Humboldt State University: Tenure-track Position in Cannabis Studies

Vacancy Announcement

Faculty Tenure-Track Position Starting August 2022

Cannabis Studies

JOB # 2223-21

 Humboldt State University is a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) that strives to foster an equitable and inclusive community that supports our students of diverse backgrounds. HSU is committed to achieving the goals of equal opportunity and endeavors to employ faculty and staff of the highest quality committed to working in a multicultural and multiracial community that reflects the diversity of the state.

DESCRIPTION: Humboldt State University’s Department of Sociology invites applications for an academic year tenure-track faculty position in Cannabis Studies (CS). Launching in August 2023, this interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts will be the first of its kind in the nation. The successful candidate has the potential to serve as Program Leader guiding the implementation of this exciting new major.                                                                                

Disciplinary and subarea expertise are open. The BA in Cannabis Studies includes a rigorous core of history, theory, and internship-based capstones. Major research methods requirements vary based on the concentration. Successful candidates must demonstrate training and expertise in cannabis policy and history, an active related research agenda, commitment to inclusive teaching excellence, and evidence of the ability to support diverse student communities on a variety of professional pathways.

While the major is interdisciplinary, the core curriculum emphasizes cannabis intersections with place, sustainability, and social justice. Students explore the historical, cultural, social, political, and legal contexts of cannabis through social and environmental justice frameworks. Program concentrations include Equity and Social Justice, and Environmental Stewardship, with elective offerings from many fields: Anthropology; Botany; Communication; Criminology & Justice Studies; Critical Race; Economics; Environmental Science & Management; Environmental Studies; Film; Forestry & Wildland Resources; Gender & Sexuality Studies; Geography; Geology; Geospatial Studies; History; Journalism & Mass Communication; Native American Studies; Politics; and Sociology.

HSU serves students from a broad range of cultural heritages, socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, abilities and orientations. The campus is working to eliminate the equity gaps through policy work, strategic planning, and development of dynamic, student-centered teaching practices. The ideal candidate will share the program, department, and campus commitment to the inclusive education of a racially and socioeconomically diverse student community, and supporting their degree and career success. We will prioritize applicants who demonstrate a nuanced understanding of diversity and equity in higher education. The successful candidate will also be committed to collaborating to that end with other faculty, classified staff, administrators, and students.

RANK, SALARY AND BENEFITS: We seek to fill this position at the Assistant Professor rank; however, rank and salary are dependent on the appointee’s qualifications and experience. The current California State University Salary Schedule is available at:

Humboldt State University provides an excellent benefits package for faculty. Information about benefits plans can be found at:

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS: A Ph.D. or equivalent from an accredited college or university is required at the time of appointment. As Cannabis Studies is an interdisciplinary major, the disciplinary background of candidates is open. However, candidates must evidence deep knowledge of cannabis policy and history, demonstrated experience collaborating with scholars across a range of disciplinary fields, and expertise in theoretical frameworks related to social justice, equity, and environmental stewardship.  An ABD will be considered if degree requirements are completed by August 2022.   

The successful candidate must demonstrate the following:

  • Teaching experience and/or strong potential for inclusive excellence in teaching;
  • Experience and/or commitment to promoting and fostering a campus community inclusive of people from diverse backgrounds; 
  • A commitment to undergraduate mentoring, collaboration, and advising;
  • Capacity for interdisciplinary collaborations with faculty and programs within and outside our college;
  • Evidence of strong professional networks across a range of cannabis related disciplinary fields;
  • Experience translating research into policy and program development;
  • A strong interest in program and curricular development.

Preferred qualifications for this position include:

  • Capacity to engage in grant writing activities; and
  • Interest in the development of online learning experiences and the use of online instructional technologies.

At the time of appointment, the successful candidate, if not a U.S. citizen, must have authorization from the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services to work in the United States. For information on the University policy on support for non-immigrant probationary faculty visa acquisition, please visit the Faculty Immigration Resources page:

Evidence of degree(s) is required at time of hire.

PROFESSIONAL DUTIES: Candidates should be committed to teaching excellence and to building a strong record of scholarship and creative activities. Duties will include ongoing development of teaching excellence and engaged pedagogies to support a range of possible instructional assignments such as: Introduction to Cannabis Studies, Humboldt and Cannabis, Global Cannabis, Cannabis and Social Equity, Cannabis Law and Public Policy, and/or Cannabis Regulatory and Environmental Requirements.  Instructional assignments will be consistent with the skills of the successful candidate and the programmatic needs of the program and students.

The primary professional responsibilities of instructional faculty members are: teaching; research, scholarship, and creative activity; and service to the university, profession and to the community. These responsibilities include: advising students, participation in campus and system-wide communities, maintaining office hours, working collaboratively and productively with colleagues, and participation in traditional academic functions.

