Overview

Department of Geosciences and Environment and Natural Science Program
College of Natural and Social Sciences

Position: Assistant Professor of Geology, joint appointment with the Department of Geosciences and Environment and with the Natural Science Program.

Starting Date: Fall 2018

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Earned Ph.D. or equivalent in a field related to geology and/or geoscience education from an accredited institution;
  2. Evidence of effective teaching at the undergraduate level with experience teaching lower division physical, earth, and space sciences content and pedagogy courses and upper division major courses in geology;
  3. Evidence of scholarship through publications in scholarly journals, reports, conferences, and/or other peer-reviewed forums;
  4. Evidence of scholarship in undergraduate science education, and;
  5. Ability to demonstrate a commitment to working effectively with faculty, staff, and students in a multicultural/multiethnic urban campus environment with a substantial population of first-generation students.

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Master’s degree or equivalent in geology or related field;
  2. Evidence of ability to teach courses in one or more areas of geology, e.g., structural geology, tectonics, and/or sedimentary process, at the undergraduate and graduate levels;
  3. Evidence of ability to teach natural science research experience capstone course at the undergraduate level;
  4. Expertise in undergraduate science education;
  5. Evidence of cross-disciplinary collaborations in undergraduate science education, and;
  6. Experience developing multi-disciplinary degree programs within the College of Natural and Social Sciences and to STEM education initiatives at the University.

Duties: The primary professional responsibilities of instructional faculty members are: teaching, research, scholarship and/or creative activity, and service to the University, profession and to the community. These responsibilities generally include: advising students, participation in campus and system-wide committees, maintaining office hours, working collaboratively and productively with colleagues, and participation in traditional academic functions.

  1. Teach undergraduate and graduate content and pedagogy courses in geosciences;
  2. Create and/or transform existing geoscience courses to include more integration of cross-disciplinary curricula, scientific inquiry, and high impact practices such as hand-on research/writing and civic/service engagement;
  3. Teach undergraduate content and pedagogy courses in one or more areas of earth and space science (geology and astronomy) and physical science (chemistry and physics), and capstone course in natural science;
  4. Conduct individual and collaborative scholarly activities in undergraduate science education;
  5. Partner with internal and external constituents, including seeking external funding in support of STEM education initiatives, particularly undergraduate science education and other existing and emerging strategic initiatives for the University;
  6. Recruit, advise, and mentor students, including undergraduate and graduate majors in the Department of Geosciences and Environment and undergraduate majors in the Natural Science Program, and;
  7. Serve on committees for the Department, the Program, the College, and the University.

The successful candidate will be committed to the academic success of all of our students and to an environment that acknowledges, encourages, and celebrates diversity and differences. To this end, the successful candidate will work effectively, respectfully, and collaboratively in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings. In addition, the successful candidate will be ready to join faculty, staff, students, and administrators in our University’s shared commitment to the principles of engagement, service, and the public good.

Salary: Initial salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The University: Cal State LA is one of 23 campuses within the California State University system. With over 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs led by award-winning faculty, Cal State LA’s dedication to access and excellence has been recognized nationally. Founded in 1947, the University is located just minutes from downtown Los Angeles, adjacent to the San Gabriel Valley, and serves more than 28,000 students who reflect the rich ethnic and racial diversity of the area. As a federally recognized Hispanic-serving and Minority-serving institution, Cal State LA recognizes the transformative power of education and embraces its duty to identify and serve the needs of all of its students. This longstanding commitment is reflected in its history as home to the nation’s first Chicano Studies program, second Pan-African Studies program, as well as Latin American and Asian and Asian American Studies programs. Faculty have the opportunity to establish affiliate status with ethnic studies and other academic programs, including the Honors College. In addition to meeting fully its obligations under federal and state law, Cal State LA is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can live, work and learn in an atmosphere of civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual.

Required Documentation: Please submit the following to the Search Committee Chair at the address below: 1) a cover letter specifically addressing minimum and preferred qualifications; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) list of three professional references, and; 4) a university application for employment ( http://www.calstatela.edu/sites/default/files/groups/Human%20Resources%20Management/forms/empl_application_academic_2017_11_ 28.pdf). Finalists will be required to submit: 1) three current letters of recommendation, and; 2) official transcripts. Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

Application: Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Please send application materials and address questions to:

Dr. James Rudd, Search Committee Chair
California State University, Los Angeles
College of Natural and Social Sciences
Natural Science Program
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032
Phone: 323-343-2219
E-mail: jrudd@calstatela.edu

Note: 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.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily 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.

In addition to meeting fully its obligations under federal and state law, Cal State LA is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can live, work and learn in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual. To that end, all qualified individuals will receive equal consideration without regard to economic status, race, ethnicity, color, religion, marital status, pregnancy, national origin or cultural background, political views, sex or sexual orientation, gender identification, age, disability, disabled veteran, or Vietnam era veteran status.

AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/TITLE IX EMPLOYER

Upon request, reasonable accommodation will be provided to individuals with protected disabilities to (a) complete the employment process and (b) perform essential job functions when this does not cause undue hardship.