Assistant Professor - Civil Engineering

Job description

Job no: 498434
Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: San José
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time, Faculty - Engineering

Department Summary

The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at San José State University is an ABET-accredited program that offers BS and MS programs in Civil Engineering. Our curriculum supports six core Civil Engineering disciplines and allows students to gain a wide breadth of knowledge in Civil Engineering. Our BS program includes coursework that give students opportunity to develop professional skills, including those in professional communication, inclusive engagement, and design. The program is supplemented with coursework and opportunities that are designed to prepare students for licensure and engineering practice. The department utilizes many high-impact practices to support our student success including active learning pedagogies, early introduction to discipline courses, and student engagement opportunities. Classroom instruction is complemented with many hands-on laboratory experiences, a strong culture of student club participation across disciplines, and award-winning faculty with many years of academic and industry experience. Our MS program is designed for working professionals and is a professional program that focuses on graduating engineers with excellent skills required to enter industry ready to contribute. Research opportunities are available to all students in the department and offer a wide variety of experiences.

Required Qualifications

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at San José State University (SJSU) invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor in the broad area of Geomatics, with preference at the rank of Assistant Professor; however, highly qualified candidates may be considered for the rank of Associate Professor. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. Applicants must also have a Ph.D. in civil engineering, and a background in Geomatics.

Candidates must demonstrate potential for excellence in teaching in classroom and laboratory settings using a variety of pedagogical techniques and technological tools to reach a diverse population. They must be able to lead the department in a redesign of the current surveying/drafting curriculum and teach a modern curriculum that meets industry and accreditation standards in Geomatics (GIS, CAD and surveying) using modern civil engineering tools that will prepare students for licensure and to enter industry. The candidate’s principal instructional responsibilities will be in surveying and drafting. An ability to teach in other civil engineering areas and the ability to obtain a professional license are desirable. Candidates should also demonstrate potential for excellence in scholarly research, with an expectation of peer-reviewed publications and professional presentations. The position requires excellent communication, teamwork, and interpersonal skills. Applicants must have 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.


Providing quality education is a top priority for the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Candidate must demonstrate awareness and experience understanding the needs of a student population of great diversity – in age, cultural background, ethnicity, primary language and academic preparation – through inclusive course materials, teaching strategies, and advisement. In addition to teaching engineering courses, faculty members in the department are expected to develop curricula and laboratories and should plan to establish externally funded research programs and publish peer-reviewed papers. Faculty members advise, develop curricula in their field of expertise, and teach at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Candidate will participate in shared governance, usually in department, college, and university committee and other service assignments.

Compensation - Commensurate with qualifications and experience. See Benefits Summary for details.

Starting Date - August 2021

Eligibility - Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States. A successful applicant must be able to produce proof of Ph.D. degree prior to start date.

Application Procedure

Click Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents:

  • Letter of interest (please include a brief justification if applying at the rank of Associate Professor)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of teaching interests/philosophy that addresses the role faculty play in student success (2-page limit)
  • Research experiences and objectives that explains the role of research in the classroom and in teaching (2-page limit)
  • Diversity statement that discusses best practices for supporting historically underserved students in Civil Engineering (2-page limit)
  • At least three references with contact information.

For full consideration, apply by February 19, 2021.

Inquires may be directed to the Search Committee Chair – Dr. Steven Vukazich, [email protected]

The University

San José State University enrolls over 35,700 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 third 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.

Equal Employment Statement

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.

Additional Information

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.

Advertised: December 17, 2020 (9:00 AM) Pacific Standard Time
Applications close: Open until filled




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Posted: 12/19/2020
Application Due: 6/17/2021
Work Type: Full Time