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Job ID: 16.17

Public Affairs

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Date Posted:
August 25, 2017

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Open until filled

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San Francisco State University, School of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement invites applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in climate change adaptation in cities beginning August 2018.

The School seeks individuals with a background in Environmental or Urban Studies with a specialization in urban adaptation to climate change. The applicant might have expertise in planning and/or relocation issues connected with sea level rise, adaptation finance, infrastructure and the built environment, and/or coping with public health impacts of climate change. In the short-term future, policies that address adaptation to climate change will be almost entirely the task of sub-national entities—states, counties and cities. In the Bay Area, cities and regional entities such as the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) are already beginning to address adaptation in a serious way because sea level rise is an imminent threat, so we can anticipate professional opportunities for graduates with expertise in this area.

The School of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement (PACE) is a collaborative interdisciplinary school of public affairs oriented scholars that delivers degree programs in Criminal Justice Studies, Environmental Studies, Public Administration, and Urban Studies and Planning. Students in these programs are immersed in a problem-oriented learning environment that extends beyond the classroom and into the community, the public arena, and the world. Building on an ethos of social justice and sustainability, faculty prepare PACE graduates with critical and analytical skills necessary to understand and address the issues and challenges of the twenty-first century.

Qualifications: Candidates should have a Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree in Environmental Studies, Urban Studies and Planning or a related field.

Candidates should have a strong background in environmental politics and policy, with an emphasis on urban adaptation to climate change.

Candidates must demonstrate the ability to teach courses in the areas of Environmental Studies and Urban Studies and Planning. Preferred candidates should have experience teaching, or mentoring minorities, or other underrepresented groups.

Candidates must have an active record of scholarship related to their specialty area.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate how they have or will incorporate inclusion, diversity, and educational equity in their courses and/or scholarship/creative works.

Responsibilities: The position requires undergraduate teaching in Environmental Studies and Urban Studies and Planning with the possibility of undergraduate and graduate course in other PACE programs, mentoring and advising undergraduate students, developing an active ongoing scholarship program in one’s area of specialty, and ongoing committee and service assignments. Detailed position description is available at http://pace.sfsu.edu/.

Rank and salary: Assistant Professor. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. The California State University (CSU) provides generous health, retirement and other benefits.

Application process: Submit letter of intent/interest, a current CV, a sample of scholarly papers, teaching philosophy, description of research interests and names and contact information of three references. Letters of recommendation upon request at a later date.

Submit all materials online to pace@sfsu.edu by October 15, 2017. Review of applications will continue until position is filled.

San Francisco State University is a member of the CSU system and serves a diverse student body of 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The University seeks to promote appreciation of scholarship, freedom and, human diversity through excellence in instruction and intellectual accomplishment. San Francisco State University faculty are expected to be effective teachers and demonstrate professional achievement and growth through research, scholarship, and/or creative work. Our goal is to attract a world-class and diverse faculty committed to build a multicultural educational environment.

San Francisco State University is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer with a strong commitment to diversity. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or other legally protected category. We strongly encourage the application of individuals from historically underrepresented groups.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any employment with the CSU.