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Assistant Professor in Transborder Studies

Arizona State University

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

School of Transborder Studies

Job #15216

The School of Transborder Studies (STS) at Arizona State University invites applications for one full-time, tenure-eligible position at the rank of Assistant Professor. This position is part of the Southwest Borderlands Initiative (SWBI), an ASU long-term effort to enhance existing university scholarly and instructional resources in the Southwest Borderlands, U.S. Mexico, and tribal communities. The position will be in STS, housed within the Social Sciences Division of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences with an anticipated start date of August 2020.

We are looking for a colleague who will contribute to our efforts in the area of Latinx community development, with a possible focus on Latinx health and well-being. Communities create important impacts on the livelihood of individuals with respect to their health, housing, employment, transportation, religious/spiritual needs, and recreation. The shifting demographics in the U.S. Southwest, Arizona, and Maricopa County suggest we need to better understand how to plan the future for Latinx communities. Ideally, the successful candidate would focus on the context of changing communities and neighborhoods of U.S.-born Latinx and/or Latinx immigrants. The successful candidate would also be interested in developing a research agenda in Maricopa County/the Phoenix area, along with binational collaborations with Mexican and other Latin American institutions.  

The successful candidate will teach undergraduate courses, as well as contribute to the graduate program. The successful candidate will be expected to generate peer-reviewed publications, develop an externally-funded research program, engage undergraduate and graduate students through effective teaching and mentoring, participate in service to the university and profession, and build productive relationships with faculty both within and beyond the school. 

The School of Transborder Studies is home to a dynamic and interdisciplinary faculty focused on the theoretical and empirical examination of transborder processes and communities. STS approaches transborder studies in a way that is grounded in and inspired by the geographical specificity of the U.S.- Mexico border as well as the broad theoretical applications of border studies. This approach is unique among U.S. universities in this emerging field of study globally. The location of STS in the Phoenix metropolitan area, a center of Mexican-origin and other Latinx populations and epicenter of rapid changes in the social and demographic landscape of the United States, makes this unit an ideal place to study these issues. STS collaborates actively with Mexican-origin and Latinx communities in Arizona and also sustains a strong research and exchange program with Mexican academic institutions on the border and beyond. STS currently houses the Association for Borderlands Studies and a College Assistance Migrant Program and has recognized strengths in migration studies, border environmental and urbanization, community health, language, identity, and education, Chicanx/Latinx media studies, gender and sustainability, and politics and policy. STS offers an undergraduate degree in Transborder Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies with three interdisciplinary concentrations: media and expressive culture, transborder community development and health, and U.S. and Mexican regional immigration policy and economy. A PhD in Transborder Studies allows a broad selection of topics in that area.

ASU is a research-intensive university with outstanding research facilities and supporting infrastructure. Recently ranked as the nation’s most innovative school for the fifth consecutive year, the university’s location within the large and fast-growing Phoenix region provides a rich context for applied research and community engagement around many contemporary social issues. We invite you to learn more about the School of Transborder Studies and Arizona State University by visiting https://sts.asu.edu and

https://newamericanuniversity.asu.edu/. Learn more about what The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has to offer by visiting https://thecollege.asu.edu/faculty. 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Doctorate in a social science field or another field related to community transborder issues (e.g., Chicanx or Latinx Studies, Women and Gender Studies, Health Disciplines, Public Health, Urban Studies, Public Policy or related field) by the time of appointment
  • Experience with community-based research initiatives
  • Record of or well-articulated commitment to excellence in teaching in Mexican-origin, Latinx and transborder peoples at the undergraduate and graduate levels

Desired Qualifications:

  • Evidence of an interdisciplinary research agenda with the potential to advance the mission of the School of Transborder Studies Experience with an interest in developing international, collaborative research projects
  • A record of development and writing of successful research proposals or capacity to develop and write successful proposals
  • Experience with or interest in developing international, collaborative research projects
  • Experience with or interest in teaching in a variety of modalities (e.g., in-person and online)
  • Proficiency in Spanish (listening, speaking, reading, writing)


The initial deadline for accepting applications is January 15, 2020. If not filled, reviews will occur every week thereafter until the search is closed. To apply, candidates must submit the following materials online at http://apply.interfolio.com/71540.


Application Procedure:

(1)  a cover letter describing qualifications and interest,

(2)  a comprehensive curriculum vitae that includes a comprehensive publication record,

(3)  an outline of future research plans (not to exceed one page),

(4)  a statement of teaching philosophy and interests (not to exceed one page),

(5)  a statement addressing how your past and/or potential contributions to diversity and inclusion will advance ASU’s commitment to inclusive excellence (not to exceed one page), and

(6)  the names and contact information (including email addresses and phone numbers) for three references.


This is a paperless search, and only materials submitted electronically as outlined above will be considered. All application materials will be held in confidence. Questions related to the search may be addressed to the chair of the Search Committee, Eileen Diaz McConnell at Eileen.Diaz.McConnell@asu.edu.

The College values our cultural and intellectual diversity, and continually strives to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment. We are especially interested in applicants who can strengthen the diversity of the academic community.

A background check is required for employment.

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national

origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Further information on ASU’s policies can be found at https://www.asu.edu/aad/manuals/acd/acd401.html and its complete non-discrimination statement at https://www.asu.edu/titleIX/.

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