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Assistant Professor of Environmental Science

California State University, Monterey Bay
Seaside, California
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Jan 26, 2022

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Assistant Professor of Environmental Science

Job no: 509149

Work type: Instructional Faculty - Tenured/Tenure-Track

Location: Monterey Bay

Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Faculty - Natural Sciences

Classification: Academic Year Faculty

Priority Screening Date: February 11, 2022

Recruitment Status: Open Until Filled

Appointment Date: Fall 2022

Powered by an inspiring, (CSUMB) is a mid-sized comprehensive baccalaureate and masters granting university whose staff and faculty help transform student lives through a focus on student success and engagement through project-based learning, service learning in its regional community, and the promotion of multicultural and global perspectives on and beyond campus. CSUMB is both a Minority Serving Institution (MSI) and a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and has a vibrant, diverse student body of over 7,400 students.

The university's prioritizes inclusive excellence through recruiting and investing in the development of a diverse body of faculty, staff, and administrators. CSUMB's sustainability initiative is to be carbon neutral by 2030. The university's faculty and staff, many of whom live in the East Campus housing development, appreciate living and working so close to the shores of the beautiful Monterey Bay. As one of the 23 campuses in the California State University (CSU) system, CSUMB offers excellent benefits, including access to below-market rate campus housing and competitive salaries for faculty and staff.

CSUMB values an educational environment of cultural and linguistic diversity and gender equity; ethical reflection and practice; effective and experimental use of technologies as resources for people and catalysts for learning; and the integration of cross-disciplinary models enabling students, faculty and staff to engage in innovative instruction and coordinated service learning.

The at CSUMB invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Environmental Science at the assistant professor rank to begin in Fall 2022. We are seeking candidates with a demonstrated commitment to teaching and research in Earth surface processes, such as fluvial geomorphology, stream hydrology, and/or wildfire-mediated hillslope dynamics. We seek a colleague who will provide leadership in the watershed systems concentration of our undergraduate degree in Environmental Science Technology and Policy and our master's degree in Environmental Science by engaging in externally-funded, regional research projects that both enrich the student experience and feed a sustained record of publication. The ideal candidate would capitalize on the outstanding research opportunities near CSUMB by responding to the research needs of our community and building upon existing regional partnerships with resource agencies, non- profits, and consulting firms. They would also apply their research to socially relevant environmental watershed issues such as endangered/threatened species and/or water quality and water supply.


• Teach 12 weighted teaching units/semester including up to 3 units for mentoring undergraduate and master's student research (with the opportunity for reduced teaching load through grants and contract activity).

• Teach undergraduate courses in Introductory Geology/Hydrology (GEOL 260/260L), Geomorphic Systems (GEOL 360/360L), River Hydrology (GEOL 460/460L), and Capstone Research (ENVS 410).

• Co-teach graduate courses in Watershed Systems (ENVS 560/560L) and Professional Environmental Science (ENVS 660).

• Develop new courses in your area of expertise in response to programmatic needs.

• Employ innovative teaching and learning techniques that engage students through the use of technology, hands-on experience, and problem solving.

• Include undergraduate and master's students in research or applied science programs.

• Advise and mentor undergraduate and masters students in academics, capstone projects, theses internships, and post-degree career options.

• Play a collaborative role in integrating their science and policy-relevant scholarship into the ongoing interdisciplinary research and teaching programs of CSUMB.

• Develop professional relationships with the regional community of resource managers at local, state, and federal levels and related non-profit groups and stakeholders.

• Sustain innovative and extramurally funded research applied to environmental problems, leading to publications, professional visibility, and professionally-trained students.

• Contribute to Departmental, College, and University-wide governance through participation at faculty meetings and through committee work.

• Help implement the goals of the university embodied in the CSUMB Founding Vision Statement (

• Engage in professional service through reviewing journal or grant submissions, organizing conference symposia, providing community lectures, working with stakeholders, etc.


• Ph.D. in Geology, Earth Sciences or related field with an emphasis in fluvial geomorphology, stream hydrology, watershed hydrology, or related Earth science field at time of hire.

