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Secondary English Education and Adolescent Literacies - Assistant Professor

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Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Fresno
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Letters/Humanities, Probationary, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time

California State University, Fresno

College of Arts and Humanities

Department of English

Title:    Secondary English Education and Adolescent Literacies

Rank:    Assistant Professor

Status: Tenure Track

Start:    Fall 2021 (August 2021)

The Department of English in the College of Arts and Humanities at California State University, Fresno seeks applicants for a tenure‐track position in Secondary English Education and Adolescent Literacies. The successful applicant will help coordinate undergraduate and credential programs supporting the preparation of culturally and linguistically sustaining secondary English teachers serving the greater California Central Valley. 

Responsibilities include teaching and advising undergraduate, credential, and graduate students; conducting scholarly and applied research; and engaging in service activities. Primary teaching responsibilities include courses in the English Education major and credential programs, including secondary English Teaching Methods; Literacy Studies; Rhetoric, Grammar and Writing Instruction; and Texts Teachers Teach. Other teaching responsibilities may include supervision of student teachers, General Education courses, and regular topics seminars in area(s) of specialty.

Specialties of particular interest are culturally and linguistically sustaining pedagogies, adolescent literacies, multi-ethnic YA literature, service learning, critical pedagogical approaches to canonical and non-canonical literatures, digital pedagogies, and universal design for learning, including work with emergent bilingual students. Typical course load in English is 3/3 (4-unit courses), with a possible course release each term for program coordination and advising.

Per union negotiated contract, new tenure track faculty also receive one course release per semester for the first two years and all faculty receive excellent comprehensive benefits and access to competitive research support.

Our Students:  California State University, Fresno is committed to serving our students with a focus on inclusion. Fresno State has been recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI); an Asian American/Native American/Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI); and has been designated to the Community Engagement Classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.


Required Education (from an accredited institution or foreign equivalent):

  • An earned doctorate (Ph.D.) in English Studies or other closely-related disciplines is required.
  • Applicants nearing completion of the doctorate (ABD) may be considered. For an appointment, the doctorate must be completed by the date of appointment (August 1, 2021).

Required Experience:

  1. Evidence of successful teaching experience
  2. Clear research agenda in English Language Arts Education and/or diverse adolescent literacies
  3. Ability to demonstrate a commitment to working effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds, and to engage with diverse communities in the San Joaquin Valley region.

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. At least 3 years documented experience teaching secondary Language Arts in a public school (grades 6-12)
  2. Documented experience supporting pre-service educators
  3. Expertise in digital pedagogies and digital humanities
  4. Expertise in multi-ethnic Young Adult literatures
  5. Experience and expertise with Service Learning
  6. Evidence of work with culturally and linguistically sustaining pedagogies, universal design for learning, critical and creative literacies, and/or connected learning approaches to teaching


Application Procedures: The review of applications will begin on November 30, 2020, and will continue until the position is filled. This position automatically closes May 1, 2021.   Apply online at and complete the application with the following:

  1. Cover letter specifically addressing required experience and preferred qualifications
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Diversity statement
  4. Names and contact information of 3 professional references (on the application form, not attached)

Shortlisted candidates will receive a request to send a writing sample of up to 20 pages, and a statement of teaching philosophy prior to their initial phone interviews, which will be held in December.  In addition, your three professional references will be asked to submit current letters of recommendation.

Finalists will be required to submit official transcripts prior to virtual campus visits.    For inquiries, contact Alison Mandaville (co-chair):


About the Search Committee:

Steve Adisasmito-Smith (co-chair):
Alison Mandaville (co-chair):
Mai Der Vang:

Department of English
College of Arts & Humanities

About our Department

Our English Education program consists of an undergraduate major in the College of Arts and Humanities and a fifth-year credential program offered in partnership with the Kremen School of Education and Human Development. We believe the best English classrooms are communities in which teachers and students work together to analyze, construct and apply meaning. Class sizes are typically 25 or less for undergraduate courses, 15 or less for graduate courses. Faculty members have ample opportunity to design new courses in response to changes in the field, student interests, and their own scholarly leanings.

We are scholars of literature, rhetoric, and teacher education, as well as creative writers.  Home to several thriving literary journals, the department includes winners of the Walt Whitman Prize, The American Book Award, the Young Lions Award, and Fulbright scholars. Our students and faculty are actively engaged with local communities. A newly developed service-learning class for English Education offers students experience working with local community literacy projects. The department organizes a Young Writers Conference that for more than 40 years has attracted 400+ high school students and educators from all over the region annually and, in partnership with a local school and youth media organization, the Sherley Anne Williams and Lawson Fusao Inada writing contest, celebrating authors of color. 

Across campus, and in partnership with local communities, there are numerous research and service opportunities for collaborations in youth literacy, including work in bilingual education, YA literature, youth and social media, and universal design in writing instruction. The Arne Nixon Center for Children’s Literature, in the campus Henry Madden Library, is home to one of the nation’s best collections of LBGTQ literature for younger readers and in 2015 hosted a conference “Outlawed: The Naked Truth about Censored Literature for Young People” that brought together local educators, international scholars, and writers of literature for young people, including Jacqueline Woodson, Leslea Newman, and Matt de la Peña. The University also hosts the San Joaquin Valley site of the National Writing Project and English faculty serve with the local affiliate of the California Association of Teachers of English/National Council of Teachers of English, Fresno Area Teachers of English (FACET).

The English department serves as a base for a number of student-led organizations, including the Student Association for the Study of English (SESA), which organizes an annual symposium of student research in English Studies; the 30-year-old Chicanx Writers and Artists Association (CWAA) and the newly formed Hmong American Ink and Stories (HAIS) club. After hosting the 2007 MELUS Conference, the English Department organized a yearly Undergraduate Conference on Multiethnic Literatures of the Americas (UCMLA). Now in its 12th year, UCMLA has provided a platform for presentation of undergraduate scholarship in the field, gathered graduate students and faculty together in event planning, and brought to campus such writers and scholars as Cherríe Moraga, Roxane Gay, Maxine Hong Kingston, Ishmael Reed, and Erica L. Sánchez. 

 About Fresno State

California State University, Fresno is an engaged University. We focus on broadening students' intellectual horizons, fostering lifelong learning skills, developing the leaders of tomorrow, promoting community involvement, and instilling an appreciation of world cultures. We nurture cultural competence by celebrating the rich diversity of the campus community and welcoming the participation of all. Members of the University community are expected to work effectively with faculty, staff and students from diverse ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. For information on the University's commitment and dedication to creating a university known for its integrity, civility, equity, respect and ethical behavior, please visit: The campus is ranked 24th in the nation by Washington Monthly; ranked 3rd by U.S. News & World Report in graduation rate performance for public institutions; and, ranked 41st in the nation in MONEY Magazines 50 Best Public Colleges.

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