Assistant Professor, Critical Communication Pedagogy, Communication Studies Department

San Francisco State University

Assistant Professor, Critical Communication Pedagogy, Communication Studies Department

Job No: 520598

Work Type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track

Location: San Francisco

Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Letters/Humanities, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time

San Francisco State University, Department of Communication Studies offers an exciting opportunity for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Critical Communication Pedagogy beginning August 9, 2023. We seek a colleague whose teaching and research interests include a commitment to intersectional antiracist communication pedagogies in addition to one or more of the following areas: communication education; educational equity; instructional design; writing pedagogies; community responsive pedagogies; decolonial pedagogies; disability justice and access-centered pedagogies; performance pedagogies; and/or social justice informed assessment. We are especially interested in qualified candidates with a demonstrated commitment to integrating underrepresented populations and communities in scholarship and/or creative activity, to teaching and mentoring underrepresented students, and to contributing to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through service.

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. 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.


The position requires graduate and undergraduate teaching in Critical Communication Pedagogy; mentoring and advising graduate and undergraduate students; developing an active ongoing scholarship program or program of creative work in one's area of specialty; and ongoing committee and service assignments.



• Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree in Communication Studies or related field 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


• Demonstrated commitment in both teaching contributions and scholarly or creative practice in the area of Critical Communication Pedagogy, including introducing communication studies to upper and lower division university students at multiple levels of experience, working with graduate students on teaching practice and teaching portfolio development for the culminating experience, and supporting student development of written and oral communication.

• Active record of scholarship related to intersectional antiracist communication pedagogies (for instance, but not limited to: justice-centered pedagogy and the study of social inequality; Indigenous pedagogies; transnational pedagogies; Critical Black pedagogies, Critical Latinx pedagogies; Critical African pedagogies; Critical Asian pedagogies) in addition to one or more of the following areas: communication education; educational equity; instructional design; writing pedagogies; community responsive pedagogies; decolonial pedagogies; disability justice and access-centered pedagogies; performance pedagogies; and/or social justice informed assessment.

• Experience with designing, leading, and assessing faculty development for teachers at multiple levels of experience, including Graduate Teaching Associates (GTAs), with a focus on student success, retention, and equity.

• Demonstrated ability to incorporate inclusion, diversity, and educational equity in teaching, and/or scholarship/creative works

• Experience teaching and working closely with students from historically under-represented 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. To apply, please upload the following materials:

1. Cover letter (relating your experience to the required qualifications)

2. Curriculum vitae

3. A statement that is no more than 500 words that describes your demonstrated commitment to antiracist critical communication pedagogies throughout your scholarly and instructional work in support of SFSU's diverse student and community populations.

Letters of Recommendation, sample of scholarly papers, teaching philosophy, description of research interests may be requested at a later date. Application review begins December 5, 2022, continues until filled.

Please direct all questions about the position to search committee Co-Chairs, Dr. Christina Sabee( and Dr. 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 systemwide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to

Thank you for your interest in employment with California State University (CSU). CSU is a state entity whose business operations reside within the State of California. Because of this, CSU prohibits hiring employees to perform CSU-related work outside of California with very limited exception. While this position may be eligible for occasional telework, all work is expected to be performed in the state of California, and this position is assigned to on-campus operations.

San Francisco State is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action 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. We strongly encourage the application of individuals from historically underrepresented groups. 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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