CSU Los Angeles: Associate Professor of Sociology, with an emphasis on Race/Ethnicity and Intersectional Critical Race Theory



Department of Sociology

Tenure-Track Faculty Position

College of Natural and Social Sciences

Associate Professor (with tenure) of Sociology, with an emphasis on Race/Ethnicity and Intersectional Critical Race Theory

Starting Date:

August 19, 2021, subject to negotiation

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Doctorate degree in Sociology or a closely related discipline from an accredited institution is required. At the time of appointment, tenure must have been granted from another accredited degree granting
  • Evidence of an active, established scholarly agenda in the area of emphasis on race/ethnicity and intersectional critical race
  • Evidence of successful and effective teaching at the undergraduate and graduate
  • Demonstrated ability to mentor students from underrepresented and first-generation backgrounds and supervise student research.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated commitment to community-based scholarship within, and in partnership with, Black
  • Evidence of service in an academic institution and the
  • Demonstrated commitment to holistic, compassionate, and empowering approaches to pedagogy (e.g. Freirean pedagogies, Black feminist/womanist pedagogies, asset-based approaches, etc.).
  • Direct experience as a community-engaged teacher-scholar.


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

The Sociology Department invites applications for a tenured Associate Professor in sociology with an emphasis on race/ethnicity and intersectional critical race theory, and on (US and/or diasporic) Black communities, Black-led social movements, and/or anti-Black violence, systemic inequities, and racial disparities. We are especially interested in candidates with pedagogical/andragogical commitments to racial and social justice.

The successful candidate will be committed to the academic success of all of our students and to an environment that acknowledges, encourages, and celebrates diversity and differences. To this end, the successful candidate will work effectively, respectfully, and collaboratively in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings. In addition, the successful candidate will be ready to join faculty, staff, students, and administrators in our University’s shared commitment to the principles of engagement, service, and the public good.


Initial salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The University:

California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA) is one of 23 campuses within the California State University system. The University is the premier comprehensive public university in the heart of Los Angeles. Cal State LA is ranked number one in the U.S. for the upward mobility of its students, and is dedicated to engagement, service, and the public good. We offer nationally recognized programs in science, the arts, business, criminal justice, engineering, nursing, education, ethnic studies, and the humanities. Our faculty have a strong commitment to scholarship, research, creative pursuits, community engagement, and service.

Our 240,000 alumni reflect the City and County’s dynamic mix of populations. The University has one of the most diverse student populations of any college or university in the nation. As a federally recognized Hispanic-Serving Institution, and Asian-American, Native American, and Pacific Islander-Serving Institution, Cal State LA recognizes the transformative power of education and embraces its duty to identify and serve the needs of all of its students. The University is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can live, work and learn in an atmosphere of civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual.

The College:

The College of Natural and Social Sciences is committed to programs of academic excellence in the fields of natural and social sciences that provide access and opportunity for a uniquely diverse student body. The College of NSS reflects a diversity of disciplines through its inclusion of 12 departments and interdisciplinary programs that serve nearly 6,000 undergraduate majors and over 500 graduate students. Our outstanding faculty and staff are committed to creating educational experiences for students that utilize and generate knowledge that is culturally responsive and inclusive and to facilitating the development of the next generation of leaders in their varying fields.

The Department:

The Department of Sociology has the largest number of undergraduate majors on campus (over 1,000) and a vibrant M.A. degree program. Over the last decade, Sociology has grown significantly and continues to innovate its curriculum and deepen its commitment to community engagement, civic learning, public sociology, and social justice. Department faculty are collaborative with one another and with scholars in related disciplines across departments and colleges at Cal State LA. Sociology students pursue a variety of paths in academia, social work, public service, and community organizing as a result of their sociology education at Cal State LA.

Required Documentation:                                                           Please submit the following to the Search Committee Chair at the email address below:

  • A cover letter specifically addressing minimum and preferred
  • A narrative statement describing your commitment to working effectively with faculty, staff, and students in a multicultural/multiethnic urban campus environment with a substantial population of students who are among the first-generation of their family to attend a college or university.
  • A curriculum
  • A list of three professional
  • A University Application for Employment Form (calstatela.edu/academic/position).

Finalists will be required to submit:

Official transcripts. Verification of tenure

Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States.


Review of applications will begin June 20, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

Please email all application materials in a single PDF to: race_ethnicity@calstatela.edu. Please type “Sociology Associate Professor Application” in the subject line.

Please address all questions to the search committee chair (Molly Talcott) at: race_ethnicity@calstatela.edu or 323- 343-2200.

Note: 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.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily 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.

In addition to meeting fully its obligations under federal and state law, Cal State LA is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can live, work and learn in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual. To that end, all qualified individuals will receive equal consideration without regard to economic status, race, ethnicity, color, religion, marital status, pregnancy, national origin or cultural background, political views, sex, sexual orientation, gender identification, age, disability, disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran status.


Upon request, reasonable accommodation will be provided to individuals with protected disabilities to (a) complete the employment process and (b) perform essential job functions when this does not cause undue hardship.