Job ID: 104810

Natural Sciences

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Date Posted:
March 12, 2019

Closing Date:
April 12, 2019

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The Liberal Studies-Ukiah Program: Natural Sciences

Refer to Requisition #: 104810 on all correspondence and inquiries regarding this position.

Sonoma State University offers an exceptional educational experience that fosters intellectual, cognitive, social, and personal growth. As the only member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges in California, we are uniquely positioned to foster ethical exploration, civic engagement, social responsibility, and global awareness combined with a solid foundation in an academic discipline. We have a strong commitment to graduating students who have the ability to think critically and communicate effectively in an ever-changing world. The unique campus culture fosters our Seawolf Commitment to integrity, respect, excellence, and responsibility and is integrated into all campus life. We nurture inclusive excellence through a celebration of the rich diversity of our local communities and our interconnected global economy. Members of the University community are expected to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds. SSU is especially interested in candidates who make contributions to equity and inclusion in the pursuit of excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service. 

Sonoma State University’s beautiful 274-acre campus is located in Sonoma County wine country, an hour north of San Francisco. The campus offers the ideal setting for teaching and learning and access to a community of rich cultural, environmental, and recreational opportunities. Founded in 1960, Sonoma State University is one of the 23 campuses of the California State University System. As members of the largest public higher educational system in the nation, we provide accessible, high quality education to more than 9000 students. Sonoma State University is proud to be a Hispanic Serving Institution committed to achieving the goals of equal opportunity and endeavors to employ faculty and staff reflecting the ethnic and cultural diversity of the region and state.

Sonoma State University’s Liberal Studies-Ukiah Program, housed in the School of Social Sciences, offers a flexible Bachelor of Arts degree for upper-division students who are residents of Mendocino County or Lake County and have completed all California State University transfer requirements. Our mission is to prepare our graduates to be multifaceted, knowledgeable citizens of the world who are committed to contributing to a just and inclusive society. Our well rounded, liberal arts curriculum prepares our students for careers in a variety of professions, including teaching, counseling, the legal profession, or business as well as graduate work in the social sciences and the humanities.

The Liberal Studies-Ukiah degree completion program is a supportive learning community where students are challenged intellectually as they experience a broad range of coursework. The major consists of 50 units of upper division coursework in the social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences. The Liberal Studies-Ukiah Program offers face-to-face, hybrid and online courses taught by SSU faculty from departments across campus. Face-to-face meetings are scheduled weekday evenings and Saturdays at Mendocino College in the town of Ukiah for students with work, family or other commitments that do not allow them to join traditional programs on the SSU main campus in Rohnert Park. Employment through the Liberal Studies-Ukiah lecturer pool will be intermittent; addition to the pool is not a stepping-stone to permanent or tenure-track employment at Sonoma State University.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to see the department’s Web page at:

The Liberal Studies-Ukiah Degree Completion Program anticipates a number of part-time, intermittent, temporary teaching opportunities. We are looking for individuals who can teach one or more of the following upper-division courses as needed on a semester-by-semester basis:

Anthropology*: Human Development: Sex and the Lifecycle (ANTH 318; 3-unit upper division General Education course)

Biology: Environmental Toxicology (BIOL 308); Biology of Cancer (BIOL 309); Sexually Transmitted Diseases (BIOL 311); Biological Oceanography (BIOL 312); Field Biology (BIOL 314; 4 units with lab component); Biology of Aging (BIOL 318) (all 3-unit upper division General Education courses except where noted)

Geography, Environment and Planning*: Applied Ecology (GEP 340; 3-4 unit upper division General Education course); Natural Hazards (GEP 351; 3-4 units); Weather and Climate (GEP 355; 4 units)

Kinesiology: Women in Sport: Issues, Images and Identities (KIN 316; 3 unit upper-division General Education course); Elementary School Physical Education (KIN 400; 3 units); Ethics, Inclusion and Equity in Coaching (KIN 403; 3 units); Theory of Coaching (KIN 404; 2 units); Lifespan Motor Development (KIN 410; 3 units); Individuals with Disabilities in Educational and Recreational Settings (KIN 427; 3 units)

Mathematics: Elementary Number Systems (MATH 300A) (3-unit upper division General Education course)

For descriptions of the above courses, applicants should refer to the course descriptions in the Sonoma State University Catalog:

*Indicates one or more courses in this discipline are also listed in the Liberal Studies-Ukiah (Social Sciences) POA. Applicants applying to teach in this discipline are encouraged to consult the Social Sciences POA. 

To be recommended for appointment, the candidate must have: 
•A master’s degree in the appropriate or closely allied field for which the candidate is applying to teach
•Prior experience teaching adult students at the upper division level

•Ph.D. in the appropriate or closely allied field for which the candidate is applying to teach
•Prior experience teaching one or more courses listed above at Sonoma State University.

Full-time is 15-unit workload per semester. Actual salary is dependent upon number of units assigned, educational preparation, and availability of funds subject to any CSU system faculty contract salary increases.
•Selection as a candidate in the applicant pool, does not guarantee employment. Temporary Faculty appointments are made on a part-time, temporary basis and contingent upon department needs and funding.
•Temporary Faculty appointments are made on a semester-by-semester basis.
•Relocation expenses will not be provided for temporary faculty appointments.
•Expenses incurred to attend an interview for temporary faculty positions are not reimbursed by the University. 

Do not send materials to [email protected] To apply for this position, go to and select Job Opportunities. If you are not currently employed at Sonoma State University, select the External Applicants box. If you are currently employed at Sonoma State University, select the Internal Applicants box. You will be redirected to a list of all available jobs at Sonoma State University. Find and select the faculty position you are applying for to view the description and select Apply Now. If you have not applied for a job at Sonoma State University previously you will be asked to Register Now in order to proceed. At the initial stage of the application, you will be prompted to upload a resume. Please combine your CV and cover letter into one PDF document and upload it in place of the resume. Once you have submitted the application, a confirmation email will be automatically sent to you. If you encounter difficulties during the application process, please email [email protected]

Please submit: 
•Application letter including (1) a list of the courses from this POA that the applicant is qualified to teach, (2) commitment to teaching, and (3) a diversity statement
•Curriculum vitae that includes a list of all current and past courses taught at Sonoma State University and/or other colleges and universities, with clear indication as to whether the course was upper or lower division
•Student Evaluations
•Contact Information (names, titles, and phone numbers) for three references

Official transcripts are required at the time of hire.

Application procedures for temporary faculty already teaching in the department:
-Temporary Faculty with three-year contracts do not need to reapply.
-Temporary Faculty who have taught for the department within the past two years only need to submit a letter of intent to remain in the pool. The hiring committee will review the Personnel Action File and then determine whether an additional interview would be beneficial. 

Sonoma State University hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States. All offers of employment are contingent upon presentation of documents demonstrating the appointee’s identity and eligibility to work, in accordance with the provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act. Sonoma State University does not facilitate the process of applying for an H1B Visa for temporary positions.

The deadline to apply is Friday, April 12, 2019.

Questions concerning the application process may be directed to: [email protected] 

Questions concerning this position may be directed to:
Karin Jaffe
[email protected] 


The university 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. 
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.

Natural Sciences Job @ California State University

Natural Sciences Job @ California State University
Natural Sciences Job @ California State University

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