Teach a variety of physical and/or human lower division geography classes that may include geospatial technologies such as GIS, GPS, and geospatial imagery, environmental studies and related courses, and other related field work and courses; teach evening and weekend classes if needed. Provide leadership in developing an expanding geography program and curriculum that includes the Geography, Environmental Studies and Environmental Science AA Degrees, certificates in geospatial technologies, field work, and related transfer courses and programs. Participate in the refinement and assessment of student, department and institutional learning outcomes. Maintain office hours; provide academic and career advisement and build and maintain strong relationships with other colleges, universities, organizations, and private industries in geography, environmental studies and related fields. Serve as a proponent for and assist in staff development programs and in college, departmental, and faculty organization activities.


Teaching assignment will include Geography 1, Geography 3, Geography 5, Geography 7, Geography 14, Geography 20, Geography23, Geography 24 and Geography 35.

Minimum Qualifications:
Master’s degree in geography OR bachelor’s degree in geography AND master’s degree in geology, history, meteorology, or oceanography OR the equivalent* OR possession of an appropriate valid California Community College Credential authorizing service in the specified subject area(s). Evidence of sensitivity to and understanding of the socio-economic, academic, cultural and ethnic diversity within the college student population including students with physical and/or learning disabilities as these factors relate to differences in learning styles.

Preferred Qualifications:
Ph.D. in geography. College level teaching experience within a variety of teaching and learning environments, including laboratory, geospatial technologies, field work and collaborative learning.

Fringe Benefits:

  • The Academic work calendar is 10 months
  • 10 paid ill days each academic year
  • Fully paid medical, dental and vision care coverage for the employee and dependents
  • $50,000 Life insurance for employee
  • CalSTRS (California State Teachers Retirement System) or CalPERS (California Public Retirement System only if (pre-qualified)

Selection Process:
The selection process shall include the following steps:

(a) A screening/evaluation committee will review application materials to determine minimum qualifications for the position are met;

(b) A pool of qualifying candidates will be invited to an initial interview with the selection committee at the Santa Monica Community College District’s main campus or one of its satellite campuses;

(c) Upon completion of initial interview process, the selection committee will recommend candidates for final interview with the Superintendent/President who will recommend a candidate for appointment by the Board of Trustees.

Applicants will be notified by letter of their status as the committee progresses through the hiring process. Candidates who are selected for a final interview with the Superintendent/President should not expect official notification of the status of candidacy until the Board of Trustees has acted upon the Superintendent/President’s recommendation.

All travel costs related to an initial interview will be borne by the candidate. Only ½ of the airfare cost to the Superintendent/President’s interview will be borne by the college.

The Santa Monica Community College District reserves the right to contact the current or most recent employer of any candidate and to investigate past employment records.

The Santa Monica Community College District reserves the right to re-advertise the position or to delay filling the position indefinitely if it is deemed that applicants for the position do not constitute an adequate applicant pool.

Accommodation: Candidates with legally defined disabilities may request reasonable accommodation in the interview and the selection process by notifying the Office of Human Resources by the deadline date. Candidates may be required to supply documentation supporting the need for the accommodation when the request is made.

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Conditions of Employment:
Appointment subject to verification of official transcripts, current or previous employment, tuberculosis and fingerprint clearance. Selected candidate must provide identification and work authorization.

Equivalency Statement:
The Santa Monica Community College District, in its desire to select outstanding faculty members from the largest possible pool of qualified applicants, recognizes the fact that candidates may attain expertise in a discipline through a variety of means. Certain combinations of education, experience and other accomplishments in the field may be judged by the District as equal to the stated minimum qualifications for this position. Candidates who feel they possess such equivalent qualifications are encouraged to apply and provide appropriate documentation of their qualifications. For further details regarding equivalency criteria, please download the Equivalency Application Statement Form available at http://jobs.smc.edu.

Required Applicant Documents:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Applicable Transcript 1 – Unofficial copies of all post-secondary educational transcript are required.

Number of reference letters required: 2

Optional Applicant Documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Teaching Philosophy
  • Other Document
  • Applicable Transcript 2 – Unofficial copies of all post-secondary educational transcript are required.
  • Applicable Transcript 3 – Unofficial copies of all post-secondary educational transcript are required.
  • Equivalency Statement Form

Special Instructions to Applicants:
An email notification will be delivered to your reference provider once you have completed your application and attached the required documents (via the online process). The reference provider will then submit their confidential letter of reference via the online confidential portal.

Your application is not considered complete without the submission of the confidential letters of reference through the online system.

It is your responsibility to ensure that all application materials are received on or before the closing date.

Salary Range: $61,183 – $127,482

Pay Philosophy:
Starting salaries for full-time academic positions are based on a combination of education and experience. Initial placement is within the starting salary range. Further advancements are based on longevity and educational growth.