Institution (Location)
School of Exercise and Nutritional Sciences (ENS) at San Diego State University
Commensurate with experience
Position Description

Candidate’s Qualifications (who should apply)


The School of Exercise and Nutritional Sciences (ENS) at San Diego State University is searching for a full-time (10-month) tenure-track faculty member in the area of physical activity behavior science. This position will be at the Assistant Professor rank and will begin August 2022. An earned academic doctorate (Ph.D. preferred) in Kinesiology, Physical Activity Behavioral Science, Public Health, or related field is required. Research expertise on physical activity, behavioral science, health promotion, disease management or prevention, aging, disability, or Veteran health is desirable. The ideal candidate will have the potential for building relationships with existing faculty in the School of ENS and collaborations among outside centers and departments, such as: public health, psychology, physical rehabilitation, etc. Teaching responsibilities may include undergraduate and/or graduate courses in the areas of physical activity/behavior change, research methods, and measurement/evaluation. Supervision of M.S. degree students in exercise physiology and/or nutritional sciences is expected.

The School of ENS is in the College of Health and Human Services, one of seven colleges at San Diego State University. The School offers B.S. degrees in Kinesiology (with emphasis areas in Pre-Physical Therapy, Fitness Specialist, and Exercise Science Generalist), Athletic Training, and Foods and Nutrition; M.S. degrees in Exercise Physiology, Nutritional Sciences, and a dual M.S. degree in Exercise Physiology and Nutritional Sciences; and a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. The School of ENS was the recipient of the 2019 Inclusive Excellence Award from the American Kinesiology Association, and is proactively addressing issues of social justice, anti-racism, and cultural diversity through curriculum modifications, equity-minded hiring and teaching practices, and inclusive pedagogy. For more information on the School of ENS, visit

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 included in the Carnegie Foundation’s Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity category. Established in 1897, SDSU offers bachelor degrees in 84 areas, masters in 76 and doctorates in 21. See for more information. 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. For more information on our diverse community, read about our achievements and distinctions, and our student demographics and diversity report. We strive to build and sustain a welcoming environment for all. Continuing to promote equity and inclusion among all campus members is one of SDSU’s five Priority Areas in the university-wide 2020-2025 strategic plan.

How 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:


  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 your diversity statement  how you meet at least three or more of these criteria.

SALARY:  Commensurate with experience.


APPLICATIONS:  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please include a teaching philosophy statement (1 pg), research statement (2 pg), and diversity statement (1 pg) related to BIE criteria as outlined above. In addition, please include your curriculum vitae and three letters of recommendation. Review of materials will begin on January 15, 2022 and applications will remain confidential until the candidate accepts an offer for an interview.  Candidates should apply via Interfolio at For questions, please contact Dan Cannon, Search Committee Chair, [email protected]


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.