San Diego State University: Assistant Professor, Sociology of Race and Ethnicity

VPAA#: 2023/24-02           

Assistant Professor: Sociology of Race and Ethnicity

The Department of Sociology at San Diego State University invites applications for a tenure-track (assistant professor) position in the area of Sociology of Race and Ethnicity with a focus on Latinx and/or Black communities in the United States, to begin Fall 2023. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in Sociology or a related field by the time of appointment. We seek candidates with a strong record in teaching effectiveness and scholarly achievement/productivity (relative to career stage). Strong preference will be given to those with expertise in critical race theory, intersectionality, and other contemporary theories of race and ethnicity. We prefer candidates who show a commitment to teaching a variety of courses at the undergraduate and graduate level and who have experience working with underrepresented students. We further seek a scholar with evidence of commitment to community-based, anti-racist work.

The Department of Sociology offers the minor, BA, and MA degrees in Sociology. See this website for more information. 

Interested candidates should apply online via Interfolio. Submit the following materials at

  1. CV;
  2. a letter of application (up to 3 pages) describing teaching experience and philosophy, research interests, and pertinent service experience;
  3. a diversity statement (up to 2 pages, including two out of eight BIE criteria);
  4. a writing sample; and
  5. three letters of recommendations.

Review of applications will begin September 16 (Friday).   

We are seeking applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups. Candidates must satisfy two or more of the eight Building on Inclusive Excellence (BIE) criteria. Candidates that meet BIE criteria:

(a) are committed to engaging in service with underrepresented populations within the discipline, (b) have demonstrated knowledge of barriers for underrepresented students and faculty within the discipline, (c) have experience or have demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentoring underrepresented students, (d) have experience or have demonstrated commitment to integrating understanding of underrepresented populations and communities into research, (e) have experience in or have demonstrated commitment to extending knowledge of opportunities and challenges in achieving artistic/scholarly success to members of an underrepresented group, (f) have experience in or have demonstrated commitment to research that engages underrepresented communities, (g) have expertise or demonstrated commitment to developing expertise in cross-cultural communication and collaboration, and/or (h) have research interests that contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education. Please indicate in a separate diversity statement how you meet at least two (2) of these criteria. Additional guidance on our BIE program for applicants is here.

Please indicate how you meet at least two of these criteria in your diversity statement.

SDSU is the oldest institution of higher education in the San Diego region, with a campus and microsites in San Diego and locations in Southern California’s Imperial Valley and Tbilisi in the Republic of Georgia. The highly diverse campus community has a student population of approximately 36,000. SDSU is included in the Carnegie Foundation’s Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity category. Established in 1897, SDSU offers bachelor degrees in 97 areas, masters in 84 and doctorates in 23. See for more information. SDSU is a large, diverse, urban university and Hispanic-Serving Institution with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Our campus community is diverse in many ways, including race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, pregnancy, medical condition, and covered veteran status. We strive to build and sustain a welcoming environment for all.

As part of its commitment to a safe and equitable “OneSDSU” community, SDSU requires that individuals seeking faculty employment provide at the time of application authorization to conduct background checks if they become a finalist for the position; applications without this authorization will be considered incomplete and not considered.

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

The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

SDSU is a Title IX, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.