California State Polytechnic University, Pomona invites applications for a tenure track faculty position at the Rank of Assistant or Associate Professor in the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences for an appointment beginning in the 2022-2023 academic year. The successful candidate will hold the Shri Shantinath Endowed Chair in Ahimsa Studies, serve as the Director of the Ahimsa Center, as well as teach and pursue an active research agenda (see details below).
The University. Cal Poly Pomona is one of two polytechnic universities in the 23-campus California State University system and among 11 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 territories 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. 2 in the U.S. News and World Report rankings of top public regional universities in the west and was named the No. 15 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.
Inclusive Excellence Criteria. 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.
Tenure track faculty hires will demonstrate a commitment and record of contributions through their teaching, scholarship, or service to these inclusive excellence criteria (a minimum of two must be addressed in the Student Success Statement):
- Integrates the values of equity and inclusivity into their teaching, scholarship and/or service contributions with diverse student populations;
- Incorporates the contributions and struggles of historic ethnic minority groups and communities into their teaching, scholarly work, and/or service contributions;
- Adopts teaching strategies that supports the learning and success of students from diverse student populations;
- Mentors and engages diverse student populations in discovery, scholarship, and creative activities;
- Engages students in problem-based projects and learning that address the needs of diverse communities;
- Possesses knowledge of challenges and barriers for underrepresented students and faculty within the discipline;
- Mentors and assists diverse student populations interested in pursuing graduate education;
- Engages in community-responsive action research or service with diverse student populations and communities;
- Has experience in or demonstrates a commitment to adopting experiential learning activities and pedagogy with diverse student populations and communities; and
- Has expertise in or demonstrated commitment to teaching, scholarship and/or service that contributes to access, diversity, and equal opportunity in higher education.
The College: 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 11 distinct departments at www.cpp.edu/class.
Ahimsa Center: Established in 2003-04 in CLASS, the Ahimsa Center is dedicated to interdisciplinary teaching and learning about nonviolence and its practical applications at various levels: personal, interpersonal, societal, national, and international. Educational and outreach initiatives of the Center such as conferences and summer institutes for K-12 educators facilitate an understanding of nonviolence as a transformational force. To learn more about the Center, visit: www.cpp.edu/ahimsacenter
The Position: The College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences seeks candidates from any discipline, preferably from Humanities or Social Sciences, who specialize in Ahimsa Studies (Nonviolence Studies). This can be demonstrated by a teaching and research focus related to themes such as the following:
The history of nonviolence and global nonviolent movements; leadership in nonviolence and social change; ethics and philosophy of nonviolence; politics of nonviolent movements, nonviolent conflict resolution, ahimsa in wisdom traditions such as Jainism and Buddhism; Gandhian and Kingian nonviolence; nonviolence and meditative practices; women and nonviolence; nonviolence and restorative justice; care, compassion, and nonviolence; social justice movements anchored in nonviolence; and psychology of nonviolence.
The successful candidate will hold the Shri Shantinath Endowed Chair in Ahimsa Studies and serve as the Director of the Ahimsa Center.
This position has two major roles. As a tenure-track faculty, candidates must demonstrate the potential for excellence in teaching a diverse undergraduate student-body; the ability to teach the existing core courses (Nonviolence in the Modern World and a capstone seminar in nonviolence); the interest and ability to design new course(s) to strengthen the Minor in Nonviolence Studies; and have an active research agenda in the study of nonviolence. Candidates may also have an opportunity for teaching within their discipline-based department. As the director of the Ahimsa Center, candidates must demonstrate the ability to direct the Center’s various activities which include offering professional development programs for K-12 educators in nonviolence education, and organizing and hosting quality public programs such as lectures, workshops, symposia, and conferences that explore the relevance of nonviolence at personal, interpersonal, institutional, national, or international levels. The director will have access to endowment funds to implement the various activities of the Center and to advance and enrich Ahimsa Studies.
The position carries a teaching load of 2/2 in the first two years, and 3/3 subsequently, with additional competitive course reduction opportunities for curricular innovation, research and scholarly activity, and initiatives in extramural funding.
Applications at both the Assistant and Associate levels will be given full consideration.