Political Science (Ethnic Studies Affinity Cluster), Assistant Professor
California State Polytechnic University - Pomona
Internal Number: 99983
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona invites applications for a tenure track faculty position in the Department of Political Science. Cal Poly Pomona is one of two polytechnic universities in the 23-campus California State University system and among 11 such institutions nationwide. Since its founding in 1938, Cal Poly Pomona students participate in an integrative experiential learning education that is inclusive, relevant, and values diverse perspectives and experiences. With a variety of degree programs in the arts, humanities, sciences, engineering, and professional disciplines, the university is well known for its learn-by-doing approach and Teacher Scholar Model.
The university is noted for its scenic and historic 1,400-acre campus, which was once the winter ranch of cereal magnate W.K. Kellogg. We acknowledge that Cal Poly Pomona resides on the territorial and homelands of the Tongva and Tataavium people who are the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar. The university's nearly 30,000 students are taught and mentored by the campus's more than 1,400 faculty as part of 54 baccalaureate and 29 master's degree programs, 11 credential and certificate programs, and a doctorate in educational leadership.
The Cal Poly Pomona campus is located less than 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles at the intersection of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. It is within an hour's drive of beaches, mountains and deserts. For additional information about the university, please visit www.cpp.edu, and for more about faculty life, please see [email protected].
Student Population. California residents comprise the majority (96%) of applicants to undergraduate programs at Cal Poly Pomona – nearly half (49%) of new students were transfers in Fall 2020. 58% of Cal Poly Pomona students are first generation, 70% receive financial aid, and 44% qualify as Pell-eligible. The university enrolls a diverse student body that identifies as 49% Latinx, 21% Asian, 15% White, 3% Black, 5% International, 3% two or more races, 3% unknown, and less than 1% Native Hawaiian or Native Pacific Islander, and less than 1% Native American Indigenous. 39% of the student body were STEM majors with the top enrolled programs including psychology, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, biology and computer science.
Inclusive Excellence Criteria. We aspire to be the model inclusive polytechnic university in the nation. We have a strong commitment to inclusive excellence and to educational experiences that leverage the diverse perspectives and experiences needed to succeed and thrive in a diverse society.
Tenure track faculty hires will demonstrate a commitment and record of contributions through their teaching, scholarship, or service to these inclusive excellence criteria (a minimum of two must be addressed in the Student Success Statement):
Integrates the values of equity and inclusivity into their teaching, scholarship and/or service contributions with diverse student populations;
Incorporates the contributions and struggles of historic ethnic minority groups and communities into their teaching, scholarly work, and/or service contributions;
Adopts teaching strategies that supports the learning and success of students from diverse student populations;
Mentors and engages diverse student populations in discovery, scholarship, and creative activities;
Engages students in problem-based projects and learning that address the needs of diverse communities;
Possesses knowledge of challenges and barriers for underrepresented students and faculty within the discipline;
Mentors and assists diverse student populations interested in pursuing graduate education;
Engages in community-responsive action research or service with diverse student populations and communities;
Has experience in or demonstrates a commitment to adopting experiential learning activities and pedagogy with diverse student populations and communities; and
Has expertise in or demonstrated commitment to teaching, scholarship and/or service that contributes to access, diversity, and equal opportunity in higher education.
Cal Poly Pomona's College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences (CLASS) brings to life a vibrant hands-on experience through disciplines in the humanities, performing arts, and social sciences. As the heart and soul of the campus, the College's mission is to cultivate one's intellectual development, ethical reasoning, and aesthetic sensibility to support creative and critical thinking in a dynamic world of competing challenges. We are a community diverse in backgrounds, expertise, and thought, committed to improving the human condition and to bettering the world. Our faculty, students, and staff are devoted to creating an inclusive environment where all can thrive through the College's programs, research activities, creative performances, community outreach, and signature experiences. Learn more about the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences and our 11 distinct departments at www.cpp.edu/class.
The Political Science Department in the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences at Cal Poly Pomona invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor for appointment beginning in the 2022-2023 academic year specializing in Political Theory. Sixty percent of our majors are first generation and 70% identify with a minoritized group. The major enrolls a diverse student body that identifies as 64% Latinx, 14% White, 8% Asian, 5% Black, 3% two or more races, 3% international, 3% unknown, and less than 1% Native Hawaiian or Native Pacific Islander.
