Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Environmental Studies

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San Francisco State University
San Francisco, CA, United States
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San Francisco State University, School of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement offers an exciting opportunity for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Environmental Studies beginning January 2020. We seek a colleague whose teaching and research interests include climate change, public policy and governance of waterways.  We are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, through diversity, to the excellence of the academic community. 

The School of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement (PACE) was founded in 2012. PACE is a collaborative interdisciplinary school of public affairs oriented scholars that delivers degree programs in Environmental Studies, Gerontology 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.   

Candidate’s primary teaching responsibilities would be in the Environmental Studies program. The objective of the program is to produce exceptional graduates who are grounded in the study of contemporary environmental problems and solutions. The program provides students with the knowledge and skills required for understanding relationships between humans and the physical world. It examines how the environment is being used, abused, and perceived, and what individuals and organizations are doing and can do to protect it for themselves, future generations, and other living beings and ecosystems.

The mission of San Francisco State University is to create and maintain an environment for learning that promotes respect for and appreciation of scholarship, freedom, human diversity, and the cultural mosaic of the City of San Francisco and the Bay Area; to promote excellence in instruction and intellectual accomplishment; and to provide broadly accessible higher education for residents of the region and state, as well as the nation and world. To fulfill its mission, the University is committed to the following goals:

  • Attracting, retaining and graduating a highly diverse student body
  • Providing disciplinary and interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional education that is academically rigorous and intellectually challenging
  • Providing curricula that reflect all dimensions of human diversity, and that encourage critical thinking and a commitment to social justice
  • Recruiting, retaining and supporting a diverse faculty whose teaching demonstrates an active engagement with their individual fields of study and whose creative and scholarly work is an extension of the classroom, laboratory or studio
  • Employing a staff and administration reflecting the diversity of our student community and the values of the campus;
  • Fostering a collegial and cooperative intellectual environment that includes recognition and appreciation of differing viewpoints and promotes academic freedom within the University community; and
  • Serving the communities with which its students and faculty are engaged.


The position requires undergraduate teaching in Environmental Studies, 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 pace.sfsu.edu. 



  • Ph.D. in Urban Studies and Public Affairs with specialization in the intersection between environmental studies and public administration. Terminal degree must be completed by the first day of employment.
  • Record of publications in public administration and environmental studies journals
  • Record of research on climate change adaptation and the transformations of rivers and watersheds in urban metropolitan areas
  • Record of co-authored publications with academic colleagues and community members
  • Record of presentations at environmental studies and public administration professional organizations
  • Record of creating and instructing courses with community service learning components
  • Record of creating inclusive pedagogy through the creation of affordable instructional materials
  • Record of involving students in conference presentations
  • Record of working and communicating effectively with colleagues and students


  • Record of teaching contributions in the areas of: research methods for environmental studies, introduction to environmental studies, and courses on climate change adaptation
  • Active record of scholarship related to specialty area.
  • Demonstrated ability to incorporate inclusion, diversity, and educational equity in teaching, and/or scholarship/creative works
  • Experience teaching and working closely with students from historically under-represented communities
  • Record of contributing to collegial, supportive and collaborative work environments

Rank and salary

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


Submit letter of intent/interest, a current CV, a statement on how your teaching and scholarship align with the commitment of the School of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement to foster an inclusive and diverse academic community; sample of scholarly publications; names and contact information of three references to pace@sfsu.edu. Letters of recommendation upon request at a later date.

San Francisco State is an Equal Opportunity 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.  Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the Senior Human Resources Manager.