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Africana 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

California State University, Fresno

College of Social Science

Africana Studies Program

Africana Studies
Assistant Professor

Note:  Our program has a second position open please visit that posting as well.  Click here

The Africana Studies Program in the College of Social Sciences at California State University, Fresno is accepting applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor rank with a Fall 2023 start date. We seek a general specialist with a research emphasis in Pan-Africanism and Black Political Thought, Afro-Latinx communities, and/or Sub-Saharan African history and cultures. Specific courses that the successful candidate could teach include Black Popular Culture, Contemporary African Societies, Art and Music of Africa, Race Relations, and African Cultural Perspectives as well as new topics courses developed by the successful candidate. Teaching responsibilities will include lower and upper-division courses and multiple course sections in general education.

Our Program:  Africana Studies is generally defined as a study of the historical and cultural experiences of African peoples from a variety of academic disciplines. The program uses an interdisciplinary and comparative perspective to illuminate the connectedness of the human experience and provide culturally-appropriate knowledge and skills necessary to understand the experiences of African peoples all over the world. Program URL:  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 (from an accredited institution or foreign equivalent.):

  1. An earned doctorate or equivalent terminal degree in Africana Studies or a closely related field.
  2. Applicants nearing completion of the doctorate (ABD) may be considered. For employment, the doctorate must be completed by 8/11/2023.

Required Experience:

  1. Demonstrated commitment to working effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds;
  2. Primary research interests that emphasize the cultures and histories of Afro-Latinx communities, Pan-Africanism and Black Political Thought, or Subsaharan Africa.
  3. Ability to make new contributions in teaching and research to the Africana Studies Program that includes social justice perspectives and anti-racist pedagogy/practices engaging a diverse student audience.

Preferred Experience:

  1. Evidence of publications in scholarly journals
  2. Ability to develop community-engaged scholarship and/or community partnerships to create jobs/internships/research opportunities for students.

Application Procedures:  To ensure full consideration, applicants should submit all application materials by the review date. The committee may elect to review applications submitted after this date. All positions automatically close on March 31, 2023.  Apply online at

 Application Review Date:  Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Attach the following:

  1. A cover letter, specifically addressing the specific areas of the required experience and preferred qualifications
  2. Current curriculum vitae
  3. List of three professional references
  4. Diversity Statement

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 current letters of recommendation
  3. Teaching philosophy statement

Search Information:
Department Chair:   Dr. Meta Schettler 
Search Chair:          Dr. Hasan Johnson 
                             Africana Studies Program
                             College of Social Science

About Fresno State

Fresno State is part of the CSU system, the largest public university system in the country. We are represented by our union, the California Faculty Association. We are an HSI and an ANNAPISI serving institution. Fresno is an anchor city in California's Central Valley, which is predominated by the food and agricultural industries. Numerous migrant, diasporic, and Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) communities call Fresno home, and Fresno has a more affordable housing market than many other places in the state of California. It is renowned for its multi-ethnic cuisine and abundance of fresh produce. Fresno is centrally located, within one-hour’s driving distance of multiple national parks, including Yosemite, Kings Canyon, and Sequoia, 2-3 hours’ drive from the Pacific Ocean, and 3-3 ½ hours’ drive to Los Angeles and San Francisco.

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 36th 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. The campus is classified as an R2 “Doctoral Universities – High research activities” university per Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education

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:

The College of Social Sciences offers an array of undergraduate and graduate programs from historical inquiry to projections for our future.  As a leader in liberal arts education, the College of Social Sciences provides excellent preparation for a wide range of careers in academia, government, business, and many other venues in the public and private sectors.

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:

Salary placement commensurate with experience within ranks established by the CSU Salary Schedule.

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 on 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 outlined 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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