonstrate the commitment to effectively work with and engage a diverse student population and evidence of how they would successfully mentor minoritized students with special focus on Latinx, Black/African American, American Indian, and Asian/Asian American/Pacific Islander students.

Preferred Qualifications:


  • Leadership skills in building relationships with community leaders and organizations.
  • Applicants should have experience in academic program administration and curricular development on par with a program/departmental chair or coordinator
  • Experience employing culturally responsive pedagogy in which effective engagement and learning occur among a racially diverse student population
  • Experience with creating a student-centered learning environment(s)
  • Experience with adopting inclusive approaches to advising or mentoring
  • Experience in or potential to do research that includes working with students from racially diverse backgrounds
  • Potential to develop community engagement projects or service learning with racially diverse communities.
  • Commitment to collaborate with other Ethnic Studies programs.

Responsibilities: Faculty success at CSUCI is measured by three criteria: teaching effectiveness; contributions to one's field of study, and service to the University and Community.


  • The standard teaching assignment is 12 units (4 courses per semester). However, new probationary faculty members in their first two years teach 9 units per semester (3 courses).
  • Weekly office hours, attending faculty meetings, and service to the department, college, and university.
  • The successful candidate will be held to the standards and requirements of the college and program in which he/she/they is/are housed for recommending tenure and promotion.
  • Successful candidates will develop new courses as needed by the Program. Teaching in other departments is possible, depending on the candidate's interests.
  • Provide future-oriented guidance in the continuing evaluation and development of the curriculum; assure that the program outcomes and curriculum are reflective of relevant professional standards.
  • Capacity to foster faculty inter-relationships and ability to manage interactions involving faculty, students, and staff and to handle areas of controversy.
  • Tenure-track faculty members participate in shared governance, usually in Program, College, and University committees and other service assignments.
  • The service for this position will be Program development. In service, mentoring students and working collaboratively with other Ethnic Studies programs and the Asian American community of Ventura County.
    Application Deadline:

    Screening of applications will begin January 15, 2024. Priority will be given to applicants who submit applications prior to the screening deadline; however, the position will remain open until filled.

    Applicants must submit the following materials:

  • A cover letter of application,
  • A curriculum vitae,
  • Names and email addresses of three references,
  • Sample course syllabus for AAS or related fields,
  • Example of scholarly writing, such as a recent publication or manuscript,
    • A statement (2 page maximum) describing your experience mentoring and/or working with minoritized students with a special focus on Latinx, Black/African American, Asian/Asian American/Pacific Islander and American Indian students, and
    • A teaching philosophy describing how you plan to engage and interact with students, with a special focus on Latinx, Black/African American, Asian/Asian American/Pacific Islander, and American Indian students.

    In later phases of the search process, applicants may be requested to provide verification of terminal degrees, licenses and certificates.

    Submit all required materials to the CSUCI Careers application web address below:


    California State University Tenure Track (Academic Year) Salary Schedules can be found at

    Starting salaries at CSU Channel Islands are equity-minded and are generally at the lower half of the salary range.

    The University offers excellent fringe benefits.

    General Information:

    Evidence of degree(s) required at time of hire.

    At time of appointment, the successful candidate, if not a U.S. citizen, must have authorization from the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services to work in the United States.

    The person holding this position may be 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.

    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.

    CSUCI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, and disability. Our nondiscrimination policy is set forth in CSU Executive Order 1096.

    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.
    Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting Faculty Affairs at

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