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United States History - Assistant Professor, Tenure Track, Palm Desert Campus

The Department of History at California State University, San Bernardino invites applications from a diverse group of qualified applicants for a full-time, tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor of United States history, with preference given to experience in California single subject teaching requirements and public history.  The successful candidate will be part of the second cohort of tenure-track faculty hired for the Palm Desert branch of CSUSB beginning in August 2020. 

The Department of History offers courses across all areas of the world and temporal time periods.  Courses are offered in the areas of African, Asian, European, Latin American, Middle Eastern, and United States history.  Courses are often integrative and are constantly updated to reflect new areas of interest and faculty expertise.  The department also houses a pre-credential and public history program that offers core professional development courses and practical employment opportunities for students. 

California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) is located in San Bernardino in the Inland Empire, 60 miles east of Los Angeles and operates a satellite campus in Palm Desert located in Coachella Valley.  CSUSB serves approximately 20,000 students, of which 81% are first-generation college students, and graduates about 5,000 students annually.  As a designated Hispanic Serving Institution, CSUSB reflects the dynamic diversity of the region and has one of the most diverse student populations of any university in the Inland Empire and the second-highest Hispanic enrollment of all public universities in California. CSUSB employs 467 full-time faculty and offers 48 undergraduate, 35 graduate, and 1 doctoral degree programs and 14 academic programs with national accreditation. 

At CSUSB, diversity, equity and inclusion are values central to our mission.  We recognize that diversity and inclusion in all its forms are necessary for our institutional success.  By fully leveraging our diverse experiences, backgrounds and insights, we inspire innovation, challenge the status quo and create better outcomes for our students and community. As part of CSUSB's commitment to hire, develop and retain a diverse faculty, we offer a variety of networking, mentoring and development programs for our junior faculty.  We are committed to building and sustaining a CSUSB community that is supportive and inclusive of all individuals.  Qualified applicants with experience in ethnically diverse settings and/or who demonstrate a commitment to serving diverse student populations are strongly encouraged to apply.

Typical Activities

The successful candidate for this position is expected to teach and develop upper and lower division courses on United States history, including courses dealing with teaching methods in history, and public history.  The candidate will also be expected to work with the main campus in overseeing the Social Sciences CSET-waiver program.  The successful candidate will also be expected to provide evidence of effective teaching, high-quality scholarly research, and be able to provide service to the University and community. 

Qualified candidates must demonstrate a commitment to excellence in teaching and mentoring a diverse student population and to working effectively with faculty, staff and students across a wide range of disciplines.

In addition, new faculty are encouraged to develop and participate in activities that support the University's strategic plan. This plan emphasizes: a) student success; b) faculty and staff success; c) stewarding resources; d) community engagement and partnerships; and, e) enhancing the campus identity. CSUSB's Strategic Plan is available at

Minimum Qualifications

A Ph.D. in History or a related field is required by time of appointment. 

Supplemental Information

To apply please submit the following required documents:  
1) Curriculum Vitae

2) Cover Letter that includes:
    a. A statement of your teaching philosophy.
    b. A statement of your research experience and goals.
    c. A statement of how you might contribute to CSUSB's Strategic Plan.

3) If available, evidence of teaching effectiveness such as teaching portfolios, reports on teaching observations, and/or student evaluations of teaching.

4) Unofficial copies of all postsecondary degree transcripts (official transcripts will be required prior to appointment).

5) Three (3) letters of recommendation from individuals qualified to comment emailed to

6) Reference List - names, telephone numbers, and email addresses of three (3) referees.

7) A Diversity Statement, which may include your interpretation of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and must include specific examples of how your background and your educational and/or professional experiences have prepared you for this role at California State University, San Bernardino (maximum 1,000 words).

8) A writing sample.

9) Copies of syllabi of courses taught or proposed. 

Formal review of applications will begin September 30, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.  Information regarding CSUSB's Department of History can be found at

If you are interested in this opportunity, we invite you to apply at  Salary is commensurate with experience. 

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.

The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

California State University, San Bernardino 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. This position adheres to CSU policies against Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Violence, including Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking. This requires completion of Sexual Violence Prevention Training within 6 months of assuming employment and on a two-year basis thereafter. (Executive Order 1096 - Revised July 21, 2017)

This position may be "Designated" under California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. This would require the filing of a Statement of Economic Interest on an annual basis and the completion of training within 6 months of assuming office and every 2 years thereafter. Visit the Human Resources Conflict of Interest webpage link for additional information: Conflict of Interest- Human Resources.