Assistant Professor - Geology - Structural Geology

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Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Los Angeles
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time, Faculty - Natural Sciences

Tenure-Track Faculty Position

College of Natural and Social Sciences


Department of Geography, Geology and the Environment


Assistant Professor of Structural Geology

Starting Date:

August, 2024

Minimum Qualifications:

1) An earned doctorate (Ph.D.) in Geology [or other closely-related disciplines] from an accredited institution (or equivalent) is required; however, applicants nearing completion of the doctorate (ABD) may be considered. For appointment, the doctorate must be completed by the date of appointment (08/19/2024).

2) Record of or potential for scholarly activity involving students. 

3) Demonstrate an ability or interest in working in a multicultural, multiethnic, diverse campus.

4) Experience teaching at the undergraduate level, emphasizing field methodology and data analysis.

5) Evidence of publications in scholarly journals or planned agenda for research, scholarship, or creative activities.

Preferred Qualifications:

1) Experience teaching at the graduate level.

2) Expertise in the broad field of structural geology and tectonics.

3) Expertise in one or more of the following overlapping areas: neotectonics, structural basin analysis, microstructural analysis, rheological processes, metamorphic processes, geospatial analysis, or fluid dynamics in fault zones.

4) Record of or potential for research activities in one or more of these areas: neotectonics, structural basin analysis, microstructural analysis, rheological processes, metamorphic processes, geospatial analysis, or fluid dynamics in fault zones.

5) Strong interest in mentoring undergraduate and graduate students in research projects related to the field of expertise. 


The primary professional responsibilities of instructional faculty members are: teaching, research, scholarship and/or creative activity, and service to the University, profession and to the community.  These responsibilities generally include: advising students, participation in campus and system-wide committees, maintaining office hours, working collaboratively and productively with colleagues, and participation in traditional academic functions.


The successful candidate will be committed to the academic success of all our students and to an environment that acknowledges, encourages, and celebrates diversity and differences. To this end, the successful candidate will work effectively, respectfully, and collaboratively in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings. In addition, the successful candidate will be ready to join faculty, staff, students, and administrators in our University’s shared commitment to the principles of engagement, service, and the public good.


Initial salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience (anticipated hiring range: $85,500 - $85,704 annually).

The University:

California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA) is one of 23 campuses within the California State University system.  The University is the premier comprehensive public university in the heart of Los Angeles. Cal State LA is ranked number one in the U.S. for the upward mobility of its students, and is dedicated to engagement, service, and the public good.  We offer nationally recognized programs in science, the arts, business, criminal justice, engineering, nursing, education, ethnic studies, and the humanities. Our faculty have a strong commitment to scholarship, research, creative pursuits, community engagement, and service.


Our 240,000 alumni reflect the City and County’s dynamic mix of populations.  The University has one of the most diverse student populations of any college or university in the nation.  As a federally recognized Hispanic-Serving Institution, and Asian-American, Native American, and Pacific Islander-Serving Institution, Cal State LA recognizes the transformative power of education and embraces its duty to identify and serve the needs of all its students. The University is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can live, work, and learn in an atmosphere of civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual. 

The College:

The College of Natural and Social Sciences is the largest college at Cal State LA with over 150 outstanding and dedicated faculty. The College of NSS reflects a diversity of disciplines through its inclusion of 12 departments and interdisciplinary programs that serve nearly 6,000 undergraduate majors and over 500 graduate students. Our outstanding faculty and staff are committed to creating educational experiences for students that utilize and generate knowledge that is culturally responsive and inclusive and to facilitating the development of the next generation of leaders in academic centers, industry, local, regional, and national government.

The Department:

The Department of Geography, Geology and the Environment is a multidisciplinary department. Lab facilities include a GIS lab, a geomorphology lab with Ground Penetrating Radar antennas, Unmanned Aircraft Systems, and RTK-GPS. Our igneous geochemistry lab is equipped with rock digestion vessels, an Analab, and heavy liquid mineral separation facilities.  Polarizing microscopes are available for teaching and for research. A Brucker handheld XRF is available for major and trace element analysis of materials in the field, and our hydrogeology lab is equipped with a SIEVERS TOC Analyzer and a suite of UV-VIS spectrophotometers for both field and laboratory use.

Required Documentation:

Please submit the following to the Search Committee Chair as part of the online application at the Apply link listed below:

1) a cover letter specifically addressing minimum and preferred qualifications.

2) a narrative statement describing your commitment to working effectively with faculty, staff, and students in a multicultural/multiethnic urban campus environment with a substantial population of students who are among the first-generation of their family to attend a college or university.

3) a curriculum vitae.

4) a statement describing your teaching experience at the undergraduate and/or graduate level and teaching philosophy (minimum one page).

5) a statement of research experience, interests and plans to involve and mentor undergraduate and graduate students in research (minimum one page).

Finalists will be required to submit:

*Official transcripts.


Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States. 


*A United States (US) Equivalency certification is required for earned/awarded/conferred foreign terminal degrees. The US Equivalency certification is used to validate foreign studies by an academic credential evaluation agency and is evaluated on foreign studies and deemed to be equivalent to degrees from the United States. The certification must translate the information in English, and confirm that your highest terminal degree is US Equivalent to a US terminal degree (i.e., Master’s, Doctorate’s, Doctor’s of Philosophy).


Deadline: For full consideration, complete applications must be submitted by September 15, 2023. Applications received after the deadline may be considered.


To apply: please click the Apply Now icon on this page or visit Tenured/Tenure Track Faculty Positions or   


Please address all questions to the search committee chair (Dr. Jennifer Garrison) at: or 323-343-2412.

Note: The person holding this position is 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.

Beginning January 1, 2022, campuses may not hire or reappoint an Employee to perform CSU-related work outside of California. Requests for exceptions are very limited based on CSU Policy and must have prior written approval from the University President.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

In addition to meeting fully its obligations under federal and state law, Cal State LA is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can live, work and learn in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual. To that end, all qualified individuals will receive equal consideration without regard to economic status, race, ethnicity, color, religion, marital status, pregnancy, national origin or cultural background, political views, sex, sexual orientation, gender identification, age, disability, disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran status.


Upon request, reasonable accommodation will be provided to individuals with protected disabilities to (a) complete the employment process and (b) perform essential job functions when this does not cause undue hardship.

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