San Jose? State University – San Jose?, California POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT Subject to Budgetary Approval
Department: African American Studies Job ID (JOID): 25261 Specialization: African American Studies/Africana Studies/Black Studies Rank: Department Chair
QUALIFICATIONS The Department of African American Studies invites applications for the position of Department Chair at the level of Associate or Full Professor with a specialization in the social sciences and preferred interest in African American Studies, Africana Studies or Black Studies. We seek someone with broad interdisciplinary training within the discipline of African American/Africana/Black Studies. Required qualifications include a Ph.D. (or equivalent) from an accredited institution at the start of the appointment; a commitment to and demonstrated teaching excellence and research productivity, as might be demonstrated through peer- reviewed publications or presentations; excellent communication and interpersonal skills; and a commitment to program development. Desired qualifications include a terminal degree in African American, Africana, African Diaspora or Black Studies, strong record of teaching excellence, experience in program development, and a record of research productivity as demonstrated through peer-reviewed publications and presentations. Applicants should demonstrate awareness of and sensitivity to educational goals of a multicultural population as might have been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching, and other comparable experience.
Additionally, applicants should possess administrative/managerial experiences in higher education that may include (but is not limited to) supervising office staff; managing budgets; developing, organizing, and maintaining programs; conducting program assessments; and advising students.
RESPONSIBILITIES As department chair, the successful candidate is expected to lead the department through a period of major changes both at SJSU and in planning practice. One such task will be to strengthen and develop the existing degree program, including identifying collaboration opportunities with academic programs across the university and with external partners. In addition, the successful candidate will perform the administrative duties regularly assigned to department chairs at SJSU, such as scheduling courses, hiring faculty, managing the department budget, assessing program outcomes, and responding to student and faculty complaints. The chair, like all department faculty, is expected to teach core classes, maintain an active research agenda, and engage in service activities. The successful candidate must address the needs of a student population of great diversity—in age, cultural background, ethnicity, primary language and academic preparation—through course materials, teaching strategies, and advisement.
SALARY RANGE: Commensurate with qualifications and experience
START DATE: August 1, 2020
ELIGIBILITY: Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States
APPLICATION PROCEDURE: For full consideration, please submit your application with the following materials at
Names and contact information of at least three references who have agreed to write letters on your behalf.
Please direct inquiries to Dr. Magdalena Barrera, Chair of Recruitment Committee (firstname.lastname@example.org), and include Job Opening ID (JOID) 25261 on all correspondence.
THE DEPARTMENT The Department of African American Studies aims to provide students throughout the University with critical, interdisciplinary, and specialized knowledge about African and African American populations and its communities. Our curriculum, programming, and scholarship examines, explores, and engages the intellectual traditions within the African Diaspora from multiple perspectives—historical, cultural, philosophical, political, social, and theoretical—in service to its students and society. Through collaboration and cooperation with community agencies and entities across the area and Black Studies scholars across the University and the city, the department of African American Studies aspires to become the premier center of research, scholarship, teaching and service for and about the African Diaspora in the Silicon Valley and the South Bay area. For further information, please visit our website at www.sjsu.edu/afam.
THE UNIVERSITY San José State University enrolls over 35,700 students, a significant percentage of whom are members of minority groups. As such, this position is for scholars interested in a career at a national leader in graduating URM students. SJSU is a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander (AANAPISI) Serving Institution; 40% of our students are first-generation, and 38% are Pell-qualified. The university is currently ranked fifth nationally in increasing student upward mobility. The University is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty so our disciplines, students, and the community can benefit from multiple ethnic and gender perspectives.
San Jose? State University is California’s oldest institution of public higher learning. Located in downtown San José (Pop. 1,000,000) in the heart of Silicon Valley, SJSU is part of one of the most innovative regions in the world. As Silicon Valley’s public university, SJSU combines dynamic teaching, research, and university-industry experiences to prepare students to address the biggest problems facing society. SJSU is a member of the 23- campus California State University (CSU) system.
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