Human Geography Assistant Professor

California State University, Fresno
College of Social Sciences
Vacancy # 13339

Human Geography
Assistant Professor

California State University, Fresno is an engaged University. We focus on broadening students' intellectual horizons, fostering lifelong learning skills, developing the leaders of tomorrow, promoting community involvement, and instilling an appreciation of world cultures. We nurture cultural competence by celebrating the rich diversity of the campus community and welcoming the participation of all. Members of the University community are expected to work effectively with faculty, staff and students from diverse ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. For information on the University's commitment and dedication to creating a university known for its integrity, civility, equity, respect and ethical behavior, please visit:
  • Available for Academic Year: 2018/2019.
  • Fresno State has been recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI); an Asian American/Native American/Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI); and has been designated to the Community Engagement Classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
  • Faculty members gain a clear path to tenure through the University's Probationary Plan Process.
  • Salary placement depends upon academic preparation and professional experience.
California State University, Fresno is a vibrant and growing campus.When necessary, the University may decide to make more than one faculty appointment from a single search.

The Department of Geography and City & Regional Planning is accepting applications for a tenure-track position in Human Geography. The successful candidate will teach geography courses as well as high enrollment general education courses. Some of the geography courses the candidate will teach include cultural geography, urban geography, historical geography of the US, political geography, world crisis, American ethnic geography, geography of world economy, and the American west. The candidate may be called upon to teach in a distance or service learning education mode and will be encouraged to develop web-enhanced and/or web-based instruction. The candidate will perform outcome assessment for courses. Additional responsibilities of the candidate include research, publication, and other scholarly activities, as well as advising students and engaging in service at all levels of the university.

The Department of Geography and City & Regional Planning is a student-centered department and one of nine departments and programs in the College of Social Sciences. The department offers a BA degree in Geography, a BS degree in City and Regional Planning, a minor in Meteorology, a minor in Interdisciplinary Urban Studies, an option in City and Regional Planning, and an online Certificate of Advanced Study in Community and Regional Planning. The course offerings support undergraduate training for careers in environmental study, teaching, weather, regional and urban planning, and preparation for graduate work. The department boasts as the most internationally diverse faculty in the university and takes pride in its scholarly excellence. Faculty research is supported by state of the art facilities in two of its laboratories: Environmental Research and GIS/Remote Sensing laboratories. There is opportunity for students to work with faculty on their research projects and take part in department led study abroad projects.

Required Education: Ph.D. in Geography or a related field from an accredited institution (or equivalent) is required. Candidates nearing the completion of the doctorate (ABD) will be considered; however, for continued employment the doctorate must be completed by 7/31/2018.

Required Experience: Applicant must be able to demonstrate:
  1. A commitment to teaching excellence in human geography at the undergraduate level, which may be demonstrated through prior teaching experience and teaching evaluations or other evidence.
  3. A strong foundation of a career-long research agenda in geography as evidenced for example by one or more academic conference paper presentations or peer-reviewed publications.
  5. A commitment to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Preferred Qualifications:
  1. Evidence of having successfully taught one or more university-level human geography courses as sole instructor.
  3. Evidence of success in scholarly research, such as publications in peer-reviewed journals and/or publications of professional and technical reports.
Application Procedures: To ensure full consideration, applicants should submit all application materials by 11/16/2017. Complete an on-line application at and attach the following materials: (1) a cover letter addressing qualifications and experience, (2) names and contact information of three references, and (3) a curriculum vitae. Finalists will be required to submit a statement of teaching interest and philosophy; and arrange for a minimum of three current letters of recommendation and official transcripts to be sent directly to the search committee. For inquiries contact Dr. Chih-Hao Wang, Search Committee Chair, Department of Geography and City & Regional Planning, California State University, Fresno, 2555 E. San Ramon Avenue, M/S SB69; Fresno, CA 93740-8034; Phone: 559.278.6041; E-mail:

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A background check (including criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily for this position. An offer of employment may be withdrawn or employment may be terminated based upon the results of the background investigation.

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 Revised July 21, 2017 as a condition of employment. You can obtain a copy of this Executive order by accessing the following web site:

California State University, Fresno is an 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, or protected veteran status.