Assistant Professor - Communication, Performance, and Race in the United States and/or Transnational Context(s)

San Francisco State University

San Francisco State University, Department of Communication Studies offers an exciting opportunity for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Communication, Performance, and Race in the United States and/or transnational context(s) beginning August 2022. We invite scholars who use Critical Race Theory; Postcolonial Studies; Black, Blacktino, ChicanX, or LatinX performance; Mestiza Consciousness; African, African American, Indigenous, Middle Eastern, Pacific Islander, or South Asian Studies; and Intersectionality or Settler Colonialism frameworks. We are especially interested in qualified candidates with a demonstrated commitment -- through their scholarship/creative work, teaching, and service -- to anti-racism, inclusion, diversity, educational equity, and academic excellence.

The Department of Communication Studies at San Francisco State University is the second largest department in the College of Liberal & Creative Arts and the third-largest department at the university. The department has a proud 40-year legacy in Performance Studies, which this position will help to continue. Students, staff, and faculty affirm social justice and anti-racism and work to create an environment that celebrates diversity and intellectual work across paradigms, interests, and disciplines. Faculty in the department provide unique leadership across the Communication Studies discipline.

The mission of San Francisco State University is to create and maintain an environment for learning that promotes respect for and appreciation of scholarship, freedom, human diversity, and the cultural mosaic of the City of San Francisco and the Bay Area; to promote excellence in instruction and intellectual accomplishment; and to provide broadly accessible higher education for residents of the region and state, as well as the nation and world. To fulfill its mission, the University is committed to the following goals:

• Attracting, retaining and graduating a highly diverse student body;

• Providing disciplinary and interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional education that is academically rigorous and intellectually challenging;

• Providing curricula that reflect all dimensions of human diversity, and that encourage critical thinking and a commitment to social justice;

• Recruiting, retaining and supporting a diverse faculty whose teaching demonstrates an active engagement with their individual fields of study and whose creative and scholarly work is an extension of the classroom, laboratory or studio;

• Employing a staff and administration reflecting the diversity of our student community and the values of the campus;

• Fostering a collegial and cooperative intellectual environment that includes recognition and appreciation of differing viewpoints and promotes academic freedom within the

• University community; and

• Serving the communities with which its students and faculty are engaged.

Responsibilities: The position requires graduate and undergraduate teaching in courses in the area of performance studies, for example: performance and identity; ensemble performance; performance art; aesthetic communication criticism; performance and feminism; and performative methods in communication; mentoring and advising graduate and undergraduate students; developing an active ongoing scholarship program and/or program of creative work in one’s area of specialty; and ongoing committee and service assignments.



• Ph.D. or equivalent degree in Communication Studies or directly related discipline from an accredited program. Terminal degree must be completed by the first day of employment;

• Record of working and communicating effectively with colleagues and students.


• Record of working in Communication, Performance and Race in the United States and/or transnational contexts.

• Record of teaching contributions in the areas of Communication Studies, and Performance, and Race;

• Active record of scholarship and/or creative activity related to specialty area;

• Demonstrated ability to incorporate anti-racism, inclusion, diversity, and educational equity in teaching, scholarship/creative work and service activities;

• Experience teaching and working closely with students from historically underrepresented communities;

• Record of contributing to supportive and collaborative work environments.

Rank and salary: Assistant Professor. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. The California State University (CSU) provides generous health, retirement and other benefits.

Application Procedure

A complete online application must be submitted to receive consideration. Priority will be given to applications received by December 6, 2021. To apply, please go to to begin the application process and upload the following materials:

1. Letter of intent/Cover letter (relating your experience to the required qualifications)

2. Current Curriculum Vitae

3. Three Letters of Recommendation

4. An anti-racism and diversity statement that is no more than 500 words that provides an understanding of your capabilities to address racism and diversity in support of SFSU’s diverse student and community populations. Please discuss how you have addressed anti-racism and diversity in your teaching, scholarship/creative activity, and service.

Evidence of scholarship and/or creative portfolio, teaching materials, and teaching philosophy upon request at a later date.

Please direct all questions about the position to Search Committee Co-Chairs, Drs. Gust Yep ( and Christopher Koenig (

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 system-wide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to

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. Additional information on the requirements for new hires may be found at the Human Resources web page (

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