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Faculty Employment Opportunities

Assistant Professor of American Indian Studies

Description: The Department of American Indian Studies at San Diego State University, situated on the traditional homelands of the Kumeyaay Nation, invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of American Indian Studies to teach a variety of interdisciplinary courses in American Indian Studies. Applicants must demonstrate expertise in teaching and research from a decolonial perspective, proficiency in Ethnic Studies methodologies, and the ability to teach classes that count towards the new CSU Ethnic Studies Graduation Requirement. Applicants must be able to build and maintain partnerships with Indigenous communities and demonstrate interest in collaborative research. Research connected to California Indian communities is preferred, but not required. Applicants should demonstrate an active research agenda, a rigorous publication record, and departmental leadership capabilities.

We are seeking applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups. Candidates must satisfy two or more of the eight Building on Inclusive Excellence (BIE) criteria. Candidates that meet BIE criteria: (a) are committed to engaging in service with underrepresented populations within the discipline, (b) have demonstrated knowledge of barriers for underrepresented students and faculty within the discipline, (c) have experience or have demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentoring underrepresented students, (d) have experience or have demonstrated commitment to integrating understanding of underrepresented populations and communities into research, (e) have experience in or have demonstrated commitment to extending knowledge of opportunities and challenges in achieving artistic/scholarly success to members of an underrepresented group, (f) have experience in or have demonstrated commitment to research that engages underrepresented communities, (g) have expertise or demonstrated commitment to developing expertise in cross-cultural communication and collaboration, and/or (h) have research interests that contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education. Please indicate in your Diversity Statement how you meet at least two or more of these criteria.

San Diego State University is the largest university in San Diego and the third largest in California. The highly diverse campus community has a student population of over 36,000 and approximately 5,849 faculty and staff. SDSU is currently designated as a Doctoral / Research-Intensive University by the Carnegie Foundation. Established in 1897, SDSU offers bachelor degrees in 84 areas, masters in 76 and doctorates in 21. See for more information. SDSU is a large, diverse, urban university and Hispanic-Serving Institution with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Our campus community is diverse in many ways, including race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, pregnancy, medical condition, and covered veteran status. We strive to build and sustain a welcoming environment for all.

Application Instructions: Please apply via Interfolio at this link: Candidates should submit a cover letter (including statement of research and teaching philosophy), a Diversity Statement that includes evidence of commitment to SDSU’s Building on Inclusive Excellence criteria, curriculum vitae, three (3) letters of recommendation, and a writing sample. Application materials are due December 1, 2021.

Part-Time and Temporary Lecturer Pool

Description: The American Indian Studies Department is accepting applications for its pool of part-time and temporary lecturers to teach across the undergraduate curriculum in the following specializations:

Qualifications: Candidates should have earned a Bachelor's degree in American Indian Studies, Ethnic Studies, or a related field, or have a minor or concentration in American Indian Studies. Candidates should be familiar with decolonizing methodologies to pedagogy and scholarship. Candidates should have experience with the field of Ethnic Studies.

Preferred Qualifications Desired: Master’s or Ph.D. in American Indian or Ethnic Studies or a related degree.

Application Instructions: Please apply via Interfolio at this link: Submit a letter of interest and a current curriculum vitae with courses previously taught.

Questions about these positions should be addressed to:

David Kamper, Chair
Department of American Studies
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego, CA 92182-6036
Department Website:

Application Deadline: Ongoing

Persons holding these positions are considered “mandated reporters” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are 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 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.

SDSU is a Title IX, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.