Visiting Assistant Professor in African American Studies
University of San Diego (San Diego, CA)
March 31, 2022
Post date: March 31, 2021

Visiting Assistant Professor in African American Studies

Department Description:
The University of San Diego is a private Roman Catholic university that sits on the Indigenous homeland of the Kumeyaay people. The San Diego region is the third most populated area for American Indians in California and is surrounded by four autonomous Indigenous nations: the Kumeyaay, Luiseño, Cupeño, and Cahuilla. These four nations, represented by 19 tribes, make San Diego County home to the largest concentration of individual tribes in the United States. San Diego is also the second largest city in the state, near the busiest port of entry on an international border, and hosts significant ethnic, immigrant, and refugee communities from around the globe, including Central America, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia, the Pacific Islands, and Africa. Serving more than 5,500 undergraduate students, the university holds a commitment to advancing academic excellence, global citizenship, ethical knowledge and conduct, and compassionate service. The Department of Ethnic Studies is a vibrant, interdisciplinary program that critically situates itself within this geopolitical site and engages students in the historical, cultural, and socioeconomic dynamics of race and ethnicity in US, Indigenous, and transnational contexts. At the heart of our work is a commitment to applied social justice and community service learning that directly supports the values of Catholic Social Teaching.

Detailed Description:
The Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of San Diego invites applications for a one-year Visiting Assistant Professor in African American Studies beginning in Fall 2021. The Visiting Professor will teach five courses over the year, work closely with faculty mentors, and participate in departmental research activities.

Job Requirements:
Qualified candidates must hold a PhD or terminal degree in Ethnic Studies or a related field and have expertise in African American Studies as well as Comparative Ethnic Studies.

Applicants must have an active research agenda and be able to teach in-person, remote, and hybrid introductory and advanced undergraduate courses in African American Studies as well as Comparative Ethnic Studies; an ability to teach Introduction to Ethnic Studies is required.

Demonstrated experience working with African American communities and mentoring African American students is preferred.

Background check: Successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

Degree Verification Requirement: Persons offered employment in this position will be required to provide official education transcripts for degree verification purposes.

Posting Salary:
Commensurate with experience; Excellent Benefits.
The University of San Diego offers a very competitive benefits package, to include medical, dental, vision, a retirement contribution given to you by the University (with three year vesting period), and access to on-campus Fitness Centers. Please visit the benefits section of our website to view all of the perks and benefits that USD has to offer. USD: Human Resources: Benefits

Special Application Instructions
Click 'Apply Now' to complete our online application. Applications should include:
1) Cover letter that includes relevant teaching experience, research, and experience working with African American communities
2) Teaching statement that describes teaching philosophy for a small, liberal arts Roman Catholic university
3) Curriculum Vitae
4) Sample course syllabi for a lower-division Introduction to Ethnic Studies course and a lower- or upper-division African American Studies course
5) Contact information for three references

For full consideration, all materials must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 16, 2021.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Contact: Jesse Mills, Search Committee Chair
Department of Ethnic Studies
University of San Diego
5998 Alcala Park, Maher Hall 210
San Diego, CA 92110
(619) 260-7740

If you have any questions or difficulties please contact the Employment Services Team at 619-260-6806, or email us at

Additional Details:
The position includes a competitive salary, benefits package, and travel funds for research and conferences.

The University of San Diego is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community.

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