Assistant Professor - Public Health

San Jose State University
San Jose, California
Nov 23, 2018
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

San José State University — San José, California
Subject to Budgetary Approval

Department of Health Science and Recreation
Specialization: Public Health
Job Opening ID (JOID): 24846
Rank: Assistant Professor (Tenure-track)


Required Qualifications:

  • Doctoral degree in public health or closely related field;
  • Scholarship in area(s) that address public health issues;
  • Strong record of teaching excellence;
  • Active research agenda with substantial potential for publications and funded research; and
  • Demonstrated awareness of and sensitivity to educational goals of a multicultural population as might have been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching, and other comparable experience.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in and commitment to teaching, learning, scholarship, and collaboration that includes interdisciplinary, social justice, multicultural, and global perspectives and applications;
  • Ability to effectively design, teach, and evaluate graduate and undergraduate courses, in traditional, online, and hybrid formats; and
  • Ability to work collegially on the accreditation of the undergraduate public health program and maintain the accreditation of the Master’s in Public Health (MPH) program, as well as contribute to the department’s strategic “journey” planning and action;



  • Teach courses in the MPH and/or undergraduate Public Health programs (classroom, online, and hybrid formats);
  • Leadership in the Public Health programs, including oversight for ongoing assessment of student learning objectives and program outcomes, student advising, alignment of online and campus courses, continuous improvement of teaching and learning, and adherence to all CEPH accreditation requirements;
  • Conduct research, develop successful grants, present academic/professional papers, regularly publish in academic/professional journals, and contribute to the scholarship of public health and community health education;
  • Work with colleagues to co-develop the department’s strategic directions, particularly regarding the linkages between public health, recreation, community engagement, and environmental/policy strategies for building healthy communities;
  • Engage in community and university outreach to develop and maintain practicum/internship sites, curriculum resources, service-learning opportunities, alumni engagement, and development/advancement opportunities;
  • Participate in analysis of and planning for the changing ecology of higher education and the public health workforce, including the development and implementation of a strategic plan and purposeful activities for continuing education/lifelong learning, professional development, individual certification, and program accreditation;
  • Serve on department, college, and university committees as appropriate for rank; and
  • Appropriately address the needs of a student population of great diversity – in age, cultural background, primary language, ability/disability, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, and academic preparation – through relevant course materials, teaching strategies, advisement, and respectful engagement, including caring student advising and mentorship


Salary Range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Starting Date: August 15, 2019.
Eligibility: Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States.


Application Procedure: For full consideration, submit (a) a letter of application, (b) curriculum vitae, (c) statement of teaching interests, philosophy, and experiences, (d) summary of research agenda, accomplishments, and current and future projects, and (e) a list of at least three references with contact information by January 15, 2019 to


Please address any questions to: Dr. Yoshi Iwasaki, Chair, Department of Health Science and Recreation Email: [email protected] Phone: (408) 924-1318


The Department of Health Science and Recreation (HSR,) is a multidisciplinary department that awards B.S. degrees in Public Health and Recreation, and a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree with a concentration in community health education. The HSR Department is one of the largest and fastest growing units within the College of Health and Human Sciences, which is composed of seven departments and four schools. Our HSR mission (to be further refined in our ongoing strategic planning process) is to prepare innovative leaders and practitioners with knowledge, skills, and abilities to promote health, and engage with, understand, and improve the environments in which we live, work, learn, and play. We strive to become a pioneer/leader in academic units that integrate public health and recreation, as guided by the principles of: (a) respect, (b) communication, (c) collaboration, (d) engagement, (e) transparency, (f) inclusion, (g) co-learning, (h) power sharing/shared governance, (i) accountability/integrity, (j) innovation/creativity, (k) advocacy, and (l) community.


Based on a Teacher-Scholar-Practitioner model with its implications for improving practices in public health and recreation fields, our focus is on communities and populations, and the people, policies, environments, resources, supports and opportunities that create the conditions for health and wellness for all. Central to this process involves student, alumni, faculty, and community engagement to advance practices in public health and recreation fields. We are all committed to the sustainable growth and meaningful transformation of our department in order to respectfully meet both the needs of our students and the needs of professional fields within public health and recreation service areas not only here in San Jose and Northern California, but also nationally and globally.


This position is an excellent opportunity for scholars interested in a career at an institution that is a national leader in graduating URM students. San Jose State University has achieved HSI (Hispanic Serving Institution) and AANAPISI (Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution) designation; 40% of our student population are first-generation students and 38% are Pell-qualified. As a result, the university is ranked fourth nationally in increasing student upward mobility.


San José State University is California’s oldest institution of public higher learning. The campus is located on the southern end of San Francisco Bay in downtown San José (Pop. 1,000,000), hub of the world-famous Silicon Valley high-technology research and development center. Many of California’s most popular national, recreational, and cultural attractions are conveniently close. A member of the 23-campus CSU system, San José State University with over 35,000 students, provides a comprehensive university education, granting bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees in 250 areas of study, offered through its eight colleges.


San José State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. This policy applies to all San José State University students, faculty, and staff as well as University programs and activities. Reasonable accommodations are made for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose. Note that all San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements 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.


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