San Francisco State University: Assistant Professor, Race and Resistance Studies

Assistant Professor, Race and Resistance Studies (Specialization: Community Engagement & Equity in Student Success)

Start Date: August 2020

San Francisco State University and the Department of Race & Resistance Studies in collaboration with the Metro College Success Program offer an exciting opportunity for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position beginning August 2020.

This position will focus on enhancing students’ success using engaging pedagogical approaches centered on investigating real-world socio/political challenges and engaging students with the work of Bay Area community leaders working in racial and social justice. The position centers on curriculum/program development and an interest in scholarship that focuses on developing students’ critical ability and professional skills through a praxis experience. Using the SF Bay Area as a “Living Lab,” the position is structured to work with Metro College Success program leadership and RRS faculty to develop a series of upper-division courses designed at understanding barriers to and strategies for creating a more racially and economically just City.

The Department of Race and Resistance Studies (RRS) and the Metro College Success Program (Metro) serve similar student populations: low-income, first-generation, and historically underrepresented. Since 2009, RRS and Metro have built a deep partnership committed to critical pedagogy and a relevant curriculum. RRS is committed to the study of race-related processes underlying many social problems and the forms of resistance and struggle aimed at social justice. The department explores these processes through a comparative and relational approach — examining how people of color and indigenous people face and resist social inequalities. Moreover, RRS seeks to build a praxis that unites theory/study and practice/organizing

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The Department of Race and Resistance Studies is the newest department within the College of Ethnic Studies (founded in 2010 with formal departmental status granted in 2017). The mission of Race and Resistance Studies is to prepare students to think critically, nurture a social consciousness, actively engage with and respond to community needs, develop leadership skills, while deepening a foundation of knowledge related to the multiple histories and cultures of communities of color within and outside the United States. To do so, Race and Resistance Studies utilizes an approach that is comparative and relational, interdisciplinary, intersectional, and centered in a praxis of resistance. Currently, RRS houses four minors (Race and Resistance Studies, AMED: Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas, Critical Pacific & Oceania Studies, and Queer Ethnic Studies) and a BA in Race and Resistance Studies (for further information about RRS Department see