Assistant Professor of Physical Oceanography

California State University Maritime Academy
Vallejo, California
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Oct 7, 2022

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Assistant Professor of Physical Oceanography


Job No: 518504


Work Type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track


Location: Maritime Academy


Department of Sciences and Mathematics Assistant Professor of Physical Oceanography Full-Time Tenure Track Approximate Starting Date: August 21, 2023


Although this position will remain open until filled, review of applications will begin immediately. Applicants expecting to be considered for Assistant Professor of Physical Oceanography must complete their online application and submit requested materials to Human Resources by close of business day on October 28, 2022 to receive priority consideration.


The Department of Sciences and Mathematics of the California State University Maritime Academy invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor of Physical Oceanography. We seek a dynamic educator who is committed to creating an environment of active learning for our B.S. in Oceanography degree program, and a plan to engage our students in undergraduate research. We are open to all areas of physical oceanography but are especially interested in candidates who will bring an observational research program and can take advantage of our ocean observing platforms (shore station and moored buoy), fleet of vessels and waterfront location on the shores of the San Francisco Estuary. Teaching assignments will include team-teaching in the introductory oceanography sequence, Oceans and Climate, Scientific Computer Programming, Advanced Physical Oceanography. Candidates are expected to contribute to the summer international experience course.


ABOUT CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY MARITIME ACADEMY (Cal Maritime): Located on a compact but scenic waterfront campus-in Vallejo, California (30 miles northeast of San Francisco), California State University Maritime Academy (Cal Maritime) is a unique and specialized campus of the 23-campus Serving a population of approximately 1100 undergraduate and 50 graduate students, we are one of only seven degree-granting maritime academies in the United States — and the only one on the West Coast. Cal Maritime currently offers seven baccalaureate degrees in Business Administration, Global Studies and Maritime Affairs, Facilities Engineering Technology, Marine Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering, Marine Transportation, and Oceanography. The undergraduate curriculum includes licensing programs for future merchant marine, coast guard and naval reserve officers. Cal Maritime also offers a Master of Science in Transportation and Engineering Management degree. For more information about California State University Maritime Academy, please visit our web page at


Our programs focus on intellectual learning, applied technology, leadership development, and global awareness. Cal Maritime students participate in training cruises aboard the Training Ship Golden Bear or other international educational experiences, gaining a unique perspective on our increasingly global culture and economy. Cal Maritime is committed to being a leading educational institution recognized for excellence in the business, engineering, operations, security and policy of the transportation industries of the Pacific Rim and beyond. We are equally committed to hiring and retaining diverse and dedicated faculty and staff who lead the way in helping our students expand their knowledge and potential.


ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT OF SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS: Our department is a collegial group of 16 faculty members - 9 tenured, 2 tenure-track, and 5 adjuncts. We offer a B.S. degree and minor in Oceanography as well as lower division, foundational science and math courses for students majoring in the baccalaureate degrees noted above. We also offer a minor in Mathematics.


MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (Included but not limited to):


• Full-time (12 units/semester) teaching of undergraduate courses in oceanography; during the first two years of teaching, the teaching load is reduced to 9 units/semester.

• Contribute to the International Experience program.

• Maintain an active research and scholarly profile, which may include research in oceanography, marine science education, or the scholarship of teaching and learning. Participate and contribute to professional organizations and societies.

• Supervise students in undergraduate oceanography research projects.

• Serve on department and campus committees and participate in the general life of the campus community.




• Ph.D. in Oceanography or related field

• Teaching experience in marine and environmental sciences

• Active research profile

• Ability to work collegially and collaboratively as a member of the faculty




• Demonstrated excellence in field-oriented research, especially work that included undergraduate students

• Evidence of extramural funding


SALARY COMPENSATION: Salary is commensurate with the education, qualifications and experience of the individual.


BENEFITS: An excellent comprehensive benefits package is available which includes medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurances, retirement plans, fee waiver, vacation and sick leave.


PHYSICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS: Typical classroom and office environments are in two-story buildings with elevator access.


SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: 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.




• Applicants must provide proof of US citizenship or authorization to work in the United States within three days from the date of hire.

• A background check investigation (including criminal records check) is required prior to employment. 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.

• Applicants must submit on hire official documentation as proof of degree, license, or certificates as required.


APPLICATION PROCESS: Interested parties must submit the Cal Maritime Employment Application packet of information requested below. Apply on-line at


• Cal Maritime Online Employment Application (required).

• Letter of application addressing the minimum and desired/preferred qualifications.

• Curriculum Vitae (including current email address).

• Statement of teaching philosophy.

• Teaching evaluations (if available).

• Statement of commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging

• Statement of research experience, interests and goals.

• One representative publication.

• Names and contact information for three references.


NOTIFICATION: Based upon a review of applications and accompanying documents, only those persons whose qualifications best match job requirements will be interviewed. Applicants not selected for an interview will be notified only after the position closes and the successful candidate has been selected.


DISCLAIMER: The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract and any provisions contained in this bulletin may be modified or changed.


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Please contact Dr. Alexander Parker (


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