Assistant Professor of English

Faculty Employment Opportunity
POSITION: Assistant Professor of English: The Department of English invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor. The person appointed to this position will teach in the areas of American literatures and cultural studies. Academic speciality may be any period, but teaching duties may span longer periods. Successful applications will demonstrate a general knowledge of American literature combined with strengths and commitments in linking local forms of cultural and literary production within histories of diasporic, ethnic, indigeneity, and/or migration studies. Other responsibilities will include academic advising of majors and service obligations to the department-including curricular development-and to the university. The department also values individuals with strengths in developing recruitment strategies, outreach for advising, and other support for student success. Effective teaching is a priority; teaching, scholarly productivity, research or creative activity, and service to the University are required for retention, promotion, and tenure. This position is contingent upon the availability of authorized funding.


A Ph. D. in Literature, English, American Studies, or a related field is required. Other minimum qualifications include evidence of effective university teaching and evidence of promise for scholarly productivity.


Strong candidates will exhibit a record of scholarship and teaching pertaining to American literature, writ large, with specializations in African-American, Asian-American, Latino/a, American Indian literature, or Literature of the Americas. As a designated Hispanic-Serving Institution, our department seeks candidates who will contribute to our commitment to diversity, social justice, and academic excellence for all of our students. Application materials should provide evidence of teaching, mentoring, or community service that supports these commitments. We especially encourage applicants who are engaged in teaching and research that addresses themes of social justice, which may include critical/theoretical models such as critical race studies, LGBTQIA+ studies, indigenous studies, or ecocriticism.


A complete application is required for consideration and must include:

  • an application letter specifically addressing the position description and qualifications
  • a statement of your demonstrated commitment to working with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds in addition to any other required documents as indicated above.
  • a statement of pedagogical philosophy.
  • unofficial photocopies of graduate transcripts;
  • a professional curriculum vitae, including the names, addresses, and contact information for three references.

    Official transcripts will be required at the time of hire.

    Applications from ABD candidates will be considered, but all requirements for the PhD must be completed prior to the inception of the appointment.

    To apply for this position, please click the "Apply Now" button on this page.

    If you have questions regarding the position, please contact:

    Dr. John Wittman, Chair
    Department of English
    College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
    California State University, Stanislaus
    One University Circle Turlock, CA
    Phone: (209) 664-6739

    This appointment begins August 19, 2024. Screening of applications will begin December 15th and will continue until the position is filled.


    Commensurate with qualifications and experience. Anticipated hiring range is $6,500 - $6,585 per month for Assistant Professor (12 monthly payments per academic year). As a member of the 23-campus CSU System, we offer an extremely competitive benefits package.


    The Department of English serves more than 200 majors and offers program concentrations in secondary school teaching, TESOL, and Journalism and Professional Writing. Our Journalism program is a component part of an interdisciplinary Creative Media Studies program. The Department supports undergraduate curricula in Literature, Writing, and Humanities as well as two MA programs: Literature in English, and Writing Studies. To learn more about us, visit our department Web site: www/ The College of the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences includes 20 departments and programs and is committed to supporting a liberal arts curriculum that broadens the mind and encourages students to become active, engaged, compassionate participants in our global society.


    California State University, Stanislaus serves the San Joaquin Valley and is a critical educational resource for a six-county region of approximately 1.5 million people. The University is fully committed to creating a culture of diversity and inclusion - one in which every person in the University community feels safe to express their views without fear of reprisal. Widely recognized for its quality academic programs, the University has 10 nationally accredited programs and 662 faculty members. 94 percent of full-time faculty holds doctorates or terminal degrees in their fields. The University offers 43 undergraduate majors, 16 master's programs, 7 post-graduate credentials, a doctorate in education and serves more than 10,000 students. New instructional facilities have been built for the unique pedagogy of professional programs, laboratory sciences and performing arts.

    Stanislaus State continues to receive national recognition with its ranking as one of the best 384 colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. The University was one of 12 public universities in the nation to be recognized by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities for demonstrating exceptional performance in retention and graduation rates. In addition, U.S. News and World Report ranks Stanislaus State in its top 10 among public universities in the West, while Washington Monthly honored Stanislaus State as the West's No. 1 university for the money. Stanislaus State also is recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) by the U.S. Department of Education.

    CSU Stanislaus values shared governance: Handbook statement on shared governance


    The university 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. You can learn more about federal equal employment opportunity protections by accessing the Department of Labor's notices:

    Individuals with disabling conditions who require accommodation during the recruitment process may contact the ADA Coordinator at (209) 667-3159.

    In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire. The CSU is a state entity whose business operations reside within the State of California. The CSU prohibits hiring employees to perform CSU-related work outside California.


    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.


    Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the annual security report (ASR), is now available for viewing at The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and sexual assault prevention information, and drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery Act crimes for Stanislaus State for the previous three years. A paper copy of the ASR is available upon request by contacting the office of the Clery Director located at One University Circle, Turlock, CA 95382.


    The university requires a criminal and/or child abuse background check to be completed for many of its new employees, current employees seeking promotional or transfer opportunities, and current employees assigned new duties. Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. CSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position. Failure to consent to any background check will disqualify an applicant from further consideration. Additionally, an applicant who fails to provide the necessary information or who provides false or misleading information may also be disqualified from further consideration. Later discovery of false or misleading information related to the background check may result in the offer of employment being withdrawn or subject the employee to disciplinary action, up to and including termination.

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Notices to Prospective Employees:

California State University Stanislaus hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States. All offers of employment are contingent upon presentation of documents demonstrating the appointee's identity and eligibility to work, in accordance with the provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act.

California State University Stanislaus is an affirmative action/equal opportunity/Title IX/Section 503/504 employer and has a strong commitment to the principle of diversity. We seek a broad spectrum of candidates including members of underrepresented groups. Veterans specifically protected from employment discrimination include: 1) Vietnam era veterans; 2) special disabled veterans; 3) recently separated veterans; 4) other protected veterans who served on active duty during a war or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized, under laws administered by the Department of Defense. Individuals with disabling conditions who require accommodation during the recruitment process may contact the ADA Coordinator at (209) 667-3159.

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 as a condition of employment.

Compliance with Jeanne Clery Act:

California State University Stanislaus compiles an annual security report that includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus, in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the University, and on the public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, alcohol/drug use, crime prevention, reporting of crimes, sexual assault and other matters. You can obtain a copy of this report from our University Police Services at (209) 667-3114 or on the University’s Public Safety website at

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