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San Francisco State University

SF State University; College of Science and Engineering

Climate Change Education


The College of Science and Engineering at San Francisco State University offers an exciting opportunity for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in discipline-based science education with an emphasis on climate change beginning August of 2020. We seek a colleague whose teaching and research interests focuses on increasing equity and inclusion in STEM fields by creating highly effective teaching and learning environments. We seek candidates who will be committed to our missions to support student success and social justice perspectives. We are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.

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  • Ph.D. in climate related discipline. Terminal degree must be completed by the first day of employment.

  • Record of working and communicating effectively with colleagues and students


  • Post-doctoral experience

  • Record of teaching contributions in the area of science education

  • Active record of scholarship in discipline-based science education

  • Evidence of external support or the potential for external funding of scholarship activities.

  • Demonstrated ability to incorporate inclusion, diversity, and educational equity in teaching and scholarship

  • Experience teaching and working closely with students from historically under-represented communities

  • Record of contributing to collegial, supportive and collaborative work environments


The position requires developing a nationally recognized research program in discipline-based science education with an emphasis on climate change, securing external funding, creating research collaborations with faculty in the CoSE at SFSU, and undergraduate and graduate teaching. The position will include applying expertise inclusive pedagogy to lead an interdisciplinary effort to work across the college in developing first-year experience courses to engage students of all backgrounds in STEM courses that connect students with each other, faculty, the university, and with the impacts of climate change in their world. A full position description available at [].


Application: Submit (1) a letter of interest, (2) a current CV, (3) a description of research interests, including how you will engage students in research activities, (4) a statement of teaching philosophy; (5) a statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to equity and inclusion efforts, including how your teaching, research, and service activities align with the college's commitment to foster an inclusive and diverse academic community; and (6) names and contact information of three references, online at the Web Site (at Letters of recommendation may be requested at a later date. Review of applications begins November 15, 2019. To ensure full consideration, applications should be complete by this date. For questions about this position, contact Dr. Petra Dekens,, 415-338-6015, the Hiring Committee Chair.

The position is within an academic unit in the College of Science & Engineering ( at San Francisco State University (the specific home department will depend on candidate’s area of expertise). The College offers programs at the undergraduate and master’s degree levels through the departments of Biology, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Computer Science, Earth & Climate Sciences, Geography & Environment, Mathematics, Psychology, and Physics & Astronomy, as well as a master’s degree in interdisciplinary Marine and Estuarine Sciences. Through the School of Engineering, the College offers undergraduate degrees in civil engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering as well as a master’s degree in engineering. The position allows for interaction with discipline-based science education faculty in the Departments of Biology, Physics & Astronomy, and Mathematics; with members of the College of Science and Engineering’s Center for Science and Mathematics Education (CSME;; with members of the Center for Equity and Excellence in Teaching (CEETL;; and with research centers and field stations involved in climate change research and education, including the Estuary and Ocean Science Center ( and the Sierra Nevada Field Campus ( This position also allows for interaction with SFSU science education initiatives focused on improving the teaching of climate change in k-12 public schools.

San Francisco State University is a member of the California State University (CSU) system and serves a diverse student body of 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The mission of San Francisco State University is to create and maintain an environment for learning that promotes respect for and appreciation of scholarship, freedom, human diversity, and the cultural mosaic of the City of San Francisco and the Bay Area; to promote excellence in instruction and intellectual accomplishment; and to provide broadly accessible higher education for residents of the region and state, as well as the nation and world. To fulfill its mission, the University is committed to the following goals:

  • Attracting, retaining and graduating a highly diverse student body

  • Providing disciplinary and interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional education that is academically rigorous and intellectually challenging

  • Providing curricula that reflect all dimensions of human diversity, and that encourage critical thinking and a commitment to social justice

  • Recruiting, retaining and supporting a diverse faculty whose teaching demonstrates an active engagement with their individual fields of study and whose creative and scholarly work is an extension of the classroom, laboratory or studio

  • Employing a staff and administration reflecting the diversity of our student community and the values of the campus;

  • Fostering a collegial and cooperative intellectual environment that includes recognition and appreciation of differing viewpoints and promotes academic freedom within the University community; and

  • Serving the communities with which its students and faculty are engaged.

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