Assistant Professor



Job description

Northridge, CA

Department: Communication Studies
(Performance Studies)

Faculty Hire Number: 20-38 Effective Date of Appointment: August 19, 2020
(Subject to Budgetary Approval)

Rank: Assistant Professor
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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The CSUN Department of Communication Studies seeks an Assistant Professor in the area of Performance Studies. We seek a teacher-scholar-practitioner with expertise in Performance Studies who engages in intersectional and/or decoloniality approaches to complex social, cultural, and political issues.

You will teach undergraduate and graduate courses in Performance Studies and secondary areas as needed, support the Performance Ensemble Program, which produces public performances for campus and community audiences, and actively engage with our surrounding community. In addition, you will advise and mentor undergraduate and graduate students, develop curriculum in your area(s) of specialization, and serve on department, college, and university committees. You will be expected to engage in a systematic program of scholarship/creative activity resulting in dissemination of that work. CSUN is a Learning Centered University. You will be expected to join faculty and staff in a commitment to active learning, assessment of learning outcomes, and multiple teaching and learning modalities.


• An earned Ph.D. by date of hire in Performance Studies, Communication Studies, or related field, from an accredited university, is required
• Demonstrated excellence in teaching Performance Studies at the college level is required
• An established record of scholarly activity resulting in publication or equivalent, as well as active participation in the field of Performance Studies and/or Communication Studies, is required
• Demonstrated ability and commitment to working with a diverse student population is required
• Demonstrated experience in or potential for community-based research, service-learning and/or work in related social outreach programs is preferred.
• Area of expertise is open, but candidates may have expertise in areas including but not limited to, African-American and Africana Studies, Latinx Studies, Asian-American Studies, Arab-American and Middle Eastern Studies, Indigenous Studies, Queer Studies, and Critical Race Theory.

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

As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, CSUN strives to create a community in which a diverse population can work, teach and learn in an atmosphere of civility and respect for the rights of each individual. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information, medical information, marital status, or veteran status. For more information about the University, check our website:

Application Deadline:
Screening of applications will begin on October 28, 2019. Priority will be given to applicants who meet the screening deadline. However, the position will remain open until filled. Applicants should submit a letter of application and a curriculum vitae to the online application portal listed below. In later phases of the search process, applicants will be requested to provide three letters of reference, verification of terminal degrees, licenses, and certificates.

How to apply

This institution is using Interfolio’s ByCommittee to conduct this search. Applicants for this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge to:

Inquiries should be addressed to:

Pavithra Prasad, Ph.D.
Search Committee Chair
[email protected]

Department Information:

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. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the status of candidates who apply for the position.

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 the Communication Studies Department at (818) 677-2853.

California State University, Northridge is a vibrant, diverse university community of nearly 36,000 students and more than 4,000 faculty and staff, sited on a 356-acre campus in the heart of Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley. As you explore the university's web site, you will find ample evidence of Cal State Northridge's commitment to the educational and professional goals of students, and its extensive service to the community.