Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature, digital humanities / visual studies

Job Number: 529995 

Position: Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature

Effective Date: August 19, 2024 (Fall Semester)

Salary Range: The Assistant Professor (Academic Year) classification salary is $5,405 to $11,994/per month (12 monthly payments per academic year). The anticipated hiring range is $6,667 to $7,084/per month. Salary offered is commensurate with qualifications and experience.                     

Application Deadline: Review of applications to begin October 3, 2023. Position open until filled (or recruitment canceled).

College of Liberal Arts

Comparative World Literature Program


Required Qualifications:       

  • PhD in Comparative Literature or related field. Degree at time of application or official notification of completion of the doctoral degree by August 1, 2024
  • Specialization in Digital Humanities or Visual Studies
  • Demonstrated potential for research, scholarly, and creative activities
  • Demonstrated potential for successful teaching at the college level
  • Demonstrated commitment to working successfully with a diverse student population


Preferred Qualifications:                  

  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching at the college level
  • Demonstrated, well-defined research program
  • Demonstrated facility with one or more of the following: critical race theory, globalization / (de)colonization studies, digital diaspora, ecocriticism and environmental justice, carceral studies and/ or surveillance studies, disability justice/technology, cyberfeminist critiques of race, gender, class.
  • Experience or potential for teaching courses in Digital Humanities and/or Visual Studies
  • Ability to teach foundational and interdisciplinary courses in Comparative Literature, and to teach and assess writing throughout the curriculum
  • Ability to develop courses on digital humanities and/or visual studies for both lower and upper-division curriculum
  • Demonstrated commitment to scholarly excellence and willingness to serve on appropriate program, college and university committees
  • Demonstrated potential to contribute to the program and form interdisciplinary partnerships
  • Experience teaching and working with colleagues and students from diverse socioeconomic, cultural, gender, disability, and academic backgrounds
  • Experience of successfully working with populations demographically and socioeconomically similar to the CSULB student body (Demographics)



  • Teach courses related to Digital Humanities/ Visual Studies, such as Digital Narrative and Culture, and other department courses, according to the needs of the program, including lower- and upper-division general education courses and writing intensive courses. [Mode of instruction may include in-person, hybrid, online, and/or any combination thereof.]
  • Develop course(s) pertaining to visual studies/digital humanities
  • Engage in on-going research, scholarly and creative activities resulting in publication in peer-reviewed venues
  • Advise and mentor students
  • Participate in service to the program, college, university, and community
  • Collaborate with faculty to further the goals of the Comparative World Literature program

The California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), Comparative World Literature program is strong in cultural studies, folklore and mythology, health humanities, and visual studies. We seek flexible teacher-scholars willing to work across disciplines, innovate and update curricula in the program, and foster connections with other scholars of “the digital” across the university.


Digital Humanities and Social Sciences in the College of Liberal Arts  
The successful applicant will join a growing community of digital humanities and social science scholars in the College of Liberal Arts (CLA). The CLA is the largest college at CSULB, and it is home to more than 30 academic programs and degree options. Four CLA departments—Anthropology, Comparative World Literature, Journalism and Public Relations, and Sociology—will hire new faculty with digital expertise in Fall 2024. The dean has made it a strategic priority to ensure these new tenure-track colleagues can connect with each other as well as with faculty from other disciplines who are dedicated to digital scholarly and creative activities. 


CSULB seeks to recruit faculty who enthusiastically support the University’s strong commitment to the academic success of all of our students, including students of color, students with disabilities, students who are first generation to college, veterans, students with diverse socio-economic backgrounds, and students of diverse sexual orientations and gender expressions.  CSULB seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the People of California, to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer our students a rich variety of expertise, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning. 


Information on the excellent benefits package available to CSULB faculty is located here: CSU Employee Benefits

How to Apply - Required Documentation:                          

  • An Equity and Diversity Statement about your teaching or other experiences, successes, and challenges in working with a diverse student population (maximum two pages, single-spaced). For further information and guidelines, please visit:
  • Letter of application addressing the required and preferred qualifications
  • CV
  • Names and contact information for three references (to be contacted for confidential letters of recommendation should you reach the finalist stage)
  • Teaching evaluations, if applicable
  • Writing sample (20-25 pp)
  • will be required to submit an official transcript (e-transcript preferred, if available)


Requests for information about the position and application process should be addressed to:


Dr. Kathryn Chew, Director

California State University, Long Beach

Program in Comparative World Literature                                                       

1250 Bellflower Boulevard

Long Beach, CA 90840-2404


562-985-5810 or E-Mail:  



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The person holding this position is 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 Revised July 21, 2017 as a condition of employment.


CSU Vaccination Policy
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


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