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Finance Department Chair

SDSU, Fowler College of Business
San Diego, California
From $172,000 to $180,000 for associate professor and from $192,000 to $200,000 for full professor
Closing date
Mar 3, 2024

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Position Announcement

Finance Department Chair
Finance Department
Fowler College of Business
San Diego State University
VPAA 2024/25-64

 The Fowler College of Business (FCB) at San Diego State University (SDSU) is seeking an innovative, dynamic, and energetic academic leader to serve as the department chairperson of its Department of Finance beginning in Fall 2024. FCB is among the nation’s oldest and largest AACSB accredited business schools and prides itself of a highly ranked undergraduate program and a growing online undergraduate degree completion program. The Finance department is strongly committed to excellence in research and teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels and to continuing its promotion of diversity, equity, and inclusion. The department is also building connections to the business community through its business advisory board in service of its students. There are over 1,400 undergraduate students majoring in Finance, Financial and Tax Planning, and Real Estate. Graduate programs in Finance and Financial and Tax Planning are also offered. In addition the department offers courses for over 8,000 business students. There are currently 15 tenured/tenure-track faculty and approximately 22 lecturers in the Finance department, which is home to the Financial Markets Lab and related activities.

We seek to hire at the Full Professor level, but Associate professors will be considered. A named professorship will accompany the chair appointment. The applicant must hold a Ph.D. in Finance, or a closely related discipline. The applicant should have an established program of research and teaching excellence, in addition to experience developing and managing academic programs. The applicant should possess strong mentoring, leadership, interpersonal skills, and the ability to promote collegiality and consensus building with a strong commitment to shared governance. The Chair is expected to promote an atmosphere of inclusion, tolerance, and appreciation of success and respect for all, maintain a continuous appreciation for diversity, work effectively in a multicultural campus and community setting, and build connections with the business community.

The Chair reports to the Dean of Fowler College of Business and serves as the chief representative of the department. The chair must uphold the principles of shared governance, fairly implement established policies and procedures, oversee departmental budget and resources, mentor faculty, maintain positive working relationships with faculty, staff, and students, communicate with openness and honesty, seek feedback, build consensus and shared vision, resolve conflict, and model best practices in teaching and research.


The minimum requirements and desired qualifications for the position are:

  • Earned PhD in Finance or a closely related discipline.
  • Tenured faculty with a distinguished record of scholarship, teaching, and other professional activity.
  • Demonstrated commitment to shared governance, transparency, and ability to build consensus and promote collegiality.
  • Strong leadership, interpersonal skills, and ability to mentor faculty. Demonstrated commitment to research and teaching.
  • Ability to work effectively in a multicultural campus and community setting.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Full Professor
  • Record of mentoring junior faculty.
  • Record of fostering connections and working with the business community. Leading department/college/university/professional organizational initiatives. Demonstrated commitment to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Experience in supervising and collaborating with professional and technical staff. Experience with course planning and budgeting.

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 at least three of the eight Building on Inclusive Excellence (BIE) criteria. Candidates that meet 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/or (h) have research interests that contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education. Please indicate in a separate diversity statement how you meet at least three (3) of these criteria. Additional guidance on our BIE program for applicants is here.

SDSU is the oldest institution of higher education in the San Diego region, with a campus in San Diego serving 36,000 undergraduate and graduate students and additional locations in Southern California’s Imperial Valley and Tbilisi in the Republic of Georgia. SDSU is included in the Carnegie Foundation’s Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity category (R2). Established in 1897, SDSU offers bachelor degrees in 97 areas, masters in 84 and doctorates in 23. See for more information. SDSU is a large, diverse, urban university, an Asian-Native American-Pacific Islander -Serving Institution and a 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.

Application Instructions

Review of applications will begin immediately and will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the position is filled. Interested applicants are encouraged to complete their applications immediately and no later than February 23, 2024). Questions related to this search may be addressed to Search Committee Chair, Dr. Yaoyi Xi (

Applicants should submit the following materials via Interfolio ( (1) A detailed cover letter describing interest in the position including: (i) scholarly and (ii) teaching accomplishments and interest, (iii) faculty mentoring philosophy and experience, and (iv) administrative and leadership experience; (2) Current curriculum vitae (3) three exemplary peer reviewed papers; (4) Diversity statement outlining evidence of how at least two or more of the university’s Building Inclusive Excellence (BIE) criteria are met. Please consult information on this site to guide your discussion; (5) Names and contacts of five references (references will not be contacted until the candidate reaches the final rounds).

The minimum salary for this position is based on the current CSU salary schedule for Associate Professors and Professors and may be revised based on contract collective bargaining. The anticipated academic year salary range is from $172,000 to $180,000 for associate professor and from $192,000 to $200,000 for full professor, which includes the additional chair stipend. A named professorship, which comes with the position, provides additional compensation. Salary placement will be based on the selected candidate’s qualifications and experience, and salaries higher than the published maximums may be offered in limited circumstances. San Diego State University offers a rich benefits package that constitutes a major portion of total compensation. For benefits information, click here.

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.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

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.


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