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(Archived) Assistant Professor - Visual Arts - Chicana/o Studies - #22-42

Last Updated: 10/16/22

Job Description

Department: Chicana/o Studies

Faculty Hire Number: 22-42

Rank: Assistant Professor, Tenure-Track

Effective Date of Appointment: August 24, 2022 (Subject to Budgetary Approval)

Salary: Dependent upon qualifications

CSUN’s Commitment to You:

CSUN is committed to achieving excellence through teaching, scholarship, learning and inclusion. Our values include a respect for all people, building partnerships with the community and the encouragement of innovation, experimentation and creativity. CSUN strives to cultivate a community in which a diverse population can learn and work in an atmosphere of civility and respect. CSUN is especially interested in candidates who make contributions to equity and inclusion in the pursuit of excellence for all members of the university community.

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About the Department:

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The department of Chicana/o Studies at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) is seeking a tenure-track faculty member in Visual Arts at the rank of Assistant Professor.

The successful candidate must be able to teach variety of courses, including undergraduate General Education courses on Chicanas/os and the Arts, as well as Studio courses at the upper division and graduate levels. Such courses can include introductory-level survey courses, as well as related upper division courses, such as the Día de los Muertos intro and studio course, and M.A. graduate-level seminars related to the arts and Visual Arts.


The faculty member will also advise and mentor undergraduate majors and graduate students in Chicana/o Studies.

In addition to teaching, the position requires weekly office hours, attending faculty meetings, and service to the department, college, and university and the candidate’s field of study. The successful candidate will be held to the standards and requirements of the college and department in which he/she/they is/are housed for recommending tenure and promotion.

Required Qualifications:

As a Hispanic-serving Institution (HSI), inclusiveness and diversity are integral to CSUN’s commitment to excellence in teaching, research, and engagement. As of Fall 2020, CSUN enrolls ~40,000 students, where 56% are Latinx, 20.8% are White, 9.3% are Asian American, 4.8% are Black/African American, 0.1% are Native American, and 0.1% are Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander. The successful candidate will help the Department achieve equitable outcomes for all students through teaching, student mentorship, scholarship, and service.

MFA or Terminal Degree in Art or related field is required. Expertise in Visual Arts, including but not limited to drawing, painting, printmaking, illustration, graphic design, or muralism. The following qualifications are required:

  • Experience teaching upper division Studio classes, as well as General Education lower division and Graduate level art courses.
  • Knowledge of Chicana/o Art, Mexican Art, and/or Mesoamerican Art.
  • Professional working artist, who is active in the field and has expertise in the Visual Arts with a record of exhibition and experience with organizing community-based art events.
  • Candidates must demonstrate a commitment and ability to teach, mentor, and work with a diverse student population.

Preferred Qualifications include:

  • Experience teaching courses in or experience with Chicana/o Studies or Ethnic Studies, arts-based civic engagement, digital media/technology/illustration, and online and/or hybrid instruction.
  • Demonstrated record of educational equity and social justice integrated into teaching, research, and community-based work.
  • Experience and/or practical experience with Día de Los Muertos traditions and new interpretations of cultural rituals and/or community-based practices is highly desirable.
  • Basic knowledge and/or experience in Native American, AfroLatinx, and/or Indigenous Art is highly desirable.
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness at the university level is desired. Other evidence of teaching effectiveness can include teaching workshops, short-term classes, demonstrations, etc.

Application Deadline:

Screening of applications will begin December 15, 2021. Priority will be given to applicants who meet the screening deadline; however, the position will remain open until filled.

How to Apply:

Candidates should apply by completing the CSUN online application. To submit an application and for more detailed information on the application and hiring process, please visit this link:

Applicants must submit a 1) Cover letter, which includes a statement on how the candidate integrates art, teaching, and community work successfully and the candidate’s knowledge of Chicana/o communities; letter should also speak to candidate’s confidence in foreseeing their success in the department, 2) Resume or Curriculum Vita, 3) brief portfolio of professional/creative artwork (digital), 4) Sample of current or proposed Chicana/o Visual Arts syllabus which includes a course outline, readings and an assignment. Teaching evaluations or a teaching portfolio may be included.

Three letters of recommendation are required no later than December 15, 2021, when screening begins.

All items must be uploaded to the website in the sections listed above. In later phases of the search process, applicants may be requested to provide verification of terminal degrees, licenses, and certificates.

At time of appointment, the successful candidate, if not a U.S. citizen, must have authorization from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to work in the United States.

Inquiries should be addressed to: Renee M. Moreno, Search Committee Chair (

General Information:

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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.

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.

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. To learn more visit our Matadors Forward site:

CSUN is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, and disability. Our nondiscrimination policy is set forth in CSU Executive Order 1096. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting Department of Chicana/o Studies at [Register to View] .

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Northridge, California, United States