College of Natural & Social Sciences


Department of Chicana(o) and Latina(o) Studies

Assistant Professor, Public Policy, Department of Chicana(o) and Latina(o) Studies

Starting Date:

Fall 2017

Minimum Qualifications:

Ph.D. or ABD from an accredited institution of higher education in  Chicana(o) and Latina(o) Studies with a focus on Public Policy with emphasis in government and politics or health/environmental studies, or related field.   If ABD, the appropriate doctorate is required for retention beyond the first year of employment.

Demonstrate a record of or the potential for scholarly activity, publication and community engagement/service learning.  Demonstrate a record of or the potential for excellence in teaching at a college level, with the ability to teach lower and upper division general education courses, and undergraduate and graduate level courses exploring the intersectionality of race, class and gender in Chicana(o) and Latina(o) Studies, including US and state constitutions, politics/social movements, immigration, health/health disparities, family issues, environmental justice, and surveys of race and ethnicity in the U.S.

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.

Preferred Qualifications:

A scholar-teacher whose research and teaching focus on the intersectionality of race, class, and gender in Chicana(o) and Latina(o) Studies with a primary focus on at least one of the following areas: public policy; political science, government policy, health; environmental studies; or a related field. Fit of the applicant’s research with department curricular needs in thematic Chicana(o) and Latina(o) Studies, and/or historical and contemporary social justice issues at the lower-division, upper-division, and graduate level, with strong interest or experience with civic/service learning.


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.

In addition to teaching, duties include student advisement, engaging in scholarly activity, and committee service for the Department, the College, and the University. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate and graduate level courses in Chicana(o) and Latina(o) Studies, including courses in their area of research expertise. The candidate will also teach lower and upper division General Education courses, including the survey of race and ethnicity in U.S., and will engage in service learning and scholarly activities including peer-reviewed publication.


Initial salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The University:

Cal State LA is one of 23 campuses within the California State University system. With over 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs led by award-winning faculty, Cal State LA’s dedication to access and excellence has been recognized nationally.  Founded in 1947, the University is located just minutes from downtown Los Angeles, adjacent to the San Gabriel Valley, and serves more than 27,000 students who reflect the rich ethnic and racial diversity of the area. As a federally recognized Hispanic-serving and Minority-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. This longstanding commitment is reflected in its history as home to the nation’s first Chicano Studies program, second Pan-African Studies program, as well as Latin American and Asian and Asian American Studies programs. Faculty have the opportunity to establish affiliate status with ethnic studies and other academic programs, including the Honors College. 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 civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual.

Required Documentation:

Please submit a letter of application, curriculum vita, official graduate transcripts, three letters of recommendation, a writing sample, a written essay on experience or examples engaging first-generation college students and teaching/pedagogy for multiethnic, students of color, and the University’s Application for Academic Employment form. Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States. 


Address applications and required documentation and/or requests for information to:


Ester Hernandez, Ph.D., CLS Search Committee
Department of Chicana(o) and Latina(o) Studies
California State University, Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032-8221

CLS Department office: 323-343-2190


To ensure consideration, applicants should submit all application materials by September 1, 2016. The search is open until filled.

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.

Cal State LA is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to achieving and supporting diversity among its faculty, students, and staff. Applications from women, minorities, and individuals with a strong record of mentoring students from underserved or underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

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 or 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.