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Associate Professor: Health Disparities

San Diego State University
San Diego County, CA
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The School of Communication at San Diego State University (SDSU) invites applications for a tenure- track faculty position in Health Disparities, at the level of associate professor, to start August 2022.

Responsibilities: The candidate is expected to have a scholarly research agenda examining health disparities. They will be responsible for teaching communication courses in health disparities and health communication at the graduate and undergraduate level as well as directing graduate student theses. All methodological approaches to research will be considered. Preferred candidates will exhibit a strong record of, or the potential for, publication and teaching related to health disparities among vulnerable populations (especially within Latinx communities) from two or more of the following subfields of the communication discipline: health communication, border studies, environmental communication, institutions, rhetorical influences, inter-group and intercultural. Interest in pursuing grants and research funding is desirable. The candidate will also have the opportunity to create and teach classes aligned with their particular research interests, including upper division and graduate level courses. The successful candidate will also be expected to provide service to the School, College, University, and professional communication organizations. Faculty members are expected to serve on and chair master's thesis and comprehensive examination committees, and mentor early career faculty members as appropriate.

Required Qualifications: An earned doctorate in communication or an allied field is required upon application to the position. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to excellence in both research and teaching, in line with SDSU's teacher-scholar model, as well as evidence of committed service to their institutes and professions. Requirements include evidence of (a) a strong research agenda in health disparities, (b) methodological expertise in quantitative, qualitative, cultural, or rhetorical approaches, and (c) demonstrated application of communication theory in research practices.

In their Diversity Statement, candidates should explicitly address how they meet two or more of the eight Building on Inclusive Excellence (BIE) criteria. Candidates that meet BIE criteria are: (a) committed to engaging in service with underrepresented populations within the discipline, (b) have demonstrated knowledge of barriers for underrepresented students and faculty within the discipline, (c) have experience or have demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentoring underrepresented students, (d) have experience or have demonstrated commitment to integrating understanding of underrepresented populations and communities into research, (e) have experience in or have demonstrated commitment to extending knowledge of opportunities and challenges in achieving artistic/scholarly success to members of an underrepresented group, (f) have experience in or have demonstrated commitment to research that engages underrepresented communities, (g) have expertise or demonstrated commitment to developing expertise in cross-cultural communication and collaboration, and/or (h) have research interests that contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education. More information on the BIE criteria can be found on the University website:

Desired Qualifications: The ideal candidate currently holds a PhD, has demonstrated success publishing in top-tier communication journals, has a track record of teaching communication courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and will also have already received external funding and committed to sustained pursuits of research grants and contracts. Advanced assistant professors or those who hold the rank of associate professor are encouraged to apply. We are particularly interested in candidates seeking to affiliate with our Center for Communication, Health, and the Public Good (CCHPG) and Institute for Dialogue & Social Justice. The successful candidate will be able to collaborate with other SDSU research institutes, centers, and faculty. For example, candidates might engage with scholars in the Institute for Behavioral and Community Health (IBACH), the Institute for Regional Studies of the Californias, the Comparative International Studies Program or the School of Public Health. SDSU is an urban Carnegie- designated Service Learning Institution and the successful applicant will demonstrate how their scholarship will flourish in the greater San Diego community. The ideal candidate will not only complement the active scholarly activity of our faculty, but also seek to be an engaged departmental citizen. Leadership in the discipline, and significant contributions to the leadership within the sub-fields of health disparities at national or international levels is preferred.

SDSU is a large, diverse, urban university and Hispanic-Serving Institution with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. SDSU is seeking applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups. 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, inclusiveness, and excellence on our campus, we actively seek candidates with demonstrated experience working with, teaching or mentoring students from underrepresented communities.

Rank and Salary: This is a tenure-track faculty position at the associate professor level. Appointment to the position requires that the candidate's doctoral degree be earned by the appointment start date in August 2022. Salary and rank will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Application Instructions

Review of application materials will begin December 1, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. Applicants should apply via Interfolio. Candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a diversity statement, and names and contact information of three (3) references. All additional inquiries should be addressed to: Lourdes S. Martinez, Ph.D., Health Disparities Search Committee Chair, Associate Professor, School of Communication, San Diego State University,

About the School of Communication: The successful candidate will join a scholarly community of 13 tenure-line faculty and approximately 16 full-time and part-time lecturers. We have almost 900 undergraduate students in our two majors, Communication and Health Communication, and a top-ranked master's degree program with approximately 50 students. The School of Communication was named the 2019 NCA Outstanding Master's Degree Program. The School of Communication envisions sustained excellence in advancing communication scholarship, promoting social justice, fostering relationships, and enhancing the public good. We enact this vision through inspired teaching, innovative collaborative research, and impactful community engagement. Faculty and students focus on scholarship across the discipline, including critical-cultural studies, health communication, intercultural communication, interpersonal communication, organizational communication, rhetoric, political communication, and social media. The School of Communication hosts the Center for Communication, Health, and the Public Good (CCHPG), the Institute for Dialogue and Social Justice (IDSJ), and the Human Communication Lab which can be used for a range of physiological and other data collection procedures. For more information about the School of Communication, visit our website:

About the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts (PSFA): 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's and PSFA's strategic goals, who will sustain excellence in their research, promote student success, and continue to advance our commitment to diversity. PSFA website:

About San Diego State University: San Diego State University is the largest university in San Diego and the third largest in California. The diverse campus community has a student population of over 36,000 and approximately 5,849 faculty and staff. SDSU is currently designated as a Doctoral / Research- Intensive University by the Carnegie Foundation. Established in 1897, SDSU offers bachelor degrees in 84 areas, masters in 76 and doctorates in 21. SDSU is uniquely situated in the border region and encourages faculty to capitalize on our sense of place in all that we do. See for more information.

As part of its commitment to a safe and equitable "OneSDSU" community, SDSU requires that individuals seeking faculty employment provide at the time of application authorization to conduct background checks if they become a finalist for the position; applications without this authorization will be considered incomplete and not considered.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed 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.

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 requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.
The Chronicle of Higher Education. Keywords: Communication Studies - Associate Professor, Location: San Diego, CA - 92182
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