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Latina/o History and the US/Mexico Borderlands, Assistant Professor

Apply now Job no: 534447
Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Pomona
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Letters/Humanities, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time, On-site (work in-person at business location)

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Tenure Track Faculty Position

Department of History

College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences

 California State Polytechnic University, Pomona invites applications for a tenure track faculty position in the Department of History. Cal Poly Pomona is one of three polytechnic universities in the 23-campus California State University system and among 12 such institutions nationwide. Since its founding in 1938, Cal Poly Pomona students participate in an integrative experiential learning education that is inclusive, relevant, and values diverse perspectives and experiences. With a variety of degree programs in the arts, humanities, sciences, engineering, and professional disciplines, the university is well known for its learn-by-doing approach and Teacher Scholar Model.

The university is noted for its scenic and historic 1,400-acre campus, which was once the winter ranch of cereal magnate W.K. Kellogg. We acknowledge that Cal Poly Pomona resides on the territorial and homelands of the Tongva and Tataavium people who are the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar. The university’s nearly 30,000 students are taught and mentored by the campus’s more than 1,400 faculty as part of 54 baccalaureate and 29 master’s degree programs, 11 credential and certificate programs, and a doctorate in educational leadership.

Highly regarded among its peer institutions, Cal Poly Pomona is No. 3 in the U.S. News and World Report rankings of top public regional universities in the west and was named the No. 28 best value college in the nation by Money Magazine. Cal Poly Pomona, a Hispanic-Serving Institution and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution, stands as a national leader in promoting social mobility, and was placed among the 25 top institutions in the country in awarding bachelor’s degrees to minoritized students by Diverse Issues in Higher Education

The Cal Poly Pomona campus is located less than 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles at the intersection of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. It is within an hour’s drive of beaches, mountains and deserts. For additional information about the university, please visit, and for more about faculty life, please see YourLife@CPP.

Student Population.  California residents comprise the majority (96%) of applicants to undergraduate programs at Cal Poly Pomona, and 41% of new students were transfers in Fall 2022.  57% of Cal Poly Pomona students are first generation, 70% receive financial aid, and 44% qualify as Pell-eligible.  The university enrolls a diverse student body that identifies as 53% Latinx, 22% Asian, 14% White, 3% Black, 2% International, 4% two or more races, 3% unknown and less than 1% Native Hawaiian or Native Pacific Islander and less than 1% Native American Indigenous. Thirty-nine percent of the student body were STEM majors with the top enrolled programs including psychology, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, biology and computer science.

Inclusive Excellence and Student Success.  We aspire to be the model inclusive polytechnic university in the nation. We have a strong commitment to inclusive excellence and to educational experiences that leverage the diverse perspectives and experiences needed to succeed and thrive in a diverse society.

*As a part of the application for faculty positions, all candidates must submit a Student Success Statement that demonstrates their commitment and record of contributions to diversity and equity through their teaching, scholarship, or service by speaking to at least two of the inclusive excellence criteria below. 

Candidates should explain how they have engaged in the criteria below in their pedagogy, scholarship, and/or service, as well as the level to which these efforts have been consistently incorporated into their work.

Inclusive Excellence Criteria:

  1. Incorporates the contributions and struggles of historic ethnic minority groups or other disadvantaged communities into their teaching, scholarly work, and/or service contributions;
  2. Adopts teaching strategies that support the learning and success of students from diverse student populations; 
  3. Mentors and engages diverse student populations in discovery, scholarship, and creative activities;
  4. Engages students in problem-based projects and learning that address the needs of diverse communities;
  5. Possesses knowledge of challenges and barriers for underrepresented students and faculty within the discipline and uses it to inform their work in specific ways;
  6. Mentors and assists diverse student populations interested in pursuing graduate education;
  7. Engages in community-responsive action research or service with diverse student populations and communities;
  8. Has experience in or demonstrates a commitment to adopting experiential learning activities and pedagogy with diverse student populations and communities; and
  9. Has expertise in or demonstrated commitment to teaching, scholarship and/or service that contributes to access, diversity, and equal opportunity in higher education.

