Tenure Track Faculty - Geography

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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 and Mathematics


POSITION TITLE: Tenure Track Faculty - Geography


The Geography Department ( offers a B.A. in Geography that features balanced preparation in physical and human geography, geographic skills and techniques, and regional study. Four concentrations within the major allow for specializations in human geography, physical geography, GIS, and planning ( Department faculty and geography majors collaborate with programs across the university, notably Environmental Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, and Ethnic Studies. Two department computer labs support training in GIS, GPS, cartography, and remote sensing, and allow students to pursue independent research projects. The department also houses the campus Paleoecology Lab.


This Assistant Professor 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.

We seek a broadly-trained human geographer with teaching and research expertise in the field of political ecology at the rank of assistant professor. The specific area of focus within political ecology is open. Areas that could meet the department’s needs include, but are not limited to: urban political ecology, energy, climate and environmental justice, and health. The successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to incorporating diverse approaches and perspectives into their teaching. All regional areas of expertise will be considered, however candidates with expertise in Latin America will be given preference.

The successful candidate will contribute to Sacramento State’s Anchor University initiative by bridging active social 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 the department’s role in educating students on the linkages between nature, power, culture, and political economy.


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.
  • Contribute to Sacramento State’s Anchor University initiative by bridging active social scientific inquiry with decisions made at the State Capitol.
  • Support the University’s commitment to diversity and inclusion by strengthening the department’s role in educating students on the linkages between nature, power, culture, and political economy.


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 substantial coursework in Geography. ABD candidates will be considered. If ABD, candidates will be required to complete the doctorate by August 2023.
  • A background in geography and political ecology demonstrated through teaching, research, and/or work activities. Areas of political ecology that could meet the department’s needs include, but are not limited to: urban political ecology, energy, climate and environmental justice, and health. 
  • Demonstrated commitment to effective pedagogy in undergraduate geography education.
  • Demonstrated engagement in a program of scholarly activity through academic research and/or practice-based study.
  • Demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentoring students from backgrounds underrepresented in geography as well as non-traditional students.
  • Demonstrated commitment to serving undergraduate students, including teaching, academic advising, pedagogical innovation, and supervision of undergraduate research.



  • If the terminal degree is in a field other than Geography, a Master’s and/or Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent level) in Geography
  • Research and/or teaching experience with subjects related to Latin America
  • Demonstrated potential to cultivate relationships with local or regional governments as well as local non-governmental neighborhood and community groups
  • Commitment to collaborative research with undergraduate students and other faculty
  • Prior teaching experience at the college or university level.


Review of applications will begin October 9, 2022 and the position is open until filled. Applications are only accepted through the Sacramento State jobs website located at . Instructions on how to apply can also be found at this link.

Applicants MUST include the following application materials:

  1. Curriculum vitae.
  2. A maximum two (2) page letter of application addressing all the following areas:
    • Qualifications for the position as outlined above.
    • Teaching interests and experience.
    • Scholarly interests and experience, particularly in the context of doing research with undergraduate students.
  3. A maximum 500-word diversity statement that addresses one or more the following:
    • What contributions you are 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.
  4. Unofficial transcripts of all college work in ONE FILE (official transcripts required if invited for an interview).
  5. The names and contact information of three professional references.

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

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 success, diversity, equity and inclusion, community engagement, philanthropy, 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

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 .

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 .
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

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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