SDSU is an established and acknowledged leader in the twenty-three-campus California State University system. With more than 7,700 faculty and staff and 35,000 students, it is one of the largest universities in the western United States. The University offers 91 bachelor degrees, 78 master degrees, and 22 joint doctorates. SDSU is located less than 25 miles from the United States/Mexico border and places an increasing emphasis on international research and preparing students for a global future. It is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a doctoral-granting institution with high research activity and receives over $130 million in external research grants and awards annually. The student body is among the most diverse in the United States and the University is known for cultivating a welcoming environment with a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence whether such diversity is presented through cultural, racial, sexual identity, or veteran status. As such, SDSU has received national recognition ranging from the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award (HEED), being recognized as one of the nation’s best universities for women by Professional Women’s Magazine, ranked among the Best Colleges for Veterans by the Military Times, and listed as a top LGBT Friendly campus according to CampusPride.org.
College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts (PSFA)
The College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts comprises seven professional schools and three departments committed to the pursuit of excellence in academic and artistic endeavors. With over 5,000 majors and approximately 300 faculty, PSFA is recognized for its excellent academic programs that prepare students for professional careers in a wide spectrum of artistic, cultural, educational, social, and technical fields. The College views its connection to the local and global community as a “laboratory for learning” and educational opportunities that prepare the student to engage in the worldwide community through creativity, involvement, leadership, and innovation are a hallmark of the PSFA experience. The College actively seeks applications from candidates whose professional interests align with SDSU and PSFA’s strategic goals, who will sustain excellence in their research, promote student success, and continue to advance our commitment to diversity.
The School of Public Affairs in the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts contains three programs: City Planning, Criminal Justice, and Public Administration, with each offering a master’s degree. Criminal Justice and Public Administration also offer bachelor’s degrees with combined enrollment of over 1,200 students. The master’s degree in Public Administration is also offered with either a concentration in Criminal Justice or City Planning. The School's MPA program is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA). The City Planning program is pursuing accreditation with the Planning Accreditation Board, and currently has “candidate status”, with a final accreditation decision expected in Spring 2019. The School of Public Affairs emphasizes excellence in research, teaching, and service to the community, the University, and the discipline. The MPA is ranked 2nd among all public administration programs in California by US News and World Report (2019) and 1st among public universities in California. Please see our School of Public Affairs website: http://spa.sdsu.edu/
Position Description (City Planning/Public Administration):
The City Planning program in the School of Public Affairs is seeking a faculty member with demonstrated publication and teaching experience at the assistant professor level for a Fall 2020 appointment. This position requires expertise in teaching courses in one or more of the following areas: environmental planning, land use and environmental law, sustainable urbanism, climate-action planning, social equity, or urban planning theory.
Given the interdisciplinary nature of our School, teaching and contributing to our other programs is desirable. These include our Master of Science in Criminal Justice and Criminology; Master in Public Administration; online and offsite Master in Public Administration programs (College of Extended Studies); and our undergraduate degree programs in criminal justice and public administration (which offers a city planning emphasis). In addition to the substantive teaching areas described above, it is highly desirable for successful candidates to have the ability to teach or conduct research in one or more of the following areas: environmental justice, green urbanism, global cities, transnational planning, or big data, data science and social media. Willingness to teach online and distance courses in our Master of Public Administration is also desirable.
To be in a better position to serve a fast growing and highly diverse student body, and to fulfill the University’s commitment to promoting diversity and excellence on our campus, we actively seek candidates demonstrating experience working with or mentoring students from under-represented communities, as well as those whose research interests involve or integrate understanding of under-represented populations and communities.
Successful candidates must be able to teach at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Professional activities and publications in the applicant's area(s) of expertise are required for promotion.
SDSU is a large, diverse, urban university and Hispanic-Serving Institution with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Our campus community is diverse in many ways, including race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, pregnancy, medical condition, and covered veteran status. We strive to build and sustain a welcoming environment for all. SDSU is seeking applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups.
Applicants must have a doctoral degree in city planning or a closely related field by the date of appointment. Candidates should have demonstrated evidence of research publications, and the potential for program development and grant writing ability, with clear leadership potential in each of these areas being an asset. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Application review will begin on September 13, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.
Please apply via Interfolio at https://apply.interfolio.com/65394.
Effective Date of Appointment: August 2020.
Questions about this position should be addressed to: Dr. Sherry Ryan Sryan@mail.sdsu.edu or 858-349-5330
Chair, Recruitment Committee Position in City Planning/Innovation School of Public Affairs 5500 Campanile Drive San Diego State University San Diego, CA 92182-4505
The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirement set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.
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.
SDSU is a Title IX, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.
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