Tenure Track Faculty, Environmental Science & Management (Geographic Information Science)

  • Cal Poly Humboldt
  • Arcata, CA, USA
Full Time Education Information Technology

Job Description

Tenure Track Faculty, Environmental Science & Management (Geographic Information Science)


Humboldt State University


Vacancy Announcement


Faculty Tenure-Track Position


Starting in August 2022


Department of Environmental Science & Management


JOB # 2223-03


Humboldt State University is a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) that strives to foster an equitable and inclusive community that supports our students of diverse backgrounds. HSU is committed to achieving the goals of equal opportunity and endeavors to employ faculty and staff of the highest quality committed to working in a multicultural and multiracial community that reflects the diversity of the state.


DESCRIPTION: Humboldt State University's Department of Environmental Science & Management invites applications for an academic year tenure-track faculty position in Geographic Information Science/Systems, with research applying geospatial data and methods to natural resource and management issues. This could include but is not limited to: ecological restoration, environmental planning & policy, environmental justice, environmental education, habitat/species distribution modeling, coastal and marine planning & management, natural disasters and risk management, sea level rise, wildland fire, renewable energy.


As an institution, HSU is committed to eliminating the equity gap in all student populations with dynamic, student- centered practices and policies that fully engage the campus community. The ideal candidate will share HSU's commitment to helping its racially, socially, and economically diverse students succeed in their degree and career objectives.


We value the ability to serve students from a broad range of cultural heritages, socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, abilities and orientations. Therefore, we prioritize applicants who demonstrate they understand the benefits diversity brings to a professional educational community. The successful candidate will be an equity-minded individual committed to collaborating with faculty, classified staff, administration, and students who are also committed to closing equity gaps.


RANK, SALARY AND BENEFITS: We seek to fill this position at the Assistant Professor rank; however, rank and salary are dependent on the appointee's qualifications and experience. The current California State University Salary Schedule is available at: http://www.humboldt.edu/aps/docs/salary/Salary-Schedule.pdf


Humboldt State University provides an excellent benefits package for faculty. Information about benefits plans can be found at: http://www.humboldt.edu/forms/node/934.


PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS: A Ph.D., PsyD., Ed.D. or equivalent in Environmental Science, Natural Resource Management, Geospatial Science, Geography, Forestry, Marine Science, Climate Science, or related field from an accredited college or university is required at the time of appointment.


The successful candidate must demonstrate the following:


  • Expertise in Geospatial Science;


  • Experience using and/or teaching how to use geospatial data and analysis methods to solve applied problems in at least one topic in environmental science and natural resources management;


  • Experience or potential for effective teaching using a variety of pedagogies;


  • Commitment to and/or experience promoting and fostering a learning environment that is supportive of


individuals from diverse backgrounds;


  • Record of, or potential for, involving students in research and scholarly activity; and


  • Interest and ability to teach a broad range of courses (major, general education, etc.).


Preferred qualifications for this position include:


  • Interest in engaging in interdisciplinary collaboration with other academic programs across colleges;


  • Interest in potentially developing humanized online learning experiences;


  • Experience or interest in integrating diverse groups of undergraduate and graduate students into research




  • Research interest in current environmental and natural resource topics; and


  • Interest in Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) and other Ways of Knowing that expand beyond western scientific methods.


At the time of appointment, the successful candidate, if not a U.S. citizen, must have authorization from the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services to work in the United States. For information on the University policy on support for non-immigrant probationary faculty visa acquisition, please visit the Faculty Immigration Resources page: https://extended.humboldt.edu/international-programs/immigration/faculty.


Evidence of completed degree(s) is required at time of hire.


PROFESSIONAL DUTIES: Candidates should be committed to teaching excellence and to building a strong research record. Instructional assignments will include geographic information systems and spatial analysis courses. Instructional assignments will be consistent with the programmatic needs of the department and students.


The primary professional responsibilities of instructional faculty members are: teaching; research, scholarship, and creative activity; and service to the University, profession and to the community. These responsibilities include: advising students, participation in campus and system-wide communities, maintaining office hours, working collaboratively and productively with colleagues, and participation in traditional academic functions. Probationary faculty are typically provided ongoing mentorship to be a successful member of the faculty. During the first two years of the probationary period, teaching responsibilities will be reduced by approximately one course each semester. The reduced teaching load supports the establishment of research, scholarship and/or creative activities required for retention, tenure, and promotion.


Humboldt State also continues to build unique and innovative learning opportunities for students, bridging the sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities. HSU is a leader in “learning communities” that build relationships between students, faculty, staff, administrators, and the community. These communities incorporate environmental and social responsibility.


GENERAL INFORMATION: The Department of Environmental Science and Management (ESM) is a close-knit community of scholars with expertise ranging from restoration ecology to the social dynamics of coastal and marine environments. Close research and teaching collaborations are common both within the department as well as among disciplines across the University. HSU's academic strengths in both the ecological and social dimensions of natural resources and environmental sciences make it an engaging intellectual community. ESM offers a B.S. degree in Environmental Science and Management with concentrations in Environmental Planning & Policy, Ecological Restoration, Environmental Education & Interpretation, Energy & Climate, Geospatial Science, and Natural Resources Recreation, as well as an M.S. degree in Natural Resources. The ESM major is one of the most popular at Humboldt State with over 300 undergraduate students in the program. The program emphasizes hands-on learning; ESM students engage in frequent labs, field trips, and team projects, while enjoying a cooperative learning environment in classes. The department and University value diversity, inclusion and access. The ESM Department is committed to expanding opportunities for engagement and education around justice, equity, and inclusion through our Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee and other faculty-led research initiatives, such as the Sea Level Rise Initiative and the Sustainable Futures Lecture Series.


