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Assistant Professor: Border Studies in Communication

San Diego State University
San Diego

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Assistant Professor: Border Studies in Communication

Location: San Diego, CA
Open Date: Sep 26, 2023

The School of Communication at San Diego State University (SDSU) invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Border Studies in Communication, at the level of assistant professor, to start August 2024.

Responsibilities: The successful candidate will teach across undergraduate and graduate curriculum courses that center border studies, including but not limited to intersections with media studies, health communication, rhetorical movements, intercultural communication, organizational communication, and/or gender and sexuality. The candidate will also have the opportunity to create and teach classes aligned with their particular research interests and methodologies, including upper division/graduate level classes. The successful candidate will also be able to teach other graduate-level courses as needed on a rotational basis. In alignment with the University's teacher-scholar model, the new hire could also teach a dual-level elective fitting the candidate's area(s) of research interest and his/her/their research program. The candidate is expected to pursue a scholarly research agenda examining the intersections of border studies and communication studies. All methodological approaches to research will be considered. The successful candidate will also be expected to provide service to the school, college and the university, to professional organizations, and to mentor and serve on master's thesis and comprehensive examination committees.

Required Qualifications: An earned doctorate in communication studies, or an allied field is required by the position start date. Candidates should have a demonstrated commitment to excellence in both teaching and research, in line with SDSU’s teacher- scholar model. Evidence or promise of a strong research agenda in Border studies in communication is required. Ability and interest to teach courses in Border studies including but not limited to its intersections with media studies, health communication, rhetorical movements, intercultural communication, organizational communication, and/or gender and sexuality at the undergraduate and graduate levels are required.

Desired Qualifications: The ideal candidate should have a track record of teaching courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. We are particularly interested in candidates with expertise and/or experience in teaching undergraduate courses that focus on Border studies in communication. The ideal candidate should have a strong program of scholarship already in development that engages in creating cutting-edge theory in Border studies in communication. The candidate’s research should complement the active scholarly activity of the faculty in the School of Communication. The ideal candidate should have experience in mentoring undergraduate and graduate students from historically underrepresented backgrounds, particularly students from Hispanic and/or Latina/x backgrounds. The ideal candidate should be willing to provide service to the department, college and university. One of the goals of the School of Communication is to maintain our international research reputation in communication studies. To that end, we encourage applications from candidates whose research investigates transborder issues relevant to indigenous, Hispanic and Latina/x cultures, but welcome candidates whose research focuses on other cultures and regions as well.

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. Candidates must satisfy two or more of the eight Building on Inclusive Excellence (BIE) criteria. Candidates that meet BIE criteria: (a) are committed to engaging in service with underrepresented populations within the discipline, (b) have demonstrated knowledge of barriers for underrepresented students and faculty within the discipline, (c) have experience or have demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentoring underrepresented students, (d) have experience or have demonstrated commitment to integrating understanding of underrepresented populations and communities into research, (e) 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, (f) have experience in or have demonstrated commitment to research that engages underrepresented communities, (g) have expertise or demonstrated commitment to developing expertise in cross-cultural communication and collaboration, and/or (h) have research interests that contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education. Please indicate in a separate diversity statement how you meet at least two (2) of these criteria. Additional guidance on our BIE program for applicants is here.

This position is part of a new cluster hire aligned with the SDSU Strategic Priority, “Becoming a premier public research university: A new kind of HSI.” Specifically, the position contributes to the following strategic goal: “SDSU will forge a path to become an R1 Doctoral University where excellence and access converge. To achieve this long-term institutional goal, SDSU will leverage its unique stature as a community-engaged, border-connected, Hispanic-Serving Institution located on Kumeyaay land. We are committed to developing infrastructure and resources that enable our research activity to grow while continuing to support excellence in teaching.”

About the School of Communication: The successful candidate will join a scholarly community of 12 tenure-line faculty and approximately 25 full-time and part-time lecturers. We have almost 900 undergraduate students in our two majors, Communication and Health Communication, and a top-ranked master's degree program with approximately 35 students. The School of Communication was named the 2019 NCA Outstanding Master's Degree Program. The School of Communication envisions sustained excellence in advancing communication scholarship, promoting social justice, fostering relationships, and enhancing the public good. We enact this vision through inspired teaching, innovative collaborative research, and impactful community engagement. Faculty and students focus on scholarship across the discipline, including critical-cultural studies, health communication, intercultural communication, interpersonal communication, organizational communication, rhetoric, political communication, and social media. For more information about the School of Communication, visit our website:

SDSU is the oldest institution of higher education in the San Diego region, with a campus in San Diego serving 36,000 undergraduate and graduate students and additional locations in Southern California’s Imperial Valley and Tbilisi in the Republic of Georgia. SDSU is included in the Carnegie Foundation’s Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity category. Established in 1897, SDSU offers bachelor degrees in 97 areas, masters in 84 and doctorates in 23. See for more information. SDSU is a large, diverse, urban university, an Asian-Native American-Pacific Islander -Serving Institution and a Hispanic-Serving Institution with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. 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.

Application Instructions
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Review of application materials will begin November 20 and continue until the position is filled. Apply via Interfolio at Candidates should submit, cover letter, curriculum vitae, diversity statement, and names and contact information of three (3) references. All additional inquiries should be addressed to: Godfried Asante, Ph.D, and Katrina Pariera, Ph.D Border Studies and Communication Search Committee Co-Chairs, School of Communication, San Diego State University and

The minimum salary for this position is based on the current CSU salary schedule for Assistant Professors and may be revised based on contract collective bargaining. The anticipated salary range is from $77,000 to $80,000. Salary placement will be based on the selected candidate’s qualifications and experience, and salaries higher than the published maximums may be offered in limited circumstances. San Diego State University offers a rich benefits package that constitutes a major portion of total compensation. For benefits information, click here.

As part of its commitment to a safe and equitable “OneSDSU” community, SDSU requires that individuals seeking faculty employment provide at the time of application authorization to conduct background checks if they become a finalist for the position; applications without this authorization will be considered incomplete and not considered.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed 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.

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.

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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