New DBER position open at SDSU!

Science or Mathematics Education Research (Open Discipline)

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor Position


The College of Sciences seeks to hire a tenure-track Assistant Professor with expertise in education research in the fields of biology, biochemistry, chemistry, geosciences, mathematics, statistics, or physics beginning Fall 2021. Candidates are expected to develop a robust research program that includes external funding and scholarly productivity, teach departmental courses, and mentor departmental undergraduate and graduate (masters and doctoral) students. Additionally, faculty will have opportunities to supervise Ph.D. students in the Joint Doctoral Program in Mathematics and Science Education (MSED,, offered with the University of California at San Diego. We are also looking for a colleague to join our large group of mathematics and science educators, from the College of Sciences and the College of Education, who conduct collaborative research through the Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Education (CRMSE,


Candidates must have a Ph.D. in a relevant field, and postdoctoral experience is preferred. A strong record of scholarship is required. The candidate will be expected to establish and grow an externally funded research program resulting in peer-reviewed publications with SDSU undergraduate and graduate students. Disciplinary expertise for teaching majors courses at the undergraduate level is required. Preference will be given to candidates with teaching experience and a demonstrated commitment to the academic success and mentoring of a diverse student population.


The candidate will be appointed to the appropriate disciplinary department in the College of Sciences ( Biology, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Geological Sciences, Mathematics & Statistics, or Physics.


Applicants should apply via Interfolio at Questions about the position may be directed to Search Committee Chair, Joanne Lobato, at [log in to unmask]. Review of applications will begin on February 12, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.


Candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research statement, teaching statement, names and contact information for three letters of recommendation, and a statement explaining how you meet at least two or more of the Building on Inclusive Excellence (BIE) criteria given below.


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: (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 (h) research interests that contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education.


San Diego State University is the largest university in San Diego and the third largest in California. The highly 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. See for more information. SDSU is also 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.


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.


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.


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.


Dr. Katherine Ryker
Assistant Professor, Geoscience Education Research
Councilor-at-Large, National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT) Past President, Geoscience Education Research Division - Join NAGT today!
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