Assistant Professor - Political Science (Constitutional Law) (503325)

  • Cal State University (CSU) Channel Islands
  • Camarillo, California
  • Jan 01, 2022
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Job Description


Program: Political Science and Global Programs

Rank: Assistant Professor, Tenure Track

Title: Constitutional Law (with emphasis on social justice, minority rights, institutional racism or other civil rights issues disproportionately affecting BIPOC at the individual and community levels)

Effective Date of Appointment: August 18, 2022
(Subject to Budgetary Approval)

About the University:

California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI) opened in 2002 as the newest campus in the California State University system. Since that time, the University has grown and developed into one of the premier public universities, not only in the California State University system, but also in the nation. Indeed, U.S. News & World Report listed CSUCI as 20th among "Top Public Schools" in its 2021 edition of Best Colleges Rankings. In 2020, CollegeNET also ranked CSUCI 20th out of over 1,449 schools in its "Social Mobility Index," and Money Magazine rated CSUCI as the 15th "Most Transformative College" in the nation.

CSUCI is a public comprehensive university that engages students in critical inquiry and is dedicated to educating leaders for a global society. The University is located in Ventura County and is home to more than 6,900 undergraduate and 239 graduate students. Approximately 55% of CSUCI's students are Pell Grant eligible, and approximately 62% are first-generation college students. CSUCI is also proud to be designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), with 55% of its undergraduate students self-identifying as Latinx, 25% as White, 6% as Asian/Asian American, 4% as multiracial, and 2% as Black/African American. In 2019, CSUCI was awarded Excelencia in Education's inaugural "Seal of Excelencia" for its facilitation of Latinx student success.

CSUCI is committed to diversifying its faculty in order to address students' ever-changing needs in the 21st century. The University is also taking steps to confront racism and to advocate for social justice. To this end, CSUCI encourages applicants to apply who are motivated to serve and contribute to the university's tenure-track body, which self-identifies as 62% White, 21% Latinx, 9% Asian/Asian American, and 2% Black/African American.

Diversity Statement:

CSUCI is committed to recruiting individuals who are dedicated to furthering inclusive excellence in our campus community. We seek to enhance our diverse University population by welcoming people from all backgrounds, and by working to sustain an environment where colleagues can not only work and learn, but also create and thrive.

CSUCI Mission Statement:

Placing students at the center of the educational experience, California State University Channel Islands provides undergraduate and graduate education that facilitates learning within and across disciplines through integrative approaches, emphasizes experiential and service learning, and graduates students with multicultural and international perspectives.

CSUCI's Commitment to You:

CSUCI is committed to helping newly hired faculty develop a sense of belonging in a collaborative and supportive community dedicated to providing resources and opportunities for establishing and sustaining a research agenda and engaging in continuous improvement in equitable teaching and learning.

About the Program:

The Programs of Political Science and Global Programs strive to realize our mission:

Mission Statement

Centered on the principles of constitutional democracy, inclusion, participation, and global citizenship, the Program of Political Science cultivates students and teacher-scholar faculty in integrative, research-based understandings of political systems and public sectors. We focus on long-term student success as demonstrated by life-long civic engagement and achievement in a broad spectrum of careers in express service of the mission pillars of CSUCI.


Enfocado en los principios de democracia constitucional, inclusión, participación y ciudadanía global, el Programa de Ciencias Políticas cultiva a estudiantes e investigadores docentes en conocimientos integrantes, basados en investigación, de sistemas políticos y sectores públicos. Nos enfocamos en el éxito estudiantil a largo plazo, evidenciado por un duradero compromiso cívico, así como logros importantes dentro de una amplia gama de profesiones, con fidelidad explícita a los pilares de la misión de CSUCI.

About the Position:

We seek a broadly trained teacher-scholar whose education and work are grounded in emphasis on social justice, minority rights, institutional racism or other civil rights issues disproportionately affecting Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) at the individual and community levels. The successful candidate will teach courses ranging from introductory to specialty and will be able to work broadly with all students and colleagues across campus.

Minimum Degree Requirements:

PhD in Political Science or a related field

Required Qualifications:

  • PhD in Political Science or a related field
  • Specialization in social justice, minority rights, institutional racism or other civil rights issues disproportionately affecting BIPOC individuals and communities
  • Ability to teach undergraduate courses in Constitutional Law
  • Applicants should demonstrate the commitment to effectively work with and engage a diverse student population and evidence of how they would successfully mentor minoritized students with special focus on Latinx, Black/African American, American Indian, and Asian/Asian American/Pacific Islander students.

Serve as a full-time tenure line faculty member in the Programs of Political Science and Global Studies Programs. Components of this service include:
  • Teaching Political Science courses at all levels, including courses focused on Constitutional Law
  • Maintaining an active role as a Teacher-Scholar with an active research agenda with publications
  • Mentoring students, with focus on students pursuing the Political Science/Global Studies major and minor
  • Participating in the planning, governance, and operation of the institution through service to the program, campus, community, and academic discipline(s)
  • Working in efficient and productive collaboration with all CSUCI personnel as appropriate to tasks at hand

Application Deadline:

Screening of applications will begin 9/20/2021. Priority will be given to applicants who meet the screening deadline; however, the position will remain open until filled.

Applicants must submit the following materials:

  • Cover Letter;
  • Curriculum Vitae;
  • An original syllabus for an undergraduate course designed by the applicant;
  • A statement of research interests (750 words or less);
  • A statement of academic and community service interests (750 words or less);
  • A statement describing your experience mentoring and/or working with minoritized students with a special focus on Latinx, Black/African American, Asian/Asian American/Pacific Islander and American Indian students, and
  • A teaching philosophy describing how you plan to engage and interact with students, with a special focus on Latinx, Black/African American, Asian/Asian American/Pacific Islander, and American Indian students.

In later phases of the search process, applicants may be requested to provide verification of terminal degrees, licenses and certificates.

Submit all required materials to the CSUCI Careers application web address below:

Pay, Benefits & Work Schedule:

Salary is commensurate with knowledge, skills, and experience. The University offers excellent fringe benefits.

General Information:

Evidence of degree(s) required at time of hire.

At 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.

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.

CSUCI 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 Faculty Affairs at

Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

Job Address

Camarillo, California 93012 United States View Map