Position Rank and Title: Associate or Full Professor – Department Chair
School/Department Name: Chicana and Chicano Studies
Compensation: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. See Benefits Summary for details.
Target Start Date: August 2022
First Review Date: December 1, 2021
The Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies (CCS) at San José State University seeks qualified applicants for the position of Department Chair at the level of Associate or Full Professor with a specialization in the social sciences, Chicanx/Latinx Studies, or Ethnic Studies.
CCS at SJSU was created in 1968, making it the oldest graduate program in Chicanx Studies in the country. Our mission is to serve SJSU students and diverse communities through an interdisciplinary Chicanx Studies program based on principles of social justice. We offer three degree programs: A master’s degree with emphases in Policy, Education, and Comparative Ethnic Studies; a new undergraduate major with emphases in Cultural and Creative Expression, Institutions and Community Engagement, and Transnationalism and Global Relations; and a popular undergraduate minor that draws students from across the university. Our curriculum prepares students to critically examine and creatively respond to intellectual traditions and contemporary issues resulting from race, class, and gender intersections in Chicanx/Latinx and other communities. Graduates of our program have launched careers in teaching, social services, public policy, health care, government, and community service, as well as pursued advanced degrees in programs such as Education, History, Social Work, and Feminist Studies, becoming the next generation of CCS educators and community leaders.
Addressing the racial and ethnic realities of our students and communities, CCS has seen significant growth in recent years in terms of both faculty hiring and student enrollment. CCS faculty regularly connect with students and our broader campus community through an exciting new series of weekly Pláticas that highlight their wide-ranging interest and expertise. In addition, our faculty connect their research and teaching to our campus and local communities through partnerships with the Chicanx/Latinx Student Success Center, UndocuSpartan Center, Culture Counts Reading Series, Young Women’s Freedom Center, and more. As the flagship Ethnic Studies department within the College of Social Sciences (CoSS), CCS is a vital part of SJSU.
SJSU and CoSS are committed to growing Ethnic Studies more broadly. In 2018, CoSS launched the Ethnic Studies Collaborative (ESC), bringing together faculty, staff, and students to highlight the research and leadership contributions of SJSU's Ethnic Studies programs and departments. The ESC includes the Department of African American Studies, Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies, and the Program of Asian American Studies; it serves as the nexus for Ethnic Studies faculty, student, and community collaboration at SJSU. The ESC supports Ethnic Studies curricular and co-curricular projects that address issues of settler colonialism, racial capitalism, immigration, and racialization, with a focus on the comparative histories and experiential knowledges of marginalized racial and ethnic groups in the U.S., including but not limited to Native Americans/American Indians; Black and African Americans; Chicanxs and Latinxs; Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, and Indigenous peoples of Oceania and other nations; and Asian Americans. The ESC is also currently playing a key role in shaping the implementation of AB 1460, the CSU graduation requirement in Ethnic Studies.
The Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies and San José State University value diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. Our excellence in research, teaching, and service can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and staff who share our commitment to these values. SJSU enrolls more than 36,000 students, many of whom are historically underserved, and around 45% are first-generation and 38% are Pell-recipients. SJSU is a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander (AANAPISI) Serving Institution. The university’s commitment to social justice extends from its vibrant, inclusive campus to an international network of over 275,000 alumni. As such, San José State is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty so our disciplines, students, and the community can benefit from multiple ethnic and gender perspectives.
Successful candidates will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to equity and inclusion through their research, teaching, and/or service. We ask that all applicants include a Diversity Statement with their application package. A guide to writing this statement can be found at SJSU Diversity Statement Guidelines, along with information about how these statements will be evaluated.
- A Ph.D. (or equivalent) from an accredited institution in Chicanx/Latinx Studies, Ethnic Studies, or a social science, education, or humanities field
- Administrative experience in higher education such as program development, faculty and staff supervision, budget management, and course scheduling
- Demonstrated commitment to teaching excellence and advising for undergraduate and graduate students
- A record of research productivity, as might be demonstrated through peer-reviewed publications or presentations appropriate for an associate or full professor
- Effective communication and interpersonal skills
- Applicants should demonstrate an awareness of and sensitivity to the educational goals of a socially and economically diverse student population as might have been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching, and other comparable experience. [required]
- Ability to develop opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration across different departments
- Perform duties assigned to SJSU department chairs, including hiring, supervising, and evaluating faculty, managing the departmental budget, assessing program outcomes, and scheduling courses
- Develop and teach courses in Chicanx/Latinx Studies at both the undergraduate and graduate levels that align with the applicant’s training and interests
- Engage in student recruitment and retention efforts
- Support the development of the CSU Ethnic Studies graduation requirement through course development, advising, and interdisciplinary collaboration with multiple stakeholders
- Maintain an active research agenda through publications, professional presentations, or creative activity in support of tenure and/or promotion
- Participate in shared governance, usually in department, college, and university committee and other service assignments
- The candidate will participate in shared governance, usually in department, college, and university committees and other service assignments.
- The candidate must demonstrate awareness and experience understanding the needs of a student population of great diversity – in age, abilities, cultural background, ethnicity, religion, economic background, primary language, sexual orientation, gender identity, and academic preparation – through inclusive course materials, teaching strategies and advisement.
Eligibility: Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States.
Click Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents:
- letter of interest
- curriculum vitae
- diversity statement
- statement of teaching interests/philosophy
- research plans
- three references with contact information or three reference letters
Inquiries may be directed to the Department Chair or Search Committee Chair: Roberto Gonzalez (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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