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San Jose State University
  • Position Number: 1650202
  • Location: San Jose, California
  • Position Type: normal
San José State University - San José, California


Subject to Budgetary Approval

Specialization: Wildfire Management

Job Opening ID (JOID): 25188

Rank: Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies

Qualifications: Successful applicants will have a doctorate in Environmental Studies or a related field, with a focus on the interdisciplinary study of wildfire science, policy and management at the urban/wildland interface. Key areas of expertise within this focus may include: science-based decision-making; local, regional and/or national policy and planning; environmental economics; traditional ecological knowledge; fire ecology; human or organizational behavior; or environmental and health risk assessment, among others. This faculty member will develop and teach courses in areas such as wildfire management and policy; science-based decision-making; emergency prevention, response, mitigation, and resilience; or risk assessment. Applicants must have a strong background in qualitative and/or quantitative research methods and a commitment to applied environmental problem-solving.

We seek a teacher-researcher who is committed to quality interactions with students at all levels, undergraduate and graduate. Applicants should have a clearly defined research program that has and will continue to produce peer- reviewed publications and demonstrate initiative in seeking external funding to support research and related activities. Applicants must demonstrate awareness of and sensitivity to the educational goals of a highly diverse student population, as might have been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching or comparable experience. Candidates should demonstrate the ability to meet the needs of a student population that is composed of a broad spectrum of ages, cultural backgrounds, ethnicities, primary languages and academic preparation – through inclusive course materials, teaching strategies, and advisement.

Responsibilities: Primary teaching responsibilities include the Environmental Studies undergraduate courses, graduate courses, and other courses in the applicant's specialties. Program responsibilities include advising majors and minors, supervising undergraduate and graduate student research, and directing special projects. Faculty supervise original Master of Science thesis research and have regular meetings with advisees. Active pursuit of research and scholarly activities resulting in peer-reviewed products is required. Effective teaching, scholarly professional achievements and service are all essential for tenure and promotion. A key aspect of this position is that the faculty member will actively work with other faculty associated with the SJSU Wildfire Interdisciplinary Research Center to seek funding and conduct research related to wildfire management. This Center is devoted to developing strategies and policy to manage wildfire and better understand how wildfire will impact people and resources in the future.

Salary Range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience

Eligibility: Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

Starting Date: August 13, 2020

Application Procedures: For full consideration, email the following materials to

by December 6, 2019: (1) a letter of application, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) statement of teaching interests/philosophy and research plans, (4) undergraduate and graduate school transcripts (unofficial transcripts acceptable at the initial stage of the search), (5) evidence of demonstrated or potential teaching effectiveness (syllabi, teaching evaluations, letters of observation), (6) one peer-reviewed research paper or comparable evidence of research productivity, and (7) the names and contact information of three professional references from whom the search committee chair can solicit letters of reference. If transcripts need to be mailed, send them to: Search Committee Chair, Department of Environmental Studies, San José State University, One Washington Square, San José, CA 95192-0115.

For further information about this position, email or call the Environmental Studies office at (408) 924-5450.

Please include Job Opening ID (JOID) on all correspondence.

General Information: The Department of Environmental Studies was founded in 1970 and serves approximately 400 undergraduate majors and 50 graduate students. We grant B.A., B.S., and M.S. degrees. Ten full-time faculty members are complemented by environmental professionals who teach classes in their areas of expertise.

San José State University enrolls over 35,700 students, a significant percentage of whom are members of minority groups. As such, this position is for scholars interested in a career at a national leader in graduating URM students. SJSU is a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander (AANAPISI) Serving Institution; 40% of our students are first-generation, and 38% are Pell-qualified. The university is currently ranked fifth nationally in increasing student upward mobility. The University is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty so our disciplines, students, and the community can benefit from multiple ethnic and gender perspectives.

San José State University is California's oldest institution of public higher learning. Located in downtown San José (Pop. 1,000,000) in the heart of Silicon Valley, SJSU is part of one of the most innovative regions in the world. As Silicon Valley's public university, SJSU combines dynamic teaching, research, and university-industry experiences to prepare students to address the biggest problems facing society. SJSU is a member of the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system.

San José State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. This policy applies to all San José State University students, faculty, and staff as well as University programs and activities. Reasonable accommodations are made for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose. Note that all San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are 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.

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