Tenure Track Faculty - Asian Studies

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Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Sacramento
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Social Sciences, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time

COLLEGE: Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies

DEPARTMENT: Asian Studies

POSITION TITLE: Tenure Track Faculty - Asian Studies (focus on contemporary China)


The Asian Studies Program is one of 14 departments/programs in the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies (SSIS). We have 21 affiliated faculty members who serve more than 60 undergraduate majors and minors. Our undergraduate program is designed to provide students with a coherent introduction to the language, history, and culture of East, Southeast, and South Asia and to develop an interdisciplinary understanding of the major social and political forces at work in the region, supported by appropriate language training. We offer in-depth examinations of particular countries while also analyzing transnational issues that connect Asia, other regions, and the rest of the world including the United States. Students who successfully complete our program receive a Bachelor of Arts degree.

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The Asian Studies Program at Sacramento State is seeking applicants for a full-time tenure-track assistant professor position in Asian Studies, with a focus on social/cultural issues and/or political economy of contemporary China. Sacramento State recognizes the importance of promoting diversity and inclusion on campus and in our communities. This position is part of a college-wide cluster of searches among Asian Studies, Ethnic Studies (Asian American Studies), and Sociology around the issue of persistent anti-Asian racism and violence. Faculty in the cohort will have the opportunity to exchange ideas, collaborate on projects and/or campus events, and have a built-in support system with shared research and teaching interests that address such issues both in the United States and/or globally.

The classification annual salary range for this position is $64,860 - $143,928; the anticipated annual starting salary is $74,642.


  • Develop and teach undergraduate courses in areas of interest, including Asian Studies, Chinese Studies, and area of specialization
  • Develop a focused and productive program of research in area of specialization
  • Advise undergraduate Asian Studies majors and minors (degree completion, career pathways, study abroad, etc.)
  • Provide service to the program, college, university, and community
  • Work as a cooperative member in the program and on campus, including on projects/events with the cluster cohort


  • PhD focused on social/cultural issues and/or political economy of contemporary China. Open to field.  ABD applicants will be considered.  If ABD, all requirements for the doctorial degree must be completed by August 2023.
  • Demonstrated familiarity with Chinese language(s)
  • Demonstrated ability or potential to teach undergraduate courses, particularly lower-division introductory course on Asian Studies (Asia in the World Today, ASIA 1), and upper-division culminating courses (Globalization and Modernity in Asia, ASIA 198)
  • Demonstrated ability or potential to teach undergraduate courses on Chinese Studies and area of specialization
  • Demonstrated ability or potential to work effectively with a diverse undergraduate student population that often work full-time, have families, and encompass different racial, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds
  • Demonstrated ability or potential to provide service to the program, such as curriculum development, assessment, and program review
  • Demonstrated ability or potential for research accomplishments in area of specialization
  • Demonstrated ability or potential to mentor and advise majors and minors from diverse backgrounds
  • Interest in working collaboratively with other cluster hire members on projects related to anti-Asian racism and violence


  • Demonstrated ability or potential to develop courses in Asian Studies (including pan-, comparative, transnational, or Global Asia courses)
  • Demonstrated sub-competencies in other areas of Asia, particularly greater China and the Chinese diaspora
  • Demonstrated ability or potential for administrative responsibilities (committee service, event planning, etc.)
  • Demonstrated ability or potential to develop partnerships with campus communities as well as local and international communities



Review of applications will begin November 18, 2022; position open until filled. 

Applicant materials must include:

  1. Cover Letter highlighting teaching and research interests.  Please also discuss your interest/experience in working with others across disciplines on anti-Asian racism and violence.  
  2. Curriculum vitae (CV)
  3. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  4. Evidence of Teaching Effectiveness (e.g., syllabi, course evaluations)
  5. Statement of scholarly interests
  6. Writing Sample
  7. Diversity statement on commitment to and experience working with a diverse student body and community, and promoting the values of equity and inclusion
  8. Unofficial Transcripts indicating degree required for position
  9. Three (3) references (Letters of recommendation will be solicited when candidates advance to the latter stages of interviewing).

For any questions, please contact the Search Committee Chair, Dr. June Hee Kwon, Asian Studies Program,

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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A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with California State University, Sacramento. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current California State University, Sacramento employees who apply for the position.

COVID-19 Vaccine Certification Information:

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

Out of State Employment

Per CSU-wide policy (HR2021-04), all faculty who will begin initial employment (or return from a 12-month break in service) on or after January 1, 2022 are required to perform their work from within the State of California. Faculty hired prior to January 1, 2022 must be available to perform work in the State of California if their assignment is in-person.

Eligibility Verification
Candidate will be required to provide official transcripts of their highest degree earned and must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.. California State University, Sacramento is a sponsoring agency ( ie. H-1-B Visa).

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