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Assistant Professor, Asian-Pacific Studies

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

Assistant Professor

Department of Asian-Pacific Studies

College of Arts & Humanities

Position Description

The Department of  Asian-Pacific Studies at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) invites applications for a Tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor (Academic Year) with the appointment starting in Fall 2023.

At CSUDH, we celebrate and respect diversity in all forms that include every race, religion, gender, ethnicity, veterans, people with varied abilities, and members of the LGBTQ+ community. CSUDH is seeking applications from candidates who can demonstrate experience in teaching and working with individuals from diverse backgrounds and contribute to the University’s mission, vision, and core values.

For more information: Mission, Vision, and Core Values.

The Department of Asian-Pacific Studies

Asian-Pacific Studies is an interdisciplinary department that offers a major and minor in the study of Asian and Pacific Islander societies and cultures, emphasizing a transnational perspective, housed in the College of Arts and Humanities.  The major and minor in Asian-Pacific Studies are designed for students seeking to either complement their studies of other civilizations and cultures or to pursue graduate study, Foreign Service, international business, teaching careers, or work in health science fields and community services. It is structured to provide an understanding of the social, political, and cultural aspects of Asia and the Pacific region through courses in Asian and Pacific history, politics, art, literature, language, popular culture, and philosophy. It also provides an understanding of the transnational connections between the Asian Pacific region and Asian American and Pacific Islander communities as well as the history and contemporary issues of Asian American and Pacific Islander populations.

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The Position

The Asian-Pacific Studies Department at California State University at Dominguez Hills seeks applicants for a tenure-track position in Asian-Pacific Studies at the Assistant Professor level beginning in Fall 2023.  Asian-Pacific Studies is an interdisciplinary department that offers a major and minor in the College of Arts and Humanities.  The areas of expertise of the candidates are open within the humanities and social sciences as long as their research complements current departmental strengths in Asian and Pacific Islander American Studies and emphasizes the experiences of Pacific Islanders.  Expertise in Pacific Islander Americans will be preferred, but expertise in Pacific Islanders and/or Asians in Oceania will be considered.  Specialty in one or more of the following theoretical frameworks would be a plus: transnationalism, diaspora, Critical Race theory, decolonization, cultural studies, folklore, intersectionality of race, gender, class, etc. and/or social justice activism. The individual is expected to teach existing courses in the Asian and Pacific Islander American Studies concentration, which include GE courses as well as introductory and advanced-level courses in the major and minor.


The successful candidate will teach major courses and undergraduate GE at both the introductory and advanced levels and develop new courses in Asian-Pacific studies based on the individual’s expertise.  Additional responsibilities include advising and mentoring Asian-Pacific studies majors and minors, serving on appropriate department, college, and university committees, and being involved in organizing the department’s social and cultural activities.  The candidate will be expected to demonstrate an active and current scholarship agenda and engage in community outreach.


Required Qualifications

  • Applicants must have experience in teaching undergraduates from diverse age, socioeconomic, cultural, and academic backgrounds.
  • Ph.D. (well-qualified doctoral candidates will be considered; all requirements for degree conferral must be completed before start of appointment.  ABDs must indicate their anticipated degree completion date)
  • Background in Pacific Islander American Studies, Asian American Studies, Ethnic Studies or related fields
  • Qualified to teach GE courses and both introductory and advanced-level courses
  • Demonstrate a commitment to undergraduate teaching and mentoring with ongoing or potential research projects that can foster student involvement and career opportunities
  • A record of scholarly excellence evidenced by publication record

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in community outreach is preferred
  • One or more years of independent teaching is preferred

Employment Requirement

Background Check

Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment.  CSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information.  Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position. 

CSU COVID-19 Vaccination Interim Policy

The California State University (CSU) is committed to safeguarding the health and well-being of our students, faculty, staff, administrators, and the communities we serve, as well as maintaining higher education access and attainment for our students, as such, we embrace a comprehensive strategy designed to reduce the likelihood of transmission of the COVID-19 virus.  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 if eligible.  Any candidate advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The system-wide policy can be found at: CSU COVID-19 Vaccinations Policy.

 Questions about the COVID-19 Vaccination Policy may be sent to .

Additional Information

The Assistant Professor (Academic Year) classification salary range is $5,405 to $11,994 per month (12 monthly payments per academic year); salary for this position will be commensurate with experience and current CSUDH faculty salaries in the academic department/discipline. Faculty salaries are subject to budgetary authorization and any California State University System faculty contract increases. Summer research grants, moving expenses, start‐up funds, and a reduced teaching load may be available. An excellent comprehensive benefits package is available that includes: health/vision/dental plans; spouse, domestic partner and dependent fee‐waiver; access to campus child‐care; and a defined‐benefit retirement through the state system along with optional tax sheltering opportunities. For a detailed description of benefits, please visit:

Mandated Reporter Per CANRA

The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA) and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083, revised December 24, 2021, as a condition of employment.

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The position is open until filled. Review of applications will begin in January 2023. For full consideration, please submit your completed application with the required materials no later than January 15, 2023.

  • Current Curriculum Vitae with contact information
  • Cover letter
  • Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (2 pages maximum)*
  • List of 3 references with contact information**
  • Unofficial transcripts (an official transcript will be required for the finalist)**
  • A Statement on Teaching (2 pages maximum)
  • A Statement on Research (2 pages maximum)
  • Sample Publications or Evidence of Creative/Scholarly Activity
  • Teaching Evaluations (if available)

*Given CSUDH’s commitment to diversity and inclusion for all students, faculty, staff, and administrators, describe your individual commitment and experiences in advancing diversity and inclusion and how they relate to your future teaching and research.

**This position requires three letters of recommendation (LORs). Please do not upload your LORs with your application. Your list of references will be notified at the appropriate time during the search process. They will receive a request via email along with information on uploading the LOR. You will be able to verify that each letter has been received by CSUDH by logging back into your applicant portal.

**For finalist with International transcripts, a United States Equivalency certification will be required.

A United States (US) Equivalency certification is required for earned/awarded/conferred foreign terminal degrees, which is from a foreign Academic Institution for foreign studies. The US Equivalency certification is used to validate foreign studies from an academic credential evaluation agency and is evaluated on foreign studies and deemed to be equivalent to degrees from the United States. The certification must translate the information in English, and confirm that your highest terminal degree is US Equivalent to a US terminal degree (i.e., Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctorate’s, Doctor’s of Philosophy). The certification can be emailed to or mailed directly to the office of Faculty Affairs and Development, 1000 East Victoria Street, WH-368, Carson, CA 90747.

If you have questions regarding the position, please contact:

Dr. Jung-Sun Park

Search Committee Chair

CSU, Dominguez Hills

1000 East Victoria Street, (LCH B-306)

Carson, CA  90747


Closing Statement

CSUDH is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.  We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.

For more information: U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Individuals with disabilities requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may call the Human Resources’ Office (310) 243-3771.

Clery Act crime statistics for CSUDH are available at Campus Security Report (Clery), or by calling University Police at (310) 243-3639.

Upon appointment, all candidates must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.

The California State University is Smoke and Tobacco Free.  Smoking, Vaping and other Tobacco use are Not Permitted anywhere on University property.  Education Code 42356, CCR Title 5, Article 9.

For more information see: Smoke & Tobacco-Free


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