Tenure Track Faculty - 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 Sciences and Mathematics


POSITION TITLE: Assistant Professor in Mineralogy/Petrology (Earth Materials)


The Sacramento State Geology Department provides students with accessible, world-class, practical training in geology. It serves about 70 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 the 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.


Full-time Assistant Professor (tenure-track). Proposed start date August 2024. The classification annual salary range for this position is $64,860 - $143,928; the anticipated annual starting salary is $74,642.


  • Teaching undergraduate upper-division geology courses in earth materials (mineralogy and rock identification) and/or petrology
  • Teaching undergraduates in lower-division general education courses
  • Teaching 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. If ABD, all requirements for the degree must be completed by August 2024.
  • Potential for teaching upper-division earth materials (mineralogy and rock identification) and/or igneous and metamorphic petrology courses that incorporates optical mineralogy
  • Potential for teaching lower-division general education geology courses
  • Potential for teaching discipline-specific graduate courses
  • Demonstrated skills in petrographic microscope analysis and rock and mineral identification.
  • Potential for research and scholarly activities that involve students such as presentations, publications, and grants
  • Potential for department, college, and university service
  • Potential for community service
  • Potential to work with diverse students and colleagues and create 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
  • Practice of innovative teaching in the classroom, laboratory, and the field
  • Potential for teaching additional upper-division courses in geology.
  • Potential to guide student research in the Western US
  • Potential to collaborate on research with existing department faculty
  • Potential to connect students with employers
  • Commitment to be a fully engaged participant in a small, collegial department


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.

Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2023 and the position will remain open until filled.

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 be solicited only if invited for video interview).
  • Statement expressing teaching interests, preparation to teach and mentor at the college-level, and potential use of pedagogical tools to increase Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the geosciences (2-page limit).
  • Statement of scholarly interest including evidence of research experience and potential to include undergraduate and graduate students in research (2-page limit).
  • Diversity statement demonstrating 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 are required with application. Official transcripts will be required if invited for an on-campus interview.

Questions about the position can be directed to the search chair: David Shimabukuro ( Department faculty members will be available to answer questions about the campus and Geology Department at the Geological Society of America annual meeting in Pittsburgh, PA from October 15-18, 2023.

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 is a Hispanic and AANAPISI serving institution with about 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 to lead, serve, and succeed. Sacramento State will be a welcoming, caring, and inclusive leader in education, innovation, and engagement.” As the regional hub of higher education, Sacramento State is dedicated to learning and student success; teaching, research, scholarship and creative activity; justice, diversity, equity and inclusion; resource development and sustainability; dedicated community engagement, and wellness and 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

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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.

COVID19 Vaccination Policy

Effective May 2023, per the CSU COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, it is strongly recommended that all California State University, Sacramento employees who are accessing office and campus facilities follow COVID-19 vaccine recommendations adopted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) applicable to their age, medical condition, and other relevant indications.

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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