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Assistant Professor of Marine Megafaunal Ecology

Apply now Job no: 509152
Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Monterey Bay
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time, Faculty - Natural Sciences

Classification:  Academic Year Faculty
Priority Screening Date:   January 21, 2022
Recruitment Status:  Open Until Filled
Appointment Date:  Fall 2022 

Powered by an inspiring Founding Vision Statement, California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) is a mid-sized comprehensive baccalaureate and masters granting university whose staff and faculty help transform student lives through a focus on student success and engagement through project-based learning, service learning in its regional community, and the promotion of multicultural and global perspectives on and beyond campus. CSUMB is both a Minority Serving Institution (MSI) and a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and has a vibrant, diverse student body of over 7,400 students. 

The university’s Strategic Plan prioritizes inclusive excellence through recruiting and investing in the development of a diverse body of faculty, staff, and administrators. CSUMB’s sustainability initiative is to be carbon neutral by 2030. The university’s faculty and staff, many of whom live in the East Campus housing development, appreciate living and working so close to the shores of the beautiful Monterey Bay. As one of the 23 campuses in the California State University (CSU) system, CSUMB offers excellent benefits, including access to below-market rate campus housing and competitive salaries for faculty and staff.

CSUMB values an educational environment of cultural and linguistic diversity and gender equity; ethical reflection and practice; effective and experimental use of technologies as resources for people and catalysts for learning; and the integration of cross-disciplinary models enabling students, faculty and staff to engage in innovative instruction and coordinated service learning.

The Department of Marine Science at California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor faculty position to begin in Fall 2022. We seek applicants with a demonstrated commitment to teaching, and with interdisciplinary training in population biology, ecology, or conservation biology with a focus on marine megafauna, including but not limited to marine mammals. Ideal applicants will have a strong background in field-based studies with a focus in one or more of the following: tagging and spatial movement ecology, population and community ecology, trophic dynamics, resource conservation biology, and/or modeling. We seek candidates who will complement the strengths of existing faculty.


  • Teach primarily undergraduate courses (12 units/semester - up to 3 units of these units can be for mentoring undergraduate and masters student research). Depending upon candidate expertise and needs of the Department and College, courses may include a non-majors Marine Life in Monterey Bay (MSCI305) and development of an upper-division marine science course entitled “Marine Mammals, Birds and Reptiles”. The faculty member hired for this position would also be able to assist with other existing core MSCI courses (e.g., MSCI350: Quantitative Marine Science, MSCI340: Marine Ecology, MSCI345: Marine Biological Diversity)
  • Employ innovative teaching and learning techniques that engage students through the use of technology, hands-on experience, and problem solving. Integrate field-based experiences for students into classes.
  • Advise and mentor undergraduate and masters students in research, academics, capstone projects, internships, and post-degree career options.
  • Play a collaborative role in integrating science and policy-relevant scholarship into the ongoing interdisciplinary research and teaching programs of CSUMB.
  • Develop professional relationships with the regional community of marine science education/research institutions, federal, state, local marine policy/management agencies, non-profit groups, schools and/or other marine stakeholders.
  • Sustain innovative and extramurally-funded research in marine science leading to publications and professional visibility.
  • Contribute to the Department of Marine Science, College of Science, and
  • University-wide governance through participation at faculty meetings and through committee work.
  • Help implement the goals of the College of Science and the CSUMB Vision (


  • Ph.D. in biology, oceanography, marine science, marine ecology, or related field at time of hire.
  • Demonstrated excellence in facilitating learning through teaching at the undergraduate and/or graduate levels.
  • Publication record in field of expertise.
  • Capacity to develop a research program focused on the population biology and ecology of marine megafauna of central California marine environments.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability and desire to mentor and teach students from diverse cultural, ethnic, educational, and economic backgrounds.


  • A track record of using state-of-the-art technologies to understand spatial movement ecology, population and community ecology, trophic dynamics, or resource conservation biology.
  • Demonstrated ability to integrate research into undergraduate education.
  • Experience in course and/or curriculum development.
  • Success in securing external funding to support research, including undergraduate student research.


