Assistant/Associate Professor of Biological Science

California State University, Fullerton
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Jul 15, 2021
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Assistant/Associate Professor of Biological Science
Department of Biological Science

College of Natural Science and Mathematics

Assistant Professor

Fall 2021

The Department of Biological Science, California State University, Fullerton ( invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position at the Assistant/Associate Professor level in animal physiology to begin August 2021.

The Position

We seek a candidate with a strong research background in animal physiology and clear potential and commitment to excellence in teaching and mentoring a diverse student population. The successful candidate will be expected to maintain an active research program related to any area of animal physiology and involve undergraduate and Master's students in their research. Teaching responsibilities will include supervision of, and curriculum development for, physiology laboratory courses that serve non-major allied health majors (e.g., kinesiology, human health) and an upper-division lab-based majors' course in mammalian/human physiology. Teaching opportunities may also include other majors' courses including an upper-division comparative animal physiology course and upper-division or graduate-level courses in the candidate's area of expertise. Preference will be given to those with relevant teaching experience using student-centered learning approaches.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to join the transdisciplinary Centers for Applied Biotechnology Studies (CABS,, Catalyst (, Computational and Applied Mathematics (CCAM,, or Desert Studies Center (

The position is tenure-track and will be filled at the rank of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor without tenure.

Required Qualifications
Applicants must have:
  • A strong background in physiology and a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline from an accredited university;
  • Relevant postdoctoral or other postgraduate experience (two years preferred) that demonstrates the ability to develop a funded, independent research program in the area of animal physiology;
  • A demonstrated potential for maintaining an active, externally-funded research program involving undergraduate and Master's students;
  • A strong commitment to excellence in teaching at the undergraduate and Master's level, using student-centered, active-learning, and inquiry-based approaches;
  • The ability to teach introductory and intermediate biology courses, lower and upper-division physiology courses, and upper-division or graduate-level courses in the candidate's area of expertise;
  • A demonstrated commitment to teaching diverse student populations and ability to communicate effectively with an ethnically, culturally, and socioeconomically diverse campus community.

    Appointment Date

    August 17, 2021

    The Department

    The Department of Biological Science, with 28 active full-time faculty members, has long been committed to an educational program that includes extensive involvement of diverse undergraduate and graduate students in research. Over 50% of our majors are from underrepresented groups with 49% Hispanic/LatinX, 2% Black and 5% multiethnic. Approximately 47% of our students come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds and 29% are the first in their family to pursue a college degree. The Department has undergraduate concentrations in cell and developmental biology, ecology and evolutionary biology, marine biology, molecular biology and biotechnology, and plant biology, and offers interdisciplinary non-degree minors in biotechnology, cell and molecular biology, and environmental biology. The Department also offers a Master of Science in Biology. We have several active, externally-funded training programs that support undergraduate research and contribute to the diversity of STEM fields. The Department is an active participant in the system-wide California State University (CSU) Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology (CSUPERB, and the CSU Council on Ocean Affairs, Science and Technology (COAST, which support inter-campus collaborations and foster applied research and workforce-directed education. California State University Fullerton (CSUF) is an active member of the CSU Ocean Studies Institute ( and the CSU Desert Studies Consortium (, which provide additional facilities and resources for coastal and desert research and education. The Department is well-equipped with modern research instruments and laboratory facilities that include several fluorescence microscopes, a confocal microscope, scanning electron microscope, and animal housing facilities. Annual departmental research funding is approximately $6.5 million from internal and external sources, and collaborative and interdisciplinary research is encouraged. Further information about the department is available at

    The University and College

    California State University, Fullerton is a federally designated Hispanic-Serving Institution, and an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer with a strong commitment to increasing the diversity of the campus community and the curriculum and fostering an inclusive environment within which students, staff, administrators, and faculty thrive. Candidates who can contribute to this goal through their teaching, research, advising and other activities are encouraged to identify their strengths and experiences in this area. Individuals advancing the University's strategic diversity goals and those from groups whose underrepresentation in the American professoriate has been severe and longstanding are particularly encouraged to apply.

    The CSU system is the largest and most diverse university system in the country and one of the most affordable. CSUF is a comprehensive university serving southern California, especially Orange County. CSUF is the largest four-year public university of the 23 CSU campuses. Based on data from the U.S. Department of Education, CSUF ranks first in California and second nationally in the number of baccalaureate degrees awarded to Hispanics (Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education, May 2017) and fourth to underrepresented students (Diverse Issues in Higher Education, August 2018).

    The College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (CNSM; is dedicated to the principle that teaching and research are intricately mixed and that undergraduate and M.S. graduate research, when properly approached, is an integral part of teaching. This fine balance between teaching and research is CNSM's greatest strength.

    Application Procedure

    A complete on-line application must be received in order to receive consideration. To apply, please visit, search for position #497950, and provide the following required materials (in pdf format):
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Cover letter in which the applicant describes their motivation to teach at CSUF and live and work in southern California, and responds to the qualifications for the position.
  • Statement of Teaching and Mentoring Philosophy
  • The Department of Biological Science is committed to excellence in teaching in our classrooms and in our laboratories.
  • This statement provides the candidate's unique perspective and experience with student-centered, active teaching and learning techniques.
  • If possible, describe mentorship (academic and/or non-academic) experiences.

  • Statement of Research Plans
  • The Department of Biological Science values faculty research as evidence of scholarship and as a means to engage and train students.
  • Describe the candidate's research program including short and long-term research goals.
  • Describe how undergraduate and graduate students will participate and contribute to these goals.

  • Three documents that provide evidence of the candidate's experience or commitment to teaching and research. One document that addresses teaching (e.g., curriculum development, syllabus) and two that address research (e.g., peer-reviewed publications). Submit these three documents as a single pdf.
  • Candidate Statement on Commitment to Inclusive Excellence
  • The Department of Biological Science, CNSM, and CSUF are dedicated to establishing an inclusive and equitable educational experience for our diverse student population and a positive work environment for all members of the campus community.
  • Discuss how the candidate has addressed diversity, inclusion, and equity in teaching, research, and/or service.
  • Describe the candidate's capabilities to promote diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice in support of our department and campus goals.

  • A list of three references with relevant contact information
  • Letters of recommendation will be requested later in the application process. Please have these ready for the referents to submit. On the References page of the online application, enter information and email addresses for three referents who will provide a confidential letter of reference for your application. At the appropriate time in the search process, they will receive a request via email along with information on uploading the letter. You will be able to verify that each letter has been received by CSUF by logging back into your applicant portal.

    For inquiries about the position, please call (657) 278-3614 or e-mail

    Application Deadline

    Applications completed by January 11, 2021 will be reviewed; those completed after the due date may be reviewed until a suitable candidate is appointed.

    Additional Information

    Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications and is subject to budgetary authorization and any California State University System faculty contract increases. Summer research grants, moving expenses, start‐up funds, and a reduced teaching load may be available. An excellent comprehensive benefits package is available that includes health/vision/dental plans; spouse, domestic partner, and dependent fee‐waiver; access to campus child‐care; and a defined‐benefit retirement through the state system along with optional tax sheltering opportunities. For a detailed description of benefits, please visit

    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 Revised July 21, 2017 as a condition of employment.

    A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be formally offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

    Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self‐disclose.

    Notice of Non-Discrimination on the Basis of Gender or Sex and Contact Information for Title IX Coordinator (

    To apply, visit


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