Position Description

Position title:

Assistant Professor in the International Relations Department


China in a Globalizing World

Start date:

August, 2018


Commensurate with qualifications and experience. The California State University provides generous health, retirement and other benefits.

Position Summary:

The position is in the International Relations Department at San Francisco State University.

The International Relations Department at San Francisco State University seeks applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the field of China in a Globalizing World, starting Fall Semester 2018. The position offers the opportunity to participate in a highly diverse and internationally focused campus community with a policy of commitment to social justice and strong student interest in contemporary China’s international and transnational relations. The post requires proven expertise on China and the ability to teach effectively the IR Department’s core courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  

The successful candidate will also teach undergraduate and MA courses in his/her areas of research. Areas of thematic interest relating to China include but are not limited to: foreign policy; international political economy; communication and public diplomacy; global institutions and governance. The successful candidate must possess broad familiarity with theory and approaches to IR and closely-related social sciences. S/he should have Mandarin language skills adequate for research and teaching. S/he must have a PhD by the time of appointment and a record of publications or strong, publishable manuscripts.  

Applicants should submit via email to ir@sfsu.edu the following: 

  1. A letter of intent/interest;
  2. A current CV;
  3. A sample of scholarly writing 
  4. A statement of teaching philosophy; 
  5. Names and contact information of three references.
  6. Letters of recommendation upon request at a later date.

Consideration of applications will commence November 7 and will continue until the position is filled. 

The position includes a full-time faculty workload per the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the California State University and the California Faculty Association. The workload primarily includes teaching assigned undergraduate and graduate courses in International Relations, and conducting an active ongoing program of research which advances knowledge in the field of one’s specialty.

The teaching assignments will be in International Relations. The scholarship may address a range of topics in the areas of International Relations.

Additional responsibilities include, but are not limited to, productive participation on departmental, college, and university-wide committees; mentoring and advising graduate and undergraduate students; holding regular office hours; curriculum development and improvement, particularly with regard to student learning outcomes; and remaining current in both subject area and teaching methodologies. 

Essential Job Tasks:

  • Prepare course materials such as syllabi, lecture and discussion materials, readings and assignments, assessments, and learning resources;
  • Prepare and deliver effective lectures to undergraduate and/or graduate students on topics such as International Relations and topics relating to China;
  • Initiate, moderate, and facilitate classroom discussions;
  • Evaluate and grade students' class work, assignments, papers, etc. in a timely manner;
  • Compile, administer, and grade examinations or other learning assessments;
  • Maintain student grades and other required records or reporting materials;
  • Conduct research in one's field of interest and present findings in peer-reviewed journals and books, as well as in professional conferences.
  • Stay current on developments in the discipline by reading new literature, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional conferences;  
  • Plan, evaluate and revise curricula, course content, course materials, and methods of instruction;  
  • Hold regularly-scheduled office hours for the purpose of advising and assisting students;
  • Actively participate on assigned committees in accordance with department/school or College needs, and SF State's strategic vision; 
  • Actively participate in collegial interactions in fulfilling service assignments and other duties at the department, college, and university level.
  • Additional duties as assigned.

San Francisco State University is a member of the CSU system and serves a diverse student body of 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The University seeks to promote appreciation of scholarship, freedom and, human diversity through excellence in instruction and intellectual accomplishment. San Francisco State University faculty are expected to be effective teachers and demonstrate professional achievement and growth through research, scholarship, and/or creative work. Our goal is to attract a world-class and diverse faculty committed to build a multicultural educational environment.

San Francisco State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong commitment to diversity. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or other legally protected category.  We strongly encourage the application of individuals from historically underrepresented groups.

For additional information, please see the position announcement for further information.