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Assistant Professor, Biology

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Job no: 505511
Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Dominguez Hills
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time, Faculty - Natural Sciences

Assistant Professor

College of Natural & Behavioral Sciences

Position Description

The Department of Biology at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) invites applications for a Tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor (Academic Year) with the appointment starting in Fall 2022.

At CSUDH, we celebrate and respect diversity in all forms that include every race, religion, gender, ethnicity, veterans, people with varied abilities, and members of the LGBTQ+ community. CSUDH is seeking applications from candidates who can demonstrate experience in teaching and working with individuals from diverse backgrounds and contribute to the University’s mission, vision, and core values.

For more information: Mission, Vision, and Core Values.


The Biology Program at CSU Dominguez Hills is designed to provide students with intensive, progressive, and balanced learning experiences in cell and molecular biology, organismal biology, population and community biology, and environmental science. In Fall 2020, the biology department moved into the new Science and Innovation building. This building provides new facilities, such as an instructional museum, for innovative teaching practices, and will house equipment for computational and molecular work, including an Illumina MiSeq.

Our students have excelled as they pursue diverse career tracks. Our pre-health students have been admitted to top graduate programs in medicine, dentistry, and veterinary science. Students interested in research have presented at regional and national conferences as undergraduates, attended summer research programs, and matriculated to Ph.D. programs at R1 universities nationwide. Students interested in teaching have received numerous fellowships and scholarships supporting their undergraduate & graduate education and teaching credential.

Many faculty in the biology department are using evidence-based teaching practices including active learning, flipped classrooms, and team-based approaches. CSUDH has multiple specially-designed classrooms to facilitate these activities. The typical class size allows for individualized interactions and active discussions, and we encourage authentic research projects as part of the classroom experience. There is active collaboration with the Center for Innovation in STEM Education (CISE) to innovate K-16 education.

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The Position

We seek a faculty member who can both teach and conduct research effectively with undergraduates and Master’s students. The position requires the establishment of an active and externally-funded research program, which may include funding from CSUPERB (CSU Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology), as well as other state-wide and national funding organizations (i.e., DOE, NSF). The faculty member will be expected to serve the university and community.


We are seeking a biologist who conducts discipline-based education research at the K-16 level that focuses on equity and inclusiveness. This faculty member is expected to teach existing lower division and general education courses in biology, as well as upper division or graduate courses in their specialty within the biology department.


Required Qualifications

  • A Ph.D. in Biology or a related field by start of appointment.
  • Demonstrated potential for effective teaching of lower and upper division undergraduate and graduate courses in biology and related fields, with high academic standards using a variety of methodologies
  • Scholarly and professional competence as demonstrated by a record of research publications
  • Interest in mentoring and working closely with undergraduate and Master's students both in the classroom and in research
  • Willingness to participate actively in curriculum development within a multidisciplinary department and college
  • Demonstrated ability and/or interest in working in a multiethnic, multicultural environment
  • Applicants must have experience in teaching undergraduates from diverse age, socioeconomic, cultural, and academic backgrounds.
  • Preferred Qualifications

  • Relevant postdoctoral experience
  • A record of research publications, including research involving undergraduates or graduate students
  • Experience as an instructor teaching courses at the undergraduate and/or Master’s level or within the community
  • A successful track record of mentoring students from diverse backgrounds
  • Evidence of effective grant writing
  • Employment Requirement – Background Check

    Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. CSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

    Mandated Reporter Per CANRA

    The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA) and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083, revised July 21, 2017, as a condition of employment.

    How to Apply- To apply for this position, please click the "Apply Now" button on this page.

    The position is open until filled. Review of applications will begin in December/2021. For full consideration, please submit your completed application with the required materials no later than November 30, 2021.

  • Current Curriculum Vitae with contact information
  • Cover letter
  • Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (2 pages maximum)*
  • List of 3 references with contact information**
  • Unofficial transcripts (an official transcript will be required for the finalist)***
  • A Statement on Teaching (2 pages maximum)
  • A Statement on Research (2 pages maximum)
  • Sample Publications or Evidence of Creative/Scholarly Activity
  • Teaching Evaluations (if available)
  • *Given CSUDH’s commitment to diversity and inclusion for all students, faculty, staff, and administrators, describe your individual commitment and experiences in advancing diversity and inclusion and how they relate to your future teaching and research.

    **This position requires three letters of recommendation (LORs). Please do not upload your LORs with your application. Your list of references will be notified at the appropriate time during the search process. They will receive a request via email along with information on uploading the LOR. You will be able to verify that each letter has been received by CSUDH by logging back into your applicant portal.

    ***For finalist with International transcripts, a United States Equivalency certification will be required.

    A United States (US) Equivalency certification is required for earned/awarded/conferred foreign terminal degrees, which is from a foreign Academic Institution for foreign studies. The US Equivalency certification is used to validate foreign studies from an academic credential evaluation agency and is evaluated on foreign studies and deemed to be equivalent to degrees from the United States. The certification must translate the information in English, and confirm that your highest terminal degree is US Equivalent to a US terminal degree (i.e., Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctorate’s, Doctor’s of Philosophy). The certification can be emailed to [email protected] or mailed directly to the office of Faculty Affairs and Development, 1000 East Victoria Street, WH-368, Carson, CA 90747.

    If you have questions regarding the position, please contact:

    Kathryn E. Theiss, PhD

    Search Committee Chair

    CSU, Dominguez Hills

    1000 East Victoria Street, (SCI 212)

    Carson, CA 90747

    [email protected]

    Closing Statement

    CSUDH 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.

    For more information: U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

    Individuals with disabilities requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may call the Human Resources’ Office (310) 243-3771.

    Clery Act crime statistics for CSUDH are available at Campus Security Report (Clery), or by calling University Police at (310) 243-3639.

    Upon appointment, all candidates must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.

    The California State University is Smoke and Tobacco Free. Smoking, Vaping and other Tobacco use are Not Permitted anywhere on University property. Education Code 42356, CCR Title 5, Article 9.

    For more information see: Smoke & Tobacco-Free

    Advertised: 01 Oct 2021 Pacific Daylight Time
    Applications close: Open until filled

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