Peace and Conflict Studies- Assistant Professor

California State University, Fresno
October 28, 2023
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Peace and Conflict Studies- Assistant Professor

Apply now Job no: 530711 Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track Location: Fresno Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Letters/Humanities, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time

California State University, Fresno College of Arts & Humanities Department of Philosophy https://

Peace and Conflict Studies Assistant Professor Tenure Track Fall 2024 (August 2024)

General Overview:

The interdisciplinary Peace and Conflict Studies Program in the Department of Philosophy at California State University, Fresno invites applicants for an Assistant Professor position beginning Fall 2024. Our new colleague will teach undergraduate courses in the Peace and Conflict Studies curriculum, advise students, supervise student research, conduct and publish research, develop curriculum, and facilitate community outreach. We seek an individual who is enthusiastic about working cooperatively with faculty and staff in the Philosophy Department, the College of Arts and Humanities, and departments campuswide that are associated with the Peace and Conflict Studies program. The candidate is expected to assume leadership roles in the Peace and Conflict Studies Program and the endowed M. K. Gandhi Center when the opportunities become available.

Faculty typically teach 12 WTUs (4 courses) per semester. Faculty may apply for assigned time course reductions to support scholarly and/or creative activities. The current faculty contract provides for a course release each semester for the faculty member's first two years. Release time normally accompanies leadership positions. In summary, the successful candidate will teach and develop courses, conduct scholarly research; serve on department, college, and university committees; engage in community service; and actively participate in Peace and Conflict Studies and Philosophy Department activities and programming.

Position Description:

We invite applicants who approach teaching and research in Peace and Conflict studies from a perspective that is grounded in the Humanities. We seek candidates with expertise and/or competence in some of the following: peace education, peace-making and peace-building, mediation, and conflict resolution. Areas of scholarly and pedagogical interest may include: peace movements; philosophical themes such as uplift of all, nonviolent resistance, self-reliance; the lives and ideas of key figures (for example, Mohandas Gandhi, Leo Tolstoy, Jane Addams, Dorothy Day, Martin Luther King Jr., James Lawson, César Chávez, Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, etc.). The successful candidate will teach topics and courses in Peace and Conflict Studies, including “Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies,” “Peace Building,” “Mediation,” “Gandhi, Nonviolence, Sarvodaya, and Peace,” “Political Violence: War, Warfare, and Terrorism.” Opportunities exist for supervising internships and service-learning projects. Our new colleague will be expected to grow the program in collaboration with faculty in Philosophy, Religious Studies, Criminology, Social Work, and related areas. They are expected to lead or support activities of the M. K. Gandhi Center: Inner Peace and Sarvodaya and programming at Fresno State's Peace Garden, which is located in the heart of campus and features monuments of Gandhi, Jane Addams, Martin Luther King, Jr. and César Chávez. See required qualifications below. Specific assignments are dependent on departmental needs and the background of the individual.

Our Students: California State University, Fresno is committed to serving our students with a focus on inclusion. Fresno State has been recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI); an Asian American/Native American/Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI); and has been designated to the Community Engagement Classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.


Required Education (from an accredited institution or foreign equivalent.):

  • An earned doctorate (Ph.D.) in Philosophy, Religious Studies, Peace Studies, or a closely related discipline from an accredited (or equivalent) institution.
  • Applicants nearing completion of the doctorate (ABD) may be considered; however, for appointment, the doctorate must be completed by August 1, 2024
  • Required Experience:

  • Evidence of excellence in teaching and course development in the theory, philosophy, and practice of nonviolence and peace (from a perspective that is grounded in the humanities), in a broad undergraduate curriculum, to both majors and non-majors.
  • A record of humanistic scholarship in subjects related to Peace and Conflict Studies, commensurate with years of experience.
  • Evidence of engagement with any aspect of Gandhi's philosophy and principles in teaching or research.
  • Demonstrated commitment to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds, and to engage with diverse communities in the San Joaquin Valley region.
  • A record of organizing scholarly and community events.
  • Preferred Experience :

  • Evidence of sincere commitment to engagement with scholars, students, and community members across disciplines and organizations.
  • Experience in and enthusiasm for teaching students of diverse ethnic backgrounds and/or first-generation college students.
  • Experience, expertise, and interest in contemporary issues in peace and conflict studies.
  • Ability to teach, organize events, mentor student activities, and create programming related to the figures represented in Fresno State's Peace Garden.
  • Ability to teach, organize events, mentor student activities, and create programming related to the figures represented in Fresno State's Peace Garden.
  • Application Procedures: Review of applications will begin on October 28, 2023. The committee may choose to review applications submitted after this date. This position will automatically close on March 31, 2024. To ensure full consideration, applicants should submit all application materials by the review of applications date.

