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Pool for Part-time Lecturer AY, Department of Anthropology, Human Development Program

California State University System
Sonoma, California
Closing date
Jun 17, 2024

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Position Type
Cultural Resource Management
Part Time
Organization Type
Our Commitment

Guided by our core values as a university: diversity, sustainability, community engagement, and adaptability, Sonoma State University (SSU) offers an education that fosters intellectual, social, and personal growth. SSU is a public liberal arts and sciences university. As the only member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges in the state of California, we are committed to preparing students for a life of active citizenship and public service. We have a vibrant campus life characterized by a lively co-curriculum that fosters broad based intellectual and artistic opportunities in which the campus as a whole is actively engaged. Faculty members are committed to facilitating spaces in which all can grow by building on our scholars' assets as they explore new knowledge. These efforts include fostering creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, experimentation, empathy, and communication. We strive to create a diverse, equity-minded, and inclusive campus environment. Faculty are expected to collaborate thoughtfully with our staff and scholars, which means we value the full range of everyone's assets in terms of languages, abilities, cultures, and ways of knowing. We are fully committed to the rights of scholars, staff, and faculty. We are especially interested in candidates who are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion.

The University

Sonoma State University's beautiful 274-acre campus is located in Sonoma County wine country, an hour north of San Francisco. The campus offers the ideal setting for teaching and learning and access to a community of rich cultural, environmental, and recreational opportunities. Founded in 1960, SSU is one of the 23 campuses of the California State University System. As members of the largest public higher educational system in the nation, we provide accessible, high-quality education. Sonoma State University is a federally-designated Hispanic Serving Institution, as such we are committed to achieving the goals of equal opportunity and endeavors to employ faculty and staff reflecting the linguistic, ethnic, and cultural diversity of the region and state.

The Department & Human Development Program

The Human Development major is designed to provide students with a comprehensive grounding in theoretical approaches to human development across the life course in comparative cross-species, cross-cultural, and multicultural, as well as class and gender perspectives. The human development major is interdisciplinary, meaning that it draws on theories and concepts from multiple disciplines, including: Anthropology, Biology, Education, Nursing, Psychology, Sociology, and Women's & Gender Studies.

The Anthropology Department offers a B.A. in Human Development, a B.A. in Anthropology, a minor in Anthropology, and an M.A. in Cultural Resources Management (CRM). The current tenure-track faculty consists of an anthropologist specializing in comparative human development, as well as faculty supporting an integrated, four-field approach in anthropology: one linguistic anthropologist, one cultural anthropologist, one archaeologist, one bioarchaeologist, and one biological anthropologist.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to see the program and the department's web pages at:

Duties of the Position

The department seeks instructors in undergraduate courses in any one or more of the Core or Topical Areas (Childhood and Adolescence; Adulthood and Lifespan; Gender and Sexuality; Society, Culture, and Language) offered by the Human Development Program (i.e., having an HD prefix), at either lower-division or upper-division levels. One lower-division introductory HD course also serves as a General Education course for non-majors. Upper-division courses focus on areas of more specialized topics and applications. Classes that focus on social and cultural approaches to health, well-being, and/or dis-ability are also of interest.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to see the department's current course offerings and organization at:

Professional Qualifications

To be recommended for appointment, the candidate must have:

A Ph.D. in Human Development or related disciplines with specialization in the subdiscipline(s) relevant to the courses that the applicant proposes to teach. A.B.D.s, M.A.s, and Ph.D.s in related disciplines with sufficient teaching, work, and/or research experience in the area of specialization will be considered. Experience teaching in hybrid and/or online modalities, and with Canvas LMS or similar is desirable. Candidates should also indicate any relevant experience utilizing innovative instruction techniques and/or working within a diverse university community.

Rank and Salary

Full-time is a 15-unit workload per semester. Actual salary is dependent upon the number of units assigned, educational preparation, and availability of funds subject to any CSU system faculty contract salary increases.
  • Salary commensurate with degree level and experience.
  • Anticipated Hiring Salary Range: $4,530 - $6,056 per full-time month.
  • The full-time (15 units per semester) monthly base salary range indicated above is prorated to the number of units worked and are paid in six monthly payments for each full semester.
  • Selection as a candidate in the applicant pool, does not guarantee employment. Temporary Faculty appointments are made on a part-time, temporary basis and contingent upon department needs and funding.
  • Temporary Faculty appointments are made on a semester-by-semester basis.
  • Relocation expenses will not be provided for temporary faculty appointments.
  • Expenses incurred to attend an interview for temporary faculty positions are not reimbursed by the University.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, go to and click on the Staff & Faculty Career Opportunities link. Find and select the faculty position you are applying for to view the description and select Apply Now. If you have not previously applied, you will be prompted to create an account. You can use this account to apply to multiple positions. Once you have submitted the application, a confirmation email will be automatically sent to you. Please do not send materials to If you encounter difficulties during the application process, please email

Please submit:

  • Cover letter indicating courses for which you would like to be considered
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Contact Information for 3 References

  • Teaching Philosophy
  • Student Evaluations
  • Other appropriate documentation, such as course syllabi, statement of research interests

Application procedures for temporary faculty already teaching in the department:
  • Temporary Faculty with three-year contracts do not need to reapply.
  • Temporary Faculty who had a paid appointment during the prior academic year with your department (either one or both semesters); this includes Lecturers on the Re-Employment list are not required to apply through the Recruitment Pool unless they would like to be evaluated to teach additional courses, not currently designated as qualified to teach.

Sonoma State University hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States. All offers of employment are contingent upon presentation of documents demonstrating the appointee's identity and eligibility to work, in accordance with the provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act. Sonoma State University does not facilitate the process of applying for an H1B Visa for temporary positions.

CSU Out of State Policy - Sonoma State University, as part of the CSU system, is a State of California Employer. As such, the University requires all employees upon date of hire to reside in the State of California. As of January 1, 2022, the CSU Out-of-State Employment Policy prohibits the hiring of employees to perform CSU-related work outside the state of California.

Contact Information

Questions concerning the application process may be directed to:

Questions concerning this position may be directed to:

Prof. Richard J. Senghas, Chair of Anthropology,

The ADA Coordinator is also available ( to assist individuals with disabilities in need of accommodation during the hiring process.

Other Information

The university 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 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.

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