Assistant Professor, School of the Environment (533061)

  • Cal State University (CSU) San Francisco
  • San Francisco, California
  • Aug 29, 2023
Full Time Education and Training Public Health

Job Description


Assistant Professor San Francisco State University, School of the Environment offers an exciting opportunity for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in: Environmental Issues & Environmental Justice in Black and Latinx/e Communities beginning August 7, 2024. We seek a colleague whose teaching and research interests include a focus on the disproportionate impacts of environmental issues on Black and/or Latinx/e communities. We are especially interested in qualified candidates with a demonstrated commitment -- through their research, teaching, and service -- to the diversity and excellence of our academic program.

We are seeking applicants with experience in and/or demonstrated commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups. This is part of a cohort hire focused on Black and Latinx/e student success. We are looking for teacher/scholars who have an established commitment to teaching, research and/or service in and with the Black and Latinx/e community. Candidates for this position are expected to satisfy two or more of the eight Black and Latinx/e Student Success Cohort Hire criteria:

1. Training in and knowledge of historical and present-day structural racism, and practice that engages that knowledge (practice may include teaching, research, and/or service).

2. Demonstrated knowledge of challenges and barriers for Black and Latinx/e students, and evidence of strategies employed to help students overcome such barriers.

3. Evidence of employing anti-racist teaching strategies that support the learning and success of Black and Latinx students.

4. Mentors and engages Black and Latinx/e students in research, scholarship, and creative activities.

5. Evidence of research that contributes to equity, opportunities, and inclusion in higher education.

6. Evidence of research that integrates understanding of and/or engages Black and Latinx/e communities’ challenges and structural realities.

7. Evidence of engaging in service to Black and Latinx/e populations within the discipline.

8. Evidence of service and contributions to Black and Latinx/e communities.

About the Department: The School of the Environment is a community of students, staff and faculty bound together by a common commitment to scientific exploration, sustainable stewardship of our environment, and social justice. We collaborate across disciplines to understand the physical processes, the structures of political and economic power, and the social and cultural forces that shape our environment, and to pursue solutions to wide-ranging societal challenges. We strive to create a department culture committed to equity, inclusion and antiracism.

The School of the Environment provides undergraduate and graduate degrees in Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Geography and Earth Science.

About San Francisco State University: SF State is a major public urban university, situated in one of the world’s great cities. Building on a century-long history of commitment to quality teaching and broad access to undergraduate and graduate education, the University offers comprehensive, rigorous, and integrated academic programs that require students to engage in open-minded inquiry and reflection. SF State prepares its students to become productive, ethical, active citizens with a global perspective.

Mission Statement: San Francisco State University educates and equips students to thrive in a global society. We deliver academic excellence by pursuing knowledge, inspiring creativity, supporting our diverse community and advancing social justice and positive change in the world. Visit the Strategic Planning website to learn more.

Responsibilities: The position requires graduate and undergraduate teaching core courses in ENVS, including Research Methods in Environmental Studies (ENVS 224) and the elective Global Environmental Crisis (ENVS 331). The candidate would revise these courses to elevate Black and Latinx/e communities and might also co-teach intro GE courses in earth sciences and physical geography to more fully bring social justice perspectives into those courses. The candidate would develop a new elective centering EJ in their area of expertise. The position also requires mentoring and advising graduate and undergraduate students, developing an active ongoing scholarship program in one’s area of specialty, and ongoing committee and service assignments.

Required qualifications:

• Ph.D., or equivalent terminal degree in Environmental Studies, Environmental Science, Geography, Earth & Climate Sciences or another relevant accredited program. Terminal degree must be completed by the first day of employment.

• Record of working and communicating effectively with colleagues and students


The anticipated Assistant Professor (Academic Year) classification salary range is:

$88,500 to $91,500 annually (12 monthly payments per academic year).

The anticipated hiring range is $7,375 to $7,625 per month.

Salary offered is commensurate with experience and qualifications. In addition, the California Equal Pay Act prohibits employers from paying its employees less than those of the opposite sex and/or another race or ethnicity for substantially similar work (

Professional development funds, moving expenses, start-up funds, and a reduced teaching load may be available. The California State University (CSU) provides generous health, retirement, and other benefits.

Application Procedure: A complete online application must be submitted to receive consideration.

To apply, please upload the following materials:

1. Cover letter (relating your experience to the required qualifications)

2. Curriculum vitae

3. A diversity statement that is no more than 500 words that provides an understanding of your capabilities to address diversity in support of SFSU’s diverse student and community populations. Please provide specific examples of how you have addressed diversity in your teaching, research, and service

4. Samples of scholarly papers, teaching philosophy, sample syllabi, description of research interests, or other as relevant Names and contact information of three references who will provide letters of recommendation upon request.

Application review begins: January 17, 2024.

Please direct all questions about the position to: Ellen Hines, Search Committee Chair at email

CSU strongly encourages faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process are encouraged to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to

Thank you for your interest in employment with California State University (CSU). CSU is a state entity whose business operations reside within the State of California. Because of this, CSU prohibits hiring employees to perform CSU-related work outside of California with very limited exception. While this position may be eligible for occasional telework, all work is expected to be performed in the state of California, and this position is assigned to on-campus operations.

San Francisco State is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status. We strongly encourage the application of individuals from historically underrepresented groups. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the Senior Human Resources

Additional information on the requirements for new hires may be found at the Human Resources web page ( ).

Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

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