Fresno State campus

U.S. Literature - 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, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time

California State University, Fresno

College of Arts & Humanities

Department of English

Title:       U.S. Literature

Rank:      Assistant Professor

Status:    Tenure Track

Start:      Fall 2022 (August 2022)

The Department of English in the College of Arts and Humanities at California State University, Fresno seeks applicants for a tenure‐track position in U.S. Literature with an emphasis in environmental colonialism and/or social justice. Preference will be given to candidates whose research focuses on the pre-1900 era. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate and graduate students, serve on M.A. thesis committees, conduct scholarly research, and engage in service activities. Primary teaching responsibilities include foundational courses for English majors, period-based U.S. literature courses, special topics in U.S. literature, and General Education courses. Typical course load in English is 3/3 (4-unit courses), with a possible course release for research on a competitive basis. Per Collective Bargaining Agreement, new tenure-track faculty also receive one course release per semester for the first two years.  Specific assignments are dependent on departmental needs and the background of the individual.

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:

An earned doctorate (Ph.D.) in English, American Studies, or other closely related discipline from an accredited institution (or international equivalent). Applicants nearing completion of the doctorate (ABD) may be considered. Degree must be completed by August 1, 2022.

Required Experience:

  1. Evidence of successful teaching experience
  2. Clear and relevant research agenda
  3. Demonstrated commitment to working effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Preferred Experience:

  1. Experience and expertise in teaching discipline-specific writing (specific to English Studies)
  2. Evidence of work with culturally and linguistically sustaining pedagogies
  3. Commitment to universal design for learning
  4. Experience with service learning
  5. Engagement with diverse communities and regions, such as the San Joaquin Valley

 Application Procedures:  Review of applications will begin November 3, 2021, and continue until the position is filled.   This position automatically closes on May 1, 2022. 

Apply online at: and attach the following:

  1. Cover letter specifically addressing required experience and preferred qualifications
  2. Curriculum vitae, including a list of three professional references
  3. A statement of 1-2 pages articulating a commitment to, and experience with, diversity, equity, and inclusion

Short‐listed candidates will be asked to submit additional documentation, including three current letters of recommendation, a writing sample of up to 20 pages, and a teaching portfolio prior to their initial phone interviews, which will be held in December. Finalists will be required to submit official transcripts prior to virtual campus visits. For inquiries, contact Dr. Samina Najmi:

Committee Information:

Department of English
College of Arts & Humanities

Venita Blackburn: 
Kathleen Godfrey:
Samina Najmi (chair): 

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 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, 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.


Tenure-Track Faculty members gain a clear path to tenure through the University's Probationary Plan Process.  For additional information, please visit:  We value our commitment to the success of our faculty by providing services from the Center for Faculty Excellence to Research and Sponsored Programs.

About the College and Department:

Our Literature program, which offers B.A. and M.A. degrees, shares space with English Studies, Creative Writing, and the Rhetoric and Writing programs of the Department of English, in the College of Arts and Humanities. 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 up to 25 for undergraduate courses and 15 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.

English Department faculty are scholars of literature, rhetoric, and teacher education, as well as award-winning creative writers. Our faculty include Fulbright recipients, NEH Summer Scholars, research fellows, and MLA Delegates. Our department is home to several thriving literary journals and hosts multiple conferences and literary readings. 

The English Department serves as a base for a number of student-led organizations, including the Students of English Studies Association (SESA), which organizes an annual symposium of student research in English Studies; the 30-year-old Chicanx Writers and Artists Association (CWAA), and the newer Hmong American Ink and Stories (HAIS) club. Having hosted the 2007 national MELUS conference, the English Department launched the Undergraduate Conference on Multiethnic Literatures of the Americas (UCMLA) in 2009. Since then, UCMLA has provided a platform for presentation of undergraduate scholarship in the field, gathered graduate students, faculty, and staff together in event planning, and brought to campus such writers and scholars as Cherríe Moraga, Roxane Gay, Maxine Hong Kingston, Ishmael Reed, Gary Okihiro, Erica L. Sánchez, and Gerald Vizenor.

Across campus there are numerous opportunities for collaboration with other departments and programs, including American Indian Studies, Asian American Studies, Africana Studies, Armenian Studies, Chicano and Latin American Studies, and the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department. Henry Madden Library houses the national MELUS archives. The Arne Nixon Center for Children’s Literature is home to one of the nation’s best collections of LBGTQ literature for young readers. 

English Department faculty and students are actively engaged with local communities. A newly developed service-learning class for English Studies offers students experience working with local community literacy projects. The department organizes a Young Writers Conference that for over 40 years has drawn 400+ high school students and educators from all over the region annually. In partnership with a local high school and a youth media organization, the department also hosts an annual contest in honor of Fresno writers Sherley Anne Williams and Lawson Fusao Inada. The Williams-Inada Contest seeks, through literature and the arts, to build closer ties between Fresno State and the historically marginalized communities of southwest Fresno. English Department faculty and students are also well-represented in the CSU Summer Arts program, currently hosted by Fresno State’s College of Arts and Humanities, which brings an annual arts program of master classes and a festival of the arts to the Fresno community.

Territorial Acknowledgement:

The Fresno State campus sits in the midst of the San Joaquin Valley, a valley rich in the traditions and representation of Native American peoples and cultures. We are grateful to be in the traditional homelands of the Yokuts and Mono peoples, whose diverse tribal communities share stewardship over this land

Other Campus Information:

In compliance with the Annual Security Report & Fire Safety Report of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, California State University, Fresno has made crime-reporting statistics available to applicants, students, and employees online at  Print copies are available by request from the Campus Police Department.

A background check (including criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily for this position. Any offer of employment may be withdrawn, or employment may be terminated based upon the results of the background investigation.

The person holding this position is considered a "limited 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 Revised July 21, 2017, as a condition of employment. You can obtain a copy of this Executive order by accessing the following website:

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California State University, Fresno is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.

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