Africana Studies Faculty Positions

Department of Africana Studies

College of Ethnic Studies
San Francisco State University

Position title: 

Associate or Full Professor and Department Chair

Start date:

August, 2020


The Department of Africana Studies has recently celebrated its fiftieth anniversary. This vibrant department includes eight tenured/tenure track faculty and fifteen faculty lecturers.
The Africana Studies Department (originally Black Studies) was established in the Fall of 1969, as part of the College of Ethnic Studies, after the longest student strike in the history of the United States. From November 1968 through April 1969 the Black Student Union, the Third World Liberation Front, select staff and faculty, and members from the larger Bay Area community, organized and led a series of actions against systematic discrimination. The College of Ethnic Studies was created as a response to the demands of students as well as community members who called for the creation of academic programs that address the experiences and histories of under-served communities in the San Francisco Bay Area. SF State’s Africana Studies department is the first department of its kind on any four-year college campus. The mission of Africana Studies is to advance academic excellence, social responsibility and cultural grounding.


Commensurate with qualifications and experience. The CSU provides generous
health, retirement and other benefits.

Position Summary:

The position is Chair in the Africana Studies Department in the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University.

The position includes a full-time faculty workload per the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the California State University and the California Faculty Association. The primary work assignment is as Department Chair; teaching responsibilities will be one course per semester, either in the major core or in their area of experience; conducting an active ongoing program of scholarship that advances knowledge in the field of one’s specialty; and service contributions to the department, college and the university.


The position requires the management of instructional and operational budgets; development of class schedules and faculty teaching assignments (averaging 50 sections per semester); promotion and maintenance of high standards of instruction; development of innovative new curricula; management of a multidisciplinary unit; and care of existing and future programs.

All Africana Studies faculty engage in teaching, mentoring and advising undergraduate and graduate students in Africana Studies; service to College and University committees; active ongoing scholarship in areas of their specialty.

Additional responsibilities include, but are not limited to: advocating for faculty and the department; acting as liaison between the department and the Dean; building consensus using ideas of shared governance; developing and implementing standards for a respectful and professional work environment; providing guidance and mentorship for probationary faculty; and remaining current in both subject area and teaching methodologies. 

Essential Job Tasks:

  • Managing the department budgets
  • Developing and implementing standards for a respectful and professional work environment
  • Creating Academic Course schedules for (minimum 50 sections per semester)
  • Providing support for probationary faculty including advising, mentoring, and guidance with strategies for growth and academic success
  • Overseeing faculty revision of the major and minor programs, including evaluating and revising curricula, course content, course materials, and methods of instruction,
  • Conducting Retention, Tenure, and Promotion (RTP) Reviews for tenured/tenure-track faculty (8), according to the calendar developed by the office of Faculty Affairs
  • Conducting regular evaluations of lecturer faculty (15) according to stipulations of the collective bargaining agreement
  • Supervising staff, including full-time Academic Unit Coordinator and 1-2 work-study students, and working with the professional advising staff of the College of Ethnic Studies’ Student Engagement Center
  • Holding regular office hours for to meet with students.
  • Consulting regularly with the Dean of the College of Ethnic Studies and representing the department with university administrators.
  • Additional duties as assigned by the Dean of the College of Ethnic Studies

Application Process:

Submit the following materials via email to by January 20, 2020 and please list search # 26.19 in your subject heading. 1) Letter of intent describing leadership experience and vision for Africana Studies; 2) current CV; 3) statement on how your teaching and scholarship align with the commitment of the Africana Studies Department to foster an inclusive and diverse academic community; 4) sample of scholarly writing; and 5) contact information of three references. Letters of recommendation upon request at a later date.

Review of applications will begin on January 20th and continue until the position is filled

San Francisco State is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, National origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the Senior Human Resources Manager.