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San Diego State University
  • Position Number: 3516019
  • Location: San Diego, CA
  • Position Type: Liberal Arts - Security Studies

Assistant Professor: Criminal Justice with a Specialization in Homeland Security
SDSU - Imperial Valley

Location: Calexico, CA
Open Date: Oct 05, 2022

General Information

San Diego State University Imperial Valley is seeking applicants for one (1) tenure-track position in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Homeland Security at the assistant professor level. The position is a joint appointment with the Division of Professional Studies at SDSU Imperial Valley and the School of Public Affairs on the San Diego Campus. The primary appointment is at SDSU Imperial Valley, located in Calexico, California (approximately 120 miles east of San Diego, CA).

This position requires the expertise to teach core Criminal Justice undergraduate courses in criminology and law enforcement as well as graduate courses in Homeland Security. If hired, the candidate is expected to contribute to the expansion of the Homeland Security graduate program at SDSU Imperial Valley. Professional activities and publications in the applicant's area(s) of expertise are required for promotion.

SDSU Imperial Valley

Founded in 1959, SDSU Imperial Valley (SDSU-IV) offers 12 bachelor's and four master's degrees. With generally small classes, SDSU-IV provides an intimate educational experience. The vast majority of SDSU-IV students are from the Imperial County border region (more commonly referred to as the Imperial Valley), and remain after graduation. This offers a unique opportunity for Criminal Justice/Homeland Security faculty, as the majority of students become practitioners within the same region following graduation.

Due to its proximity to the Mexican border, the campus serves a student body composed largely of groups that are historically under-represented in higher education. Given the regional focus, responsive curriculum, and community engagement, SDSU-IV has become a powerful engine of economic growth for the region. In Fall 2021, SDSU-IV launched its first cohort of the Graduate Program in Homeland Security. This next academic year, SDSU-IV is launching new programs in Nursing and Public Health. The Calexico campus, less than a two-hour drive from the SDSU main campus, is located on an eight-acre city block in the heart of Calexico's civic center along the Mexican border. The Imperial Valley region consists of the Calexico, El Centro, and Brawley micropolitan areas along with several other small towns within the Colorado Desert section of the greater Sonoran Desert. Imperial County has an estimated population of 180,000 residents. Visit our website,

The Division of Professional Studies

The SDSU Imperial Valley Division of Professional Studies offers several programs stressing both academic and practical experiences that prepare students for successful and productive careers in a variety of professional fields including Criminal Justice, Homeland Security, Nursing, Public Administration, Public Health, and Social Work. Many of these programs are taught in an international or global context and focus on emerging transborder issues. The Division offers both undergraduate and graduate programs of study, including four (4) undergraduate degrees and three (3) graduate degrees.

San Diego State University

SDSU is the oldest institution of higher education in the San Diego region, with a main campus in San Diego and locations in Southern California's Imperial Valley as well as 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. SDSU is a large, diverse, urban university and 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. Visit our website,

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

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 two or more of the eight Building on Inclusive Excellence (BIE) criteria. Candidates that meet BIE criteria:
  1. are committed to engaging in service with underrepresented populations within the discipline,
  2. have demonstrated knowledge of barriers for underrepresented students and faculty within the discipline,
  3. have experience or have demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentoring underrepresented students,
  4. have experience or have demonstrated commitment to integrating understanding of underrepresented populations and communities into research,
  5. 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,
  6. have experience in or have demonstrated commitment to research that engages underrepresented communities,
  7. have expertise or demonstrated commitment to developing expertise in cross-cultural communication and collaboration, and/or
  8. 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 two (2) of these criteria. Additional guidance on our BIE program for applicants is here.


Applicants must have an earned doctorate in Criminal Justice or a related field by August 1, 2023. The individual will teach both undergraduate courses in Criminal Justice and graduate courses in Homeland Security, maintain an active research agenda, and serve on university committees. Candidates must demonstrate in their cover letter and application materials that they possess defined research interests and experience related to both Criminal Justice generally and Homeland Security specifically. Candidates should have demonstrated evidence of research scholarship and teaching experience, with academic and/or professional experience related to the field of Homeland Security. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Application Instructions
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Interested applicants should apply via Interfolio: Candidates should submit 1) a cover letter, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) diversity statement outlining BIE criteria, 4) one writing sample, and 5) contact information for three academic (or professional Homeland Security-related) references. Additional materials may be requested for shortlisted candidates at a later time.

Screening of applicants will begin December 9, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. The effective date of appointment is August 2023. Questions about this position should be addressed to the search committee chair, Dr. Jeffery Osborne (

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 within the California State University system (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 anticipated salary for an assistant professor position is $5,405 - $11,994 academic year full- time monthly salary. This amount will vary according to candidate rank, experience, and market considerations specific to the scholarly discipline. Salary represents one component of a job offer that will also include a full benefits package, moving expenses, and start-up support.

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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