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Assistant Professor: Environmental Health

San Diego State University
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Dec 11, 2022

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Assistant Professor: Environmental Health

Location: Calexico, CA
Open Date: Sep 29, 2022

San Diego State University (SDSU) Imperial Valley seeks to hire a tenure-track faculty member at the Assistant Professor rank with expertise in the area of environmental health research to begin Fall 2023. This position is part of a cluster of 11 faculty being hired across the SDSU Imperial Valley and San Diego campuses and is 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). The incumbent will hold joint appointment status with SDSU Imperial Valley, and the School of Public Health (e.g., the SDSU College of Health and Human Services), and will join three newly hired environmental health faculty. As of August 2022, nine faculty have been hired for the FUERTE program.

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 in the process of starting a new minor/major in public health and has recently received funding for an $80M STEM building with state of the art teaching and research facilities.

SDSU Imperial Valley is looking to complete the recruitment of a diverse cohort of colleagues from a broad range of disciplines and a variety of academic and research backgrounds to join our diverse, recently hired group of three environmental health scientists. 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, LGBTQIA+, etc.) through research, teaching, mentoring, and service.

Research expertise could include applied science, community-based participatory research, intervention research, or health disparities research. Applicant disciplines may be broad, including, but not limited to the fields of environmental and occupational health, environmental justice, industrial/occupational hygiene and safety, water quality, climate change and health, food safety, agricultural health, risk assessment, environmental engineering, or a closely related field.

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 the recruitment of a diverse cohort of early-career faculty. SDSU FUERTE aims to support the success of the 11-member faculty cohort through the implementation of a comprehensive Faculty Development Plan that applies evidence-based strategies to accelerate their professional and research advancement. 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. 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.

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 SDSU-IV 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 San Diego 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 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.

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. 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. Candidates for this position must hold a doctoral degree (e.g., PhD, Sc.D., etc.) and are expected to make significant contributions to the scholarly literature. SDSU and SDSU Imperial Valley are 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.

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.

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Candidates should submit: a cover letter that includes a discussion of their research, a diversity statement (i.e., commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in academia), a 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 Novemer 10th, 2022. For additional inquiries or questions, please contact Dr. Mark B. Reed ( or Dr. María Luisa Zúñiga (

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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