Tenure Track Faculty - Surface Water Hydrologist (Geology)

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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 Science and Mathematics


POSITION TITLE: Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track) in Surface Water Hydrology


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. 

POSITION DETAILS: Assistant Professor (tenure-track). Proposed start date August 2023.


  • Teaching undergraduate geology courses in hydrology and/or surficial processes  

  • Teaching undergraduates in lower-division general education courses 

  • Teaching graduate courses in advanced hydrology and/or surficial processes 

  • Teaching and developing undergraduate and/or graduate courses in area of specialization 

  • Academic advising of undergraduate and graduate students 

  • Research and scholarly activities, including advising student research projects at both the undergraduate and graduate level 

  • Service on Department, College, and University committees 

  • Service to the broader community 


  • 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  

  • Potential for teaching upper-division courses in geology 

  • Potential for teaching lower-division general education geology courses 

  • Potential for teaching discipline-specific graduate courses  

  • Potential for research and scholarly activities that involve students such as presentations, publications, and grants 

  • Potential for community service 

  • Potential for University service  

  • Potential to work with diverse students and colleagues and promote an inclusive teaching environment 


  • 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 on research with existing Department faculty 

  • Commitment to being a fully engaged participant in a small, collegial Department  


Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2022. To ensure full consideration, applications must submit all required materials by the review date but the position will remain open until filled. Materials include: 

  • Cover letter that briefly addresses required and preferred (if applicable) qualifications (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 to include evidence of research experience and potential to include 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. 

 Questions about the position can be directed to the search co-chairs: Dr. Julie Griffin ( and Dr. Amelia Vankeuren ( 

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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