Assistant Professor Position: Biogeography, San Francisco State University

San Francisco State University, Department of Geography & Environment invites applicants for a tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor position in biogeography beginning August 2017. The department seeks individuals with a strong background in terrestrial biogeography, preferably with applied interests in natural resource or environmental management.

The Department of Geography & Environment provides undergraduate and graduate programs in Geography (B.A. & M.A.), Environmental Science (B.S.), Resource Management & Environmental Planning (M.A), and Geographic Information Science (M.S.). The department supports research with field and lab equipment, and computer labs with advanced GIS, remote sensing and modeling software. Department faculty and students maintain active research programs in a wide range of local and regional topics often entailing collaborations with Bay Area nonprofits and government agencies. Our degree programs provide multiple perspectives and tools to understand the relationships between people and their environments, and to solve problems related to local and global change.


Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Geography or closely related field relevant to this position (e.g. environmental science or ecology). Post-doctoral experience preferred.

Candidates must have a strong background in biogeography.

Candidates must demonstrate the ability to teach courses in the areas of biogeography, introductory environmental science, and natural resource or environmental management.

Candidates must have an active record of scholarship related to their specialty area and evidence of external support or the potential for external funding of these activities. Excellence in teaching and scholarship must be demonstrated as well. Candidates are preferred who have experience in a diverse student body or multicultural settings.

The position is for a biogeographer focusing on terrestrial biotic systems. Research foci of particular interest to our students include natural resource management, adaptation to climate change, habitat quality and assessment, the wildland-urban interface, fire ecology, wetlands, restoration science, and response to disturbance. Collaboration with faculty in the department and college (especially Biology), as well as external researchers in public agencies, is desirable and of benefit to the candidate’s research program, as well as a benefit for students.

Responsibilities: The position requires graduate and undergraduate teaching in geography and environmental science, mentoring and advising graduate and undergraduate students, developing an active ongoing scholarship program in ones area of specialty, and ongoing committee and service assignments. Detailed position description is available at

Rank and salary: Assistant or Associate Professor. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. The CSU provides generous health, retirement and other benefits.

Application process:

Submit letter of intent/interest, a current CV, sample of scholarly papers, teaching philosophy, description of research interests, and names and contact information of three references. Letters of recommendation upon request at a later date.

Deadline: Submit all materials online to by October 16, 2016. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

San Francisco State University is a member of the California State University system and serves a diverse student body of 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The University seeks to promote appreciation of scholarship, freedom and, human diversity through excellence in instruction and intellectual accomplishment. SFSU faculty are expected to be effective teachers and demonstrate professional achievement and growth through research, scholarship, and/or creative work.

San Francisco State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong commitment to diversity. We welcome applicants of all ethnic, racial and gender identities, sexual orientations as well as people with disabilities. We particularly encourage those who may be from historically underrepresented groups.

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.

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