Assistant Professor - Environmental Humanities and Sustainability
California State University, Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
October 17, 2024
Post date: October 17, 2023

Assistant Professor - Environmental Humanities and Sustainability


Job No: 532794
Work Type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Los Angeles
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Letters/Humanities, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time

Tenure-Track Faculty Position

College of Arts and Letters


Department of Liberal Studies

Assistant Professor of Environmental Humanities and Sustainability, with priority given to candidates with expertise in Humanities, Social Sciences, and/or Ethnic Studies disciplines.

Starting Date:

August, 2024

Minimum Qualifications:

1) An earned doctorate (Ph.D.) in American Studies, Ethnic Studies, LGBTQ Studies, Science Technology and Medicine Studies, Urban Studies, Engaged Arts and Humanities, Digital Humanities, Museum Studies, Disability Studies, Prison Education Studies, Cultural Geography, Performance Studies, Animal Studies, Interdisciplinary Literary Studies, or a relevant discipline in the Humanities, Arts, or Social Sciences from an accredited institution (or equivalent) is required; however, applicants nearing completion of the doctorate (ABD) may be considered. For appointment, the doctorate must be completed by the date of appointment (8/19/2024).

2) Evidence of successful undergraduate teaching experience.

3) Evidence of scholarly expertise in any field of the Humanities with a focus on urban environmental/sustainability situated within larger structures of unequal economic, political, social, and/or ideological relations: poverty, health, education, LGBTQ equity, environmental justice movements/activism/struggles, labor, food security, water/air/soil quality, energy, sustainable cities, housing, climate, and other quality of life issues.

Preferred Qualifications:

1) Evidence of experience developing community engaged, environmental humanities projects with community partner organizations, and/or experts and knowledge producers outside the academy.

2) Evidence of experience with public/engaged environmental humanities approaches to scholarship and teaching.

3) Expertise in any of the following areas is preferred: focus on Asian American, African American; Native American/Indigenous, Chicana/o/x and/or Latina/o/x, people of color; LGBTQ; focus on Los Angeles history and culture, especially community-based arts or humanities dedicated to reducing environmental inequalities.

4) Evidence of expertise in teaching and scholarly activity for social-justice environmental equity, emphasizing intersectionality of multiple positionalities (including but not limited to, race, class, gender, sexuality, ability) with a focus on the knowledge and practices of Asian American, African American, Native American/Indigenous, Chicana/o/x and/or Latina/o/x, people of color who have historically been excluded from participation in environmental/sustainability work, or access to resources to redress environmental/sustainability inequalities and inequities.

5) Evidence of successful grant-writing.


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 undergraduate Liberal Studies courses in the major core and in their area of expertise; develop, maintain, and support partnerships with local environmental organizations; mentor undergraduate students related to research or fieldwork experiences; actively participate in program and curriculum development, including collaboration with faculty across the university especially related to urban ecology initiatives; and maintain an active research profile.

The successful candidate will be committed to the academic success of all 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: $83,400 - $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 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:

The College of Arts & Letters at Cal State LA, is an engaged, diverse, and creative community committed to transforming lives through the study and practice of the arts and humanities. The College is home to nationally acclaimed undergraduate and graduate programs in the humanities and the visual, media, and performing arts, delivered by an award-winning faculty committed to helping students reach their full potential academically, professionally, creatively, and personally. Our nine departments (Art, Communication Studies, English, Liberal Studies, Modern Languages and Literatures, Music, Philosophy, Television, Film & Media Studies, and Theatre and Dance) include programs that lead to Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees, Bachelor and Master of Music degrees, and Master of Fine Arts degrees.

The Department:

The Liberal Studies Department at Cal State L.A. offers a Bachelor of Arts degree with options in:



  • Elementary Subject Matter Teacher Preparation that allows students to acquire a broad-based education in multiple subjects with integrated teaching credentials from the Charter College of Education for elementary education or special education and a California State elementary subject matter waiver.
  • Interdisciplinary Studies in Culture and Society that allows students to acquire an in-depth understanding of how ideology and discourse shape cultural traditions and social institutions.

All Liberal Studies options place a strong emphasis on developing student skills in writing, information literacy, and analysis of diversity across disciplines, institutions, and media.

Required Documentation:

Please submit the following to the Search Committee Chair as part of the online application 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.

*A United States (US) Equivalency certification is required for earned/awarded/conferred foreign terminal degrees. The US Equivalency certification is used to validate foreign studies by an academic credential evaluation agency and is evaluated on foreign studies and deemed to be equivalent to degrees from the United States. The certification must translate the information in English, and confirm that your highest terminal degree is US Equivalent to a US terminal degree (i.e., Master's, Doctorate's, Doctor's of Philosophy).


Deadline: For full consideration, complete applications must be submitted by November 6, 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 (Michael Willard) at: or 323-343-4100. Please type “Liberal Studies Environmental Humanities and Sustainability Application” in the subject line.

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.

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.

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