Assistant Professor in Ethnic Studies

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
06 Oct 2016
End of advertisement period
03 Nov 2016
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

The Department currently consists of 10 tenured and tenure-track faculty and 5 non-tenure-track instructors. The faculty members come from diverse disciplinary backgrounds that encompass both the humanities and the social sciences. Ethnic Studies’ mission is “to critically examine the interlocking forces of domination that are rooted in socially constructed categories of gender, sexuality, class, race, disability and national status. Our faculty and researchers are committed to interdisciplinary, indigenous, international, and comparative approaches that challenge systemic marginalization of diverse populations.
We are especially committed to nurturing civic-minded and culturally informed students who strive to strengthen the communities in which they reside. In support of the land-grant mission of Colorado State University, the Department engages with communities on and off campus in order to effect meaningful change in public policy and social life.” The Department of Ethnic Studies offers an MA, BA, and minor in ethnic studies, along with a graduate certificate, major concentration, and minor in women’s studies. There are approximately 154 students enrolled in our programs.

Position Summary

The Ethnic Studies Department at Colorado State University invites applications for one 9-month tenure track position in Arab and Muslim American Studies. This is an Assistant Professor position and salary is commensurate with qualifications. The final result of this search will be only one hire. Starting date is August 16, 2017.

Required Job Qualifications

Qualified applicants must have completed a doctorate degree by August 15, 2017.
The applicant must demonstrate potential excellence for research/scholarship in Arab and Muslim American Studies, demonstrate potential for excellence in teaching, and demonstrate potential for excellence in service/outreach. Service and outreach commitment to the Arab and Muslim American community should be demonstrated through past or current examples of mentoring, activism, and outreach.

Preferred Job Qualifications

Preference will be given to candidates who can teach core ethnic studies courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level (i.e. introduction to ethnic studies, ethnic studies theory & history, etc.). Candidates who specialize on community-based research, comparative and intersectional methodology, or decolonial, feminist, and social-justice-oriented frameworks are also strongly encouraged to apply. We particularly encourage applications from scholars with a Ph.D. in Arab and Muslim American Studies, or Ethnic Studies with an emphasis in Arab and Muslim American Studies; however, we also welcome and encourage applicants with degrees in other disciplines.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applications must include a cover letter stating interest, current vita, sample of recent writing or publication, evidence of teaching/advising excellence if available, and letters from three references. Application materials, including letters of recommendation of semi-finalist candidates, will be made available for review by the entire faculty of the Ethnic Studies Department.

The referees will be contacted upon submission of a completed application.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

Diversity Statement

Personal and professional commitment to diversity as demonstrated by involvement in teaching, research, creative activity, service to the profession and/or diversity/inclusion activities.

Search Contact Ernesto Sagás, (970) 491-2571 or by email at:

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Teaching Duty/Responsibility

Teach 4 courses per year, including core ethnic studies courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level (i.e. introduction to ethnic studies, ethnic studies theory & history, etc.). Develop and teach courses in Arab and Muslim American Studies.