Associate Dean for Research

Job description

The College of Education at San Diego State University seeks an Associate/Full Professor for the role of Associate Dean for Research with the possibility of tenure upon entry. This is a full-time position divided equally between associate dean and faculty responsibilities.

Associate Dean for Research Responsibilities (50% appointment):


  • Provide effective and creative leadership and strategic vision to support and expand the research initiatives within the College of Education, capitalizing on current strengths and developing new areas of collaboration and innovation.
  • Work in partnership with the Vice President for Research, College faculty and administrators, and the College Research Committee in decisions and strategic planning that foster research productivity and impact, identify new research directions, and recommend research-related policies and priorities;
  • Recommend and facilitate activities that will stimulate and support a culture of high-quality research and scholarship within the College;
  • Nurture an environment for inquiry, innovation, imagination, and collegiality.


  • Identify and coordinate mentorship and capacity-building opportunities related to research and scholarship for faculty at all ranks (in collaboration with the College’s Faculty Mentoring Coordinator);
  • Develop strategies and mechanisms to provide support for identified faculty needs (e.g., editorial assistance, research design, data analysis, statistical consultation, dissemination, obtaining research funding, and grant writing and management expertise);
  • Assist faculty to employ diverse strategies for knowledge generation, dissemination, and implementation.
  • Develop strategies and programs in partnership with faculty to support student involvement in research and scholarship.

Advocacy/Relationship Building:

  • Build and strengthen research relationships within and across departments and colleges at SDSU and with alumni, professional organizations, and other relevant groups;
  • Collaborate with University leaders to expand the research infrastructure at SDSU and in the College of Education necessary for faculty to thrive as scholars;
  • Foster and maintain strategic relationships with local and national funding sources;
  • Serve as a liaison to promote compliance with research-related policies and regulations, including IRB;
  • Advocate for research resources for the College and support the implementation of research initiatives of the University.

Faculty Responsibilities (50% appointment)

The individual in this position will hold a half-time faculty position at the rank of associate or full professor in one of the departments in the College of Education. The responsibilities for this portion of the appointment may include:

  • maintaining an active research program,
  • teaching undergraduate, credential, and/or graduate courses,
  • providing service to the department, college, university, community, and profession.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Earned doctorate from an accredited university in a field appropriate for tenure in one of the departments in the College
  • Experience as a tenured university faculty member
  • Evidence of research and scholarship at the level of an associate or full professor
  • Experience in the design and implementation of grants and revenue-generating initiatives
  • Strong track record of successful grant writing and procurement
  • Experience and interest in mentoring and supporting faculty research development
  • Commitment to a social justice agenda and ability to work with diverse populations
  • Proven track-record of valuing multiple types of approaches, research paradigms, varied methodologies (e.g., qualitative and quantitative), and community-engaged scholarship
  • Demonstrated evidence of excellent teaching skills
  • Demonstrated evidence of excellent oral and written skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • Administrative and leadership experience in higher education
  • Institutional Review Board experience
  • Experience as a grant reviewer

About the University

Founded in 1897, SDSU offers bachelor’s degrees in 95 areas, master’s degrees in 78 areas, and doctorates in 22 areas. SDSU is currently designated as a “R2 Doctoral University with Higher Research Activity” by the Carnegie Foundation. During the past fiscal year, SDSU received a total of 786 external grants and contracts totaling nearly $148.5 million. The university’s first comprehensive fundraising campaign that concluded in June 2017 raised $815 million in contributions. SDSU has a highly diverse student population of over 34,000 students, including approximately 5,000 graduate students.

SDSU is a large, diverse, urban research university and a Hispanic‐Serving Institution with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. SDSU strives to build and sustain a welcoming environment for all, regardless of race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, medical condition, and covered veteran status. The university seeks applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching, research and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups.

The WASC-accredited College of Education offers bachelors, credential, master’s, and doctoral programs. In U.S. News & World Report's 2020 ratings of top education schools, SDSU's College of Education ranks: first among California State Universities; first in San Diego County; seventh in California; and 40th among public universities nationwide. The faculty contribute to the knowledge base in both educational theory and practice through culturally responsive professional scholarship, teaching, service, community engagement, and strategic partnerships in education (pre‐K through postsecondary/higher education). In addition, they are active in the community and support a mission of social justice in all phases of their work in education, child and family development, rehabilitation, and mental health‐related fields.

The College of Education has approximately 150 FTE faculty and 2250 FTE students and has extensive involvement in the development of off‐campus and interdisciplinary programs. The faculty is active in research and scholarship and received $26.3 million (of the university’s $148.5 million) last year in external funding. Additional information about the College of Education is available at and about SDSU at

Compensation/Expected Start Date: Compensation is competitive and based upon qualifications and experience. Expected starting date is August 23, 2020.

Applications: Candidates should apply directly by sending a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and the names, addresses, phone/fax numbers and email of at least three references. References will be contacted with permission of the candidates. Applications received by November 25, 2019 shall receive full consideration, although application review will continue until the position is filled. To apply, please submit required materials via Interfolio at

Nominations: Nominations are welcome. Please submit an individual’s name, current position, and email address to the search committee chair, Senior Associate Dean Karen Myers-Bowman, at [email protected]. We will contact nominees to invite them to apply via Interfolio.

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.

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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Posted: 10/16/2019
Application Due: 12/15/2019
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