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Employment Opportunities: Tenure-Track Cluster Hiring

College of Arts and Letters Cluster Hires

The College of Arts and Letters at Sacramento State has launched a cluster hire initiative focused on thematic areas that the college wishes to support and develop across disciplines, Social Practice & Justice in the Arts and Cultures of the Americas. The new professors in each cohort will lay the groundwork for a network of scholarly and creative support, mutual mentorship, and program development. By hiring in thematic clusters, the college hopes to: increase faculty diversity; foster a strong sense of community and belonging among the new colleagues; provide mentorship; and encourage interdisciplinary collaboration across departmental lines. The clusters provide an opportunity for diversifying and decolonizing curricula across disciplines, and engagement with our diverse community. While the cohorts will serve as a mechanism to attract, recruit, and retain diverse faculty who share research interests, each hire will be positioned within a specific college department.

Social Practice & Justice in the Arts

With the cluster hire in Social Practice & Justice in the Arts, the college seeks to build a cohort of faculty in the arts who are committed to collaborative, community-driven work that engages with social issues, bringing into conversation political awareness and activism that embodies the university imperatives of anti-racism and inclusivity. The college is interested in attracting faculty members who are deeply connected to, and integrated into, the communities they work with. The cohort model offered through this initiative will provide support to the new faculty members, while the focus on social practice will offer natural opportunities for interdisciplinary creative work and scholarship. The cohort will form a mutual mentoring network which – along with the involvement of other interested faculty – will provide opportunities for support and collaboration.

Social Justice Filmmaking

The Film Program at Sacramento State University seeks an Assistant Professor in Narrative & Social Justice Filmmaking who specializes in contemporary approaches to narrative filmmaking, with an emphasis on socially engaged, collaborative storytelling practices. The ideal candidate will have experience teaching contemporary storytelling devices and technologies, and focused on community-based, social justice filmmaking. Candidates must be dedicated to teaching in a university that serves a diverse student body and be intent on forging collaborative relationships across disciplines and in the community.

Social Practice / Community-Based Artist

The Art Department at Sacramento State seeks a tenure-track assistant professor of studio art who specializes in social practice and/or community-engaged practice (public practice, participatory art, relational art) with an interdisciplinary artmaking background. Our department seeks a candidate who can engage students working in a variety of media in the practice of socially-engaged art. We seek candidates who will be dedicated to teaching and mentoring a diverse student population, designing inclusive courses, and forging collaborative relationships across disciplines.

Social Design / Research Methods

The Design Department at Sacramento State seeks a tenure-track assistant professor of social design and research methods who specializes in community engaged interdisciplinary design practice. The department seeks a candidate who can teach design research methods and engage undergraduate students and community members in human-centered design practice. We seek candidates who will work collaboratively to develop social practice / community-engaged practice curriculum across disciplines.

African Diasporic Theatre Performance and Practice

The Department of Theatre and Dance at Sacramento State seeks a tenure track professor of African Diasporic Theatre, Performance and Practice, who's creative and research scholarship emphasizes social justice and community engagement. The department’s ideal candidate will provide examples of teaching in African Diasporic and African American Theory and Criticism, African Diasporic Performance Studies, Global Theatre History and Dramatic Literature. The successful candidate will demonstrate collaborative creative practices that engage with the community and across disciplines with a strong interest in curriculum development.

Cultures of the Americas

The Cultures of the Americas cluster will focus upon increasing the diversity of Sacramento State offerings in the Americas and therefore serve DEI work on campus; not only will there - eventually - be new courses, but these positions, as conceptualized by Humanities & Religious Studies, History, and English, offer a revised understanding of the place of the Americas within sociocultural history as well as, more importantly, the importance of various actors in the Americas. Scholars of the indigenous and/or transnational Americas upend the centrality of the USA and colonial settlements and provide new historical and cultural models in thinking about the Americas.

Candidates selected through these cluster hires will be given funding in their first year to support the individual and collective plans of the faculty members of the cluster, and the goals of the cluster hire. The College will provide opportunities throughout the year for community-building, interdisciplinary discussions, planning, and potential collaborations among members of the cluster. Faculty in the cluster will also be supported through monthly lunch gatherings and mentoring. In addition, the college and university offer grants in research and creative activities as well as pedagogy.