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Environmental Geography-1617-004

Assistant Professor

EFFECTIVE DATE:   Fall Semester, 2018  

The Department of Liberal Studies at California State University San Marcos seeks a broadly-trained teacher-scholar to fill a tenure-track position in Environmental Geography at the Assistant Professor level, beginning Fall 2018.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: We are looking for a scholar who can work in a strongly interdisciplinary department, generate excitement about environmental systems, and attract students to the department’s developing geography program through innovative teaching, research and publication.   A Ph.D. in physical geography or a related field is required in hand prior to August 2018. Research interests include, but are not limited to, hydrology, water resources, watershed processes, coupled human and natural systems, human dimensions of global change, and related fields. Candidates will demonstrate potential for excellence in teaching.  They will also show evidence of (or the ability to develop and sustain) a research and publishing agenda.

DESIRED/PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:  Preferred candidates will demonstrate excellence in teaching both in general education and in their areas of specialty.  They will have experience teaching physical geography and/or other natural resources-related courses.  They will have demonstrated interests in geospatial techniques.  They will show evidence of prior publication in scholarly journals.  Research interests in the U.S. West, Southwest or similar climates would be interesting. Post-doctoral work and/or experience working with interdisciplinary teams would be useful.  Preference will be given to applicants with demonstrated intercultural competence with diverse groups in teaching, research and/or service.

DUTIES:   The successful candidate will regularly offer an introduction to physical geography and/or a GIS course, design and deliver an upper division water course and additional courses in their areas of interest, and help build the department’s geography and GIS program.  In addition, they will design and sustain an active and dynamic research agenda, disseminate their research in leading journals and similar publications, and provide service to the university, college, and/or department as appropriate.


Applications must include:

  • Cover letter indicating how the applicant meets the above minimum and/or desired requirements
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of teaching philosophy
  • Research statement
  • One-page statement addressing their demonstrated intercultural experience and commitment to diversity and equity in teaching, research and/or service
  • Reprints of representative publications
  • Summary of teaching evaluations
  • Copies of all transcripts that include relevant course work
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Faculty Application
  • Applicant Survey 1718

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A review of application will begin on October 15, 2017. However, the position will remain open until filled.

The university is particularly interested in candidates who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for under-represented groups.

This position is subject to employment verification, education verification, reference checks and criminal record checks. A background check (including the 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.

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