Tenure-Track Assistant/Associate Professor Position in Africana/Black Psychology

San Francisco State University, Department of Africana Studies Invites Applicants for a Tenure-Track Assistant/Associate Professor Position in Africana/Black Psychology Beginning August 2016


The department seeks individuals with a strong background In Africana Studies and Psychology.  Preference will be given to candidates who also have a specialization in Africana-centered Black womanist/masculinity theory.


The Department of Africana Studies was the first department of Black Studies in the country and is situated in the first and only College of Ethnic Studies in the country. The mission of Africana Studies is to advance academic excellence, social responsibility and cultural grounding. Africana Studies focuses on the study of people of African descent from a core paradigm that seeks human liberation. As a discipline, Africana Studies draws its philosophical and intellectual foundation from African culture. The discipline of Africana Studies is concerned with investigating the thought and practice of Africana identified people using theories, concepts, and perspectives that emerge from the unique heritage, and contemporary experiences of people of African descent.


Candidates should have a Ph.D. in Africana Studies or Psychology with a focus on African Americans at time of hire. Preference is given to candidates who also have a specialization in Africana-centered Black womanist/ masculinity theory. Candidates should have an active record of scholarship in Africana psychology.  Candidates are preferred who have relevant reaching and research experience. 


We seek applicants who have: an ability to work cooperatively, commitment to engaged pedagogy in a faculty learning community, evidence of interpersonal skills and collegiality, demonstrated interest in and vision for the future of Africana Studies, which applies scholarship to the needs of Africana communities. 



The position requires teaching, mentoring and advising undergraduate and graduate students in Africana Studies, and introducing new courses aligned with the applicant’s expertise, the department's core curriculum, general education, and service courses.   The candidate will be responsible for developing an active ongoing scholarship program in the area of         her or his                           specialty. The position will involve ongoing committee and service assignments, including working with Department, College, and University Committees, advising students and working with student-oriented programs.


Rank and salary: Assistant or Associate Professor. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. The CSU provides generous health, retirement and other benefits.


Application process:

Submit a letter of intent in addition to the following items: graduate transcript,              verification of degree or anticipated date of completion, curriculum vitae, samples of scholarly papers, teaching philosophy, description of teaching, syllabi and research interests in Africana/Black psychology that demonstrate an Africana-centered approach to Black Womanist/Black masculinity studies, three letters of reference. Please send application materials to Dr. Serie McDougal-Search Chair via email to afrs@sfsu.edu with the subject heading, “Africana/Black psychology Position” or via mail:

ATTN: Africana/Black Psychology Position

Dr. Serie McDougal--Search Chair

San Francisco State University

Department of Africana Studies

College of Ethnic Studies

1600 Holloway Ave, Room E/P 103

San Francisco, CA 94132.


Review of applications will begin December 7, 2015 and continue until the position is filled.

San Francisco State University is a member of the California State University system and serves a diverse student body of approximately 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The University seeks to promoteappreciation of scholarship, freedom and human diversity through excellence in instruction and intellectual accomplishment. SF State faculty are expected to be effective teachers and demonstrate professional achievement and growth through research, service, scholarship, and/or creative work. San Francisco State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong commitment to diversity. We welcome applicants of all ethnic, racial and gender identities, sexual orientations as well as people with disabilities. We particularly encourage those who may be from historically underrepresented groups.  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.