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Assistant Professor - Surface Water Hydrology

California State University, Sacramento / Geology Department
Sacramento, California
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Nov 1, 2022

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Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track) in Surface Water Hydrology, California State University, Sacramento


The Geology Department at California State University, Sacramento invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Surface Water Hydrology beginning in August 2023 ( Qualified candidates should be dedicated to teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels and committed to developing an active research program with student involvement. Research involving local water topics is encouraged, such as work on the American River adjacent to campus. Successful candidates will be expected to teach a variety of courses in Geology including hydrology and/or surficial processes (geomorphology), develop courses in their area of specialization, advise student research (undergraduate and graduate), contribute to institutional and community service, and create an inclusive teaching environment for a diverse student population. Applicants with a focus on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in their teaching, research, or service are especially invited to apply.

Geology faculty will be available to meet with prospective candidates at the 2022 GSA Annual Meeting in Denver. To apply, go to Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2022 and the position will remain open until filled.

For more information about the position, contact search co-chairs: Dr. Julie Griffin ( and Dr. Amelia Vankeuren (


About the department

The Sacramento State Geology Department provides students with accessible, world-class, practical training in geology. It serves more than 100 undergraduate and 20 graduate students through instruction that emphasizes real world application, hands-on experience, as well as one-on-one advising and mentoring. Faculty and students are active in research and scholarly activities. The Geology Department shares a building with the U.S. Geological Survey California Water Science Center and maintains close connections to a variety of agencies, industries, and professional organizations in California’s capital city. The Geology Department also works to support the University’s mission by preparing a diverse student body for leadership, service, and success.

Sacramento State and its Geology Department are committed to creating a welcoming and inclusive campus free from all forms of oppression where all students, faculty, staff, and community members feel a sense of belonging. All faculty members are expected to contribute toward achieving this goal of inclusive excellence.

About Sacramento State

Sacramento State is located in the heart of California’s capital city, five miles from State Capitol. The lush, 300-acre campus is situated along the American River, close to numerous bike trails and other recreational areas. Sacramento, also known as the “Farm-to-Fork Capital,” is one of the most ethnically diverse and livable cities in the country, with a population of half of a million. Sacramento State’s 31,000 students come not only from the Greater Sacramento Region, but also from across the state, country, and world. Our 1800 faculty and 1,500 staff are committed to meeting our mission: “As California’s capital university, we transform lives by preparing students for leadership, service, and success. Sacramento State will be a recognized leader in education, innovation, and engagement.” As the regional hub of higher education, Sacramento State is dedicated to student success, diversity, equity and inclusion, community engagement, philanthropy, and campus safety

To learn more about why you should join the Hornet Family, please visit the Why Sac State? page.

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Geology, or a closely related field. ABD applicants will be considered but all requirements for the degree must be completed by August 2023.
  • Potential for teaching Hydrology, Advanced Hydrology, and/or Surficial Processes, other upper-division courses in geology, lower-division general education courses, and discipline-specific graduate courses
  • Potential for research and scholarly activities that involve both undergraduate and graduate students such as presentations, publications, and grants
  • Potential for service to the community and institution
  • Potential to work with diverse students and colleagues and promote an inclusive teaching environment

Preferred Qualifications

  • Potential for service to the University and broader community with a focus on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Prior teaching experience at the college level
  • Potential to guide student research on local water issues
  • Research interests that include surface water, geomorphology, fluvial processes, and/or watershed hydrology
  • Potential to collaborate with existing Department faculty on research
  • Commitment to being a fully engaged participant in a small, collegial Department

Materials needed to apply:

  • Cover letter that briefly addresses all required qualifications and preferred qualifications if applicable (2-page limit)
  • Curriculum Vitae that includes names and contact information for three (3) referees (letters of reference will only be solicited and reference calls made if invited for video interview)
  • Statement of teaching interests, preparation to teach and mentor at the college level, and pedagogical tools to increase Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the geosciences (2-page limit)
  • Statement of scholarly interest that includes evidence of research experience and potential to engage undergraduate and graduate students in research (2-page limit)
  • Diversity statement that demonstrates your past and/or potential contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. These contributions may be made through teaching, research, and/or service to the institution or local community (2-page limit)
  • Unofficial transcripts required with application, official transcripts required if invited for an on-campus interview

The Department reminds applicants that in order to apply it is necessary to meet only the required qualifications. Applicants with experience communicating and working with a diverse student population are encouraged to apply. Evidence of this should be reflected in the applicant’s cover letter, CV, scholarly research, specialized training (for instance, teaching workshops), and/or prior teaching experience.


The faculty and staff of the CSUS Geology Department are committed to providing the best geological education available anywhere. We meet this commitment through high-quality teaching, close student-faculty interaction, undergraduate and graduate research, and an emphasis on field geology.

We offer B.A. and B.S. degrees in Geology and a B.A. degree in Earth Science. We also offer a Master of Science degree in Geology, with student opportunities in applied hydrogeology, aqueous geochemistry, engineering geology, geophysics, groundwater modeling, igneous petrology, mineralogy, sedimentology & stratigraphy, structure & tectonics, surficial processes, and volcanology.

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