Tenure-track Assistant Professor African American History

The History Department in the College of Liberal Arts at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), San Luis Obispo invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track, academic year Assistant Professor of African American history. Appointment to begin September 12, 2019. Specialization and time period are open. Interdisciplinary, transnational, and comparative approaches to African American history welcome. Ability to develop new courses on race and ethnicity, and experience working with underrepresented students preferred. The successful candidate will have research expertise and the ability to teach upper-division and graduate courses in African American history and in other areas related to the candidate's specialization(s), as well as the ability to teach lower-division general education U.S. History survey courses.

Cal Poly strongly values inclusion and diversity, especially in the classroom and among its areas of study. This position is part of a university-wide cluster of searches designed to increase curricular coverage of areas related to diversity and inclusion, as well as to promote inclusive teaching strategies across the university. Successful candidates will be expected to contribute to the university's goals in these areas. The other searches are for positions in the following colleges and departments across campus: College of Science and Mathematics: Kinesiology and Public Health, College of Science and Mathematics: School of Education, College of Liberal Arts: Psychology and Child Development, and College of Liberal Arts: Social Sciences. In addition to standard start-up packages, candidates selected through this diversity cluster hire will be provided $10,000 to support their work in diversity and inclusion. Once hired, candidates will collaborate with their dean and others to develop a plan for utilizing these funds for supplemental compensation, assigned time, or professional development activities.

Although Cal Poly is primarily a teaching university, our faculty are expected to balance teaching with an active program of research/professional development (including publication), student advising, and participation in service activities at the department and college/university level. The typical teaching load is 12 units (three courses) per quarter, with a reduction in course load in each of the first two years to help establish an active program of research and professional development. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Initial appointment is for two years, subject to renewal. An earned doctorate (Ph.D) in History or a closely related field by date of appointment is required. Preference will be given to candidates who can develop new courses in the history of race and ethnicity and who have experience (appropriate to rank) working with underrepresented students at the university level.

Candidates are expected to demonstrate a commitment to, or potential for, teaching excellence and scholarly activity. The successful candidate must have the ability to work effectively with students, staff and faculty from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Cal Poly is committed to the teacher-scholar model in which faculty are expected to be excellent teachers and productive scholars in their field(s) of interest. Faculty members are also expected to engage in service activities appropriate to their rank and experience.

At California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. Bringing people together from different backgrounds, experiences and value systems fosters the innovative and creative thinking that exemplifies Cal Poly's values of free inquiry, cultural and intellectual diversity, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility. Cal Poly's commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. Cal Poly is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

The Cal Poly History Department prides itself on its commitment to excellence in teaching and scholarship. The department serves approximately 230 majors, 40 minors, and 20 M.A. graduate students. The department also houses the Asian Studies minor and the History-Social Sciences teaching credential program. Currently, the department has fifteen tenured or tenure-track professors, five nearly full-time lecturers, and three lecturers who teach part-time.

California Polytechnic State University is a very selective, highly-ranked public university on the California Central Coast. It is a comprehensive polytechnic university with a strong commitment to its learn-by-doing philosophy. Cal Poly's College of Liberal Arts offers 17 highly selective Bachelor of Arts programs and 4 Master's degree programs with 250 full-time faculty and nearly 3,000 undergraduate majors.

TO APPLY: Please visit http://www.calpolyjobs.org to complete the required online faculty application and submit to Requisition #104977. Please upload the following required materials: (1) cover letter indicating teaching and research interests, (2) current curriculum vitae, (3) statement of teaching philosophy, (4) a Statement of Diversity and Inclusion describing past experience and contributions to diversity and inclusion efforts, and a description of how you will demonstrate a commitment in these areas in teaching, research, and/or service at Cal Poly (upload under "Other"), (5) sample of scholarly writing (e.g. dissertation chapter, book chapter or article), (6) student evaluations and other evidence of teaching effectiveness, (7) sample syllabi and (8) unofficial transcripts. Sealed official transcripts of highest degree earned will be required prior to start date. In the cover letter, the applicant should also address the feasibility of conducting a research program within the context of a primarily teaching-oriented undergraduate program. Please be prepared to provide the names and email addresses of three professional references when completing the application. Cal Poly will directly solicit letters from the individuals listed as references.

REVIEW BEGIN DATE: Review of applications will begin on November 5, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. In order for an application to receive full consideration, all required materials must be received by the review begin date.


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