Assistant Professor - Public Health

Job description

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


Department of Health Science and Recreation
Job Opening ID (JOID): 25145
Specialization: Public Health
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 including health research methodologies;
  • Active research agenda with substantial potential for publications and funded research; and
  • Applicants should demonstrate an 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 of Public Health (MPH) program, as well as contribute to the department’s strategic “journey” planning and action;



  • Teach courses in undergraduate & graduate Public Health programs (classroom, online/hybrid formats), including health statistics, biostatistics, and research methodologies (both quantitative and qualitative);
  • 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, veteran status, and academic preparation – through inclusive course materials, teaching strategies, advisement, and respectful engagement, including caring student advising and mentorship.


Salary Range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Starting Date: August 13, 2020.
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 November 30, 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. Our HSR mission is "to cultivate a learning community, advance scholarship, and act as an agent of social change within the domains of public health and recreation through serving our diverse SJSU HSR students and alumni and partnering communities to facilitate personal and community transformation." As highlighted within our newly developed strategic plan, our vision is that "We aspire to be innovators and leaders in learning and teaching, scholarship, and professional practice to ignite social change towards a more vibrant, prosperous, and just world where the optimal health and wellbeing of individuals and communities are achieved and sustained."


Based on a Teacher-Scholar-Practitioner model, we are a thriving diverse academic, scholarly, and professional community that integrates public health, recreation, and personal wellness through high-impact experiential learning, scientific inquiry, critical thinking, play, and lifelong learning to promote social change and justice using collaborative engaged actions. 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.


San José State University enrolls over 33,000 students, a significant percentage of whom are members of minority groups. As such, this position is for scholars interested in a career at a national leader in graduating URM students. SJSU is a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander (AANAPISI) Serving Institution; 40% of our students are first-generation, and 38% are Pell-qualified. The university is currently ranked fifth nationally in increasing student upward mobility. The University is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty so our disciplines, students, and the community can benefit from multiple ethnic and gender perspectives.


San José State University is California’s oldest institution of public higher learning. Located in downtown San José (Pop. 1,000,000) in the heart of Silicon Valley, SJSU is part of one of the most innovative regions in the world. As Silicon Valley’s public university, SJSU combines dynamic teaching, research, and university-industry experiences to prepare students to address the biggest problems facing society. SJSU is a member of the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system.


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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Job No: 25145
Posted: 9/4/2019
Application Due: 11/3/2019
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