The new faculty member will be a part of the Ethnic Studies Affinity Faculty and will have the opportunity to engage with a new and permanent Office of Ethnic Studies Affinity Teaching and Scholarship. This is a space for collaboration across disciplines and methodological vantage points, mentorship, and professional development programming. The Ethnic Studies Affinity Faculty, and the resources to support them, are a key element of CPP's ongoing efforts to ensure the flourishing of our diverse students and faculty and be the leading inclusive polytechnic university in the nation.
The faculty member will be part of a collegial Political Science Department that grants both B.A. degrees and M.P.A. (Master's in Public Administration) degrees. The position requires excellence in teaching and advising, professional and scholarly achievements, and a commitment to service to the university. Applicants whose work demonstrates a commitment to inclusive excellence and diversity in higher education are particularly encouraged to apply. Cal Poly Pomona is a Hispanic-serving institution, and the faculty member will be an advisor to many under-represented minorities and first-generation college students.
The faculty member will have a teaching and scholarly expertise that emphasizes critical approaches to political theory with a specialized knowledge in one or more of the four historically racialized groups: Native Americans, African Americans, Latina/o Americans, and/or Asian Americans. The faculty member will be expected to teach a general education course that meets the university requirement for Ethnic Studies, and in addition, contribute to teaching the following list of courses: Contemporary Political Thought, Modern Political Thought, American Political Thought, and/or Environmental Political Thought. A faculty member could potentially demonstrate a teaching and scholarly interest in one or more of the following areas: labor; political and racial violence; social movements and political resistance; post-colonial theory; de-colonization and settler-colonialism; environmental justice; intersectional feminist and queer theory. The department also welcomes the new faculty member to introduce new courses based on their area of scholarly interest (e.g. post-colonial theory, Black feminist theory, queer of color critiques) to contribute to the university's Ethnic Studies General Education curriculum.
Ph.D. in Political Science, Ethnic Studies, or a related field from an accredited university at the time of appointment
University teaching experience as instructor of record and/or teaching assistant
Evidence of scholarly potential (conference presentations, publications, grant development, etc.)
Evidence of demonstrated ability to contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and/or service and work, as well as experience fostering an inclusive environment
A Student Success Statement that demonstrates your commitment and record of contributions through applicant's teaching, scholarship, or service, by addressing at least two of the inclusive excellence criteria listed above.
Research interests related to social or racial justice, gender inequities, and/or inequality would be a plus. Additionally, preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate the ability to mentor and advise under-served populations including, but not limited to, African-American, Hispanic, and Native American students.
The position is open until filled. First consideration will be given to completed applications submitted beginning January 14, 2022, but will continue until the position is filled. Early submission is encouraged. Electronic submissions of all application materials must be submitted online via Interfolio.
A completed application will consist of:
A cover letter that describes the candidate's teaching performance, research experience and interests, and that addresses the duties and qualifications articulated in the position description;
A curriculum vitae comprising at least those elements specified on the application form and including the names, titles, addresses, email addresses, and telephone numbers of at least five individuals who can speak to the candidate's potential for succession this position;
A 'Student Success Statement' about your teaching, or other experiences, successes, and challenges working with a diverse student population, including expertise and/or experience in promoting educational equity (approximately one page, single-spaced), please refer to at least two of the specific inclusive excellence criteria listed above;
List of three references with contact information. Three letters of recommendation will be required of finalists. These letters may be from the three of the five individuals listed in the C.V.
A completed application form available at: https://www.cpp.edu/faculty-affairs/documents/acadapplication_feb2017.pdf;
An unofficial transcript showing the highest degree earned from an accredited education institution. Finalists will be required to submit an official transcript; and
Recent teaching evaluation summaries and sample syllabi (optional, if available).
Please submit all electronic documents in PDF format.
Conditions of Employment:
The person offered this position is required to pass a background check.
The CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at https://calstate.policystat.com/policy/9779821/latest/ . Questions regarding the policy may be sent to [email protected]
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California State Polytechnic University, Pomona is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. The University seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the people of California, to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives and ways of knowing and learning. Cal Poly Pomona subscribes to all state and federal regulations and prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity/gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, age, disability, genetic information, medical condition, and covered veteran status. The University hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States. As required by the Clery Disclosure Act, the university's annual security report is available at http://www.cpp.edu/~police/annual-security-report.shtml. The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated 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 as a condition of employment. A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.
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