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Job ID: 14-06
Social/Behavioral Sciences
Appointment Type:
Time Base:
Date Posted:
September 24, 2013
Closing Date:
Open until filled
Benefits Link:
Faculty (Unit 3)
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Northridge, California 91330

Department: Geography

Rank: Assistant Professor, Tenure Track

Effective Date of Appointment: Fall 2014 (Subject to Budgetary Approval)

Salary: $56,000.00 - $62,000.00

Qualifications: Ph.D. in Geography required at time of appointment. The Department of Geography welcomes applications from individuals trained in Geographical Information Systems (GIS), cartography, and related geospatial technologies with a secondary area of focus in environmental geography. Priority will be given to candidates with expertise in advanced applications of geospatial technologies related to environmental geography including spatial statistical methods, remote sensing, and web-based mapping applications; applied research and/or industry experience is desirable. Secondary areas of expertise include sustainability, resource management, environmental management practices and policy. We encourage applicants willing to further develop the environmental component of our program. Preference will be given to candidates that demonstrate expertise in the urban environment and who can develop projects based in Southern California. Candidates should have demonstrated excellence or potential for excellence in teaching, scholarly research, and professional and community service. Grant-writing experience is also highly desirable. Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to working with a diverse student population.

CSUN is a Learning Centered University. The successful candidate will be expected to join faculty and staff in a commitment to active learning, to the assessment of learning outcomes, and to multiple pathways that enable students to graduate.

At time of appointment, the successful candidate, if not a U.S. citizen, must have authorization from the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services to work in the United States.

Evidence of degree(s) required at time of hire.

Responsibilities: Teaching responsibilities will include GIS courses at all levels and graduate courses in candidate’s area of expertise. In addition, candidates will be expected to teach lower division general education courses in environmental, human, and/or physical geography as well as upper division courses in environmental geography such as conservation and world ecosystems. Normal teaching load is 12 units per semester, with opportunities for reduction in teaching load for funded research. There will be a reduced teaching load during the first two years of appointment. We seek a geographer who will involve students in research projects, field work, and data analysis, who will mentor students in their senior thesis and master’s degree research, and generally prepare students for careers in the GIS profession. The successful candidate will also be expected to contribute to our graduate program in GIS, advise students, contribute to department, college, and university committees, participate in professional conferences, publish in peer-reviewed journals, and seek external grants.

Application Deadline: Screening of applications will begin as received with priority given to applications received by December 2, 2013. Position will remain open until filled. Applicants must submit a letter of application stating teaching philosophy and research agenda, curriculum vitae, three current letters of recommendation and, if possible, evidence of teaching effectiveness and scholarship. Email applications are not accepted.

Inquiries and nominations should be addressed to: Chair, Search and Screen Committee
Department of Geography
California State University Northridge
Northridge, CA 91330-8249

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