College of Natural & Social Sciences


Department of Geosciences and Environment

Assistant Professor of Geosciences

Starting Date:

August, 2020

Minimum Qualifications:

1) An earned doctorate (Ph.D.) in Geology, Earth Science, or other closely-related disciplines from an accredited institution (or equivalent) is required; however, applicants nearing completion of the doctorate (ABD) may be considered. For appointment, the doctorate must be completed by the date of appointment (8/20/2020).     
2) Evidence of effective teaching at the undergraduate level.
3) Documented record of scholarly activity (e.g., publications, grants, fellowships).     

Preferred Qualifications:

1) Demonstrated expertise and teaching experience in surface and subsurface sedimentological analysis related to coastal or urban geological processes and environmental geohazards, hydrology, or climate change or closely-related discipline (examples include, but are not limited to, geomorphology, surficial processes, engineering geology).
2) Field-oriented studies and related expertise in observational measurements or quantitative methods.   
3) Evidence of successful teaching experience at the graduate level.


The primary professional responsibilities of instructional faculty members are: teaching, research, scholarship and/or creative activity, and service to the University, profession and to the community.  These responsibilities generally include: advising students, participation in campus and system-wide committees, maintaining office hours, working collaboratively and productively with colleagues, and participation in traditional academic functions. 

The candidate may have opportunities to teach a variety of courses, like Historical Geology, Geological Mapping, Sedimentary Petrology, Stratigraphy and Sedimentology,  Coastal Processes and Environments, Summer Field Camp, as well as courses fitting the candidate’s specialization and supporting existing degree and certificate programs offered by the Department.  The successful candidate may be expected to contribute to the department’s well-established programs of hydrogeology, engineering geology, urban geology, climate, climate change, and environmental sciences at both undergraduate and graduate levels.   The candidate may also have opportunities to contribute to on-going student research projects, and initiate new student-oriented research projects within the department or with other disciplines. The successful candidate should be committed to recruiting, engaging, and mentoring diverse students in their core areas of research. 


Initial salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The University:

California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA) is one of 23 campuses within the California State University system.  The University is the premier comprehensive public university in the heart of Los Angeles. Cal State LA is ranked number one in the U.S. for the upward mobility of its students, and is dedicated to engagement, service, and the public good.  We offer nationally recognized programs in science, the arts, business, criminal justice, engineering, nursing, education, ethnic studies, and the humanities. Our faculty have a strong commitment to scholarship, research, creative pursuits, community engagement, and service.

Our 240,000 alumni reflect the City and County’s dynamic mix of populations.  The University has one of the most diverse student populations of any college or university in the nation.  As a federally recognized Hispanic-Serving Institution, and Asian-American, Native American, and Pacific Islander-Serving Institution, Cal State LA recognizes the transformative power of education and embraces its duty to identify and serve the needs of all of its students. The University is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can live, work and learn in an atmosphere of civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual.  

The Department:

The Department of Geosciences and Environment is committed to providing students with the highest quality educational experience through the development of academically excellent programs in environmental geology and geography, student-centered academic training emphasizing field studies and computer processing, and thorough scholarly research by faculty and students. The department is one of 15 departments within the College of Natural and Social Sciences, which supports academic programs for 6000 students  and 660 instructional personnel.  The Department trains our majors to become highly competent professionals capable of solving technical environmental problems, developing public policy, pursuing advanced degrees, and becoming productive members of a diverse society. With respect to this position, the Department of Geosciences and Environment at Cal State LA offers undergraduate and graduate coursework and M.S. thesis supervision in geography, geology, meteorology, climatology, and hydrology.  The Department serves as the hub of two inter-college grant programs overlapping with climatology and atmospheric science; the NASA Direct-Stem Center (http://www.calstatela.edu/centers/NASA_DIRECT_STEM) and a recently awarded NSF REU Site, focused on Urban Hydrology.   

Required Documentation:

Please submit the following to the Search Committee Chair at the email address below:
1) A cover letter specifically addressing minimum and preferred qualifications.
2) A curriculum vitae.
3) A narrative statement describing your commitment to working effectively with faculty, staff, and students in a multicultural/multiethnic urban campus environment with a substantial population of first-generation students.
4) A list of three professional references.
5) A University Application for Employment Form

Finalists will be required to submit:
Official transcripts.

Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States. 


Review of applications will begin November 15, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled.

Please email all application materials in a single PDF to: GEOSFacultySearch@calstatela.edu Please type “Geosciences Tenure-Track Application” in the subject line.

Please address all questions to the search committee, at: GEOSFacultySearch@calstatela.edu  or 323-343-2400.

Note: The person holding this position is 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 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.

In addition to meeting fully its obligations under federal and state law, Cal State LA is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can live, work and learn in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual. To that end, all qualified individuals will receive equal consideration without regard to economic status, race, ethnicity, color, religion, marital status, pregnancy, national origin or cultural background, political views, sex, sexual orientation, gender identification, age, disability, disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran status.


Upon request, reasonable accommodation will be provided to individuals with protected disabilities to (a) complete the employment process and (b) perform essential job functions when this does not cause undue hardship.