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Tenure Track Faculty - Biological Sciences

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Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Sacramento
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time, Faculty - Natural Sciences

COLLEGE: Natural Sciences & Mathematics

DEPARTMENT: Biological Sciences

POSITION TITLE: Tenure Track Faculty - Biological Sciences

DEPARTMENT SUMMARY:

Housed within the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, the Department of Biological Sciences is one of the largest programs on campus, with approximately 1600 undergraduate and 50 Master’s students, 32 tenure track faculty, approximately 30 lecturers, and 11 technical and administrative staff. Students in our department come from diverse academic, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. Faculty and staff are committed to equity and diversity programs that ensure student success in STEM disciplines. The Department prides itself on the collaborative nature in which students, staff, and faculty work together in a professional and supportive environment to ensure one another’s success.

Biological Sciences faculty are active research and pedagogical scholars who emphasize innovative teaching and student success. Faculty work closely with their students in instructional laboratories, advising sessions, and have opportunities for mentoring in their area of expertise. The Department has recently moved into a new state-of-the-art science building with shared research suites, molecular biology and imaging resources, and a mammalian cell culture facility, which add to our existing natural history collections, greenhouses, and California State University field resources. Additionally, the College has a growing consortium of faculty pursuing STEM education research. Faculty also nurture strong relationships with community partners, providing bridges for students to engage in internships, service-learning, and off-campus research experiences. 

The Department of Biological Sciences is committed to fostering and maintaining an inclusive culture that respects the rights and dignity of each individual regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, caste, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, gender expression, height, weight, marital status, disability, medical condition, age, or veteran status.

Sacramento State is a Hispanic-Serving and Asian American, Native American and Pacific Islander-Serving Institution located in the capital city of California. Sacramento State seeks to recruit and retain diverse faculty members who share our institutional commitment to fostering student learning and growth in an inclusive and equitable environment

POSITION DETAILS:

This is a full-time tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor rank in Biological Sciences beginning in the Fall 2023 semester. Salary is dependent upon CSU system-wide ranges, qualifications, and professional experience.

For full consideration, all application materials must be received by September 15, 2022.

JOB DUTIES:

  • Teaching lower division, upper division, and graduate level courses in area of expertise, depending on the needs of the Department.
  • Developing a scholarly research program. In considering your future research at Sacramento State, please note that the Department does not have a vertebrate vivarium.
  • Providing service to the Department, College, and University.
  • Providing service and/or outreach to the community.
  • Academic and career advising for students.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • PhD in Biology/Biological Sciences in fields including, but not limited to, cell and molecular biology, microbiology, developmental biology, plant and animal diversity, ecology and   evolution, anatomy and physiology, computational biology, and biology education.  ABD will be considered. If ABD, candidates must complete the doctoral degree by August 1, 2023. 
  • Prior college teaching experience and a demonstrated commitment to evidence-based teaching practices.
  • Ability to develop a research program involving undergraduate and/or Master’s degree students that can be adapted to a comprehensive state university where teaching is the primary focus.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Coursework and/or experience teaching biology at the college level.
  • Experience using inclusive, student-centered teaching strategies to advance equity and foster student success in the classroom.
  • Experience with and/or potential to provide academic and career advising for Biological Sciences students.
  • Experience with diverse student populations (e.g., mentoring or teaching students from systemically minoritized groups).
  • Commitment to providing service to the institution and community. (e.g., serving on university committees, contributing to or developing institutional programs that serve our students, outreach to local Title 1 K-12 schools, contributing to professional societies, etc.)

APPLICANT INSTRUCTIONS:

For full consideration, all application materials must be received by September 15, 2022.

Interested candidates must submit the following documents for their application to be considered:  

  1. Cover letter—must specifically address all required and preferred qualifications. (1,000 words maximum)
  2. Current curriculum vitae
  3. Statement of Teaching Philosophy (1,000 words maximum)
  4. Statement of Research Interests—your statement should describe your research focus and how you intend to adapt your work for a comprehensive state university where teaching is the primary focus, including how students will be involved. (1,000 words maximum)
  5. Statement of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). This statement should detail a demonstrated commitment to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion at the candidate’s institution, within their discipline, and/or community and should include a description of anticipated contributions to Sacramento State’s DEI efforts. (1,000 words maximum)
  6. Name, telephone number, and email address for three academic/professional references who can comment on the candidate's professional preparation and experience. 
  7. Unofficial copies of all undergraduate and graduate level transcripts (official copies will be requested upon hiring).

Questions regarding the position can contact Dr. Jamie Kneitel, Biological Sciences Chair, at kneitel@csus.edu

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 1,800 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 successdiversity, equity and inclusioncommunity engagementphilanthropy, and campus safety

As evidenced by the values embedded in our Hornet Honor Code, Sacramento State is committed to creating an inclusive environment where all faculty, staff, students, and guests are welcome and valued.  Our commitment is more than simply ensuring that our campus is free from bias and discrimination, but is one devoted to celebrating many diverse identities, life experiences, and perspectives that enrich our community, teaching and learning. 

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

Equal Employment Opportunity 
California State University, Sacramento is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Sacramento State hires only those individuals who are lawfully authorized to accept employment in the United States.

It is the policy of California State University, Sacramento to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified persons with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment. If you need a disability related reasonable accommodation as part of the application and/or interviewing process, visit https://www.csus.edu/administration-business-affairs/internal/your-hr/benefits/reasonable-accomodation.html.

The University is committed to creating an education and working environment free from discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. For more information on mandatory training for new employees, visit https://www.csus.edu/compliance/hr-compliance/mandatory-dhr-training.html .

Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act and Campus Fire Safety Right-To-know Act Notification:

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the current Annual Security Report (ASR) is available for viewing at https://www.csus.edu/clery .
The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and sexual assault prevention information, and drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery Act crimes for Sacramento State for the last three (3) calendar years. Paper copies are available upon request at the Police Service Center located in the University Union.

Background Check Disclaimer 
A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with California State University, Sacramento. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current California State University, Sacramento employees who apply for the position.

COVID-19 Vaccine Certification Information:

CSU 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 https://calstate.policystat.com/policy/9779821/latest/.

Out of State Employment

Per CSU-wide policy (HR2021-04), all faculty who will begin initial employment (or return from a 12-month break in service) on or after January 1, 2022 are required to perform their work from within the State of California. Faculty hired prior to January 1, 2022 must be available to perform work in the State of California if their assignment is in-person.

Eligibility Verification 
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.. California State University, Sacramento is a sponsoring agency ( ie. H-1-B Visa).

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