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California State University, Fullerton is a large, comprehensive, urban university with more than 4,100 full-and part-time faculty and staff members, and a diverse student body of 40,235 enrolled in Fall 2016. The university offers a broad spectrum of degree programs in liberal arts and sciences as well as applied and professional fields with 57 at the baccalaureate level and 52 graduate programs including a doctorate in education and doctor of nursing practice. Learning is preeminent at Cal State Fullerton. We combine the best qualities of teaching and research universities where actively engaged students, faculty and staff work in close collaborations to expand knowledge. Research and other creative activities are enhanced by the proximity of the campus to nationally recognized business, cultural, and educational institutions. Faculty members were awarded more than $21.4 million in grants and contracts for research and scholarly activities in 2015-16. The university has a longstanding tradition of collegial governance. Cal State Fullerton is strongly committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. CSUF is a designated Hispanic Serving Institution (the only one in Orange County) and an Asian American and Pacific Islander Serving Institution. We are ranked 6th in the nation in terms of baccalaureate degrees awarded to minorities. In addition to meeting fully its obligations under federal and state law, Cal State Fullerton 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, national origin or cultural background, political views, sex or sexual orientation, disability or Veteran's status or other personal characteristics or beliefs.


The Department of Geological Sciences at CSUF invites applications for a tenure-track, Assistant Professorship in the broad field of tectonophysics beginning August 2019. CSUF values and is dedicated to the goal of building a diverse community.  We strongly encourage applications from candidates who can demonstrate through their teaching, research, and service that they can contribute to the diversity and excellence of our community.

We are seeking an Earth scientist who integrates field and geophysical techniques to investigate tectonic questions, demonstrates a strong commitment to teaching excellence and shows evidence of an existing or developing active, externally funded, student-centered, research program. We seek scholars who will teach introductory geophysics (bi-annually) and regularly participate in teaching geologic field techniques, summer field camp, upper­ division or graduate courses their area of specialization as well as general education courses. Preference will be given to candidates who can occasionally teach structural geology.


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 or continuation of employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

Appointment Date
August 2019

Rank and Salary
This is a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Intramural research grants, moving expenses, start-up funds, and a reduced teaching load may be available. An excellent comprehensive benefits package is available which includes health/vision/dental plans; spouse, domestic partner and/or dependent fee-waiver; access to campus child-care; and a defined-benefit retirement program through the state system, along with optional tax-sheltering opportunities. For a detailed description of benefits, go to

The Department of Geological Sciences prides itself on offering abundant opportunities for students to work closely with faculty mentors and engage in field and lab-based learning and research experiences. We offer a Bachelor of Science in Geology, Bachelor of Arts in Earth Science, Master of Science in Geology, and minor in Geology. The Department currently has more than 100 undergraduate majors, 25 MS students  and  12  full-time faculty. CSUF is a large, urban, Hispanic-serving institution that offers unique collaborative opportunities with faculty at CSUF as well as other universities and governmental agencies in southern California. CSUF's location offers convenient access to coastal, mountain, and desert environments, providing many opportunities for field-based research and instruction. Abundant collaborative research and teaching opportunities exist within the Departments of Geological Sciences, Physics, Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry and the Environmental Studies. Applicants are encouraged to visit for additional information.

Application Procedure
A complete online application must be submitted in order to receive consideration. To apply, please go to: to view all job listings and select 10499BR to begin the application process and provide following materials in pdf format:

  1. a detailed curriculum vitae;
  2. a letter of application;
  3. a teaching statement that includes: a discussion of relevant course work and/or experience in preparation for teaching (teaching experiences, successes, and challenges as well as your commitment to working with a diverse student population, faculty, and community), a list of courses you are qualified to teach, and a statement of your teaching philosophy;
  4. a statement of your future research plans and goals; and
  5. letters of recommendation from at least three referees familiar with your teaching and research background and potential.

On the References page of the online application, enter information and email addresses for three individuals who will provide a confidential letter of reference for your application.  They will immediately receive a request via email along with information on uploading the letter.  You will be able to verify that each letter has been received by CSUF by logging back in to the recruitment system.

Please direct all questions about the position to: Dr. W. Richard Laton, Search Committee Chair, at

Application Deadline
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration, submit all application materials by November 16, 2018.

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 Revised July 21, 2017 as a condition of employment.

California State University Fullerton celebrates all forms of diversity and is deeply committed to fostering an inclusive environment within which students, staff, administrators and faculty thrive. Individuals interested in advancing the University’s strategic diversity goals are strongly encouraged to apply. EEO employer. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose.

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 Last Published 4/5/19