CSUSM Recruitment

CSUSM Recruitment

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Assistant Professor of Biology - Aquatic Ecologist

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Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: San Marcos
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time, Faculty - Natural Sciences
Position Description

Rank: Assistant Professor
Department: Biology
Starting Date: Fall 2023 

 Minimum Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in the Biological Sciences or related discipline, and postdoctoral (or equivalent postgraduate) experience with training and research in the area of Aquatic Ecology.
  • Demonstrated strong potential as an effective instructor of Biology courses either at the undergraduate level, or at the graduate level
  • Ability to communicate effectively and work cooperatively with colleagues and with an ethnically and culturally diverse campus community with a substantial population of first-generation students
  • Peer-reviewed publications in area of aquatic ecology.
  • Compelling plan to develop and sustain an independent research program involving students that will lead to original, peer-reviewed publications
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to participate in instruction of required undergraduate courses for Biology majors, and to teach upper-division courses and graduate courses in candidate’s area of expertise

Preferred Qualifications

  • Expertise in the areas of freshwater or marine ecology that can be applied to projects in the region
  • Background and expertise that enhances and complements existing programmatic strengths
  • Strong record of peer-reviewed, published research commensurate with years since receiving Ph.D., including publications from work initiated after receiving Ph.D.
  • Experience, and evidence of effectiveness, as instructor of record at the college level
  • Experience in active learning instructional practices
  • Demonstrated intercultural competence with diverse groups in teaching, research, and/or service


The successful candidate will contribute to Biology course instruction at the lower-division, upper division, and graduate levels. They will also be given the opportunity to develop new undergraduate and graduate lecture and/or laboratory courses in their area of expertise. The successful candidate will develop an independently-funded research program involving CSUSM students, a responsibility that is facilitated by modest internal research funding and institutional support for grant writing. The successful candidate will also participate in activities serving the department, college, university, and community.

Application Procedure

Click Apply Now to complete the CSUSM Online Employment Application and attach the following documents:

  • Cover letter specifically addressing minimum and preferred qualifications.
  • A curriculum vitae that notes teaching experience.
  • A statement of teaching philosophy (up to two pages)
  • A description of past research accomplishments as well as plans for future research involving CSUSM students (up to three pages).
  • 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 first-generation students (up to two pages).
  • Three professional references.

Additional Requirements

  • Reprints of representative publications and works in process (up to 4).

Review of applications will begin October 3, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled.  Direct any questions regarding the search to the Chair of the search committee, Bill Kristan, wkristan@csusm.edu.

The University is particularly interested in applicants who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for under-represented groups.

CSUSM has been designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and was recently named one of the top 32 Colleges most friendly to junior faculty by the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education. Visit Faculty Opportunities for more information.

California State University San Marcos is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer strongly committed to promoting diversity in all areas of the campus community.  We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, physical or mental disability, gender or sex, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion or religious creed, sexual orientation and veteran or military status.

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 December 22, 2020 as a condition of employment.

CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy, can be found at CSU Covid Policy. Questions should be sent to the Office of Human Resources at hr@csusm.edu

This position is subject to employment verification, education verification, reference checks and criminal record checks. An offer of appointment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check, including a criminal records check, and may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information.  Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

Per the California State University’s Out-of-State Employment Policy, the CSU is prohibited from hiring employees to perform CSU-related work outside California. Working in the State of California is a condition of employment. 

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act or Clery Act Notification can be found at Clery Act Notification.

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