Fresno State campus

Asian American Studies - Assistant Professor

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Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Fresno
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Social Sciences, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time
Position Description

California State University, Fresno

College of Social Science

Department of Anthropology

Title:      Asian American Studies - Assistant Professor

Status:   Tenure Track

Start:     Fall 2022 (August 2022)

The Department of Anthropology seeks to fill a tenure-track position with expertise in the Asian American communities of the United States. The successful candidate will be expected to develop and offer courses in Asian American Studies. The candidate must possess knowledge and research experience in one or more Asian American communities, and the ability to contribute to building a standalone Asian American Studies major and program. Preference will be given to candidates with teaching experience, an applied/practicing orientation (e.g. public policy), a research focus on education and/or health, and a willingness to pursue research and involvement with the Central Valley’s Asian American communities. A key factor in the position will be a willingness to collaboratively build the Asian American Studies program at Fresno State.

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.):

  1. An earned doctorate (Ph.D.) in Ethnic Studies, Asian American Studies, Sociology or a closely-related social science discipline (such as Anthropology); accompanied by evidence of sustained research with and expertise on API communities; or, an Ed.D. accompanied by evidence of sustained research on the educational successes and barriers faced by AAPI communities.
  2. Applicants nearing completion of the doctorate (ABD) may be considered. For an appointment, the doctorate must be completed by the date of appointment (08/2022).

Required Experience:

  1. Must demonstrate a commitment to working effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  2. Demonstrated record of research and community involvement with one or more Asian American communities.
  3. Experience, interests, and knowledge that would enable them to develop and offer courses in Asian American Studies and to build on the existing Asian American Studies program.

Preferred Experience:

  1. Teaching experience at the university level and a record of teaching excellence
  2. Applied/practicing orientation (e.g. public policy)
  3. A research focus on educational attainment among AAPI communities (including structural, policy, and other barriers), or research experience in the sociology of Asian American health and family, and a willingness to pursue research and involvement with the Central Valley’s Asian American communities
  4. Research and practice involving Southeast Asian Americans, in particular, is valuable.
  5. Formal training in writing and writing instruction is also valued.

Application Procedures:  To ensure full consideration, applicants should submit all application materials by November 20, 2021.  If it chooses, the committee may review applications submitted after this date; review of applications may continue until the position is filled.

Attach the following:

  1. A cover letter, specifically addressing the specific areas of the required experience and preferred qualifications;
  2. Curriculum vitae;
  3. Research Statement (1000 words or less)
  4. Teaching Statement that includes addressing a diverse student population (1000 words or less)

Candidates invited for an on-campus visit must submit by mail/e-mail within the designated deadline.  The Search Chair will send information and requests for these items:

  1. Official transcripts
  2. Three letters of recommendation

Committee Information:

Search Chair:   Jenny Banh
                       Department of Anthropology
                       College of Social Science

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:

The Department of Anthropology at California State University, Fresno is the home department for this hire. The department currently offers a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology, a Minor in Asian American Studies, and two Certificate programs; a certificate in Southeast Asian Studies and a certificate in Asians in Secondary Education. The Asian American faculty within the Department have a strong applied/practicing orientation, and we offer a full range of academic courses through the Asian American Studies Minor such as Introduction to Asian America, Health, Education, Hmong, Lao, Cambodian American Experience, and a writing course called Asian Eats.

We involve our students in research to enrich our lives as scholars and to promote our students’ academic success. The Asian American Studies Program has a four-decade history in the Department and is a valued part of the Department and University. The Fresno State student body is over 15% Asian American and Pacific Islander and our AAPI students lead many vibrant and active student organizations. The campus also has an active Asian Faculty and Staff Association and a Cross-Cultural and Gender Center. Our campus is actively engaged in efforts to ensure the success of students from all backgrounds and participates in the CSU system’s Asian American and Pacific Islander Initiative.

Set in the richly diverse Central San Joaquin Valley, Fresno’s population of about 500,000 is 13% Asian American and Pacific Islander, with a significant presence of people with Hmong, Asian Indian, Lao, Cambodian, Filipino, Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Korean, Native Hawaiian, Guamanian and Samoan heritage. The Central Valley has played a crucial role in the history of immigration from Asia to the United States, including the arrival of people displaced by the wars in Indochina. Fresno is about two and a half hours by car from the Bay Area and about three and a half hours from the Los Angeles metropolitan area.

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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