Associate/Full Professor: Director of the SDSU Coastal and Marine Institute (CMI)

Associate/Full Professor: Director of the SDSU Coastal and Marine Institute (CMI)

Location: San Diego, CA
Open Date: Oct 24, 2023

The Department of Biology at San Diego State University is recruiting fora tenure-track faculty position at the Associate/Full Professor rank in Marine Biology. The successful candidate will additionally assume the role of Director of the SDSU Coastal and Marine Institute (CMI) and its laboratory to help lead the growth of this institute as a center of excellence in marine research. The successful candidate will use state-of-the-art approaches to marine ecology, biological oceanography, conservation, restoration, or related fields for any level of organization from organisms to ecosystems.

The successful candidate will have an established career in their field of study, a Ph.D. in Biology or a related field, and a record of research accomplishments, including extramural support and collaboration. The appointee will mentor students in our Doctoral program (offered jointly with the University of California, Davis) and our Master of Science program in Ecology, as well as participate in the SDSU undergraduate and graduate teaching mission. Candidates that have a demonstrated track record of mentoring and promoting inclusive excellence in STEM are highly encouraged to apply.

We are seeking applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups. Candidates must satisfy three or more of the eight Building on Inclusive Excellence (BIE) criteria. Candidates that meet BIE criteria: (a) are 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. Please indicate in a separate diversity statement how you meet at least three (3) of these criteria.

The Coastal and Marine Institute (CMI, ) is a consortium of researchers, visiting scientists, students, and volunteers that work at the SDSU Coastal and Marine Institute Laboratory (CMIL), located next to San Diego Bay. The mission of CMI is to perform basic and applied coastal research and to share our knowledge of the marine environment with the community. The CMI Director works with the Dean of the SDSU College of Sciences and with the SDSU Research Foundation to manage laboratory facilities, support student and faculty research, improve infrastructure, and interact with local agencies, businesses, and community organizations to support marine research in the coastal urban ocean around San Diego and beyond.

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Candidates should submit a cover letter; curriculum vitae; teaching, research, and diversity statements; three to five main publications and three reference letters via Interfolio. Applications are requested by November 30, 2023.

We understand that the COVID-19 pandemic may have had a substantial impact on academic productivity. In our academic hiring processes, we will be keeping this in mind as we consider achievement relative to opportunity. We encourage you to reflect on constraints on opportunity in your field that were caused by the events of the pandemic and where applicable, to discuss your achievements in this light.

SDSU is the oldest institution of higher education in the San Diego region, with a campus and microsites in San Diego and locations in Southern California's Imperial Valley and Tbilisi in the Republic of Georgia. The highly diverse campus community has a student population of approximately 36,000. SDSU is included in the Carnegie Foundation's Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity category. Established in 1897, SDSU offers bachelor degrees in 97 areas, masters in 84 and doctorates in 23. See for more information. SDSU is a large, diverse, urban university, an Asian-Native American-Pacific Islander-Serving Institution and a 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.

The minimum salary for this position is based on the current CSU salary schedule for Associate Professors / Professors and may be revised based on contract collective bargaining. The anticipated salary range is from $108,000 to $112,000 (Associate) or $116,000 to $122,000 (Full Professor). Salary placement will be based on the selected candidate's qualifications and experience, and salaries higher than the published maximums may be offered in limited circumstances. San Diego State University offers a rich benefits package that constitutes a major portion of total compensation. For benefits information, click here .

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.

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