Assistant Professor in Programming, Administration, and/or Event Planning and Management


The Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism (RPT) in the College of Health and Social Sciences at San Francisco State University (SF State) invites applications for a tenure-track, Assistant Professor in programming, administration, and/or event planning and management beginning August 2018.

The RPT Department, in existence since 1946, serves approximately 180 majors, offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees, and is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions. With the diversity and vitality of Bay Area public, nonprofit, and for-profit recreation organizations; local, state, and national parks; and domestic and international tourism; the hands-on classroom and living laboratory provide the requisite competencies to engineer experiences that engage, empower, and educate.

To this end, the Department is seeking individuals who can use their expertise in strengthening current, and establishing new, learning and research opportunities between the RPT Department and students, SF State, Bay Area industry professionals and organizations, and/or related disciplines, which further the mission to advance and advocate for the field of recreation, parks, and tourism through transformative education, scholarship, and service.


Degree earned doctorate in recreation/leisure, parks, travel/tourism, hospitality, or related field from an accredited university (concentration in programming and management preferred). Individuals who are verified ABD at time of application will be considered, but degree must be completed by time of appointment.

Professional Experience – background in a programming/management position focused on producing and/or managing small to large scale events (experience outside a university setting preferred).

Research – active record of scholarship and potential for securing external funding in area of specialization (evidence of external support and peer-reviewed publications and presentations in programming, administration, and/or event planning and management preferred).

Service – contributions to recreation, parks, events, travel/tourism, or related field at the campus, community, and professional level (record of service and commitment to large, diverse, urban settings preferred).

Social Justice – knowledge of incorporating inclusion, diversity, and educational equity in one’s courses and/or research (experience working with minorities or other underrepresented groups preferred).

Teaching – knowledge and experience with teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses (programming, administration, and event planning and management content areas preferred) at a college/university level (large, diverse, urban public university settings preferred).


Commensurate with qualifications and experience. The California State University (CSU) provides generous health, retirement and other benefits.


Review of applications will begin October 16, 2017. Position will remain open until filled. Applications received past the review date will not be guaranteed full consideration. Please direct inquiries and submit the following application components to Dr. Erik Rosegard, RPT Department Chair, (415) 338-7529,

  • Statement of interest addressing qualifications (i.e., professional, research, service, and teaching experience)
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Sample scholarly paper
  • Official transcripts of all doctoral work (unofficial copies accepted until invited for interview)
  • Contact information for three recent references who can discuss qualifications by phone
  • Two letters of recommendation – one letter from an academic and one letter from a professional

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


SF State 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.