The Department of Marine Science at CSUMB offers a B.S. degree in Marine Science. The College of Science also offers nine undergraduate degrees including a B.S. in Biology and Environmental Science, as well as a B.A. in Environmental Studies. Faculty in the Department of Marine Science can advise thesis students in the M.S. program in Marine Science at nearby Moss Landing Marine Laboratories through the CSU consortium program and through the thesis track of the CSUMB Environmental Science Professional Science Master’s Program. All the programs emphasize the critical thinking and technical skills necessary to develop workable solutions for complex environmental problems. Unique in their approach to linking marine science to management and decision-making, the B.S. in Marine Science and the M.S. in Environmental Science provide students with active learning and applied research in a wide variety of marine systems.

CSUMB is a federally designated Hispanic-Serving Institution with a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion ( The total student enrollment in fall 2020 was 7,417 of which 45% are Hispanic, 9% are Asian American, 9% are two or more races, 4% are African American, 63% identify as women and 54% are first generation college students.


CSUMB offers a premium benefit package that includes outstanding health, dental & vision plans; a fee waiver education program; and membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS).  For more information, visit: CSU Benefits Summary.  Additionally, University Corporation at CSU Monterey Bay provides access to affordable campus housing based on availability, visit: Employee Housing.


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 as a condition of employment.

The incumbent is required to maintain confidentiality as outlined in the Department of Education’s Family Educational Rights and Privacy and California’s Educational Code Chapter 13 regarding sensitive student issues.

All offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a background check (including a criminal records check).

Working in the State of California is a condition of employment.

There are components of this job which are deemed essential on campus. This position will primarily work on the main campus, with occasional work from home. This position requires working on campus with students. The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff remain our highest priority. In the fall, students, faculty, staff, and the community can expect that masks will be required and that the appropriate degree of social distancing will be in place in all areas based on evolving guidance. Additionally, all students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to be vaccinated before coming to campus. All community members who work or attend class on campus should expect to participate in a random or periodic testing system. CSUMB will communicate more information about vaccination requirements and testing protocols when the details become available.


For full consideration, applicants must complete the required online application and submit required documents by the priority screening date found at Application submissions received after the application screening date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University. Materials submitted become the property of CSUMB and will not be returned.

Required documentation:

  1. A current curriculum vitae
  2. A cover Letter

The following should be combined into a single pdf:

  1. A statement of research interests (2 pages)
  2. A statement of teaching interests (2 pages)
  3. A diversity statement (2 pages). The diversity statement is a way for each applicant for a tenure-track position to show a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. This is an opportunity to show how the applicant will be able to work with our students. Each statement should respond to the first question below; the other questions are optional but may help in guiding a response.
    1. Describe your pedagogical practices that foster an inclusive learning environment for our diverse student population. You may define teaching broadly to include curriculum, pedagogy, or climate, and broadly to include teaching that occurs outside the classroom setting.
    2. In what ways have your experiences shaped your perspectives, behaviors or actions about or towards others, and what did you learn from these experiences?
    3. What activities, outside of the area of teaching, do you plan to engage in as a faculty member that would address diversity, equity and inclusion?

You may include any other information that you think would help us understand your ability to work with our diverse student body.

Applicants who are invited for an on-campus interview will be expected to prepare two presentations, one focusing on research interests and one focusing on teaching. For the teaching presentation all applicants will be provided the same prompt.

Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting University Personnel at (831) 582-3389.


CSUMB hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States and is an E-Verify employer. In compliance with state and federal crime awareness and campus security legislation, including The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act, California Education Code section 67380, and the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), the Cal State University, Monterey Bay Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available at:

CSUMB requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so.  Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to

CSUMB is a smoke and tobacco-free campus. 


CSUMB is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action employer seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff.   We value and celebrate diversity in all its forms and strive to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.  We consider qualified applicants for employment for their anticipated contributions and without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, pregnancy, marital status, veteran status, or disability.

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