Probationary faculty are provided ongoing mentorship to be a successful member of the faculty. During the first two years of the probationary period, teaching responsibilities will be reduced by one course (3-4 WTUs) each semester. The reduced teaching load supports the establishment of research, scholarship and/or creative activities required for retention, tenure, and promotion.

The successful candidate may have the opportunity to serve as Program Leader guiding major implementation and administration which would include the following duties: collaboration with admissions in marketing Cannabis Studies; building relationships with local and state policy makers and cannabis professionals to create capacity for research and student internships; coordinating course scheduling and building personnel pools; and partnering with career staff to build professional pathways for graduates.

GENERAL INFORMATION: The Department of Sociology offers several degree programs: a BA in Sociology, a BA in Criminology and Justice Studies, and an MA in Public Sociology. We are a growing Department of over 250 undergraduate and graduate students. We are one of the largest departments in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and one of the most diverse departments on campus. About two-thirds of the students in our programs identify as students of color, first-generation college students, and/or Pell Grant recipients. The MA program offers students two experience options: teaching sociology and practicing sociology. We enroll 25-30 graduate students annually with new cohorts of 8-12 joining the Department each year. For more information, please visit

HSU continues to build unique and innovative learning opportunities for students, bridging the sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities. We are a leader in creating “learning communities” that incorporate environmental and social responsibility, while building relationships between students, faculty, staff, administrators, and the community. These communities incorporate environmental and social responsibility.

HSU is built on the traditional homelands of the Wiyot people in what is currently called Arcata, CA. The Wiyot people call the area Goudi’ni (over in the woods). We live and study in close proximity to several thriving Native American tribes and communities. HSU has the largest percentage of Native American students in the CSU system and employs more than 30 Native American faculty and staff, many from local California Indian tribes. HSU is home to a number of leading Native American programs including the Indian Tribal Education and Personnel Program (ITEPP) and the Indian Natural Resource, Science and Engineering Program (INRSEP). The library Humboldt Room has fantastic resources for tribally focused archive materials from the region. We strive to build a supportive and inclusive community that engages with Native communities through initiatives and opportunities like the annual California Indian Big Time, Indigenous People’s Week, and the HSU Council of American Indian Faculty and Staff. For more information, please visit

APPLICATION: Qualified candidates should submit the following materials through Interfolio:

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  • Letter of Application;
  • Curriculum Vitae;
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy, include discussion of supporting historically marginalized and/or minoritized students and evidence of working to meet their specific needs;
  • DiversityStatement which includes the applicant’s understanding of the barriers facing Black, Indigenous, and other people of Color (BIPOC) in higher education and their past and/or future contributions to inclusive student success, including equitable access and outcomes through teaching and professional or public service. Applicants are encouraged to highlight any contributions they have made towards the inclusivity of students from the LGBTIQ+ community. (2-page limit)
  • Statement of Research Interests;
  • Student and Peer Course Evaluations from the last three years, if available;
  • Scholarly Writing Sample;
  • Syllabi for Relevant Courses (One or more for those taught or proposed);
  • Graduate Transcripts (Unofficial copies are sufficient for initial review);
  • Names and Contact Information for Three (3) Professional References.

 Please direct any questions pertaining to this position, the Program, or Humboldt State University to:

Dr. Tony Silvaggio, Search Committee Chair

Department of Sociology

Humboldt State University

One Harpst Street

Arcata, California 95521-8299

Phone: (707) 826-3139


 APPLICATION DEADLINE: This position is open until filled. First consideration will be given to completed applications received no later than January 23, 2022. Early response is encouraged.

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It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide complete and accurate employment information. Evidence of required degree(s), certifications(s), or license(s) will be required prior to the appointment date. A background check (including a criminal records check, employment verification, and education verification) must be completed satisfactorily as a condition of employment with the CSU. Certain positions may also require a credit check, motor vehicle report, and/or fingerprinting through Live Scan service. Adverse findings from a background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position. All CSU employees are obligated to respond to and report incidents of sexual harassment and sexual violence. Compliance with the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA) and CSU Executive Order 1083 Revised July 21, 2017 (EO 1083) is a condition of employment.  CSU employees in positions with duties that involve regular contact with children or positions which supervise such employees are designated as Mandated Reporters under CANRA and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in EO 1083.  Upon appointment to this position, the successful candidate(s) will be notified of and required to acknowledge their CANRA reporting status. New employees hired by the CSU for the first time who first become CalPERS members on or after July 1, 2017 are subject to a 10-year vesting period for retiree health and dental benefits.

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