Assistant Professor - Department of Women's Studies 24-37

  • California State University, Northridge
  • Northridge, Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • Nov 08, 2023
Full time Women's Studies/Gender Studies

Job Description


Assistant Professor - Department of Women's Studies 24-37

Tenure-Track Faculty Position Announcement

Department: Gender and Women's Studies

Faculty Hire Number: #24-37

Rank: Assistant Professor

Effective Date of Appointment: August 21, 2024 (Subject to Budgetary Approval)

Salary: $80,000

CSUN's Commitment to You:

CSUN is committed to achieving excellence through teaching, scholarship, learning and inclusion. Our values include a respect for all people, building partnerships with the community and the encouragement of innovation, experimentation, and creativity. CSUN strives to cultivate a community in which a diverse population can learn and work in an atmosphere of civility and respect. CSUN is especially interested in candidates who make contributions to equity and inclusion in the pursuit of excellence for all members of the university community.

As a Hispanic-serving Institution (HSI), inclusiveness and diversity are integral to CSUN's commitment to excellence in teaching, research, and engagement. As of Fall 2022, CSUN enrolls ~38,000 students, where 57.3% are Latinx, 19.8% are White, 9.2% are Asian-American, 4.9% are Black/African American, 0.1% are Native American, and 0.2% are Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander.

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About the College:
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About the Department:
The Department of Gender and Women's Studies at CSUN emphasizes interdisciplinary, cross-cultural and transnational studies with a focus on gender. Our academic program includes course work in feminist theories, women and social movements, transnational feminisms, women of color feminisms, decolonial and postcolonial feminisms, women's economic conditions in the context of globalization and development, productions of women in the media and literature, queer studies, women's health and masculinity studies.

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The Department of Gender and Women's Studies at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) is seeking a tenure-track faculty member at the rank of Assistant Professor with expertise in Black feminism, with a preferred emphasis in any of the following areas: Critical Race Studies, Critical Legal Studies, prison abolition movements and/or transformative justice.

The successful candidate will help the Department achieve equitable outcomes for all students through teaching, student mentorship, scholarship, and service.

In addition to teaching, the position requires weekly office hours, attending faculty meetings, participation in assessment of student learning, and service to the department, college, and university. The successful candidate will be held to the standards and requirements of the college and department in which he/she/they is/are housed for recommending tenure and promotion. Given CSUN's commitment to excellence in teaching, research, and engagement in a diverse environment, the successful candidate will help the Department achieve equitable academic outcomes for all students through teaching, student mentorship, scholarship, and service.

Required Qualifications:
  • Ph.D. in Gender and Women's Studies, Africana Studies, Critical Legal Studies, Ethnic Studies, or related fields.
  • Candidates must have a Ph.D. from an accredited institution by the start date.
  • Evidence or clear potential for excellence in teaching general Gender and Women's Studies courses and courses grounded in Black Feminist Studies.
  • Evidence of a scholarly agenda in Black Feminist Studies, with a preferred emphasis in Critical Race Studies, Critical Legal Studies, prison abolition movements and/or transformative justice.
  • Demonstrated commitment and ability to effectively mentor a highly diverse student population.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience or potential for using culturally responsive pedagogy that leads to equitable outcomes for racially diverse students with a commitment to inclusive, interdisciplinary pedagogical practices.
  • Evidence or clear potential for future scholarly and/or creative contributions in the above-mentioned fields.
  • Experience or potential for creating a student-centered learning environment.
  • Commitment to feminist collegiality and community building practice.
  • Commitment to social justice activism and/or challenging structural inequities.

Faculty success at CSUN is measured by three criteria: teaching effectiveness; contributions to one's field of study; and service to the University and Community. The standard teaching assignment is 12 units (4 courses per semester). However, new faculty members in their first two years teach 9 units per semester (3 courses). Successful candidates should be able to teach courses offered by the Department. Faculty members are encouraged to develop new courses as needed by the Department.

Peer-reviewed publications are important for tenure and promotion, and CSUN faculty members can apply for competitive awards that provide course releases for research or fund travel for research. Presentations at academic conferences are supported with annual travel funds. Tenure-track faculty members participate in shared governance, usually in Department, College, and University committees and other service assignments.

Application Deadline:
Screening of applications will begin Nov. 6, 2023. Priority will be given to applicants who meet the screening deadline; however, the position will remain open until filled.

How to Apply:
Candidates should apply by completing the CSUN online application. To apply and for more detailed information on the application and hiring process, please visit this link:

Inquiries may be addressed to the search committee chair, Dr. Khanum Shaikh at

Applicants must submit:
(1) a cover letter that addresses the qualifications and responsibilities described above,
(2) a curriculum vitae which includes contact information for three professional references who can address the candidate's teaching, research, and service qualifications, and
(3) one or two academic papers (as samples of scholarship)
(4) one or two sample syllabi

In later phases of the search process, applicants may be requested to provide additional materials, including letters of recommendation, professional work samples, verification of degrees, etc.

At time of appointment, the successful candidate, if not a U.S. citizen, must have authorization from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to work in the United States.

General Information:

In compliance with the Annual Security Report & Fire Safety Report of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, California State University, Northridge has made crime-reporting statistics available on-line here. Print copies are available by request from the Department of Police Services, the Office for Faculty Affairs, and the Office of Equity and Diversity.

The person holding this position may be 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 accordance with the California State University (CSU) Out-of-State Employment Policy, the CSU is a state entity whose business operations reside within the State of California and prohibits hiring employees to perform CSU-related work outside of California.

CSUN is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination based on race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, and disability. Our nondiscrimination policy is set forth in CSU Nondiscrimination Policy. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting office of Gender and Women Studies at 818-677-3110.

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