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CSUSM Cluster Hire Initiative

CSUSM Cluster Hire Initiative 

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Enriching students with more dynamic educators, research trailblazers, innovators and critical problem solvers who impact our campus community.

CSUSM seeks to recruit and retain a diverse community of scholars who will serve as role models for our student body and who have a demonstrated commitment to the academic success of our students especially our underserved American Indian and Black students. Candidates can demonstrate their commitment to diversity and equity either through their teaching or research and creative activity or service.

Read about the First Cluster Hire Expands Diversity of Faculty

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The cluster hire program seeks to hire tenure track faculty to start in fall 2021 in the following colleges

College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences (CHABSS)

More information on how to apply will be available soon for the following opportunities:

College of Education, Health and Human Services (CEHHS)

  • Social Work

College of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (CSTEM)

More information on how to apply will be available soon for the following opportunities:

Other searches include:

More information on how to apply will be available soon for the following opportunities:

  • Accounting, College of Business Administration (COBA)
  • Speach Language and Pathology, College of Education, Health and Human Services College of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (CSTEM):
    • Biology/Chemistry
    • Computer Science Information Systems
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Mathematics

College of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

Goals & Objectives

  • Develop and/or teach curricula that advance racial and social justice drawing from their engagement with communities of color.
  • Have a demonstrated record of success in research or creative activities focused on underserved minoritized communities.
  • Serve as role models for our diverse student body and have a demonstrated commitment to underserved communities as well as the academic success of all our students.

Cluster Hire Activities

  1. The cluster hires will be invited to participate in a program that will start in the summer and will continue throughout the year that will include a grant writing bootcamp, curriculum support, collaborative activities with community partners, student centers and FSAs. Additional support and collaborative activities will be offered throughout the probationary
  2. The cluster hires will be invited to work with faculty in their colleges to write grants and develop programing focused on the academic success of our diverse student body including going after D&E grant support. 
  3. Community or place based research will be part of the participation program on campus. This gives new hires the lay of the land – Indian land and tribal nation presence in southern CA. 
  4. Cluster hires will be encouraged to include their work in this area in their WPAFs. University RTP policy was recently updated to include the following language: “A Candidate may include in their narrative, within the scope of review, significant professional activities accomplished in support of diversity, equity, social justice, and/or inclusion. Any accomplishments associated with these activities may be included within the 30-item limit established above.”

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Why Work at CSUSM?

 CSUSM is a campus where we acknowledge that we are on the traditional territory and homelands of the Luiseño/Payómkawichum and a shared space among the Kuupangaxwichem/Cupeño and Kumeyaay and Ipai peoples. Inclusive excellence is an important framework used to foster a diverse teaching and learning community. The office of Inclusive Excellence is guided by the Diversity & Inclusion Strategic Plan  (DISP) and Action Steps. As a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) CSUSM prides itself on educational equity and academic excellence where cultural validating curriculum and meaningful co-curricular activities enhance the campus. The fall 2020 implementation of our diversity requirement, our celebration of public art such as our Cesar Chavez statue along with being a seven-time recipient of the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) are a few examples that demonstrate our commitment to diversity, equity and Inclusion at CSUSM.

Diversity Dashboards for more information on diversity at CSUSM

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 The CSUSM cluster hire initiative for faculty diversity affirms our commitment to hire develop and retain diverse faculty. We provide resources such as our National Latino Research Center  to ensure success including a Faculty Mentoring Program (FMP), Faculty resources,  and funding through the Faculty Center.  Funding and support range from internal funding opportunities such as our Social Justice and  Equity grant and Faculty Staff Associations, to external  regional support such as the North County Higher Education Alliance (NCHEA) and the CSU Program for Education and Research Biotechnology.  In addition, The President’s Award for Inclusive Excellence and Diversity is offered annually to an individual for significant achievements in advancing the University’s goals in the areas of diversity, inclusive excellence, educational equity and social justice. Student Organizations such as Transitions Collective and programs such as Project Rebound are examples of how our students and faculty work together to inspire change in our communities and the system. CSUSM also has various centers and spaces on campus where faculty, staff and students alike engage:


 Cluster Report & Recommendations