San Diego State University
Department of Geological Sciences


The Department of Geological Sciences and the Environmental Sciences Program at San Diego State University invite applications from associate or full professor candidates to join the program as a tenured full professor, either serving as incoming chair or expecting to serve as chair in coming years. We encourage applications from established professionals across the geosciences, particularly in the disciplinary areas of geomorphology, neotectonics, mineralogy/petrology, geoinformatics, geodesy, geophysics, and environmental sciences. In addition to offering undergraduate and master degrees in Geological Sciences, the department coordinates an Environmental Sciences undergraduate degree and partners with the UCSD Scripps Institution of Oceanography in a joint doctoral program in Earthquake Science and Applied Geophysics. The successful candidate will be expected to maintain a vigorous, externally-funded research program that actively engages undergraduate and graduate students and directly contributes to the advancement of their discipline. Applicants should articulate their vision for engaging in the department’s development, sustainability, and leadership as the societal role of the geosciences continues to rapidly evolve, including how their research, teaching, and leadership would complement existing departmental strengths and establish future directions.

Apply via Interfolio. Applicants should submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, the names and contact information for five references, and one-page statements on leadership, teaching, research, and diversity/equity/inclusion. We seek applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups, so your one-page diversity/equity/inclusion statement should clearly address and satisfy three or more of SDSU’s eight Building on Inclusive Excellence (BIE) criteria: (1) demonstrated commitment to engaging in service with underrepresented populations within the discipline, (2) demonstrated knowledge of barriers for underrepresented students and faculty within the discipline, (3) experience or demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentoring underrepresented students, (4) experience or demonstrated commitment to integrating understanding of underrepresented populations and communities into research, (5) experience in or demonstrated commitment to extending knowledge of opportunities and challenges in achieving artistic/scholarly success to members of an underrepresented group, (6) experience in or demonstrated commitment to research that engages underrepresented communities, (7) expertise or demonstrated commitment to developing expertise in cross-cultural communication and collaboration, and/or (8) research interests that contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education. Questions about this position may be directed to Application review will begin January 24th, 2022, and continue until the position is filled.

SDSU is the oldest institution of higher education in the San Diego region, with a campus and microsites in San Diego and locations in Southern California’s Imperial Valley and Tbilisi in the Republic of Georgia. The highly diverse campus community has a student population of approximately 36,000. SDSU is included in the Carnegie Foundation’s Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity category. Established in 1897, SDSU offers bachelor degrees in 97 areas, masters in 84 and doctorates in 23. See for more information. SDSU is a large, diverse, urban university and Hispanic-Serving Institution with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Our campus community is diverse in many ways, including race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, pregnancy, medical condition, and covered veteran status. We strive to build and sustain a welcoming environment for all.

As part of its commitment to a safe and equitable “OneSDSU” community, SDSU requires that individuals seeking faculty employment provide at the time of application authorization to conduct background checks if they become a finalist for the position; applications without this authorization will be considered incomplete and not considered.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed 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.

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.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

SDSU is a Title IX, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.