Assistant professor in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies with a focus on Queer and/or Trans* of Color Studies
Program in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Department of Liberal Studies, California State University, Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
November 22, 2019
Starting Date: 
August 24, 2020
Post date: October 7, 2019

Minimum Qualifications:

1) An earned Ph.D. in Gender Studies, Women’s Studies, Ethnic Studies, American Studies or a relevant discipline in the Humanities or Social Sciences 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 (8/20/2020).

2) Evidence of successful teaching at the University level

3) Evidence of scholarly expertise in Queer and/or Trans* of Color Studies

Preferred Qualifications: 

1) Evidence of research and teaching in at least one of the following areas: Black Studies or Asian/Asian American Studies

2) Evidence of experience with public humanities and research justice approaches to scholarship and teaching

3) Evidence of expertise in bridging curriculum and pedagogy to local communities and social justice organizations


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 general education and core courses in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, including courses in Queer and/or Trans* of Color Studies, at the undergraduate and graduate levels; participate in program and curriculum development; and maintain a research profile that aligns with their area of expertise.   

The successful candidate will be committed to the academic success of all of 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.

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 of 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 Cal State LA College of Arts & Letters transforms lives and sustains thriving communities and cultures. We develop and amplify our students’ unique talents, diverse life experiences, and intellects through the study and practice of the Arts and Humanities so that they can tell meaningful stories, forge their professional pathways, and inspire their communities.

The Department:

The Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program is located in the Liberal Studies Department at Cal State L.A.  The WGSS program engages students in the interdisciplinary study of gender and sexuality as interwoven with race, ethnicity, colonization, class, nation, and ability. Our curriculum draws upon intersectional feminist and LGBTQ frameworks, with a strong basis in concepts of research that seek to collaborate with marginalized communities to identify innovative solutions to pressing social justice issues that involve these communities. The program offers a Bachelor of Arts degree, an undergraduate minor, and a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in WGSS.

Required Documentation:

Please submit the following to the Search Committee Chair at the email address below: 

1) A cover letter specifically addressing minimum and preferred qualifications. 

2) A curriculum vitae.

3) 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 first-generation students.

4) A list of three professional references.

5) A University Application for Employment Form (

Finalists will be required to submit: 

1) Official transcripts.

2) Writing sample or publication

Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States.  

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.

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. 

Application Instructions 

Please email all application materials in a single PDF to Please type “WGSS LGBTQ Studies Application” in the subject line. Questions may be directed to WGSS Director Alejandra Marchevsky at and 323-343-4100.

Review Begins: 
November 22, 2019

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