Assistant/Associate Professor: Public Administration

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SDSU Imperial Valley
Founded in 1959 on the original site of the first Calexico High School, SDSU Imperial Valley (SDSU-IV) offers eleven bachelor’s 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 comprised largely of groups that are historically under-represented in higher education. Given the regional focus, responsive curriculum and community engagement, the IV Campus has become a powerful engine of economic growth for the region. In Fall 2021, SDSU-IV will launch its first cohort of the Homeland Security Master of Science program. The Calexico campus, less than a two-hour drive from the SDSU main campus, is located on an eight-acre city block in the heart of Calexico’s civic center along the Mexican border within Imperial County. The Imperial County area, known more generally as “Imperial Valley,” consists 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. Visit our website,

San Diego State University 
SDSU is an established and acknowledged leader in the twenty-three-campus California State University system. With more than 7,700 faculty and staff and 35,000 students, it is one of the largest universities in the western United States. The University offers 91 bachelor degrees, 78 master degrees and 22 joint doctorates. SDSU main campus is located less than 25 miles from the United States/Mexico border and places an increasing emphasis on international research and preparing students for a global future. It is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a doctoral-granting institution with high research activity and receives over $130 million in external research grants and awards annually. The student body is among the most diverse in the United States and the university is known for cultivating a welcoming environment with a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence whether such diversity is presented through cultural, racial, sexual orientation, sexual identity, or veteran status.  As such, SDSU has received national recognition ranging from the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award (HEED), being one of the nation’s best universities for women as recognized by Professional Women’s Magazine, ranked among the Best Colleges for Veterans by the Military Times, and a top LGBT Friendly campus according to SDSU website:

The Division of Professional Studies
The SDSU Imperial Valley Division of Professional Studies offers several programs stressing both academic and practical experiences that prepare students for successful and productive careers in a variety of professional fields including Criminal Justice, Homeland Security, Nursing, Public Administration, and Social Work. Many of these programs are taught in an international or global context and focus on emerging transborder issues of concern to our region. The Division offers both undergraduate and graduate programs of study including three (3) undergraduate degrees, and three (3) graduate degrees.

Position Description (Public Administration):
SDSU Imperial Valley Division of Professional Studies is seeking applicants for a tenure-track position in Public Administration at the assistant or associate professor level. The position is a joint appointment to the Imperial Valley campus and the School of Public Affairs on the San Diego campus. The primary appointment is to the undergraduate and graduate programs at the Imperial Valley campus in Calexico. We welcome applications from scholars with training in public administration, as well as in related disciplines, including but not limited to public policy, public management, emergency management, homeland security, political science, sociology, and organizational studies by the date of appointment.

The position requires teaching core public administration courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, through different modalities, including face-to-face, site-specific, and online.  Given the interdisciplinary nature of the Division of Professional Studies faculty, teaching and contributing to our collaborative programs is desirable. The research area is open but preference will be given to candidates who are familiar with homeland security issues, as the Division will launch a new Homeland Security Master’s program in Fall 2021.

Candidates must demonstrate a strong commitment to excellence in teaching and be able to work with students of diverse cultural backgrounds. Candidates should possess a strong research agenda and capability as demonstrated by an appropriate history of professional growth activity. This will include publication in refereed journals, professional conference participation, grant activity, as well as other evidence of an active research program. Candidates will be expected to work effectively with agencies in the local community.

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. Our definition of underrepresented populations (UP) is: African-American, Latino/Latina, Native American, Southeast Asian, Pacific Islander, groups of varying abilities, women in public administration. Candidates must satisfy two or more of the eight Building on Inclusive Excellence (BIE) criteria. Candidates that meet BIE criteria:

  1. are committed to engaging in service with underrepresented populations within the discipline
  2. have demonstrated knowledge of barriers for underrepresented students and faculty within the discipline
  3. have experience or have demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentoring underrepresented students
  4. have experience or have demonstrated commitment to integrating understanding of underrepresented populations and communities into research
  5. 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
  6. have experience in or have demonstrated commitment to research that engages underrepresented communities
  7. have expertise or demonstrated commitment to developing expertise in cross-cultural communication and collaboration
  8. have research interests that contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education

Candidates must indicate in their cover letter how they meet at least two or more of these criteria.

Candidates should have an earned Ph.D. in public administration or a related field such as public policy, public management, emergency management, homeland security, political science, sociology, and organizational studies by the date of appointment (August 2021). Candidates should have demonstrated evidence of research publications, teaching excellence, and the willingness to participate in shared governance at the school and university level. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Application review will begin on March 01, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.  Effective Date of Appointment: August 2021.

Candidates should submit a cover letter/candidate statement (which must include a narrative of how the candidate meets two of the eight criteria on underrepresented populations), Curriculum Vitae, one writing sample and contact information for three academic references. Additional materials will be requested from short-listed candidates at a later time. To apply, please submit required materials via Interfolio at

Questions about this position should be addressed to:

Dr. David Jancsics
Recruitment Committee Chair
San Diego State University Imperial Valley Campus
School of Public Affairs
Email: [email protected]

Effective Date of Appointment: August 2021.

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 requirement 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: 2/5/2021
Application Due: 4/6/2021
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