College of Natural & Social Sciences


Department of Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies and Latin American Studies Program

Assistant Professor with a focus on Indigenous Studies of the Americas

Starting Date:

August, 2020

Minimum Qualifications:

1) An earned Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies, Latin American Studies, American Indian/Native American Studies, or a relevant discipline in the Social Sciences or Humanities 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 experience at the University level.
3) Evidence of scholarly activity in the area of Indigenous Studies.

Preferred Qualifications:

1) Evidence of research and teaching focused on Indigenous communities of the Americas from a transnational, diasporic, settler colonial, relational, or comparative lens.
2) Evidence of scholarship and/or service that prioritizes Indigenous ways of knowing and being, and/or social movements.
3) Documented experience with community-engaged research, teaching, and practice with/in Indigenous transnational communities.
4) Evidence of successful teaching experience at the graduate level.


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 initially be expected to teach transnational Indigenous Studies of the Americas at all undergraduate and graduate levels of the curriculum, mentor students, engage with Indigenous community partners, actively participate in program and curriculum development, and maintain an active research profile.  

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 College of Natural and Social Sciences is home to fifteen academic departments, including the nation’s first Chicano Studies Department, second Pan-African Studies Department, Asian and Asian American Studies Department, and Latin American Studies Program. 

The Department:

The Latin American Studies Program at Cal State L.A. has the distinction of being among the first Latin American Studies programs to have been established in the United States. It is widely recognized for the excellence of its faculty and the achievements of its alumni. The program is committed to working with local Latin American populations and community organizations.

As the first Chicano Studies program in the nation, it began in the fall of 1968 with four classes.  Today, the Chicana(o) and Latina(o) Studies (CLS) Department offers over 150 annual course offerings. CLS has helped produce alumni who are scholars, educators, politicians, artists, health care providers, cultural workers, and more.  Our alumni, current students, and faculty continue to engage in scholarly excellence and public service, transforming Los Angeles and beyond.

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) Three letters of recommendation

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


Review of applications will begin October 14, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled.

Please email all application materials in a single PDF to: VMurillo@clsanet.calstatela.edu. Please type “CLS/LAS Tenure-Track Application” in the subject line.

Please address all questions to the search committee co-chairs (Ericka Verba and Dolores Delgado Bernal) at: everba@calstatela.edu and dolores.delgadobernal@calstatela.edu or 323-343-2190.

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.