Four New Faculty Positions at SDSU (2014 and 2015)

Four important research needs (gaps) are identified in HDMA to articulate four new faculty lines (Assistant or Associate Professors) in Public Health, Geography, Sociology, and Communication and to enable synergetic research collaboration.

2015 Position-1 (search completed):Investigating how the interaction between individual-level and contextual-level demographic and social factors correspond to dynamic urban issues such as inequality, poverty, education, migration, risk-taking behaviors. One faculty line is suggested in the Department of Sociology to focus on Urban Sociology with demography and spatial analysis techniques. The new hire in sociology shall be capable of collaboration with other scholars and students from Anthropology, Geography, Economics, Political Science and Public Health to analyze the interplay between macro- and micro-social forces influencing individual and social behavior and outcomes. The new hire in Sociology is expected to contribute to the core courses required of Sociology majors and graduate students. The new hire can teach: SOC406 Intermediate Statistics, SOC407 Survey Research and Experimental Designs, and SOC607 Seminar in Advanced Quantitative Methods.

2015 Position-2 (search completed):Analyzing, modeling, and interpreting the dynamics and message contents of social network structures and dynamics, the integration of point-based data (i.e., individuals, nodes) with link-based data (i.e., relationships, networks), and the synthesis of communication theory with understanding the interaction between communication, place, and space. One faculty line is suggested in the School of Communication to focus on strategic communication with Big Data and Social Media. Significant emphasis will be on demonstrated lines of work capable of studying applied problems and policy planning and design guidance in which communication, social networks, and geography influence important social priorities (e.g., health access and campaigns, policy, urban planning, public policy, law enforcement and crime prevention, personal relationship development). The new faculty member will teach courses in persuasion, social movement analysis, health campaigns and health care utilization, social media in interpersonal communication, or other applied areas of expertise (e.g., social dynamics of crime).

2014 Position-1 (search completed): Identifying social and built environmental determinants of health and health behaviors and evaluating efforts to modify the social and built environment to improve health. One faculty line in Graduate School of Public Health is requested by the Institute for Behavioral and Community Health [IBACH] to focus on Behavior-Environmental interactions in Community Health. The new faculty member will lead and contribute to research proposals and will help existing IBACH investigators design and analyze data for studies involving environmental influences on health and health behavior, as well as leading efforts to contribute to understanding environmental health disparities among the growing Latino population in the US. The new faculty member could teach courses related to environmental pathways in health at the graduate level, and would contribute to mentorship of students from the graduate school of public health and/or psychology Master’s and Joint Doctoral Programs.

2014 Position-2 (search completed):Developing computation-intensive spatial analytics methods with applications across the spectrum of geographic science, supported by practical expertise in cognate areas, such as ontology engineering, large databases, cloud computing, mobile GIS, or cognitive science. One faculty line is suggested in the Department of Geography to focus on spatio-temporal data analytics. Particular consideration will be given to candidates who demonstrate a propensity to creatively and collaboratively engage with the heterogeneous data sources and analytical approaches of diverse disciplines, especially within the cluster of excellence. Candidates for this position are expected to have strong communication skills and teaching interests complementing and strengthening current educational offerings of the Department in the area of geographic information science and technology (GIS&T), bringing to the classroom expertise in computer programming, data engineering, and analytics.

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Geography Hiring Committee Chair

Dr. Ming-Hsiang Tsou