Assistant Professor Environmental Science Education or Geological Science Education - Chico State

published Nov 3, 2021 10:11am

Nov 3, 2021 - Jan 3, 2022

Assistant Professor Environmental Science Education or Geological Science Education

Department of Science Education, College of Natural Sciences

CSU, Chico is committed to recruiting outstanding candidates who reflect the diverse, intercultural, and intersectional identities of our student body. The University proudly holds the Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) designation, and enrolls over 17,000 students, over half of whom identify as first-generation college students.

The ideal candidate will share Chico State's demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion, have prior experience working with culturally and socio-economically diverse populations and will contribute to student success through inclusive pedagogy, research, and service to the university and surrounding North State communities.

The Position:

Assistant Tenure-Track Professor


Salary commensurate with education and experience.

Initial Review Date: 

12/13/21; complete applications received after that date may be considered.

How to Apply: 

Applicants must provide a current cover letter (including how you have addressed, or plan to address teaching to diverse student groups), a CV, and contact information of three professional references. All applicants must apply online.


This tenure-track position carries responsibilities in the areas of teaching environmental science or geological science to future elementary school teachers and middle and high school science teachers, scholarship including research publications, conference presentations, and research grants, and service through student advising, department, college and university committee assignments, and community outreach. Teaching assignments are based upon the qualifications of the individual and the needs of the department.

Minimum Qualifications 

The minimum education requirement for appointment to this position is a terminal degree in Science Education with a Master's in Environmental Science or Geological Sciences or related area such as Ph.D. in Environmental Science or Geological Sciences with an emphasis in science education research. Candidates nearing completion of the terminal degree may be considered; however, all requirements for conferral of the degree must be met no later than August 17, 2022.

Preferred Qualifications: 

The position focuses on science courses for K-12 pre-service teachers, previous experience related to K-12 education, professional development for in-service teachers, or experience in teaching science content to pre-service teachers should be noticed in the application.

The Department: 

The Department of Science Education at California State University, Chico is a small, vibrant, multidisciplinary science education department in the College of Natural Sciences, offering a BS in Natural Sciences with the option of Science Education. We are committed to maintaining a classroom culture that respects and fully values the strengths and differences of all of our students; where all have the opportunity to share points of view, offer ideas, and be recognized for their contributions. Our program offers small enrollment courses, which lends to opportunities for one-on-one interaction with faculty, class embedded early teaching experiences, and research opportunities with faculty mentors that can lead to conference presentations and publications.

The primary role of the department is to provide science content courses for undergraduates interested in pursuing careers in formal and informal education. Faculty in the department have been awarded over $4 million in grant funding; redesigned the course sequence for future elementary teachers; developed a BS in Natural Sciences program (with 44 majors and growing); cultivated a cross-disciplinary community of researchers engaged in discipline-based education research; developed strong partnerships with the Gateway Science Museum, Center for Math and Science Education, and the Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve; diversified our teacher professional development efforts; and expanded our early practicum experiences for future teachers.