Job Details

San Diego State University
  • Position Number: 4768806
  • Location: San Diego, CA
  • Position Type: Business - Human Resources

Assistant Professor: Public Administration - Human Resources
Public Affairs

Location: San Diego, CA
Open Date: Nov 06, 2023

The Public Administration program in the School of Public Affairs invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the areas of Human Resources and Management for a Fall 2024 appointment. This position requires the expertise to teach core public administration courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels in at least two of the following areas: human resource management, labor law, labor relations, dispute resolution, and organization development. While not necessary, an ability to teach undergraduate classes in criminal justice would be considered an asset. The research area is open. Since our School's program maintains national accreditation, qualified applicants should have a clear interest and ability to contribute to academic program administration and accreditation processes. A doctoral degree in public affairs, public administration, or a related field by the date of appointment is required.

General Information:

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 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 identity, or veteran status. As such, SDSU has received national recognition ranging from the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award (HEED), being recognized as one of the nation's best universities for women by Professional Women's Magazine, ranked among the Best Colleges for Veterans by the Military Times, and listed as a top LGBT Friendly campus according to SDSU website:

College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts (PSFA)
The College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts comprises seven professional schools and three departments committed to the pursuit of excellence in academic and artistic endeavors. With over 5,000 majors and approximately 300 faculty, PSFA is recognized for its excellent academic programs that prepare students for professional careers in a wide spectrum of artistic, cultural, educational, social, and technical fields. The College views its connection to the local and global community as a "laboratory for learning" and educational opportunities that prepare the student to engage in the worldwide community through creativity, involvement, leadership, and innovation are a hallmark of the PSFA experience. The College actively seeks applications from candidates whose professional interests align with SDSU and PSFA's strategic goals, who will sustain excellence in their research, promote student success, and continue to advance our commitment to diversity.

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School of Public Affairs
The School of Public Affairs in the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts delivers five degree programs: undergraduate degrees in Public Administration and in Criminal Justice, and master degrees in City Planning, Criminal Justice, and Public Administration. Our combined enrollment in these five degree programs is over 1,200 students. The master's degree in Public Administration is also offered with an emphasis in either Criminal Justice or City Planning. The School's MPA program is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA). The MPA is currently ranked 2nd among all accredited public administration programs in California by US News and World Report (2023) and 1st among public universities offering an accredited MPA in California. The School of Public Affairs emphasizes excellence in research, teaching, and service to the community, the University, and the discipline. Please see our School of Public Affairs website:

Applicants must have a doctoral degree in public administration or a closely related field by the date of appointment. Candidates should have demonstrated evidence of research publications, teaching excellence, and the willingness to participate in shared governance at the school and university level.

To be in a better position to serve a fast growing and highly diverse student body, and to fulfill the Universitys commitment to promoting diversity and inclusive excellence on our campus. 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.

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.

SDSU is a large, diverse, urban university and 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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Application review will begin on November 1, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled. Effective Date of Appointment: August 2024.

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Candidates should submit a cover letter/candidate statement, diversity statement (which must include a narrative of how the candidate meets two of the eight criteria on underrepresented populations), Curriculum Vitae, two letters of recommendations, teaching evaluations if available, and a sample of academic writing.

Questions about this position should be addressed to:

Dr. David Jancsics

Recruitment Committee Chair

San Diego State University

School of Public Affairs

5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego, CA 92182-4505


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 $78,000 to $81,000. Salary placement will be based on the selected candidates 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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