The Public Administration program in the School of Public Affairs is seeking a faculty member at the rank of Assistant Professor for a Fall 2020 appointment. The position requires teaching core public administration courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, through different modalities, including face-to-face, site-specific, and online. 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. To be in a better position to serve a fast growing and highly diverse student body, and to fulfill the University’s commitment to promoting diversity and inclusive excellence on our campus, we actively seek candidates demonstrating experience in at least three of the following criteria:

  • Candidate is engaged in service with underrepresented populations in higher education;
  • Candidate demonstrates knowledge of barriers for underrepresented students and faculty in higher education;
  • Candidate has experience or demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentoring underrepresented students;
  • Candidate integrates understanding of underrepresented populations and communities into research;
  • Candidate extends knowledge of opportunities and challenges in achieving artistic/scholarly success to members of an underrepresented group;
  • Candidate is committed to research that engages underrepresented communities;
  • Candidate shows expertise in cross-cultural communication and collaboration;
  • Candidate has research interests that contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education;
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.

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, and the potential for program development and grant writing ability, with clear leadership potential in each of these areas being an asset.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Application review will begin on February 14, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled. Effective Date of Appointment: August 2020.

Please apply via Interfolio.


  • Prof. Salvador Espinosa
    Recruitment Committee Chair
    San Diego State University
    School of Public Affairs
    5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego, CA 92182-4505

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 (2019) 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.
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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.

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
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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 requirement 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.

SDSU is a Title IX, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons based on 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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