Assistant Professor, Latino Studies and Social Justice

Dominican University of California

United States

December 10, 2021


Dominican is located in Marin County, whose affluent and progressive reputation is juxtaposed with a reality of extreme economic and racial disparity. While the campus is situated in a privileged neighborhood, our institution has deep ties in surrounding neighborhoods where resources and representation for minoritized people are exceedingly disproportionate. Dominican is committed to improving our internal policies and practices related to equity and inclusion; it is also demonstrably engaged in collaborating with local, long-term community partners to improve equity and inclusion in Marin.

Our student body is remarkably diverse and we strive to see that diversity reflected in our faculty and staff. We seek candidates from all backgrounds who, through their research, teaching, work ethic, and service, will meaningfully contribute to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive campus and county.

Resume/CV and cover letter are required and must be attached in attachment section of the application process (Step 2). Refer to the posting instructions for any additional materials that may be required.

Refer to the Dominican Employment Pagehere for adjunct opportunities and application instructions.

Title: Assistant Professor, Latino Studies and Social Justice

Department: Public Affairs

Division: School of Liberal Arts and Education

Reports to: Chair, Division of Public Affairs

Status: Full-time/Tenure-Track, 9 Months, Commence Fall 2022

Position Summary

The Division of Public Affairs at Dominican University of California is seeking a teacher/scholar/activist to teach in our newly revised community- engaged Latin American and Latino Studies minor and our Social Justice major. While the discipline of specialization is open, the position entails a focus on Latino communities including indigenous migrants and U.S. issues (domestic and foreign policy/laws). The successful candidate will have an expertise in community-based and social justice scholarship and organizing, and be bilingual with an ability to teach at least two service-learning courses in Spanish to assist primarily heritage speakers refine and expand their Spanish vocabulary and skills (not primarily grammar courses but focused on community issues, field specific vocabulary, interpretation and linguistic capital). The successful candidate for this tenure-track Assistant Professor position will be committed to social justice for immigrant communities, value working with a diverse student population (many of whom are first generation), and dedicated to best practices in community engagement. Secondary emphases: social science expertise in U.S. public policy in relation to structural social change and/or post-colonial studies. Tenure-track faculty members are required to participate in scholarship and university service. All faculty adhere to requirements in the Dominican Faculty Handbook.


  • Teach five four-unit courses per year, which includes two service-learning courses in Spanish as well as courses within our Social Justice major that also serve as general education courses for all students.

  • Shape future course offerings in both the community-engaged Latin American and Latino Studies minor, the Social Justice major, public policy programming, and participate in our Service-Learning program.

  • Scholarship/publication consistent with Dominican's requirements for tenure, with emphasis on community-engaged research and scholarship. Three-unit release for scholarly work.

  • Attend and contribute to faculty meetings and other professional development activities, including shared governance via service on university-wide committees and through participation in faculty forum

  • Mentor and academically advise students

  • Uphold academic performance standards and integrity

  • Required Qualifications

  • Earned Ph.D., or have one in hand by time of appointment

  • Bilingual with ability to teach courses in Spanish

  • Demonstrated involvement in community-engaged scholarship

  • Preferred Qualifications

  • Academic teaching experience
  • Additional Position Information

  • The deadline to apply for this position is December 10, 2021

  • Must be willing to consent to a background check

  • Dominican University of California is an independent, international, learner- centered university, offering both undergraduate and graduate programs. The University is located 12 miles north of San Francisco nestled in the foothills Marin County. Dominican has a 1:10 teacher-to-student ratio, an average class size of 16 with a small-town feeling in a park-like campus. We blend interdisciplinary core courses, real-world studies, and small classes with close and supportive academic advising and mentoring.

    Dominican's Service-Learning Program is well established and implements critical community engagement through service-learning designated classes across the curriculum. The learning outcomes include critical analysis of structural issues and valuing of community voice and knowledge. The program has very well established partnerships of mutual respect and trust, especially with the Canal Latino immigrant community that is in San Rafael, a ten minute drive from campus.

    Application Procedures

  • Link to apply: https: //

  • A cover letter and statement of teaching philosophy required with your resume/CV

  • Compile resume/CV, cover letter, and teaching philosophy in one pdf document and upload in the Resume/CV section

  • For further questions on the application process, please contact

  • For More Information Contact:

    Dr. Laura Stivers

    Professor of Ethics

    Co-Chair Division of Public Affairs

    Dominican University of California

    50 Acacia Ave, San Rafael, CA 94901

    Dominican University of California is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to excellence through diversity, and takes pride in its multicultural environment. We are committed in thought, word, and deed to recruiting and retaining a workforce that values the diversity of its student body. The University actively promotes an institutional culture that practices equity and inclusion. We strongly encourage applications from members of all under- represented groups in higher education.

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