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Racial Equity Qualitative Researcher

Apply now Posting #: 4504
Position Status: Full-time temporary
Location: San Diego
Position Type: Administrator, Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering

Position Title & Department:

 Racial Equity Qualitative Researcher; School of Engineering
Posting #


Department Description:

University of San Diego (USD) is a predominantly undergraduate, and primarily White institution (PUI, PWI) that brands itself as a contemporary Catholic institution with a dedication to Catholic social thought. USD provides a high-quality undergraduate education by emphasizing small classes and a high level of faculty-student interaction.

The Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering (SMSE) has recently ranked among the top 15 programs at non-Ph.D. granting institutions by U.S. News and World Report. SMSE aims to graduate students who are “changemaking engineers”, who understand the broad impact of our designs and the problems we solve, and who can dialogue about who is affected, who is empowered, who is marginalized and how the environment is impacted alongside more in-depth analysis into technical viability and economic impact. The school currently houses undergraduate engineering programs in computer science, electrical engineering, industrial & systems engineering, integrated engineering, and mechanical engineering. All engineering students graduate with a dual BS/BA engineering degree. Engineering and computer science students complete the same liberal arts core of the institution as all USD graduates.

SMSE is committed to making meaningful and lasting progress in responding to the needs and concerns of underrepresented groups, including scholars of color, women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and other persons with marginalized identities. Our commitment to diversity and social justice in engineering is reflected in the Engineering Exchange for Social Justice, as well as senior capstone design projects that partner with local and global community groups and focus on social and environmental justice. These project teams work with mentors from non-profit organizations or community groups to collaboratively develop engineering solutions that will have a positive impact. In addition, the student organizations for Society of Women Engineers, Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers, and National Society of Black Engineers are very active organizations within the School of Engineering, with dedicated support from faculty, staff, and external donors.

Integrated Engineering

The Integrated Engineering Department, founded in 2016, has developed a cross-disciplinary curriculum that infuses themes of social justice and sustainability into engineering. Integrated Engineering helps students who want to tackle the world’s most complicated interdisciplinary problems to develop a sociotechnical mindset for designing a sustainable future. The curriculum consists of two parts: 1) a broad technical foundation to prepare students for a range of engineering professions and 2) a concentration that will give students subject matter expertise in a particular area. All Integrated Engineering students must choose a concentration as a part of the major. Concentrations currently include sustainability, biomedical engineering, embedded software, engineering and the law, and an individual plan of study.

University Description:

The University of San Diego, a contemporary and engaged Roman Catholic institution, was founded by the Diocese of San Diego and the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1949. Governed by an independent board of trustees since 1972, USD remains committed to a liberal arts education grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition and the pursuit of truth, goodness and beauty. Inspired by this centuries old tradition of Catholic higher education, the University welcomes people of all faith traditions and any, or no, religious background. The future success of USD relies on the contributions of those who seek to foster the development of engaged global citizens and an earnest confrontation of humanity’s urgent challenges.

Detailed Description:

This is a full-time temporary, benefit-based position with an anticipated end date of July 31, 2024. This position is a 12-month position with opportunity for renewal up to a total of 36 months.

We are seeking a researcher to join the research team studying Co-Constructing Faculty Critical Consciousness, a NSF project funded by the EHR Racial Equity program. This project aims to move engineering education towards racial equity through the creation of a faculty development program that examines the scripts of Whiteness in engineering education curricula and spaces. The overall goals of this project are twofold: to advance understanding of the role Whiteness plays in engineering education and to create a professional development program to help engineering faculty develop the skills to critically question social, cultural, historical, and political effects of Whiteness in engineering. This project will result in the creation of immersive experiences for engineering faculty that serve as a vehicle for the development of critical consciousness, which is the foundation to enact changes that will address racial inequity in engineering, and provide a model that supports practices to challenge Whiteness in engineering spaces.

We are seeking a postdoctoral researcher who is able to conduct interviews and aid in logistics, analysis of qualitative data, and preparation of publications that result from the data collected from our faculty development program. The postdoc researcher will look for emerging trends across all program participants from year-to-year.

Special Conditions of Employment:

The University of San Diego is requiring all employees to follow our Covid-19 vaccine requirement process. https://www.sandiego.edu/onward/ 

Background check:  Successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

Degree Verification Requirement: Persons offered employment in this position will be required to provide official education transcripts for degree verification purposes. 

Job Requirements:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Hold a Ph.D. in engineering education, sociology, ethnic studies, or a related field by the start date of the appointment
  • Have experience in critical social theory and ethnographic methods, which could include qualitative research methods, interviewing, etc.
  • Value racial equity and social justice and working with a diverse group
Posting Salary:

$5,373.34 - $5,375 per month; Excellent Benefits

Travel costs will be covered by the grant to at least one conference per year. The position may be held remotely, through negotiation with the PIs.

The University of San Diego offers a very competitive benefits package including; medical, dental, vision, a retirement contribution given to you by the University, and access to on-campus Fitness Centers.  Please visit the benefits section of our website to view all of the perks and benefits that USD has to offer.  USD: Human Resources: Benefits

The salary range provided in this posting reflects what we reasonably expect to pay for this position.  Actual compensation offered or earned is dependent on experience, education and other factors including departmental budget.

Special Application Instructions:

Resume and Cover Letter Required

Click Apply Now to complete our online application. In addition, please upload a cover letter and resume to your application profile for the hiring managers’ review.  If you have any questions or difficulties please contact the Employment Services Team at 619-260-6806, or email us at jobs@sandiego.edu

To apply, please submit the following items online through USD’s jobs portal

  • Your curriculum vitae
  • A cover letter that describes why you are interested in this position and how you are a good fit
  • A research statement that describes your prior work, particularly highlighting skills and experiences related to this project (please, no more than 2 pages)

Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

Anticipated job start date is August 1, 2023.

Additional Details:

Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Closing date: Open until filled

Note: External job postings will be up for at least five days. After that time, applications will be reviewed by the hiring manager/committee throughout the posting period. A candidate may be selected at any time which could then close this posting on a date earlier than listed.

The University of San Diego is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community.

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