San Francisco State University — Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health (Racism, Racial Justice & Critical Public Health)

San Francisco State University, Department of Public Health offers an exciting opportunity for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Racism, Racial Justice and Critical Public Health beginning August 9, 2023. We seek a colleague whose teaching and research interests include understanding how racism is embedded across systems and levels of influence and how anti-racist and healing justice practices and policies can contribute to liberation and health equity. We are especially interested in qualified candidates with a demonstrated commitment — through their research, teaching, and service — to the diversity and excellence of our academic community.

The mission of the Department of Public Health at San Francisco State University is to promote health and health equity at individual, community, and structural levels through transformative education, research, scholarship and service, all of which value diversity, engage communities and are grounded in cultural humility. We offer a Master in Public Health (MPH) degree as well as a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Public Health, both currently accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health [CEPH]. Our mission, goals, and objectives reflect the following values:

  • We affirm that health is a human right.
  • We believe the health of the public demands a workforce that is intellectually rigorous, socially engaged, and culturally and linguistically diverse.
  • We embrace an ecological approach in the preparation of public health professionals.
  • We honor community wisdom about the causes and solutions to the problems we face.
  • We partner with communities to co-create new knowledge to build the evidence necessary to advance public health, health equity, and social justice.

The mission of San Francisco State University is to create and maintain an environment for learning that promotes respect for and appreciation of scholarship, freedom, human diversity, and the cultural mosaic of the City of San Francisco and the Bay Area; to promote excellence in instruction and intellectual accomplishment; and to provide broadly accessible higher education for residents of the region and state, as well as the nation and world. To fulfill its mission, the University is committed to the following goals:

  • Attracting, retaining and graduating a highly diverse student body
  • Providing disciplinary and interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional education that is academically rigorous and intellectually challenging
  • Providing curricula that reflect all dimensions of human diversity, and that encourage critical thinking and a commitment to social justice
  • Recruiting, retaining and supporting a diverse faculty whose teaching demonstrates an active engagement with their individual fields of study and whose creative and scholarly work is an extension of the classroom, laboratory or studio
  • Employing a staff and administration reflecting the diversity of our student community and the values of the campus;
  • Fostering a collegial and cooperative intellectual environment that includes recognition and appreciation of differing viewpoints and promotes academic freedom within the University community; and
  • Serving the communities with which its students and faculty are engaged.

Responsibilities: The position requires graduate and undergraduate teaching in the Department of Public Health, mentoring and advising graduate and undergraduate students, developing an active ongoing scholarship in one’s area of specialty, and ongoing committee and service assignments.


  • Doctoral degree in Public Health (Ph.D. or Dr.PH.), or, doctoral degree in closely related field with an M.P.H. degree. Terminal degree must be completed by first day of employment
  • Record of collegial, supportive and collaborative work relationships with faculty, staff, and students
  • A record of excellence in teaching
  • Demonstrated ability to incorporate inclusion, diversity, and educational equity in teaching and scholarship
  • Experience teaching and working closely with students from historically underrepresented communities


  • Demonstrated ability to teach in at least two or more of the following areas of: epidemiology, determinants of health, biostatistics, research methods, courses addressing topics related to racism, racial justice and critical public health
  • Active record of community-engaged research and scholarship that addresses racism, racial justice and critical public health
  • Evidence of or the potential for external funding of these activities
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a faculty learning community to support socially relevant, engaged curriculum and pedagogies
  • Record of contributing to supportive and collaborative work environments

Rank and salary: Assistant Professor. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. The California State University (CSU) provides generous health, retirement and other benefits.

Application Procedure
A complete online application must be submitted by Friday, September 23, 2022 to receive consideration. To apply, please go to begin the application process and upload the following materials:

  1. Cover letter (relating your experience to the required qualifications)
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. A statement that is no more than 500 words describing your teaching, scholarship and service to date, particularly in the areas of racism, racial justice and critical public health, as well as your experience and future plans to help foster diversity, equity and inclusion in the academic community and beyond.
  4. Two samples of scholarly work
  5. Evaluations of recent teaching experience

Letters of recommendation upon request at a later date.

Please direct all questions about the position to: Nhi Nguyen,, and Juliana van Olphen,

CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to

Thank you for your interest in employment with California State University (CSU). CSU is a state entity whose business operations reside within the State of California. Because of this, CSU prohibits hiring employees to perform CSU-related work outside of California with very limited exception. While this position may be eligible for occasional telework, all work is expected to be performed in the state of California, and this position is assigned to on-campus operations.

San Francisco State is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status. We strongly encourage the application of individuals from historically underrepresented groups. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the Senior Human Resources Manager. Additional information on the requirements for new hires may be found at the Human Resources web page ( ).