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Assistant Professor: Sustainable Infrastructure

San Diego State University
San Diego, California
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Jun 15, 2021

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The Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering at San Diego State University (SDSU) invites applications for a tenure-track, Assistant Professor position in the area of Sustainable Infrastructure with an emphasis in Structural Engineering. Infrastructure investments in the 21st century in California, and globally, must consider changes in the complex interactions between urban and natural systems, such as projecting future changes in urban infrastructure systems and their connections to climate change and/or population growth.  Applicants should have a demonstrated record of excellence and show exceptional promise for high-quality research, teaching, and professional development that could contribute to sustainable and resilient structural analysis and design of the built environment, including bridges, buildings, and dams, as well as various other civil engineering structures.  Other considerations include green engineering and climate change, both of which have unique structural engineering concerns, as well as earthquake analysis and design, with innovative concepts that can be applied to various needs considering different settings with unique financial, social, environmental, and time constraints.  Material science is also of interest as it relates to structural engineering, including analysis and physical testing.  Structural testing in the laboratory and nonlinear structural analysis are also of importance.  Research in these areas may enable cross-campus interdisciplinary collaborations with faculty in other departments and colleges at SDSU.

SDSU is a large, diverse, urban university with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence, which embraces the teacher-scholar model.  Since 2012, SDSU has been designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) by the U.S. Department of Education. Our campus community is diverse in many ways, including race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, pregnancy, medical condition, and covered veteran status.  We strive to build and sustain a welcoming environment for all and we seek applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or a commitment to teaching and working effectively with groups that have been documented as underrepresented in engineering and higher education.  

Applicants should clearly indicate (for example, in a table format in the diversity and inclusion statement) past accomplishments and future plans that satisfy at least three, and ideally all, of the following areas: (a) engage in service with underrepresented populations in engineering; (b) demonstrate knowledge of barriers for underrepresented students and faculty in higher education; (c) build on past experience and/or demonstrate commitment to teaching and mentoring underrepresented students; (d) integrate understanding of underrepresented populations and communities into research; (e) extend knowledge of how to achieve scholarly success as a member of an underrepresented group; (f) be committed to research that engages underrepresented communities; (g) show expertise in cross-cultural communication and collaboration; and (h) pursue research that contributes to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education.

Applicants must hold a B.S. in Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering, or a closely related discipline and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering, or a closely related discipline by the date of hire.  Applicants should be active researchers who will develop and maintain an extramurally supported research program, publish and disseminate research findings, and serve as leaders at the forefront of their field.  The candidate is expected to instruct and mentor undergraduate as well as graduate students in the classroom and in research.

Founded in 1897, San Diego State University is a public institution of higher education located in Southern California.  With a total student population of about 35,000, SDSU is the oldest and largest university in San Diego, largest university in the Cal-State University System, and the third largest university in the State of California.  SDSU continues to gain recognition as a leader in higher education.  It is currently ranked No. 60 among public universities and is in the top 25 nationwide for ethnic diversity, according to U.S. News and World Report.  The Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering department is one of the four departments in the College of Engineering at SDSU with EAC, ABET-accredited B.S. degree programs, as well as M.S. and Ph.D. programs (the latter is offered in conjunction with the University of California, San Diego through the Joint Doctoral Program).  SDSU generates more research, as measured by funding levels, than all of the other State schools combined, and is considered a research institution.

Review of applications will begin on April 1, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is August 17, 2021.  Applicants must apply by submitting a one-page cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research interests and philosophy (not to exceed two pages), statement of teaching interests and philosophy (not to exceed one page), statement of diversity and inclusion (not to exceed two pages), and the names and contact information of at least three individuals that can provide a professional assessment of the applicant’s suitability for this position.  References will only be contacted for the sub-set of applicants selected for interviews.

This institution is using Interfolio to conduct this search.  Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account to submit all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge.  For help signing up, accessing your account, or submitting your application please check out our help and support section or get in touch via email at [email protected] or phone at (877) 997-8807.

Requests for additional information should be directed to: Dr. Matthew E. Verbyla, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering, San Diego State University, 5500 Campanile Drive, Mail Code 1324, San Diego, CA, 92182-1324; Tel. 619-594-7920; [email protected]

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.


Since it was founded in 1897, San Diego State University has grown to offer bachelor's degrees in 89 areas, master's degrees in 78 areas and doctorates in 21 areas. SDSU's approximately 32,000 students participate in an academic curriculum distinguished by direct contact with faculty and an increasing international emphasis that prepares them for a global future.

SDSU's annual economic impact to the state of California is $6.5 billion, according to an impact report done by the California State University in 2010.

Of SDSU's 280,000-plus alumni, approximately 60 percent live in San Diego. They comprise more than half the region's engineers, teachers, entrepreneurs and the local workforce for a host of other industries.

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Research: Since 2000, SDSU faculty and staff have attracted more than $1.7 billion in grants and contracts for research and programs ranging from cardiovascular disease to marine biology.

Diversity: SDSU ranks No. 19 in the nation for racial diversity and among the top universities for economic diversity. SDSU was ranked No. 11 in the nation and No. 4 in California for bachelor's degrees awarded to Hispanics by Hispanic Outlook for Higher Education

International Study: SDSU offers 350 international education programs in 50 countries. Nearly 12,000 students have studied abroad in the past 12 years.

Community Service: SDSU is a recognized leader in innovative efforts to improve urban K-12 education. The City Heights Educational Collaborative and Compact for Success both positively impact the academic achievement of elementary, middle and high school students in the local area.

Sustainability: Sustainability is an every-day part of the university culture at San Diego State University. Students, faculty and staff all participate in a myriad of ways, from festivals, to research to academic programs. In spring 2014, SDSU opens its first LEED Platinum Certified building — the 206,000 square-foot Aztec Student Union.

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