Assistant Professor of Physical Geography/Climatology

Los Angeles, California
Initial salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Sep 11, 2019
Oct 11, 2019
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Tenure-Track Faculty Position

Department of Geosciences and Environment

College of Natural and Social Sciences

California State University, Los Angeles


Assistant Professor, Physical Geography/Climatology, Department of Geosciences and Environment

Starting Date:

Fall 2020

Minimum Qualifications:

1) An earned doctorate (Ph.D.) in Physical Geography, Atmospheric 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) Demonstrated expertise and teaching experience in one or more of the following technical areas: GIS, Remote Sensing, and/or Big Data Analytics.

3) Documented record of scholarly activity (for example, one or more of the following; peer reviewed publications, research grants, academic awards and fellowships based on research).

4) Evidence of successful teaching experience at the undergraduate level.

Preferred Qualifications:

1) Demonstrated expertise in a closely-related discipline (examples include, but are not limited to, geomorphology, hydrology, or biogeography).

2) 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 successful candidate may be expected to contribute to the department’s well-established programs of climate, climate change, hydrology, environmental sciences and meteorology at both undergraduate and graduate levels. He/she 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. Specifically the successful candidate should be committed to recruiting, engaging, and mentoring diverse students in their core areas of research. The candidate may have opportunities to teach a variety of physical geography, climatology and atmospheric science courses, as well as courses fitting the candidate’s specialization and supporting existing degree and certificate programs offered by the Department.

The successful candidate will be committed to the academic success of all of our students and to an environment that acknowledges, encourages, and celebrates diversity and differences. To this end, the successful candidate will work effectively, respectfully, and collaboratively in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings. In addition, the successful candidate will be ready to join faculty, staff, students, and administrators in our University’s shared commitment to the principles of engagement, service, and the public good.


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/Division/School:

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 has offered undergraduate and graduate coursework and M.S. thesis supervision in geography, 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 ( and a recently awarded NSF REU Site, focused on Urban Hydrology.

Required Documentation:

Please submit the following to the Search Committee 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 (


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

Please email all application materials in a single PDF to: Please type “Geosciences & Environment Tenure-Track Application” in the subject line.

Please address all questions to the search committee, at: 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.

Fingerprinting is required and will be checked by the California Department of Justice and FBI.

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.

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