Assistant Professor of Geography

Cal Poly Pomona in California

Deadline October 01, 2014
Date Posted August 12, 2014
Type Tenured, tenure track
Salary Competitive
Employment Type Full-time

The Department of Geography and Anthropology in the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona) invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin Fall 2015.  Candidates specializing in physical geography, with a focus on geomorphology, hydrology, or environmental hazards, and strong geospatial technology skills are especially encouraged to apply. Regional area of focus in Latin America is preferred.

The Position:  The faculty member will teach undergraduate classes in physical geography, GIS, environmental hazards, and area of specialization.  The position requires excellence in teaching and advising, professional and scholarly achievements, and a commitment to service to the department, university, and community.  The successful candidate will demonstrate an interest in involving undergraduates in research or field activity, an ability to work in an interdisciplinary environment, and enthusiasm for a hands-on, learn-by-doing approach to education. Applicants whose work incorporates a global perspective and a commitment to diversity in higher education are particularly encouraged to apply.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Geography or closely related field from an accredited university by September 1, 2015
  • Evidence of university teaching experience (please send teaching evaluations if available)
  • Evidence of ability to work with and mentor a diverse student population
  • Evidence of scholarly potential (e.g., publications, conference presentations, grant development)

Preferred/Desired Qualifications:

  • Ability to teach courses in physical geography, geospatial techniques and area of specialization
  • Regional area of focus in Latin America
  • An applied focus in research and/or teaching
  • Willingness to conduct fieldwork with students

Application Procedure:  A completed application will consist of (prepare all files in pdf format):

  • a cover letter that describes the candidates teaching and research experience and interests and that addresses the duties and qualifications articulated in the position description; this must include a statement of teaching philosophy within a multicultural environment with examples of past experiences;
  • a curriculum vitae comprised of at least those elements specified on the application form;
  • the names, titles, addresses, email and telephone numbers of at least five individuals who can speak to the candidates potential for success in this position;
  • three recent (dated within the past two years), signed letters of reference;
  • teaching evaluations (if available);
  • a completed application form; and,
  • a transcript showing highest degree earned (an official transcript will be required of finalists).

The position is open until filled. First consideration will be given to completed applications received by October 1, 2014.  Early response is encouraged. An online application process will be used.  To access the application and information about the position please visit:

Please address all inquiries, to:

Geography Faculty Search Committee
Department of Geography and Anthropology
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Pomona, CA 91768 
Phone: 909.869.3569    FAX: 909.869.3586

Inquiries regarding the position should be addressed to:
Dr. Kristen Conway-Gómez, Geography Faculty Search Chair
Department of Geography and Anthropology
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Pomona, CA 91768 

The University:  Cal Poly Pomona is one of two polytechnic universities in the 23-campus California State University system. Our ethnically diverse student population of approximately 22,000 enrolls in 52 baccalaureate, 26 masters degree programs, 11 credential and certificate programs, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership, presented by 1,200 faculty. We recruit students increasingly from throughout California and beyond. The students are success and career focused and extremely diverse. We are proud of our status as a Hispanic Serving Institution. We have a strong commitment to supporting scholarship, research, and student achievement. Our scenic and historic 1,400-acre campus, once the winter ranch of cereal magnate W. K. Kellogg, is located about 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles in one of the most dynamic economic and cultural regions in the country, and within an hours drive of beaches, mountains, and desert. The university is committed to diversifying its faculty and staff and has made educational equity one of its highest priorities. The mission of the university is to advance learning and knowledge by linking theory and practice in all disciplines, and to prepare students for lifelong learning, leadership, and careers in a changing, multicultural world.

The College:  The College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences advances knowledge and learning in established academic disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, and performing arts.  It provides introductory and advanced course work in 20 degree and certificate programs.  Web site:

The Department:  The Department of Geography and Anthropology houses two major undergraduate degree programs: Bachelor of Science in Anthropology and Bachelor of Science in Geography.  Each has two or more options within the major for specialized work, as well as a minor degree.  Web site:

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. The University seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the people of California, to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives and ways of knowing and learning.  Cal Poly Pomona subscribes to all state and federal regulations and prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity/gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, age, disability, genetic information, medical condition, and covered veteran status.  The University hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States.  As required by the Clery Disclosure Act, the universitys annual security report is available at 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.

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