Assistant & Associate/Full Professors: Environmental Health
San Diego State University

Calexico, California

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San Diego State University (SDSU) Imperial Valley seeks to hire three tenure-track faculty members at the Assistant Professor rank and one tenure-track faculty member at the Associate Professor/Professor rank with expertise in the area of environmental health research to begin Fall 2022. These positions are part of a cluster of 11 faculty being hired across the SDSU Imperial Valley and San Diego campuses and are a component of the SDSU FUERTE (Faculty Unified towards Excellence in Research and Transformational Engagement) program which is funded by the National Institutes of Health FIRST program (NIH Award Number: U54CA267789). All four positions will have appointments in the SDSU School of Public Health, Environmental Health program and will be located at SDSU Imperial Valley. The Imperial Valley is a rural, agriculture region, consisting of the Calexico, El Centro, and Brawley micropolitan areas along with several other small towns within the Colorado Desert section of the greater Sonoran Desert. Imperial County has an estimated population of over 180,000 residents

SDSU Imperial Valley is looking to recruit ​a diverse cohort of colleagues from a broad range of disciplines and a variety of academic and research backgrounds; however, candidates must have a demonstrated research focus on environmental health, and a commitment to working with diverse groups (e.g., Latinx, Black/African American, American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Pacific Islander, LGBTQI, etc.) through research, teaching, mentoring, and service.

Research expertise could include basic or applied science, intervention research, or health disparities research. Applicant disciplines may be broad, including, but not limited to the fields of environmental and occupational health, environmental health services, toxicology, environmental engineering, environmental chemistry, atmospheric sciences, or a closely related field.

Assistant Professor Positions: Candidates must have a research and funding record of accomplishment that demonstrates their potential ability to establish a clear program of research and high potential for success in securing extramural funding from the National Institutes of Health. A history of experience with extramural funding from federal agencies (e.g., NIH, NSF, DOD, HRSA, CDC, USDA, etc.) is preferred. Ideally, candidates would have experience conducting research in interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary, or transdisciplinary environments. SDSU and the FUERTE program will provide structured faculty development to assist faculty in achieving success as independent researchers. Programming includes: research training opportunities, support for building community among faculty researchers and the SDSU campus community, and mentorship support as faculty work to establish their program of research at SDSU. Teaching experience at the undergraduate and graduate levels is desired but not required. Incumbents will have a reduced teaching load and specifically will teach one course a semester during their first five years of service.

Associate/Professor Position: Candidates should have significant demonstrated experience conducting research in interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary, and/or transdisciplinary environments as well as a strong record of extramural funding. Teaching experience at the undergraduate and graduate levels is required. The incumbent is also expected to serve as a member of the mentoring team to help mentor the three Assistant Professors hired as part of this cluster hire.

Candidates for all four positions must hold a doctoral degree (e.g., PhD, Sc.D., etc.) from a U.S. accredited higher education institution and are expected to make significant contributions to the scholarly literature. SDSU and SDSU Imperial Valley is home to a wide variety of student research support programs that facilitate faculty engagement of students and postdoctoral trainees in research. Research opportunities for underrepresented students at the undergraduate and graduate levels are highly encouraged.

SDSU FUERTE was funded as part of the NIH Faculty Institutional Recruitment for Sustainable Transformation (FIRST) Program to promote scientific workforce diversity and build a community of scientists committed to implementing and sustaining cultures of inclusive excellence through recruitment of a diverse cohort of early-career faculty (Grant # NIH Award Number: U54CA267789). SDSU FUERTE aims to support the success of the faculty cohort through implementation of a comprehensive Faculty Development Plan that applies evidence-based strategies to accelerate their professional and research advancement. Given SDSU's federal designation as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) in 2012 and recent designation as an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Service Institution (AANAPISI), SDSU FUERTE is committed to elevating the health and wellbeing of Latinx and other underrepresented communities through support of a diverse research workforce.

We are seeking applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups. Candidates must satisfy two or more of the eight Building on Inclusive Excellence (BIE) criteria. Candidates that meet BIE criteria: (a) are committed to engaging in service with underrepresented populations within the discipline, (b) have demonstrated knowledge of barriers for underrepresented students and faculty within the discipline, (c) have experience or have demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentoring underrepresented students, (d) have experience or have demonstrated commitment to integrating understanding of underrepresented populations and communities into research, (e) have experience in or have demonstrated commitment to extending knowledge of opportunities and challenges in achieving artistic/scholarly success to members of an underrepresented group, (f) have experience in or have demonstrated commitment to research that engages underrepresented communities, (g) have expertise or demonstrated commitment to developing expertise in cross-cultural communication and collaboration, and/or (h) have research interests that contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education. Applicants are encouraged to indicate in a separate diversity statement in the application of how they meet at least two (2) of these criteria.

SDSU Imperial Valley

Founded in 1959 on the original site of the first Calexico High School, SDSU Imperial Valley (SDSU-IV) offers eleven bachelors and four master's degrees, including a nationally-acclaimed teacher education program. With fewer than a thousand students, SDSU-IV provides a uniquely intimate educational experience. Due to its proximity to the Mexican border, the campus serves a student body composed largely of groups that are historically under-represented in higher education. Given the regional focus, responsive curriculum and community engagement, the IV Campus has become a powerful engine of economic growth for the region. In Fall 2021, SDSU-IV launched its first cohort of the Homeland Security Master of Science program. Collaborative research opportunities abound including the Sustainable Energy Center and the recently established RISE Center. SDSU is also home to one large NIH cooperative program, the SDSU HealthLINK Center. The Calexico campus, less than a two-hour drive from the SDSU main campus, is located on an eight-acre city block in the heart of Calexico's civic center along the Mexican border within Imperial County.

San Diego State University

SDSU is the oldest institution of higher education in the San Diego region, with a campus and microsites in San Diego and locations in Southern California's Imperial Valley and Tbilisi in the Republic of Georgia. The highly diverse campus community has a student population of approximately 36,000. SDSU is included in the Carnegie Foundation's Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity category. Established in 1897, SDSU offers bachelor degrees in 97 areas, masters in 84 and doctorates in 23. See http://www.sdsu.edu for more information. SDSU is a large, diverse, urban university and Hispanic-Serving Institution with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. As a U.S.-Mexico transborder Hispanic Serving Institution, SDSU launched its Inaugural Global Seal of Biliteracy in Spanish in Spring 2021 to value and honor the language of our California/Baja California region. 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.

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Candidates should submit: cover letter, diversity statement (i.e., commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in academia), curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of three (3) references.

Salary and benefits are competitive and are commensurate with qualifications and experience. Application review will begin December 15th, 2021. For additional inquiries or questions, please contact Dr. Mark B. Reed (mreed@sdsu.edu) or Dr. María Luisa Zúñiga (mlzuniga@sdsu.edu).

As part of its commitment to a safe and equitable "OneSDSU" community, SDSU requires that individuals seeking faculty employment provide at the time of application authorization to conduct background checks if they become a finalist for the position; applications without this authorization will be considered incomplete and not considered.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed 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.

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 requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

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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