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Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, Natural Resources Geographer with Remote Sensing

Sacramento State University
Sacramento, California
Closing date
Oct 9, 2021
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The Geography department at Sacramento State University seeks 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. 


This is a full-time, tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor rank beginning with the Fall 2022 semester. Salary is dependent upon qualifications and professional experience. 

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. 

Application Review 

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

Application Procedures 

Applications are only accepted through the Sacramento State jobs website located at . Instructions on how to apply can also be found at this link. Internal applicants can apply by logging on My Sac State. Apply directly at:

Applicants MUST include the following application materials: 

  • Curriculum vitae.  
  • A maximum two (2) page letter of application 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. 
  • 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 
  • Unofficial transcripts of all college work in ONE FILE (official transcripts required if invited for an interview). 
  • The names and contact information of three professional references. 


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

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