Associate Professor, Women of Color Feminisms
Race and Resistance Studies, College of Ethnic Studies, San Francisco State University (San Francisco, CA 94132)
November 18, 2019
Starting Date: 
August 17, 2020
Post date: October 11, 2019


San Francisco State University’s Department of Race and Resistance Studies offers an exciting opportunity for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position focused on Women of Color Feminisms beginning August 2020.

We seek a colleague whose teaching and research include the theories and experiences of women of color, emphasizing intersecting forms of oppression as well as strategies of resistance and empowerment. We are open to disciplinary and topical approaches to women of color feminisms (broadly defined). We seek a scholar who can teach comparative courses such as “Women, Race, and Class” as well as courses developed based on the candidate’s interests and in consultation with the department and college. We encourage candidates who can help build the major and minor programs in Race and Resistance Studies and/or whose work would add to curricular areas such as immigration, incarceration, borders, transnationalism, food, health, and climate justice. The candidate’s research can be comparative or focus on a context-specific community.

About the Department:

Race and Resistance Studies is the newest department in the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University. Our curriculum developed around the foci of social movements, intersectionality of race/class/sex/gender, cultural production, and borders and transnationalism. The Department offers a major in Race and Resistance Studies and minors in Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas, Critical Pacific Islands and Oceania Studies, and Queer Ethnic Studies.

About the University:

The mission of San Francisco State University is to create and maintain an environment for learning that promotes respect for and appreciation of scholarship, freedom, human diversity, and the cultural mosaic of the City of San Francisco and the Bay Area; to promote excellence in instruction and intellectual accomplishment; and to provide broadly accessible higher education for residents of the region and state, as well as the nation and world. To fulfill its mission, the University is committed to the following goals:

  • Attracting, retaining and graduating a highly diverse student body.

  • Providing disciplinary and interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional education that is academically rigorous and intellectually challenging.

  • Providing curricula that reflect all dimensions of human diversity, and that encourage critical thinking and a commitment to social justice.

  • Recruiting, retaining and supporting a diverse faculty whose teaching demonstrates an active engagement with their individual fields of study and whose creative and scholarly work is an extension of the classroom, laboratory or studio.

  • Employing a staff and administration reflecting the diversity of our student community and the values of the campus.

  • Fostering a collegial and cooperative intellectual environment that includes recognition and appreciation of differing viewpoints and promotes academic freedom within the University community.

  • Serving the communities with which its students and faculty are engaged.


The position requires teaching undergraduate courses for Race and Resistance Studies, mentoring and advising undergraduate and graduate students, helping to build our minor and major programs, developing an active ongoing scholarship program in one’s area of specialty, and ongoing committee and service assignments. A detailed position description is available at:



  • Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies, Women and Gender Studies, American Studies, or similar social science or humanities field.

  • Record of contributing to collegial, supportive and collaborative work environments.


  • One to two years of undergraduate teaching experience with a large, diverse student body or in a multicultural setting.

  • Awareness and engagement with critical concerns in the discipline and publication record that demonstrates a sustained research focus on women of color feminisms.

  • A demonstrated record of community involvement related to women of color.


Rank and salary:

Assistant Professor. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. The California State University (CSU) provides generous health, retirement and other benefits.

Application Instructions 

Application Process:
Submit the following materials via email to: by November 18, 2019: (1) letter of intent/interest, (2) current CV, (3) sample of scholarly work, (4) statement of teaching philosophy, (5) description of research interests; (6) three letters of recommendation, and (7)  a statement on how your teaching and scholarship align with the commitment of the Race and Resistance Studies Department to foster an inclusive and diverse academic community. Teaching evaluations will be requested at a later date. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. 

San Francisco State is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, National origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status.  Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the Senior Human Resources Manager.

Review Begins: 
November 19, 2019

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