California State University, Fresno, Assistant Professor Geography; deadline for applications 15 November 2013

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Reference: JOB36713
Application deadline: CLOSED

College of Social Sciences
Vacancy # 12122

California State University, Fresno is an engaged University, we focus on broadening students' intellectual horizons, fostering lifelong learning skills, developing the leaders of tomorrow, promoting community involvement, and instilling an appreciation of world cultures. We nurture cultural competence by celebrating the rich diversity of the campus community and welcoming the participation of all.

  • Available for Academic Year: 2014/2015.
  • Fresno State has been recognized as an Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI); an Asian American/Native American/Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI); and has been designated to the Community Engagement Classification by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
  • Faculty members gain a clear path to tenure through the University's Probationary Plan Process.
  • Salary placement depends upon academic preparation and professional experience.
  • Instructional Level: Undergraduate and Graduate

Position Summary: The Department of Geography is accepting applications for a tenure-track position in Environmental Planning. The successful candidate will bring a social science perspective to environmental and water resource planning; specifically, a teacher/scholar with demonstrated interest in environmental planning and management, natural resource planning, and planning for low-income communities and communities of color. The successful candidate may be called upon to teach in a distance education mode and will be encouraged to develop web-enhanced and/or web-based instruction. Outcomes assessment and service learning are important components of the university curriculum. The successful candidate will join a university-wide cohort of faculty that will develop teaching, research, and outreach initiatives that focus on water quality, technology, and management

Overview: The Department of Geography is a student-centered department and one of nine departments and programs in the College of Social Sciences. The department offers a BA degree in geography, a minor in meteorology and a minor in interdisciplinary urban studies; and is also developing an online Certificate of Advanced Study in Community and Regional Planning and an option in City and Regional Planning that it hopes to be made available to students in 2014. Part of the department's five-year plan is to create a separate BS degree in City and Regional Planning. The course offerings support undergraduate preparation for careers in environmental study, teaching, weather, regional and urban planning, and preparation for graduate work. The department boasts the most internationally diverse faculty in the university and takes pride in its scholarly excellence. Faculty research is supported by state of the art facilities in two of its laboratories: environmental research and GIS/Remote sensing laboratories. There is opportunity for students to work with faculty on their research projects.

Faculty Responsibilities: As educators, scholars, colleagues and community members faculty have a responsibility to uphold the standards and ethics called upon by the profession. Regular responsibilities include research, publication, and other scholarly activities, as well as advising students and engaging in service at all levels of the university.

Required Education: Ph.D. in Geography, Environmental Studies, Urban and Regional Planning, Water Resource Management or a related field is preferred. Candidates nearing the completion of the doctorate (ABD) will be considered; however, for continued employment the doctorate must be completed by 7/31/2015.

Required Experience: Evidence of success in scholarly research, such as publications in peer-reviewed journals and/or publications of professional and technical reports. The successful candidate must have the ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds. The University is committed to promoting the success of all, and to reducing the barriers to success related to differences in areas such as race, ethnicity, culture, disability, and more. Candidates who can contribute to that goal are encouraged to apply and identify their strengths and experiences in this area. For additional information on the University's commitment to diversity visit:

Preferred Qualifications: Preferred candidates will have demonstrated success in teaching excellence at the collegiate level. Preferred candidates will have demonstrated expertise in environmental planning, such as teaching environmental planning courses, professional planning experience, and/or an earned AICP certification. Preferred candidates shall have expertise in working with planning offices and local communities on planning-related projects.

Application Procedures: To ensure full consideration, applicants should submit all application materials by 11/15/2013. Complete an on-line application at and attach the following materials: (1) a cover letter addressing qualifications and experience, (2) statement of teaching interest and philosophy and (3) a curriculum vitae. Finalists will be required to arrange for a minimum of three current letters of recommendation and official transcripts to be sent directly to the search committee. For inquiries contact Dr. Aribilola Omolayo, Search Committee Chair; Department of Geography; California State University, Fresno; 2555 E. San Ramon Avenue, M/S SB 69; Fresno, CA 93740-8034; Phone: 559.278.5270;

Other Requirements: Pursuant to the requirements of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, any offer of employment is contingent upon verification of individual's eligibility to be employed in the United States. The Annual Safety and Security/Fire Safety Report provided in compliance with the 1998 Jeanne Clery Disclosure Act, and California Education Code section 67380. The report includes three calendar years of select campus crime statistics and it includes security policies and procedures for the campus. Applicants, students, and employees can obtain a copy of this report from the web site: or by contacting the Campus Police Department. The person holding this position may be considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment. You can obtain a copy of this Executive order by accessing the following web site:

Background Check: Necessary background investigations will be completed depending on the requirements of the position. Those could include, but are not limited to, processing of fingerprints through the Department of Justice and FBI, and degree and license verification. A conditional offer may be made based on the results of these verifications.

Equal Employment Opportunity: All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, or national origin.

The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 requires the University to inform you that we can employ only U.S. citizens and aliens lawfully authorized to work in the U.S. Each new employee is required to present documentation verifying his/her identity and authorization to accept employment.