Assistant Professor of Geological Sciences - Geoscience Education

California State University Fullerton

Fullerton, CA

ID: 7071335
Posted: October 23, 2020
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

The Department of Geological Sciences at California State University, Fullerton invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professorship that will begin August 2021.

California State University, Fullerton is a Hispanic-Serving Institution and an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer with a strong commitment to increasing the diversity of the campus community and the curriculum, and fostering an inclusive environment within which students, staff, administrators, and faculty thrive. Candidates who can contribute to this goal through their teaching, research, advising and other activities are encouraged to identify their strengths and experiences in this area. Individuals advancing the University’s strategic diversity goals and those from groups whose underrepresentation in the American professoriate has been severe and longstanding are particularly encouraged to apply.

We seek a geoscience educator who develops, applies, and evaluates new geoscience teaching innovations and curricula, as well as develops and tests geoscience education research questions and hypotheses. We expect candidates to show evidence of an existing or developing active, externally funded student-centered research program. We seek a scholar who demonstrates interest and ability to teach courses in geoscience education and general geology at various levels including; general education, lower- and upper-division undergraduate, and graduate courses. The successful candidate shall: (1) coordinate geoscience education courses; (2) help facilitate the integration of teacher preparation into our B.A. program; and (3) be involved in program-level assessment for our department.

Required Qualifications

A Ph.D. in Geological Sciences or a related field is required at the time of appointment
Teaching experience and/or commitment to teaching at the undergraduate and Master’s levels
Strong commitment to teaching and mentoring a diverse population of students at the undergraduate and Master’s levels using student-centered, active-learning and inquiry-based approaches
Ability to teach lower- and upper-division courses in geoscience education, and other introductory level and/or upper-division/graduate courses the candidate is qualified to teach
Evidence of productive research in geoscience education
Rank & Salary

This is a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor with a competitive salary and an excellent comprehensive benefits package including: health/vision/dental plans, spousal, domestic partner and/or dependent fee-waiver, access to campus child-care, defined-benefit retirement through the state system, and optional tax-sheltering opportunities. For a detailed description of benefits, go to

The University

California State University, Fullerton is an urban institution with one of the largest student enrollments (>40,000 students) in the 23-campus CSU system. CSUF’s location 22 km SE of metropolitan Los Angeles offers unique collaborative opportunities with other universities and governmental agencies in the Southern California region. CSUF is a Hispanic-Serving Institution and ranks 1st in numbers of baccalaureate degrees awarded to Hispanics in California.

The College

The College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (CNSM) is dedicated to the principle that student learning and research are closely linked. The balance between teaching and research is a key strength of the college, whose slogan is “Exploration by inquiry and learning through discovery.” Abundant collaborative research and teaching opportunities exist within CNSM, which houses abundant research and laboratory facilities and maintains up-to-date IT infrastructure for both research and teaching needs. CNSM is part of the Catalyst Center for the advancement of research in teaching and learning math and science, which brings together science and math education experts across two colleges and seven departments to advance research in teaching and learning.

The Department

The Department offers a Bachelor of Science in Geology, Bachelor of Arts in Earth Science, Master of Science in Geology, and minor in Geology. The Department currently has approximately 160 undergraduate majors, 25 MS students and 10 full-time faculty. Fullerton’s location offers convenient access to coastal, mountain, and desert environments, providing many opportunities for geoscience education, High-Impact Practice instruction, and student training. Department faculty expertise includes petrology, sedimentation/stratigraphy, structure/tectonics, paleontology, surface processes, biogeochemistry, hydrology, and geophysics. In addition, the department has a long-standing interest in geoscience education, and is committed to serving a diverse student body from a variety of backgrounds, including those from groups that have been traditionally marginalized. Applicants are encouraged to visit for additional information.


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