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Job ID: Department Chair/Associate Professor/Professor, 26.19
Africana Studies
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Date Posted:
November 22, 2019
Closing Date:
Open until filled
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Faculty (Unit 3)
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San Francisco State University, Department of Africana Studies offers an excellent leadership opportunity as we search for a new Department Chair at the rank of Associate or Full Professor, beginning August 2020.

We seek a Department Chair with extensive administrative experience and a commitment to Black/Africana Studies and student success. We are especially interested in qualified candidates who can work with diverse faculty in a multidisciplinary department and who have a commitment to building on a strong foundation of fifty years of Africana Studies.

Research area is open: may include areas such as Africana Political Science, Black Economics, or Queer Black Studies.

The Africana Studies Department (originally Black Studies) was established in the Fall of 1969, as part of the College of Ethnic Studies, after the longest student strike in the history of the United States. From November 1968 through April 1969 the Black Student Union, the Third World Liberation Front, select staff and faculty, and members from the larger Bay Area community, organized and led a series of actions against systematic discrimination.

The College of Ethnic Studies was created as a response to the demands of students as well as community members who called for the creation of academic programs that address the experiences and histories of under-served communities in the San Francisco Bay Area. SF State’s Africana Studies department is the first department of its kind on any four-year college campus. The mission of Africana Studies is to advance academic excellence, social responsibility and cultural grounding.

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 Chair position requires the management of instructional and operational budgets; development of class schedules and faculty teaching assignments (approximately 50 sections per semester); review of full time and part-time faculty (8 full-time, 15 part-time); promotion and maintenance of high standards of instruction; development of innovative new curricula; management of a multidisciplinary unit; and care of existing and future programs.

The Department Chair will teach one class per semester, either in the major core or in their area of experience. All Africana Studies faculty engage in teaching, mentoring and advising undergraduate and graduate students in Africana Studies; service to College and University committees; active ongoing scholarship in areas of their specialty.

Additional responsibilities include, but are not limited to: advocating for faculty and the department; building consensus using ideas of shared governance; developing and implementing standards for a respectful and professional work environment; providing guidance and mentorship for probationary faculty; and acting as liaison between the department and the Dean. remain current in both subject area and teaching methodologies.


• Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree in Africana Studies, Black Studies, Ethnic Studies, or related discipline.
• Minimum of three years’ experience as department chair or director of equivalent academic unit.
• Record of working and communicating effectively with colleagues and students.
• Active and engaged research in Africana Studies (area open).

• Record of contributing to collegial, supportive and collaborative work environments
• Experience in developing curriculum

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

Position description available at


Send letter of intent describing leadership experience and vision for Africana Studies; a current CV; a statement on how your teaching and scholarship align with the commitment of the Africana Studies Department to foster an inclusive and diverse academic community; sample of scholarly writing; and names and contact information of three references. Letters of recommendation upon request at a later date. Submit all materials to Application review continues until filled.

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.