Welcome to the Department of History

Our undergraduate program trains students in the methods of history and provides a solid basis for students to go on to graduate programs in history or to careers in a variety of fields. We oversee the social science subject matter competence program that will qualify students to apply to secondary education credential programs in the social sciences.

Students interested in the graduate study of history will be happy to learn of the excellence of our M.A. program. A recent survey by the American Historical Association has noted that more of our M.A. students go on to Ph.D.programs than from any other stand-alone M.A. program in the nation. Students may specialize in the fields of U.S. history, European history before 1500, European history since 1500, Latin American history, and Gender in history. In addition, the recently adopted concentration in Modern World history gives our students an opportunity to study an important emerging field of history. Students interested in applying to our graduate program should review the SFSU graduate application procedures as well as the History Department Graduate Program website.

Our department also has a number of ways for students to be involved outside of the classroom: Ex Post Facto, the annual journal of SFSU history students, offers students a chance to have their work published, and, in addition, students may act as editors for experience and credits. The History Students Association organizes events for students throughout the year including a student forum where history students may present work to mentors and peers. Every spring we are proud to recognize the excellence of our students by inviting qualified students to join Phi Alpha Theta, the national honor society in history. Our students are also recognized at the annual honors banquet held just before spring graduation every year.

We are pleased to announce we have a tenure track opening in Latin American History

Position Summary:
The position is in the department of history at San Francisco State University. SF State is a member of the California State University 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. The Department of History offers the B.A., B.A. with Honors, and the M.A. It serves more than 250 undergraduate majors and 45 graduate students. The Department also provides courses that satisfy graduation requirements in General Education and U.S. history. The Department currently includes 17 permanent faculty members.

The position is in the history of Latin America, which encompasses the colonial and modern eras and includes the history of countries, regions, and cultures that were predominantly Spanish-speaking, Portuguese-speaking, or indigenous. The position is expected to add to the department’s strengths in the history of the Americas, the Global South, and the world.

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 Latin American history and conducting an active ongoing scholarship which advances knowledge in the field of one’s specialty. The teaching assignments will be in seminars in the candidate's areas of expertise, upper division courses on Latin America, and introductory survey courses. The scholarship may address a range of topics in Latin American history.

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 or graduate students on topics such as pre-conquest indigenous cultures, Spanish and Portuguese colonialism, economic development, wars of independence, political revolutions, cultural and religious change, and the history of race, class, and gender in Latin America;

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, books, and/or 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 or College needs, and SF State's strategic vision; 

Additional duties as assigned.

Minimum Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills, and Personal Abilities:

Ph.D. in Latin American history or a related field;

1-2 years of undergraduate teaching experience with a large, diverse student body or in a multicultural setting (strongly preferred);

Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum design, instruction of individuals and groups, and the assessment of learning;

Planning and organizing skills sufficient to ensure implementation of the assigned curriculum, job duties, and established expectations;

Oral and written communication skills in the English language at a level that comprehends and conveys information to and from students, colleagues, and others in an effective manner;

Awareness and engagement with critical concerns in the discipline and capacity to continue to produce original scholarship;

Interpersonal orientation that encourages productive interactions with students, colleagues, and other campus stakeholders and promotes collegiality in department, college and university contexts.

Application process:

Send letter of application that discusses teaching interests and philosophy as well as research interests, CV, a writing sample, sample syllabi, teaching evaluations if available, and three letters of reference to Chair, Search Committee, at lasearch@sfsu.edu by November 2, 2015.

San Francisco State University is a member of the California State University 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. SFSU faculty are expected to be effective teachers and demonstrate professional achievement and growth through research, scholarship, and/or creative work.

San Francisco State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong commitment to diversity. We welcome applicants of all ethnic, racial and gender identities, sexual orientations as well as people with disabilities. We particularly encourage those who may be from historically underrepresented groups. 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.


Congratulations to our very own, very wonderful, Dr. Trevor Getz

His book, Abina and the Important Men, has won the James Harvey Robinson prize for the "teaching aid [textbook, sources, references, computer-aided instruction, and public history or museum materials] which has made the most outstanding contribution to the teaching and learning of history in any field for public or educational purposes".

This honor is bestowed bienially by the American Historical Association.



You can learn more about Abina and the Important Men here





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