California State University, Fresno
College of Social Sciences
Vacancy # 12744

Anthropology/Asian American
Assistant Professor of Anthropology

California State University, Fresno is an engaged University. We focus on broadening students' intellectual horizons, fostering lifelong learning skills, developing the leaders of tomorrow, promoting community involvement, and instilling an appreciation of world cultures. We nurture cultural competence by celebrating the rich diversity of the campus community and welcoming the participation of all. Members of the University community are expected to work effectively with faculty, staff and students from diverse ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. For information on the University's commitment and dedication to creating a university known for its integrity, civility, equity, respect and ethical behavior, please visit:

• Available for Academic Year: 2016/2017.
• Fresno State has been recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI); an Asian American/Native American/Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI); and has been designated to the Community Engagement Classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
• Faculty members gain a clear path to tenure through the University's Probationary Plan Process.
• Salary placement depends upon academic preparation and professional experience.

Position Summary:

The Department of Anthropology at California State University, Fresno seeks to fill a tenure-track position with expertise in the Asian American communities of the United States. The successful candidate will be expected to develop and offer courses in Asian American Studies, Cultural Anthropology and general education. Candidate must possess knowledge and research experience in one or more of the diverse Asian American communities, and the ability to build on and expand the existing Asian American Studies program. Preference will be given to candidates with teaching experience, an applied/practicing orientation, a research focus on Gender, Globalization, Immigration or Diaspora Studies, and a willingness to pursue research and involvement with the Central Valley's Asian American communities.


The Department of Anthropology at California State University, Fresno, offers a Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology, a Minor in Asian American Studies and a Certificate in Asian Studies. The Department has a strong applied/practicing orientation, though we offer a full range of academic courses in Cultural Anthropology, Archaeology and Physical Anthropology. We involve our students in research to enrich our lives as scholars and to promote our students' academic success. The Asian American Studies Program has a four decade history in the Department and is a valued part of the Department and University. The Fresno State student body is over 15% Asian American and Pacific Islander and our AAPI students lead many vibrant and active student organizations. The campus also has an active Asian Faculty and Staff Association and a new Cross Cultural and Gender Center. Our campus is actively engaged in efforts to ensure the success of students from all backgrounds, and participates in the CSU system's Asian American and Pacific Islander Initiative. Set in the richly diverse Central San Joaquin Valley, Fresno's population of about 500,000 is 13% Asian American and Pacific Islander, with significant presence of people with Hmong, Asian Indian, Filipino, Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Lao, Cambodian, Korean, Native Hawaiian, Guamanian and Samoan heritage. The Central Valley has played a crucial role in the history of immigration from Asia to the United States, including the arrival of people displaced by the wars in Indochina. Fresno is about two and a half hours by car from the Bay Area and about three and a half hours from the Los Angeles metropolitan area.

Required Education:

An earned doctorate (Ph.D.) in Anthropology, Asian American Studies, Ethnic Studies, or a closely-related social science discipline from an accredited institution is required; however, applicants nearing completion of the doctorate (ABD) may be considered. For appointment, the doctorate must be completed by the date of appointment (8/13/2016).

Required Experience:

Candidates are required to demonstrate a record of research in one or more Asian American communities. Candidates must have experience and knowledge that would enable them to develop and offer courses in Asian American Studies, Cultural Anthropology and general education. The successful candidate will have interests and abilities required to build on and expand the existing Asian American Studies program. Candidates holding a non-Anthropology doctorate must demonstrate experience with ethnographic approaches and methods. The successful candidate must demonstrate a commitment to working effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Preferred Qualifications:

We prefer a candidate with teaching experience at the university level and a record of teaching excellence. Preferred qualifications also include an applied/practicing orientation, a research focus on Gender, Globalization, Immigration or Diaspora Studies, and a willingness to pursue research and involvement with the Central Valley's Asian American communities.

Application Procedures:

To ensure full consideration, applicants should submit all materials by Nov. 15, 2015. Applicants must complete an online application at and attach 1) a cover letter specifically addressing qualifications and experiences noted in this announcement, and 2) a curriculum vitae. Finalists will be required to submit three current letters of recommendation and official transcripts to the search committee. For inquiries, contact: Dr. Henry D. Delcore, Search Committee Chair, Department of Anthropology, California State University, Fresno, 5245 N. Backer Ave. M/S PB20, Fresno, CA 93740, 559-278-2784, Search Committee members will be present at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting in Denver, Nov. 18-22, 2015, to answer questions (please contact the Search Committee Chair in advance); attendance at the meetings is not a requirement to apply.

Other Requirements:

A link to the Annual Safety and Security/Fire Safety Report is provided in compliance with the 1998 Jeanne Clery Disclosure Act, and California Education Code section 67380. The report includes three calendar years of select campus crime statistics and it includes security policies and procedures for the campus. Applicants, students, and employees can obtain a copy of this report from the web site: or by contacting the Campus Police Department. The person holding this position may be 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. You can obtain a copy of this Executive order by accessing the following web site:

Background Check:

Necessary background investigations will be conducted, as required, depending upon the job requirements of position. These could include, but are not limited to, processing of fingerprints through the Department of Justice and FBI and degree and license verification upon employment. An offer of employment may be withdrawn or employment may be terminated based upon the results of these verifications. Full disclosure of all misdemeanors and felonies should be made in connection with this application.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

California State University, Fresno is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.

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