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DEI-Focused Cluster Hires

Announcing our 2021-2022 DEI-Focused Cluster Hire Search 

The College of Liberal Arts is proud to announce the opening of its third DEI-Focused Cluster Hire. The following nine positions are part of a college-wide cluster of searches designed to increase DEI-focused curricular coverage: 

  • Assistant Professor of Rhetoric (Communication Studies) Job#503656
  • Assistant Professor of Feminist/Queer/Trans* Dis/Ability Studies (Women's Gender and Queer Studies) Job#503261
  • Assistant Professor of International Political Economy and Social Movements (Social Sciences) Job#503659
  • Assistant Professor of Latina/o/x Studies (Ethnic Studies) Job#504853
  • Associate or Assistant Professor of Latina/o/x Studies (Ethnic Studies) Job#504853
  • Assistant Professor of Clinical/Counseling Psychology with Cultural & Linguistic Competency (Psychology and Child Development) Job#504076
  • Assistant Professor of World History (History) Job#504836
  • Assistant Professor of Public Policy (Political Science) Job#504819
  • Assistant Professor of African American Literature (English) Job#505087

All positions are finalized and approved by the Provost, though some are awaiting posting in our system. Please check back if you do not find them immediately. Candidates selected through this DEI-focused cluster hire will be given start-up funds to support their work in DEI. Once hired, candidates will collaborate with their dean and others to develop a plan for utilizing these funds for supplemental compensation, assigned time, or professional development activities. 

How to apply: Please see for these positions and others available at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

History of CLA's Cluster Hires

The College of Liberal Arts conducted its first cluster search focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in 2017 and this search was designed to attract a diverse group of academics invested in inclusive teaching and dedicated to scholarly contributions in this area. We successfully hired seven assistant professors across several departments. All have been involved in diversity and inclusion efforts in their departments, our college, the university, and in the community.

To promote equity-minded and inclusive teaching strategies across the university and increase curricular coverage of areas related to DEI, a university-wide cluster of tenure-track faculty search was launched in 2019. From this search, five new assistant professors were hired in the College of Liberal Arts. 

Meet the DEI-Focused Cluster Faculty 

2019 Cohort

Yun Lucy BencharitYun Lucy Bencharit

Psychology and Child Development Department - Diversity and Organizational Behavior
Degree: Ph.D. in Psychology from Stanford University
Research Interests: Cultural variation in emotional expressions in work settings, teamwork, and group dynamics across cultures; diverse, equity and trust in organizations.


Deborah DonigDeborah Donig

English Department - Global Anglophone Literatures
Degree: Ph.D. in English from University of California, Los Angeles
Research Interests: Global Anglophone Literature, Human Rights, Comparative Genocide, and Humanistic Technology




Thanayi JacksonThanayi Jackson

History Department - African American History
Degree: Ph.D. in United States History from University of Maryland
Research Interests: Politics and Race in the U.S. from 1865, Civil War and Reconstruction, African American Activism, Partisanship and Political Culture.




Shanae MartinezShanae Martinez

English Department - Indigenous Studies
Degree: Ph.D. in English Literature and Clutural Theory from University of Wisconsin
Research Interests: Indigenous American Literatures, Indigenizing knowledge production, Decolonial Praxis, Transnationalism, Trans-Indigenous Resistance, Feminist Alliance and Tourism.



Kylie Parrotta Kylie Parrotta

Social Sciences Department - Criminology and Gender
Degree: Ph.D. in Sociology from North Carolina State University
Research Interests: Social Psychology of Organizational Change, Race and Gender Disparities, Identity Work and Stigma Management, 21st Century Policing, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, and Race & STEM.



2017 Cohort

Jay BettergarciaJay Bettergarcia

Psychology and Child Development Department - Multicultural Psychology
Degree: Ph.D. in Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology from UC Santa Barbara
Research Interests: LGBTQ mental health and wellness and affirming approaches to mental health care for transgender and nonbinary people


Joan MeyersJoan Meyers

Social Sciences Department - Diversity in the Workplace
Degree: Ph.D. in Sociology from UC Davis
Research Interests: Diversity and inclusion in the workplace





Steven RuszczyckySteven Ruszczycky

English Department - Queer Studies
Degree: Ph.D. from University of Buffalo, SUNY
Research Interests: Queer theory, history and theory of pornography, sexual studies, disability studies, and the medical humanities




Emily RyallsEmily Ryalls

Communication Studies Department - Mediated Representations of Race and Gender
Degree: Ph.D. from University of South Florida
Research Interests: Cultural studies and feminist media studies, with a focus on popular culture and issues of race, gender, class, and sexuality



Amber WilliamsAmber Williams

Psychology and Child Development Department - Multicultural Psychology
Degree: Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Research Interests: Race in youth's self-concepts, their relationships with in and out groups, and academic outcomes



Roberta WolfsonRoberta Wolfson

English Department - Ethnic Literature
Degree: Ph.D. in English from UC Santa Barbara
Research Interests: Ethnic American Literature, comparative race studies, popular culture




Farah Al-NakibFarah Al-Nakib 

History Department - North African and Middle Eastern History
Degree: Ph.D. in History from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London
Research Interests: Urban history of Kuwait city before and after oil



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