The Robert A. Corrigan Visiting Professorship in Social Justice

In recognition of the legacy of Robert A. Corrigan’s twenty-four years of leadership as the University’s 12th president, George and Judy Marcus established the Robert A. Corrigan Visiting Professor in Social Justice to advance San Francisco State University’s distinctive mission.

SF State distinguishes itself from other institutions of higher education in its commitment to social justice. The College of Ethnic Studies, the only such college in the nation, has been a longstanding leader in promoting academic excellence that empowers and advances communities of color and indigenous people. The Corrigan Visiting Professorship, housed within the College of Ethnic Studies' César Chávez Institute, will advance the theory and practice of social justice as one of the university’s guiding principles.  

Position Description

The Robert A. Corrigan Visiting Professor in Social Justice will be a scholar who is firmly engaged in cutting edge academic, educational and community initiatives that promote social justice and advance the aspirations of people of African American/Black ancestry.  The visiting professor will be expected to contribute and enrich the work of faculty, students and constituent communities of the College of Ethnic Studies by advancing the theoretical framework, expression or practice of social justice. The awardee will be assigned as a fellow to the Cesar Chavez Institute in the College of Ethnic Studies for a term of six months to one year (stipend prorated to time commitment).  

In addition to teaching one course per semester, the Corrigan Visiting Professor will deliver one public lecture or performance each semester, and participate in select activities related to the promotion of the Visiting Professorship. Successful candidates will be those who can best address the theoretical and practical impact to relevant constituent communities, their engagement with SFSU students and collaboration with SFSU faculty.  Candidates should clearly address how this visiting professorship will advance their career and how their advanced leadership will help to reshape the field.

The Robert A. Corrigan Visiting Professor will enhance the University’s reputation as a premier public urban institution dedicated to interdisciplinary teaching, scholarship and community engagement for equity and social justice.

The annual stipend (prorated for shorter terms) of $100,000 will be used either as direct compensation to the visitor or applied to work-related expenses (e.g. professional materials, student/staff support, travel). This stipend may be received concurrently with other support that is complementary to the intent of this visiting professorship (e.g. grants, sabbatical leaves or other professional awards).


Application Process

The successful candidate will possess the appropriate educational and professional background to document excellence in his/her field of expertise (Ph.D., MFA, or other professionally reviewed equivalency).  

Review of applications will begin February 15,2019, and continue until the position is filled. To apply, candidates should send a cover letter explaining the aims, purposes, methodologies and impact of the project that they intend to advance during their visiting professorship; curriculum vitae; three letters of recommendation; and three sample publications or representations of their scholarly, creative or applied work. Forward materials electronically to

San Francisco State, a member of the California State University system, serves a diverse student body of 29,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The University seeks to promote appreciation of scholarship, freedom and, human diversity through excellence in instruction and intellectual accomplishment. SF State faculty members are expected to be effective teachers and demonstrate professional achievement and growth through research, scholarship and/or creative work.

The College of Ethnic Studies at SF State is the only such College of its kind in the nation and one of only two in the world.  The College is an emancipatory liberal arts college, meaning it addresses scholarship from the perspective of the intellectual traditions, in service to the needs and in a manner that supports the liberation of our constituent communities.

Inquiries about the visiting professorship may be directed to the Acting Director of the Chavez Institute at We anticipate announcing the successful candidate at the College's 50th Anniversary Summit, March 21-23, 2019.



2016-17 Corrigan Visiting Professor - Jacqueline Francis, PhD


SF State is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong commitment to diversity and encourages applications from women, members of all ethnic groups, veterans, and people with disabilities.

George (B.A., '65) and Judy Marcus (B.A., '62), who met while studying at SF State, have previously funded the International Center for the Arts and provided significant support to the Center for Modern Greek Studies, the Department of Cinema, student scholarships and other SF State programs. George Marcus is the founder and chairman of Marcus & Millichap, a real estate brokerage firm based in Palo Alto.
Corrigan established one of the nation's first black studies programs at the University of Iowa in the 1960s. As SF State president for nearly a quarter of a century until his 2012 retirement, Corrigan was recognized for his efforts to build a more diverse campus community. Approximately half of the tenure-track faculty hired during his administration were female, and almost half were minorities.

President Robert Corrigan in his library

President Robert Corrigan in his library