Tenure Track Faculty - Geotechnical Engineering (Civil Engineering)

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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 - Engineering

COLLEGE: Engineering and Computer Science

DEPARTMENT: Civil Engineering

POSITION TITLE: Tenure Track Faculty - Geotechnical Engineering


The Department of Civil Engineering is one of five departments in the College of Engineering and Computer Science (ECS). The Department has 14 full-time faculty members who serve almost 800 undergraduate majors and 60 graduate students including almost 70 percent of students from underrepresented and minority backgrounds. The Department offers Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and Master of Science (M.S.) degree programs in civil engineering. Most recently, the Department was ranked 8th among non-doctorate granting institutions by the U.S. News & World Report. The Department is thriving with its diverse student population, diverse faculty, and strong industry and alumni support.


The position will be a probationary, tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor in Geotechnical Engineering starting in Fall 2023. Starting salary will be dependent upon qualifications and professional experience as well as educational preparation, university-level teaching experience, and record of scholarship and service.

The classification annual salary range for this position is $64,860 - $143,928; the anticipated annual starting salary is $93,000.


Duties will include: (1) effectively teaching courses at undergraduate and graduate levels, (2) advising diverse population of undergraduate and graduate students, developing curriculum, and other instructionally-related duties, (3) developing and engaging in scholarly activities, including applied research and externally-funded projects, (4) supervising graduate student culminating experiences (theses, projects, and comprehensive exams), (5) working cooperatively with a diverse student population and with faculty colleagues on department, college, and university-wide committees, and (6) providing service to the institution and community, as Sacramento State strives to serve as an Anchor Institution to the surrounding community.

Teaching responsibilities include geotechnical engineering courses (both lecture and laboratory courses) and other classes in the Civil Engineering Department in the B.S. and M.S. Civil Engineering degree programs.


Education: An earned doctorate degree in Civil Engineering, or a closely related field with an emphasis in geotechnical engineering is required.  ABD will be considered.  If ABD, all degree requirements must be completed by August 2023.

Special Knowledge and Abilities: A strong background in geotechnical engineering and a commitment and ability to provide quality teaching, measured by past teaching, research, or coursework. Candidate should demonstrate knowledge and commitment to building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment in teaching, mentoring, research, and service; be able to work with diverse students and colleagues; create inclusive classrooms; and apply a variety of teaching methods. Applicant must be effective in technical communication skills and be able to relate theory to practice.

Experience: Applicant must pass the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam prior to the appointment date. A certificate of passing of the FE exam must be presented by August 2023.

The department reminds applicants that only the required qualifications must be met to apply.


All applicants who meet the required qualifications will be considered. The department is primarily interested in candidates with expertise and research experience that includes laboratory and/or field testing in geotechnical engineering and with the ability to organize and supervise the geotechnical engineering laboratory facilities at Sacramento State. Other preferred / desired qualifications include:

  • A Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering
  • University-level teaching experience
  • Experience of developing an applied research program that engages graduate and undergraduate students
  • Professional practice experience in geotechnical engineering
  • Knowledge of geotechnical engineering issues in California
  • Professional registration as a Civil Engineer



Initial review of applications will begin December 1, 2022. The position will remain open and review of applications will continue until the position is filled. To be considered, submit all required materials listed below to the Sacramento State Employment Opportunities webpage (  

Candidate must include the following attachments with the application:

  1. Cover letter that addresses required and preferred qualifications
  2. Current curriculum vitae
  3. Graduate transcripts (unofficial copies accepted until on-campus interview)
  4. Statement of teaching interests and any related experience (max 2 pages)
  5. Statement of research interests and plans to pursue them (max 2 pages)
  6. Statement on diversity, equity, and inclusion in teaching, research, and/or service. In particular, the department seeks candidates with the ability to work with diverse students and colleagues, success in creating inclusive classrooms, and experience with a variety of teaching methods and curricular perspectives. (max 2 pages)
  7. Names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of at least three recent references familiar with teaching or scholarly work


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.

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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.

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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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