Tenure Track Faculty (Geography)

California State University

Sacramento, CA, USA 🇺🇸

Job no: 504694
Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Sacramento
Categories: Unit 3 – CFA – California Faculty Association, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time, Faculty – Natural Sciences

COLLEGE: Natural Sciences and Mathematics


POSITION TITLE: Assistant Professor of Geography


The Geography Department (https://www.csus.edu/geog/) offers a B.A. in Geography that features balanced preparation in physical and human geography, geographic skills and techniques, and regional study. Four concentrations within the major allow for specializations in human geography, physical geography, GIS, and planning (http://catalog.csus.edu/colleges/natural-sciences-mathematics/geography/). The department has strong ties to campus programs in environmental studies, ethnic studies, Asian American studies, Chicanx-Latinx studies, Native American studies, Pan African studies, LGBTQ studies, and women’s studies. Two department computer labs support training in GIS, GPS, cartography, and remote sensing, and allow students to pursue independent research projects. The department also houses the campus Paleoecology Lab.


We seek a natural resources geographer for a tenure track position at the Assistant Professor rank. The successful candidate should also have experience utilizing modern remote sensing methods and will be able to teach courses in remote sensing. Preference will be given to candidates who have expertise in water resources or wildfire.

The successful candidate will contribute to Sacramento State’s Anchor University initiative by bridging active scientific inquiry with decisions made at the State Capitol. The successful candidate will also help support the University’s commitment to diversity and inclusion by strengthening Geography’s ability to analyze the spatial equity of natural resources. This position will help expand the community-supporting role of Geography’s GIS Center.


This position is teaching intensive; the successful candidate will teach courses in the Geography major as well as in the University’s General Education program.  We seek applicants committed to teaching a diverse group of undergraduate students. Duties will include:

  • Developing and teaching upper division courses in the candidate’s areas of specialization.
  • Teaching other undergraduate courses, including introductory courses.
  • Advising students.
  • Engaging in scholarly and/or creative activities.
  • Establishing working relationships within the university and in the community, such as with local and regional public agencies.
  • Providing professional service within the department, college, and/or university.


The Geography Department reminds applicants that it is only necessary to meet all the required qualifications in order to apply. We encourage both academic applicants and those transitioning from non-academic careers.

  • A Ph.D. in Geography is required, or a Ph.D. in a closely-related field with graduate coursework in Geography. ABD candidates will be considered. If ABD, candidates will be required to complete the doctorate by August 2022.
  • Graduate coursework and/or research/work experience in the geography of natural resources.
  • Demonstrated potential to teach thematic courses in our Geography major.
  • Demonstrated potential to teach remote sensing courses.
  • Demonstrated potential to develop an ongoing program of research and/or creative activity.
  • Demonstrated potential to work well with students from diverse backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated commitment to serving undergraduate students, including teaching, academic advising, pedagogical innovation, and supervision of undergraduate research.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively.


  • Specialization in water resources or wildfire.
  • Demonstrated potential to cultivate relationships with local or regional governments as well as local non-governmental neighborhood and community groups
  • Demonstrated potential to collaborate with faculty and students on natural resources and/or remote sensing projects.
  • Prior teaching experience at the college or university level.


For full consideration, all application materials must be received by October 9, 2021. 

Applicants MUST include the following application materials:

  1. A letter of application (maximum two [2] page) addressing all the following areas:
    • Fitness for the position as described above.
    • Teaching interests and experience.
    • Scholarly interests and experience, particularly in the context of doing research with undergraduate students.
  2. Current curriculum vitae (CV)
  3. A maximum 500-word diversity statement that addresses one or more the following:
    • What contributions are you most proud of that demonstrate your commitment to promoting an inclusive environment
    • How you use diverse and inclusive pedagogy to promote all students having access to equal educational opportunity; or
    • How your individual scholarship contributes to building and supporting diverse communities
  4. Unofficial transcripts of all college work in ONE FILE (official transcripts required if invited for an interview).
  5. The names and contact information of three professional references.

If invited for an interview, letters of recommendation may be requested.

About Sacramento State

Sacramento State is located in the heart of California’s capital city, five miles from State Capitol. The lush, 300-acre campus is situated along the American River, close to numerous bike trails and other recreational areas. Sacramento, also known as the “Farm-to-Fork Capital,” is one of the most ethnically diverse and livable cities in the country, with a population of half of a million. Sacramento State’s 31,000 students come not only from the Greater Sacramento Region, but also from across the state, country, and world. Our 1800 faculty and 1,500 staff are committed to meeting our mission: “As California’s capital university, we transform lives by preparing students for leadership, service, and success. Sacramento State will be a recognized leader in education, innovation, and engagement.” As the regional hub of higher education, Sacramento State is dedicated to student successdiversity, equity and inclusioncommunity engagementphilanthropy, and campus safety

As evidenced by the values embedded in our Hornet Honor Code, Sacramento State is committed to creating an inclusive environment where all faculty, staff, students, and guests are welcome and valued.  Our commitment is more than simply ensuring that our campus is free from bias and discrimination, but is one devoted to celebrating many diverse identities, life experiences, and perspectives that enrich our community, teaching and learning. 

To learn more about why you should join the Hornet Family, please visit the Why Sac State? page.

Equal Employment Opportunity

California State University, Sacramento is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Sacramento State hires only those individuals who are lawfully authorized to accept employment in the United States.

It is the policy of California State University, Sacramento to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified persons with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment. If you need a disability related reasonable accommodation as part of the application and/or interviewing process, visit https://www.csus.edu/administration-business-affairs/internal/your-hr/benefits/disability-parental-leave.html#reasonable-accommodations-interactive-process .

The University is committed to creating an education and working environment free from discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. For more information on mandatory training for new employees, visit https://www.csus.edu/compliance/hr-compliance/mandatory-dhr-training.html .

Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act and Campus Fire Safety Right-To-know Act Notification:

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the current Annual Security Report (ASR) is available for viewing at https://www.csus.edu/clery .
The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and sexual assault prevention information, and drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery Act crimes for Sacramento State for the last three (3) calendar years. Paper copies are available upon request at the Police Service Center located in the University Union.

COVID-19 Vaccine Certification Information:

CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at https://calstate.policystat.com/policy/9779821/latest/.

Background Check Disclaimer

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with California State University, Sacramento. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current California State University, Sacramento employees who apply for the position.

Eligibility Verification

Candidate will be required to provide official transcripts of their highest degree earned and must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.. California State University, Sacramento is a sponsoring agency ( ie. H-1-B Visa).

Advertised: September 10, 2021 (9:00 AM) Pacific Daylight Time
Applications close: Open Until Filled





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