    Application Review Date: October 28, 2023.

    Apply online at: https://

    For full consideration, please attach the following required documents:

  • Letter of interest or cover letter specifically addressing required experience and preferred qualifications (as stated in the job description), your interests in teaching diverse students, and your research.
  • Current curriculum vitae.
  • Names and contact information of three professional references.
  • A statement about your approach to teaching in the position fields and examples of your own experience, skills, and evolution in teaching practices–not to exceed two pages.
  • A statement indicating your ideas for potential scholarly and/or public events for the M.K. Gandhi Center, Fresno State Peace Garden, and/or Peace and Conflict Studies program.
  • A statement addressing your commitment to working with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds, including how your research background and teaching approaches would enhance the experience of our students at Fresno State –not to exceed two pages.
  • A representative example of your scholarship (15-25 pages)
  • Two sample syllabi (one of which should be related to the courses we offer in Fresno State's PAX program). (Newly developed syllabi can demonstrate the candidate's ability to develop curriculum.)
  • Candidates invited for an on-campus visit must submit by mail/e-mail within the designated deadline. The Search Chair will send information and requests for these items:

  • Three current letters of recommendation (dated within 12 months of full consideration date)
  • Official transcripts
  • Additional information may be requested.

    Committee Information and Search process:

    Search Chair: Dr. Amine Tais Department of Philosophy College of Arts & Humanities Email: [email protected]

    About Fresno State

    California State University, Fresno is an engaged University. We focus on broadening students' intellectual horizons, fostering lifelong learning skills, developing the leaders of tomorrow, promoting community involvement, and instilling an appreciation of world cultures. We nurture cultural competence by celebrating the rich diversity of the campus community and welcoming the participation of all. Members of the University community work effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds. For information on the University's commitment and dedication to creating a university known for its integrity, civility, equity, respect, and ethical behavior, visit: https:// www.

    The campus is ranked 36th in the nation by Washington Monthly; ranked 3rd by U.S. News & World Report in graduation rate performance for public institutions; and, ranked 41st in the nation in MONEY Magazines 50 Best Public Colleges. The campus is classified as an R2 “ Doctoral Universities – High research activities ” university per the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education

    Tenure-Track Faculty members gain a clear path to tenure through the University's Probationary Plan Process. For additional information, please visit: www. We value our commitment to the success of our faculty by providing services from the Center for Faculty Excellence to Research and Sponsored Programs.

    About the College and Department:

    Fresno State's Peace and Conflict Studies Program is an interdisciplinary program housed in the Department of Philosophy, in the College of Arts and Humanities. It prepares students with theoretical approaches, along with peacemaking and conflict-management skills they can apply to professional and life situations. This interdisciplinary minor is open to students in any academic discipline or chosen profession. The program currently offers a minor and a certificate.

    The Department of Philosophy in the College of Arts and Humanities at California State University, Fresno State offers a B.A. degree with options in Philosophy, Religious Studies, and Pre-Law. It houses the interdisciplinary Ethics Center, the Peace and Conflict Studies Program, the newly endowed M. K. Gandhi Center: Inner Peace and Sarvodaya, and an Endowed Chair in Jain and Hindu Dharma. The Department is committed to diverse philosophical and humanistic approaches and traditions and welcomes applications from members of diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic groups. Further information can be found at our website: https: //

    Territorial Acknowledgement:

    The Fresno State campus sits in the midst of the San Joaquin Valley, a valley rich in the traditions and representation of Native American peoples and cultures. We are grateful to be in the traditional homelands of the Yokuts and Mono peoples, whose diverse tribal communities share stewardship over this land.

    Other Campus Information:

    In compliance with the Annual Security Report & Fire Safety Report of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, California State University, Fresno has made crime-reporting statistics available to applicants, students, and employees online at www. Print copies are available by request from the Campus Police Department.

    A background check (including criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily for this position. Any offer of employment may be withdrawn, or employment may be terminated based upon the results of the background investigation.

    The person holding this position is considered a "limited reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements outlined in CSU Executive Order 1083 Revised July 21, 2017, as a condition of employment. You can obtain a copy of this Executive order by accessing the following website: https:// www.

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    California State University, Fresno is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.

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    Advertised: 13 Aug 2023 Pacific Daylight Time Applications close: 31 Mar 2024 Pacific Daylight Time

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