Humboldt State University sits on the traditional homelands of the Wiyot people in what is currently called Arcata, CA. The Wiyot people call the area Goudi'ni (over in the woods). The Humboldt State University campus in Northern California is in close proximity to several thriving Native American tribes and communities. Humboldt State currently has the largest percentage of Native American students in the CSU system and has over 30 Native American faculty and staff many from local area California Indian tribes. HSU is home to a number of leading Native American programs including the Indian Tribal Education and Personnel Program (ITEPP) and the Indian Natural Resource, Science and Engineering Program (INRSEP). There are also many opportunities at HSU to conduct research, teaching and community work on Native American history and cultures in Special Collections at the HSU library. The Humboldt Room in the Library has fantastic resources for tribally focused archive materials from the region. HSU strives to build a supportive and inclusive Native community and engages with Native communities through various initiatives and opportunities like the annual California Indian Big Time and Indigenous People's Week and a chance to network with other faculty and staff as part of the HSU Council of American Indian Faculty and Staff. For more information, please visit: www.humboldt.edu/nasp .


For more information about the Department of Environmental Science and Management, please visit: http://www.humboldt.edu/environment.


For information about the College of Natural Resources and Sciences, please visit: http://www.humboldt.edu/cnrs/.


APPLICATION: Qualified candidates should submit the following materials through Interfolio:


Click here to apply: http://apply.interfolio.com/100604


  • Letter of application;


  • Curriculum vitae;


  • Diversity Statement, include your understanding of the barriers facing Black, Indigenous, and other people of


Color (BIPOC) in higher education and your past and/or future contributions to inclusive student success,


including equitable access and outcomes through teaching and professional or public service. Applicants are


encouraged to highlight any contributions they have made towards the inclusivity of students from the


LGBTIQ+ community. (2 page limit);


  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy, including how it relates to supporting students who have been historically


marginalized and/or minoritized (1 page limit);


  • Teaching Evaluations, if available;


  • Statement of research interests (1 page limit);


  • Graduate transcripts (unofficial copies are sufficient for initial review); and


  • Names and contact information for three (3) professional references.


Additional application materials may be requested at a later time.


Please direct any questions pertaining to this position, the Environmental Science & Management Department, or Humboldt State University to:


Dr. Jim Graham, Search Committee Chair


Department of Environmental Science & Management


Humboldt State University


One Harpst Street


Arcata, California 95521-8299


Phone: (970) 218-6940


Email: esm.search@humboldt.edu


APPLICATION DEADLINE: This position is open until filled. First consideration will be given to completed applications received no later than January 30, 2022. Early response is encouraged.


Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Humboldt State University is a Title IX/Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected status.


HSU is committed to enriching its educational environment and its culture through the diversity of its staff, faculty, and administration. Persons with interest and experience in helping organizations set and achieve goals relative to diversity and inclusion are especially encouraged to apply.


It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide complete and accurate employment information. Evidence of required degree(s), certifications(s), or licenses(s) will be required prior to the appointment date. Incorrect or improperly completed applications will not be considered for vacancies. Any reference in this announcement to required periods of experience or education is full-time activity. Part-time experience or education (or activities only part of which are qualifying) will receive proportionate credit. In accordance with applicable Collective Bargaining Agreements, preference may be given to the campus applicants covered by these agreements. However, positions are open to all interested applicants, both on and off campus, unless otherwise stated.


A background check (including a criminal records check, employment verification, and education verification) must be completed satisfactorily as a condition of employment with the CSU. Certain positions may also require a credit check, motor vehicle report, and/or fingerprinting through Live Scan service. Adverse findings from a background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.


Compliance with the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA) and CSU Executive Order 1083 Revised July 21, 2017 (EO 1083) is a condition of employ-ment. CSU employees in positions with duties that involve regular contact with children or positions which supervise such employees are designated as Mandated Reporters under CANRA and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in EO 1083. Upon appointment to this position, the successful candidate(s) will be notified of and required to acknowledge their CANRA reporting status.


Additionally, all CSU staff and faculty receive training annually on their obligations in responding to and reporting incidents of sexual harassment and sexual violence. You will be notified by email when you are required to take this mandated training.


New faculty employees hired by the CSU for the first time who first become CalPERS members on or after July 1, 2017 are subject to a 10-year vesting period for retiree health and dental benefits. Staff employees covered under bargaining agreements 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, C99, E99, M80 and M9 hired by the CSU for the first time who first become CalPERS members on or after July 1, 2018 are subject to a 10-year vesting period for retiree health and dental benefits


If accommodations need to be made during the recruitment and interview process, please contact Human Resources at (707) 826-3626 or hsuhr@humboldt.edu


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