• Demonstrated excellence in facilitating learning through university teaching.

• Publication record in field of expertise.

• Capacity to develop an applied research program focused on the physical terrestrial and/or coastal systems of central coastal California.

• Excellent written and oral communication skills.

• Ability and desire to mentor and teach students from diverse cultural, ethnic, educational, and economic backgrounds, and a commitment to work effectively in a culturally diverse campus community.


• A track record of research applied to understanding the role of natural and human impacts on the health and sustainability of resources such as water quantity, water quality, sediment supply, and habitat for natural plant and animal communities.

• Ability to use a range of land survey technologies including autolevel, total station, RTK GPS and Uncrewed Aerial Systems in research and teaching.

• Experience with GIS analysis.

• Experience with the R programming language.

• Ability to teach hydrologic modeling (e.g., HEC HMS) and/or hydraulic modeling (e.g., HEC RAS)

• Demonstrated ability to integrate research into undergraduate education.

• Experience in course and/or curriculum development.

• Experience in both online and in-person teaching modalities.

• Research and teaching interests and expertise that complement and strengthen those of existing faculty in the department.

• Success in securing external funding to support research, including undergraduate student research.

• Experience working with historically excluded and/or low-income communities

• Research interests that could lead to significant projects within the greater Monterey Bay region, such as:

• climate impacts on urban or wildland hydrology and water resources

• wildfire impacts on hydrology, water quality, hillslope dynamics or steelhead habitat

• dam- and dam-removal impacts on river morphology, flooding, and benthic habitat

• large wood dynamics and habitat value in watersheds and rivers

• assessing river modification and restoration projects

• sea level rise and coastal erosion


The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science, Technology, and Policy (ESTP) is one of three degree programs offered by CSUMB's Department of Applied Environmental Science (AES). AES also offers a Master of Science in Environmental Science (ENSCI) and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies. The AES department immerses students in environmental projects in local communities of the Monterey Bay region. Our department provides research and community engagement opportunities focused in watershed science, applied ecology and wildlife biology, environmental education, social and environmental justice, sustainability, and advanced geospatial technologies. The B.S. in ESTP offers concentrations in Watershed Systems, Applied Ecology, and Environmental Data Analysis, which seek to develop students who will have the professional skills, knowledge and maturity to work in a wide variety of career settings related to resource management, and to prepare them for graduate school.


CSUMB offers a premium benefit package that includes outstanding health, dental & vision plans; a fee waiver education program; and membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS). For more information, visit: Additionally, University Corporation at CSU Monterey Bay provides access to affordable campus housing based on availability, visit:


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 as a condition of employment.

The incumbent is required to maintain confidentiality as outlined in the Department of Education's Family Educational Rights and Privacy and California's Educational Code Chapter 13 regarding sensitive student issues.

All offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a background check (including a criminal records check).

There are components of this job which are deemed essential on campus. This position will primarily work on the main campus, with occasional work from home. This position requires working on campus with students. The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff remain our highest priority. In the fall, students, faculty, staff, and the community can expect that masks will be required and that the appropriate degree of social distancing will be in place in all areas based on evolving guidance. Additionally, all students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to be vaccinated before coming to campus. All community members who work or attend class on campus should expect to participate in a random or periodic testing system. CSUMB will communicate more information about vaccination requirements and testing protocols when the details become available.


For full consideration, applicants must complete the required online application and submit required documents by the priority screening date found at Application submissions received after the application screening date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University. Materials submitted become the property of CSUMB and will not be returned.

Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting University Personnel at (831) 582-3389.


CSUMB hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States and is an E-Verify employer. In compliance with state and federal crime awareness and campus security legislation, including The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act, California Education Code section 67380, and the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), the Cal State University, Monterey Bay Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available at:

CSUMB requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to

CSUMB is a smoke and tobacco-free campus.


CSUMB is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action employer seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. We value and celebrate diversity in all its forms and strive to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion. We consider qualified applicants for employment for their anticipated contributions and without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, pregnancy, marital status, veteran status, or disability.

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