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. 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/or show exceptional promise for high-quality research, teaching, and professional development that could contribute to one or more of the following areas: (a) civil, construction, or environmental engineering, ideally with crossover between the three disciplines; (b) sustainable design, construction, and operation of the built environment; (c) sustainable design and operation of transportation systems (d) sustainable development engineering (infrastructure that addresses environmental justice challenges or unmet needs of people living in poverty in developing regions of the world or in low-income areas in the U.S.). Example focus areas may include, but are not limited to: engineering infrastructure for healthier communities; models and/or systems thinking for urban-natural systems to support cross-disciplinary decision-making in civil, construction, and environmental engineering systems; life cycle assessment (LCA) and life cycle thinking or systems thinking; next-generation transportation systems to address air pollution challenges; system design for sustainable and eco-friendly modes of travel; innovative eco-transportation modeling; sustainable smart cities; green engineering; climate change preparedness and resiliency; community-based participatory design. Research in these areas may also enable cross-campus interdisciplinary collaborations with faculty in other 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, Construction Engineering, Environmental Engineering, or a closely related discipline, and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, Construction Engineering, Environmental Engineering, or a closely related area 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 and 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 and the third largest in the state. 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).
Review of applications will begin on January 23, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is August 17, 2020. Applicants must apply by submitting a one-page cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a statement of research interests and philosophy (not to exceed two pages), a statement of teaching interests and philosophy (not to exceed one page), a 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.
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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; firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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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.
The mission of San Diego State University is to provide research-oriented, high-quality education for under - graduate and graduate students and to contribute to the solution of problems through excellence and distinction in teaching, research, and service. The university strives to impart an appreciation and broad understanding of the human experience throughout the world and the ages. This education extends to diverse cultural legacies and accomplishments in many areas, such as the arts and technology; the advancement of human thought, including philosophy and science; the development of economic, political, and social institutions; and the physical and biological evolution of humans and their environment. San Diego State University pursues its mission through its many diverse departments and interdisciplinary programs in the creative and performing arts, the humanities, the sciences, and the social and behavioral sciences.
Academic and Community Engagement — San Diego State University is a community of leaders committed to student success and life-changing opportunities for students, such as study abroad, under - graduate research, leadership training, and entrepreneurial exp...eriences. SDSU is the oldest higher education institution in the San Diego region, and our deep community roots provide access to internships, mentoring relation - ships, and volunteer opportunities that complement and enhance the classroom experience. SDSU is an academically rich university that provides endless possibilities for students: bachelor’s degrees in 96 areas, master’s degrees in 80 fields, and 21 doctoral degrees (Ph.D., Ed.D., Au.D., and D.P.T.). SDSU is a place for the best and brightest to dream of who they will become and to make those dreams a reality.
Diversity and Inclusive Excellence - Diversity is a hallmark of San Diego State University, where students from all backgrounds achieve excellence and success. The university has been recognized nationally for large increases in graduation rates and for nearly eliminating achievement gaps among ethnic and racial groups. SDSU’s campus reflects the diversity of our region and the world beyond. Stu - dents from more than 90 nations con - tribute to SDSU’s dynamic mix of ethnic, racial, and social backgrounds. SDSU tied for No. 7 in the nation for ethnic and racial diversity, received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award for five consecutive years, is recognized as a Hispanic-Serving institution, and is one of the top universities in economic diversity. More than half of our students and 43 percent of our tenure-track faculty members are women. We are a national model for educating military veterans, and we rank as one of the most LGBTQ+-friendly campuses in the nation. Through our “One SDSU Community” initiative, our campus fosters shared experiences, values, and aspirations that embrace our unique identities, respect our diversity, and recognize our common humanity.
Education and Global Perspectives — One of our goals at SDSU is to prepare global citizens. From curriculum content and cultural campus activities to international research and exchange programs, we are creating a global experience that will be transformational for our students. SDSU ranks No. 5 in the nation in the number of students who study abroad to gain new perspectives and to grow personally and intellectually. More than 3,000 SDSU students study abroad each year in more than 70 countries, including the United Kingdom, China, Italy, Mexico, and Spain. Our campus-based academic programs reinforce this global perspective. These programs include the Center for International Business Education and Research; the Center for Latin American Studies; the International Security and Conflict Resolution degree program; and the International Business program, which ranks No. 12 in the nation.
Research and Creative Endeavors — San Diego State is a leading public research university with a thriving research agenda and competitive awards totaling over $134 million in 2017-2018 — including funding from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Defense, and the California Department of Health Services. Undergraduate research and entrepreneurship are hallmarks of SDSU. Stu - dents collaborate with faculty and staff in on-campus laboratories to address national and global challenges, and they create new companies and social enterprises in our entrepreneurship and innovation centers. More than 90 SDSU students have earned prestigious Fulbright awards since 2005, while other students have received Gilman International Scholarships, Boren Awards for International Study, the Udall Scholarship for environmental work, and Gates Cambridge Scholarships.
Leadership Starts Here — SDSU lives by the ethos “Leadership Starts Here” – a pretty bold statement. It is also a promise – one that our students keep every day by focusing on academic excellence and engaging society’s challenges. SDSU’s legacy of leadership is found in research and innovation, entrepreneur - ship, community engagement, and global competition. SDSU alumni lead governments, businesses and organizations throughout the world. They are legislators, CEOs, company presidents and founders, school administrators, and engineers. Aztecs run biotech companies, accounting firms, restaurant chains, film studios, and hospitals, just to name a few.