Visiting Assistant Professorship in African American Studies
University of San Diego (San Diego, CA)
April 2, 2020
Post date: March 3, 2020
Visiting Assistant Professorship 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 Professorship in African American Studies beginning in Fall 2020. 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 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. Serious candidates are encouraged to request official transcripts to help expedite the hiring process.

Posting Salary:

Commensurate with experience; Excellent Benefits.

The University of San Diego offers a very competitive salary and benefits package, to include medical, dental, vision, a 12% 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. Application 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. Three references.
For full consideration, all materials must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 27, 2020.

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) 260-774

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

Additional Details:

The University of San Diego is an equal opportunity employer and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. Candidates from underrepresented and underserved groups are encouraged to apply.

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