COLLEGE: College of Social Sciences & Interdisciplinary Studies
POSITION TITLE: Tenure-track Faculty - Black Studies (Sociology)
The Sociology Department at Sacramento State is one of the largest departments at the University with approximately 15 tenure-track faculty and 22 lecturers who serve over 900 undergraduate majors and more than 30 graduate students. Our faculty specialize in a broad range of sociological topics with an intersectional, a global, and a social justice focus. The faculty prioritize teaching while also engaging in scholarship and service. Our undergraduate program provides students a well-rounded education in sociology and strong preparation for those who seek advanced study in sociology. Our graduate program provides theoretical and methodological skills that prepare students for PhD programs or professions that value research and critical analytical skills.
Sacramento State highly values diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Over the years, Sacramento State staff and faculty have formed Employee Affinity Groups (EAG) to help connect individuals from historically marginalized or underrepresented groups (https://www.csus.edu/division-inclusive-excellence/employee-affinity-groups/about.html). As a university with an Antiracism and Inclusive Mission and Campus Plan, Sacramento State engages in impactful dialogue and events regarding frameworks and processes to prevent racism, exclusion, and bias (https://www.csus.edu/diversity-inclusion/antiracism-inclusive-campus-plan.html). Aligned with Sacramento State, the Sociology Department is particularly interested in receiving applications from qualified people committed to a praxis characterized by the demonstrated ability to work with a diverse student population and advance the University’s DEI goals, as well as the Department’s intersectional and social justice efforts; the Sociology Department also has strong collaborative relationships with other campus departments.
The Sociology Department is housed in the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies, consisting of 11 academic departments, four independent and interdisciplinary academic programs, and several centers and institutes. The College is a congenial and cohesive unit both academically and administratively.
This is a full-time tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor rank beginning Fall 2023. Salary and rank are dependent upon qualifications and professional experience.
- Teaching courses in the curriculum and proposing courses relevant to Black Studies, particularly courses that reflect the experiences of Black students and community populations at Sacramento State and in the region.
- Teaching and developing undergraduate/graduate core courses (https://catalog.csus.edu/colleges/social-sciences-interdisciplinary-studies/sociology/#coursestext);
- Advising undergraduate and graduate students on the major, degree, general education, and graduation;
- Engaging in creative and scholarly activities, such as professional forums, conference presentations, publications, applied research, and grant writing;
- Supervising undergraduate and graduate student research and/or internships courses (e.g., SOC 195, SOC 199, SOC 295, SOC 299);
- Addressing the needs of diverse student populations through development of highly effective course materials, teaching strategies, and recruitment;
- Providing service to the campus, department, and the community, such as serving on university and department committees or consulting with non-profit organizations; and
- Mentoring historically underrepresented and underserved students.
- Must have a PhD. A PhD in Sociology is preferred, but the Department will consider PhDs in closely related fields. ABD applicants will be considered. If ABD, degree must be completed by January 2024.
- Ability to teach and develop classes that focus on historical and structural oppressions specific to Black American/Black-identified communities in the United States, with an emphasis on law and legal remedies, social movements, the physical and mental health impacts of racism, and/or the social issues which impact neighborhoods and communities.
- Evidence of culturally competent and responsive teaching, scholarly activities, and/or service that responds to student struggles or concerns from a social justice and intersectional perspective.
- Demonstrated ability to teach, or interest/passion in teaching, existing courses, such as Black Studies in Sociology, Criminology, Urban Life and Problems, and Social Movements (see other existing courses at https://catalog.csus.edu/colleges/social-sciences-interdisciplinary-studies/sociology/ba-in-sociology/).
- Demonstrated ability to teach, or interest/passion in teaching, one or more required core courses for the major, such as Sociological Theory, Research Methods, and Statistics.
- Prior experiences teaching in higher education.
- Experience teaching, advising, and working with students from historically underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse life experiences.
- Scholarship and/or service with an emphasis on Black Communities who also specialize in Critical Criminology (additional areas of expertise might include Social Issues, Public Health, and/or Black Mobilizations).
- Experience communicating effectively with ethnically and culturally diverse communities and integrating diversity/equity issues into curriculum.
- Innovative teaching and ability to enhance instruction and student success through use of inclusive pedagogical strategies.
- Experience working in and/or with Black American/Black-identified communities in the United States.
Review of applications will begin on October 17, 2022; position open until filled.
Applications are only accepted through the Sacramento State jobs website located at https://careers.csus.edu/.
Applicants must submit the following materials (Only ONE (1) file can be upload for each of the below):
1) A letter of application including teaching and advising experiences and scholarly interests;
2) Unofficial graduate transcripts;
3) A current curriculum vitae;
4) A diversity statement that demonstrates experiences working with, teaching, and/or serving historically underrepresented, first-generation college students, and reflects the candidate’s commitment and willingness to engage in activities that advance CSUS’s DEI goals, as well as our department’s intersectional and social justice focus.
5) Evidence of teaching effectiveness such as course syllabi, teaching evaluations, etc.; if possible, include your syllabi of Black Studies-related courses (and/or syllabi of courses/required core courses taught in our department).
6) Names and contact information of three references.
Additional materials may be requested at a later date.
About Sacramento State
Sacramento State is located in the heart of California’s capital city, five miles from State Capitol. The lush, 300-acre campus is situated along the American River, close to numerous bike trails and other recreational areas. Sacramento, also known as the “Farm-to-Fork Capital,” is one of the most ethnically diverse and livable cities in the country, with a population of half of a million. Sacramento State’s 31,000 students come not only from the Greater Sacramento Region, but also from across the state, country, and world. Our 1,800 faculty and 1,500 staff are committed to meeting our mission: “As California’s capital university, we transform lives by preparing students for leadership, service, and success. Sacramento State will be a recognized leader in education, innovation, and engagement.” As the regional hub of higher education, Sacramento State is dedicated to student success, diversity, equity and inclusion, community engagement, philanthropy, and campus safety.
As evidenced by the values embedded in our Hornet Honor Code, Sacramento State is committed to creating an inclusive environment where all faculty, staff, students, and guests are welcome and valued. Our commitment is more than simply ensuring that our campus is free from bias and discrimination, but is one devoted to celebrating many diverse identities, life experiences, and perspectives that enrich our community, teaching and learning.
To learn more about why you should join the Hornet Family, please visit the Why Sac State? page.
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Out of State Employment
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