California Lutheran University — Associate Professor or Professor and Chair, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Associate Professor or Professor and Chair, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Position Category: Faculty
FLSA: Exempt
FTE: .75
Location: Thousand Oaks

Basic Function:
California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, California, invites applications for a faculty position, serving as Chair of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences to begin Fall 2019. The Department offers undergraduate majors in Geology and Environmental Sciences and the successful candidate will provide innovative leadership for these programs. The successful candidate must have a distinguished record of teaching, research, and service in the geosciences, environmental sciences, or closely related area. Candidates must be able to teach a range of upper and lower division courses, with the ability to develop and teach courses that are impactful to students in both majors. The successful candidate will maintain a productive field- or laboratory-based research program that adds external visibility to the University and the Department and engages undergraduate students in research. Responsibilities of the chair will include providing strong academic leadership for the department, budgetary coordination, faculty/staff hiring and evaluations, facilitating planning and assessment, facilitating the acquisition and implementation of external grants, teaching and mentoring students, and providing leadership in the development and oversight of instructional programs, research, and service commitments. Candidates must possess a Ph. D. degree in Geology or Environmental Science or related field. Applicants must be eligible for the rank of associate professor or professor, with expedited tenure upon appointment possible. Our campus is a McNair designated and Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), and we are looking for candidates with a demonstrated commitment to and success working in diverse, multi-cultural and multi-racial communities. California Lutheran University encourages applicants from all faiths, and advocates for justice and fairness for all people. California Lutheran is an accredited, private, comprehensive university that engages students in critical inquiry and is dedicated to educating leaders for a global society. The campus is located midway between Santa Barbara and Los Angeles, and is home to more than 2,800 undergraduate and 1,250 graduate students who come from 35 countries and represent a variety of faiths. 45.2% of California Lutheran students are from underrepresented groups, and 34% of freshmen are first generation students.

Under the direction of the Dean, Department Chair or Program Director, the Professor is responsible for providing academic instruction to students for the assigned undergraduate and/or graduate courses. The Professor is to serve as an academic advisor to students; serve on faculty or university committees; and engage in scholarly activities, and/or creative endeavors which contribute to the academic mission of the University, as outlined in the faculty handbook.

Representative Duties:
• Provide academic instruction to students through lecture, lab, or performance courses. Create assignments and activities in one-on-one, classroom, and distance mediated instructional settings for development of cognitive abilities, communication skills, and higher order thinking skills among students. E
• Observe and evaluate student performance in meeting course objectives and student learning outcomes through assignments, projects, discussions, and examinations; provide feedback in a timely manner to student inquiries in class, online, or during established consultation office hours. E
• Maintain current, accurate records of course enrollment, attendance, student academic progress, course curriculum; prepare and submit grades, data, and reports related to course and student progress in a timely manner. E
• Provide a course syllabus to students in each class within the first week of the class, as outlined in the faculty handbook. E
• Adhere to the responsibilities related to teaching, advising, service, and scholarly, professional and creative activities, as outlined in the faculty handbook. E
• Attend and participate on committees and in department, division, campus, and University meetings. E
• Performs related duties as assigned.

E=Essential Duties

Knowledge Of:
• Current theory and practice within the subject discipline
• Principles and best practices of effective teaching
• Student learning outcomes and methods of assessment
• University curricula
• Community and campus resources, services, programs, and professionals available to students
• Methods of gathering, analyzing, and preparing data
• Modern computing technology
• Record keeping techniques with regard to student enrollment, attendance, and progress

Ability To:
• Demonstrate a thorough and accurate knowledge in the subject field or discipline
• Deliver course curricula in various learning styles
• Exhibit sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, social, economic, cultural, and ethnic background of University students
• Exhibit sensitivity to and understanding of the needs of students with disabilities.
• Integrate current and emerging instructional delivery technologies into the learning process to enhance teaching and the educational experience
• Maintain professional standards that protect student confidentiality
• Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing using tact, patience, and courtesy
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships
• Analyze situations accurately and adopt effective courses of action
• Demonstrate commitment to professional excellence and continuous growth within subject field or discipline

Minimum Qualifications:
Candidates must possess a Ph. D. degree in Geology or Environmental Science or related field.

Preferred Qualifications:

Licenses and Other Requirements:

Physical Abilities:
Manual dexterity of hands and fingers to operate office equipment; speaking to exchange information, provide instruction and make presentations; sitting or standing for extended periods of time; pushing, pulling or lifting light objects; bending and reaching to store and/or retrieve files.

Working Environment:

Posting Number: Faculty000152018
Number of Vacancies: 1
Desired Start Date: 08/19/2019
Position End Date:
Open Date: 10/08/2018
Close Date: 11/20/2018
Open Until Filled: No

Application Procedure/Special Instructions:
We look forward to reading your application!
Make sure to include the following with your application:
1) Cover letter that specifically addresses how you meet the qualifications of the position and are prepared to support the mission of California Lutheran and its HSI and McNair designations
2) Curriculum vitae (CV)/ resume
3) Teaching philosophy, specifically addressing how your teaching adapts to the needs of under-
represented ethnic minority students and first generation college students
4) Statement of research/creative activities

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California Lutheran University is committed to providing equal opportunity in employment for all persons, regardless of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender, gender identity or expression, or any other basis protected by applicable law. No person shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination in any program, activity or facility of the University on the basis of these factors in a manner consistent with applicable federal and state laws, regulations, ordinances, orders and rules, and University’s policies, procedures, and processes.

Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process can be provided to individuals with qualifying disabilities. Please contact the Human Resources Department for further information or to request an accommodation.