College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences: Cal Poly Pomona's College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences (CLASS) brings to life a vibrant hands-on experience through disciplines in the humanities, performing arts, and social sciences. As the heart and soul of the campus, the College’s mission is to cultivate one’s intellectual development, ethical reasoning, and aesthetic sensibility to support creative and critical thinking in a dynamic world of competing challenges. We are a community diverse in backgrounds, expertise, and thought, committed to improving the human condition and to bettering the world. Our faculty, students, and staff are devoted to creating an inclusive environment where all can thrive through the College's programs, research activities, creative performances, community outreach, and signature experiences. Learn more about the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences and our 12 distinct departments at

Department of History:  The Department of History at Cal Poly Pomona offers both a B.A. and an M.A. degree in history as well as courses that meet the campus’s general education requirements. The Department offers a global history emphasis that, in line with the mission of the university, allows students to deepen their understanding of the past and its meaning on both a particular and a global scale. The department provides a solid grounding for students in historical methods and historiography, as well as the latest developments in digital history. All student majors are responsible for researching and writing an original senior thesis based on primary and secondary sources. The curriculum includes a wide range of courses organized both geographically and thematically. The department prides itself as a great place to work, with collegiality and learning-centeredness as well as strong support for its diverse student body. For additional information:  

The Position: The Department of History in the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona) seeks a strong teacher-scholar with expertise in Latina/o history and the US/Mexico Borderlands at the rank of Assistant Professor with appointment effective Fall 2024. Duties in this position include teaching Latina/o history, the American history surveys (to 1865 and 1865 to the present), and upper-division courses in areas of interest; maintaining an active research agenda; and service to various levels of the university and the related community. Applicants whose work incorporates the digital humanities are particularly encouraged to apply.

The new hire will be a part of the Interdisciplinary Ethnic Studies Faculty and will have the opportunity to engage with the Office of Interdisciplinary Ethnic Studies and the faculty affiliated with it. This is a space for collaboration across disciplines and methodological vantage points, mentorship, and professional development programming. The faculty hired as a part of the Ethnic Studies Cluster hiring initiative, and the resources to support them, are a key element of CPP’s ongoing efforts to ensure the flourishing of our diverse students and faculty and be the leading inclusive polytechnic university in the nation. 

Required Qualifications: 

  • Ph.D. in History with exposure more broadly to Latina/o history and the US/Mexico Borderlands from an accredited university at the time of appointment. ABDs are welcome to apply, but such applicants must complete all the requirements for the Ph.D. by the time of appointment.
  • Evidence of ability to bring an Ethnic Studies lens to the candidate’s area of study.
  • Evidence of potential for excellence in university-level teaching
  • Evidence of ability to work with and mentor a diverse student population
  • Evidence of potential for scholarly engagement
  • Evidence of potential for teaching survey courses in United States history
  • Demonstrated commitment to inclusivity and equity. Evidence should be provided in a Student Success Statement that responds to the prompt above - “Inclusive Excellence and Student Success”

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Time period and field of specialization are open, but preference will be given for candidates with research experience or graduate training focused on California, the American southwest, Ethnic Studies, migration and immigration studies, gender and sexuality studies, Chicana/o history, or digital history related to Latina/o History and the US/Mexico Borderlands;
  • Ability to address Latina/o and Borderlands history in innovative regional, global or comparative contexts and interest in working with colleagues in public history and the history of science, technology, public health, capitalism, and non-violence;
  • Research experience using Spanish language sources;
  • Demonstrated experience and/or interest in digital humanities;
  • Hybrid and/or online teaching or program-building experiences;
  • Ability and interest in curriculum and pedagogical development in United States history.

Conditions of Employment:

The person offered this position is required to pass a background check.

Application Procedure: A completed application will consist of:

  • a cover letter that describes the candidate’s teaching and research experience and interests and that addresses the duties and qualifications articulated in the position description;
  • a Student Success Statement (up to 2 pages, single-spaced) that responds to the prompt above - “Inclusive Excellence and Student Success” and addresses at least two of the inclusive excellence criteria listed (please indicate the criteria numbers in your Statement).
  • a curriculum vitae comprised of at least those elements specified on the application form and including the names, titles, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least five individuals who can speak to the candidate’s potential for success in this position;
  • a brief statement of teaching philosophy (no more than 750 words);
  • three recent (on letterhead, signed and dated within the past two years) letters of reference. 
  • a completed application form; and
  • a transcript showing highest degree earned (an official transcript will be required of finalists).

Finalists for the position will: 

  • be required to provide official transcripts for highest degree before the on-campus interview; 
  • final candidates being interviewed are expected to make a presentation of creative work and a teaching demonstration to faculty and interact with students. 

Salary Range for 9 month Academic Year appointment:  $79,000 - $81,400

The position is open until filled. First consideration will be given to completed applications received no later than January 19, 2024. Early submission is encouraged.

Please direct inquiries to:

Dr. Eileen V. Wallis, Chair

Faculty Search Committee
History Department
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Pomona, CA 91768
Phone: 909.869.3860 FAX: 909.869.724 Email: 

Applications accepted only via PageUp—online application portal—for University hires.

Equal Opportunity Employer
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The university seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the people of California, to maintain the excellence of the university, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing. Cal Poly Pomona subscribes to all state and federal regulations and prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity/gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, age, disability, genetic information, medical condition, and covered veteran status. The university hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States. As required by the Clery Disclosure Act, the university prepares a public annual security report.


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