CSU Sacramento: Tenure-track Assistant Professor, Transnational Asian and Asian-American Studies (Sociology)

Job no: 519316
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: College of Social Sciences & Interdisciplinary Studies


POSITION TITLE: Tenure-track Faculty – Transnational Asian and Asian-American Studies (Sociology)


The Sociology Department at Sacramento State is one of the largest departments at the University with approximately 15 tenure-track faculty and 22 lecturers who serve over 900 undergraduate majors and more than 30 graduate students. Our faculty specialize in a broad range of sociological topics that cohere with an intersectional, a global, and a social justice focus. The faculty prioritize teaching while also engaging in scholarship and service. Our undergraduate program provides students a well-rounded education in sociology and strong preparation for those who seek advanced study in sociology. Our graduate program provides advanced theoretical and methodological skills that prepare students for Ph. D programs or professions that value research and critical analytical skills.

California State University Sacramento (CSUS) highly values diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).  Over the years, CSUS staff and faculty have formed Employee Affinity Groups (EAG) to help connect individuals globally and from historically marginalized or underrepresented groups (https://www.csus.edu/division-inclusive-excellence/employee-affinity-groups/about.html).  As a university with an Antiracism and Inclusive Mission and Campus Plan, CSUS engages in impactful dialogue and events regarding frameworks and processes to prevent racism, exclusion, and bias (https://www.csus.edu/diversity-inclusion/antiracism-inclusive-campus-plan.html).  Aligned with CSUS, the Sociology Department is particularly interested in receiving applications from qualified people committed to a praxis characterized by the demonstrated ability to work with a diverse student population and advance the University’s DEI goals, as well as the Department’s intersectional, global, and social justice efforts; the Sociology Department also has strong collaborative relationships with other campus programs, including Ethnic Studies Department and Asian Studies Program. 


The Sociology Department is seeking applicants for a full-time tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor rank with teaching, research, and community service experiences/interest that aligns with Asian and Asian-American Studies. 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 Sociology, Asian Studies and Ethnic Studies (Asian American Studies) 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 the issues both in the United States and/or globally. 


  • Teaching courses in the curriculum and proposing courses relevant to Asian Societies and Asian-American communities in the US and the region; 
  • Teaching and developing undergraduate/graduate core courses (https://catalog.csus.edu/colleges/social-sciences-interdisciplinary-studies/sociology/#coursestext);  
  • Advising undergraduate and graduate students on the major, degree, general education, and graduation requirements;  
  • Engaging in creative and scholarly activities, such as professional forums, conference presentations, publications, applied research, and grant writing;  
  • Supervising undergraduate and graduate student research and/or internship courses (e.g., SOC 195, SOC 199, SOC 295, SOC 299, soc SOC 500);   
  • Addressing the needs of diverse student populations through development of highly effective course materials, teaching strategies, and recruitment;  
  • Providing service to the campus, department, and the community, such as serving on university and department committees or consulting with non-profit organizations;
  • Work as a cooperative member in the program and on campus, including on projects/events with the cluster cohort; and   
  • Mentoring historically underrepresented and underserved students.


  • Must have a PhD. A PhD in Sociology is preferred, but the Department will consider PhDs in closely related fields (ABD applicants will be considered, but PhDs must be completed by January 2024).     
  • Ability to teach and develop classes with the intersectional and transnational perspectives, including subjects that contribute to the understanding of global social justice, Asian and Asian-American cultures and economic policies, immigration, anti-Asian racism and violence, and intersectional issues of gender, race, class, and nationalities/citizenship/culture.
  • Evidence of culturally competent and responsive teaching, scholarly activities, and/or service that responds to student struggles or concerns from a social justice and transnational perspective.  
  • Demonstrated ability to teach or interest in teaching our existing courses such as Asian societies (see other existing courses at https://catalog.csus.edu/colleges/social-sciences-interdisciplinary-studies/sociology/ba-in-sociology/).
  • Demonstrated ability to teach or interest in teaching and developing new courses related to sociology of immigration and globalization, and contemporary social, economic, technological, and cultural issues facing Asian countries, US, and Asian-American communities in the US
  • Interested in working collaboratively with faculty on projects on the topic of anti-Asian racism and violence.
  • Demonstrated ability to teach, or interest in teaching, one or more required core courses for the major, such as Sociological Theory, Research Methods, or Statistics.


  • Prior experiences teaching in higher education. 
  • Experience teaching, advising, and working with students with diverse life experiences and cultural backgrounds, including first generation college students, immigrant/refugee/undocumented students, students with immigrant/refugee parents, and/or international students.
  • Scholarship and/or service with an emphasis on Asian Societies and Asian-American communities in the US.   
  • Experience communicating effectively with ethnically and culturally diverse communities and integrating diversity issues into curriculum. 
  • Innovative teaching and ability to enhance instruction and student success through use of inclusive pedagogical strategies. 
  • Experiences with global and local Asian and Asian-American communities and languages.


Review of applications will begin Oct 24, and position open until filled. 

Applications are only accepted through the Sacramento State jobs website located at https://careers.csus.edu/

Applicants must submit the following materials:  

1) a letter of application including teaching and advising experiences and scholarly interests. Please discuss also how you have focused on or your interest/experience in working with others across disciplines on anti-Asian racism and violence.  

2) unofficial graduate transcripts;  

3) a current curriculum vita;  

4) a diversity statement that demonstrates experiences working with, teaching, and/or serving historically underrepresented, first-generation college students, and reflects the candidate’s commitment and willingness to engage in activities that advance our campus equity, diversity, and inclusion goals, as well as our department’s intersectional and social justice focus. 

5) evidence of teaching effectiveness such as teaching evaluations, course syllabi, etc.;

Optional: if possible, include your syllabi of Asian Studies-related courses (and/or syllabi of courses/required core courses taught in our department). 

In addition, please provide names and contact information of three references.        

Additional materials may be requested at a later date. 

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 successdiversity, equity and inclusioncommunity engagementphilanthropy, 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 https://calstate.policystat.com/policy/9779821/latest/.

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).

Advertised: September 28, 2022 (9:00 AM) Pacific Daylight Time
Applications close: Open Until Filled