Jobs - Job Details - Assistant Professor (2023)

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Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: San José
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Probationary, Full Time, Faculty - Engineering

Jobs - Job Details - Assistant Professor (1)

Position Rank and Title: Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering with specialization in Geotechnical Engineering/Mechanics

Compensation: Commensurate with qualifications, experience, and rank as established by the CSU Salary Schedule. See Benefits Summary for details about the CSU’s excellent employment benefits. Anticipated salary range: $95,688 - $109,200 annually.

Target Start Date: August 2023

Application Deadline: February 28, 2023 (Applications accepted until filled or closed)

Position Description

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The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at San José State University (SJSU) invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the broad area of Geotechnical Engineering/Mechanics. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. Applicants must also have a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering with a background in Geotechnical Engineering or a Ph.D. in Geotechnical Engineering.

Candidates must demonstrate potential for excellence in teaching in classroom and laboratory settings using a variety of pedagogical techniques and technological tools to reach a diverse population. They must demonstrate an ability to create a sustainable research program in support of their retention, tenure, and promotion. The position requires excellent communication, teamwork, and interpersonal skills. The candidate’s principal instructional responsibilities will be in introductory Geotechnical Engineering courses and Geotechnical Engineering electives at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The ideal candidate will also be able to teach undergraduate courses in mechanics. An ability to obtain a professional license is also desirable.

The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at San Jose State University offers an ABET-accredited BS-Civil Engineering program and a MS-Civil Engineering program that is designed for working professionals. Our curriculum supports six core Civil Engineering disciplines and allows students to gain a wide breadth of knowledge in Civil Engineering. Our BS program includes coursework that give students opportunity to develop professional skills, including those in professional communication, inclusive engagement, and design. The program is supplemented with coursework and extracurricular opportunities that are designed to prepare students for professional licensure and engineering practice. The department utilizes many high-impact practices to support student success including active learning pedagogies, early introduction to discipline courses, and student engagement opportunities. Classroom instruction is complemented with many hands-on laboratory experiences, a strong culture of student club participation across disciplines, and award-winning faculty with many years of academic and industry experience. Our MS program is designed for working professionals and is a professional program that focuses on graduating engineers with excellent skills required to enter industry ready to contribute. Research opportunities are available to all students in the department and offer a wide variety of experiences.

The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and San José State University value diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. Our excellence in research, teaching, and service can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and staff who share our commitment to these values. SJSU enrolls more than 36,000 students, many of whom are historically underserved, and around 45% are first-generation and 38% are Pell-recipients. SJSU is a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander (AANAPISI) Serving Institution. The university’s commitment to social justice extends from its vibrant, inclusive campus to an international network of over 275,000 alumni. As such, San José State is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty so our disciplines, students, and the community can benefit from multiple ethnic and gender perspectives.

Successful candidates will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to equity and inclusion through their research, teaching, and/or service. We ask that all applicants include a Diversity Statement with their application package. A guide to writing this statement can be found at SJSU Diversity Statement Guidelines, along with information about how these statements will be evaluated.

Required Qualifications

Candidates must have the necessary background to support the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department’s ABET-Accredited BSCE program and the professional MSCE program. Candidates who do not possess the requisite BS and Ph.D. degrees will not be considered for the position. Candidates must:

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  • Have a B.S. in Civil Engineering and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering with a background in Geotechnical Engineering or a Ph.D. in Geotechnical Engineering, or demonstrate an ability to complete the necessary degree by July 2023.
  • Have excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrate an ability to teach a modern curriculum that meets industry and accreditation standards in Geotechnical Engineering and mechanics using modern civil engineering tools that will prepare students for professional licensure and to enter industry.
  • Demonstrate an ability to establish a sustainable research program that results in published peer-reviewed papers and professional presentations.
  • Express a commitment to service that supports student success, as well as the department, college and university operations.
  • Applicants should demonstrate an awareness of and sensitivity to the educational goals of a socially and economically diverse student population as might have been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching, and other comparable experience.

Preferred Qualifications

Priority will be given to candidates who possess one or more of the following:

  • Established teaching record in courses related to geotechnical engineering and mechanics.
  • Demonstrate an ability to establish an externally funded research program.
  • Possess a Professional Engineering (PE) license.
  • Ability to teach in a variety of Civil Engineering disciplines.
  • Have an established record of participation in professional development opportunities that support student success through inclusive pedagogies, advising/mentoring a diverse student population, etc.

Key Responsibilities

Providing quality education is a top priority for the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Candidates must support student success for a diverse population through inclusive course materials, teaching strategies and advising. In addition to teaching engineering courses, faculty members in the department are expected to develop curricula and establish a sustainable research program that results in peer-reviewed papers and professional presentations, as well as potential external funding. Faculty members advise students and teach at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Candidates will participate in shared governance, usually in department, college, and university committees and other service assignments. They must demonstrate awareness and experience understanding the needs of a student population of great diversity – in age, abilities, cultural background, ethnicity, religion, economic background, primary language, sexual orientation, gender identity, and academic preparation – through inclusive course materials, teaching strategies and advisement.

Other Duties

Note that all San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.


Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) and CSU systemwide policy, some faculty duties may lead to designation as a Campus Security Authority (CSA). CSAs are required to complete Clery Act training and to immediately report Clery incidents to the institution.

Application Procedure

Click Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents:

  • letter of interest (1-page limit)
  • curriculum vitae
  • diversity statement (2-page limit)
  • statement of teaching interests/philosophy (2-page limit)
  • research plans (2-page limit)
  • three reference letters that include contact information

Inquiries may be directed to the Search Committee Chair: Dr. Kurt McMullin,

Conditional Offer

The work for this faculty position is located in the State of California. Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States. Proof of immunization and booster shots against COVID-19 or proof of a medical or religious exemption and compliance with testing protocols is required for employment. Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. SJSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current employee who was conditionally offered the position.

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San José State University: Silicon Valley's Public University

Located in the heart of Silicon Valley — one of the most innovative regions in the world — San José State University is the founding campus of the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system and the first public university in the West. Recognized as a leading transformative educational institution, San José State is an essential partner in the technological, economic, cultural, and social development of Silicon Valley, the Bay Area, and California. SJSU is a top-200 school nationally in research funding and second highest in research productivity in the CSU system. Cutting-edge research, world-class scholarship, student-centered learning, diverse communities, and commitment to social justice, allow SJSU to provide life-changing opportunities and advance the public good locally and globally.

Equal Employment Statement

San José State University prohibits discrimination on the basis of Age, Ancestry, Caste, Color, Disability, Ethnicity, Gender, Gender Expression, Gender Identity, Genetic Information, Marital Status, Medical Condition, Military Status, Nationality, Race, Religion, Religious Creed, Sex, Sexual Orientation, Sex Stereotype, and Veteran Status. This policy applies to all San José State University students, faculty, and staff as well as University programs and activities. Reasonable accommodations are made for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose.

Campus Security and Fire Safety Notification

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the Annual Security Report (ASR) is also now available for viewing at The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and Sexual Assault prevention information, and information about drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery crimes for San José State University locations for the three most recent calendar years. A paper copy of the ASR is available upon request by contacting the Office of the Clery Director by phone at 408-924-1501 or by email at

Pursuant to the Higher Education Opportunity Act, the Annual Fire Safety Report (AFSR) is available at The purpose of this report is to disclose statistics for fires that occurred within SJSU on-campus housing facilities for the three most recent calendar years, and to distribute fire safety policies and procedures intended to promote safety on Campus. A paper copy of the AFSR is available upon request by contacting the Housing Office by phone at 408-795-5600 or by email at


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