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Assistant or Associate Professor - Geography and Environmental Studies - #22-04

California State University, Northridge

Last Updated: 6/13/22

Job Description

Department: Geography and Environmental Studies
Faculty Hire Number: 22-04
Rank: Assistant or Associate Professor
Effective Date of Appointment: August 24, 2022 (Subject to Budgetary Approval)
Salary: Dependent upon qualifications

CSUN’s Commitment to You:

CSUN is committed to achieving excellence through teaching, scholarship, learning and inclusion. As an HSI (Hispanic Serving Institution), CSUN welcomes candidates whose experience in teaching, research, or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence. Our values include a respect for all people, building partnerships with the community and the encouragement of innovation, experimentation and creativity. CSUN strives to cultivate a community in which a diverse population can learn and work in an atmosphere of civility and respect. CSUN is especially interested in candidates who make contributions to equity and inclusion in the pursuit of excellence for all members of the university community.

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The Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at CSUN welcomes applications from individuals trained in Geospatial Science and Technology, and related geospatial technologies, with an area of focus in Physical and Environmental Geography. We seek a qualified candidate with a Ph.D. in Geography, or related cognate field, from an accredited university. Areas of expertise particularly desired include climatology, hydrology, or landscape change. Priority will be given to candidates with expertise in advanced applications of geospatial technologies related to physical and environmental geography including spatial modeling, remote sensing, machine learning, and geospatial data science and statistics. Familiarity with the use of drones and UAV technologies and a working knowledge of proprietary and open-source software packages are also desired. Grant-writing experience and success are also highly desirable.

Candidates should have demonstrated excellence or potential for excellence in teaching, scholarly research, and professional and community service.

Preference will be given to candidates who can develop projects based in Southern California and engage in fieldwork with geography students with a demonstrated commitment to student success. Preference will also be given to applicants who have multiple professional experiences with diverse student populations and community populations and who can demonstrate a commitment to working with diverse community and student populations.

CSUN is a Learning-Centered University. The candidate will be expected to take an active role in bringing innovation and creativity to the development of our undergraduate and graduate programs. The successful candidate will be expected to join faculty and staff in a commitment to active learning, to the assessment of learning outcomes, and to multiple pathways that enable students to graduate.

At time of appointment, the successful candidate, if not a U.S. citizen, must have authorization from the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services to work in the United States.

Evidence of degree(s) required at time of hire.

Teaching responsibilities will include our upper-division courses and any of our graduate courses in the candidate's area of expertise. Teaching lower- and upper-division GIS courses may be required. In addition, candidates may be expected to teach lower- and upper-division physical/environmental geography courses such as coursework in climate science, geomorphology, or water resources. Successful applicants will also be encouraged to develop new upper-level coursework in their area of expertise. Normal teaching load is 12 units per semester, with opportunities for reduction in teaching load for funded research. There will be a reduced teaching load during the first two years of appointment. We seek a faculty member who will involve students in field work, data analysis, and research projects, who will mentor students in their senior thesis and master's degree research, and generally prepare students for careers in the Geospatial Science profession. The successful candidate will also be expected to contribute to our graduate programs in Geospatial Science and Physical/Environmental Geography, advise students, contribute to department, college, and university committees, participate in professional conferences, publish in peer-reviewed journals, and seek external grants.

Application Deadline:

Screening of applications will begin September 12, 2021. Priority will be given to applicants who meet the

screening deadline; however, the position will remain open until filled.

How to Apply:

Applicants must submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and names and contact information of three references to the address below. In later phases of the search process, applicants may be requested to provide letters of recommendation, teaching evaluations (if available), and verification of terminal degrees, licenses, and certificates.

Candidates should apply by completing the CSUN online application. To submit an application and for more detailed information on the application and hiring process, please visit this link:

General Information:

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The person holding this position may be 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. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the status of applicants.

CSUN is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, and disability. Our nondiscrimination policy is set forth in CSU Executive Order 1096. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting Geography and Environmental Studies, [Register to View] , or

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Northridge, California, United States