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    Guest Ritin Bhaduri
    • Employer: California State University Stanislaus
      Location: Turlock, CA
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 11/15/2021
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Assistant Professor of Vertebrate Zoology: The Department of Biological Sciences at California State University, Stanislaus invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor in vertebrate zoology, with expertise in ornithology or mammalogy. This position is part of a cluster hire of four tenure-track positions in the Department of Biological Sciences that aims to enhance the Department’s core strengths in the biological sciences, expand our emphasis in computational and quantitative methods, and further develop our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice in our teaching, scholarship, and service to the University and local community. Stanislaus State is a Hispanic-Serving Institution with a high proportion of first-generation college students, renowned for fostering student social mobility in California’s San Joaquin Valley.

    The person appointed to this position will teach undergraduate courses for biology majors that will include Mammalogy and/or Ornithology and General Biology. Other assigned courses may include Conservation Biology, Biogeography, Scientific Writing, and graduate level courses in the M.S. in Biological Sciences. We welcome and encourage the development of new upper division and graduate courses in the applicant’s areas of expertise. The typical teaching load includes multiple lecture and lab courses each semester, as well as student advising and mentorship.

    The person appointed to this position will be expected to develop an active research program within the context of a primarily-undergraduate institution. Individuals using empirical or theoretical approaches and with a strong background in experimental design and analytical approaches are encouraged to apply. College of Science faculty take advantage of internal Department and University funding, extramural grant funding, and University funding for students who are collaborating with faculty. The M.S. in Biological Sciences offers additional opportunities for research mentorship and collaboration.

    Effective teaching, scholarly productivity, and service to the University are required for retention, promotion, and tenure, and the department strongly encourages contributions in all these areas that promote equity, diversity, inclusion, and social justice as integral and valued parts of professional activity. As a University and Department that highly value student success, commitment to effective teaching is considered the most important criterion for hiring, retention, and promotion. The Department also requires evidence of productive research activity, and defines research to include all activities that contribute to advancing scientific knowledge and the scientific process within the life sciences, as well as the scholarship of teaching and learning. Candidates must show evidence of growth and improvement as an educator through development of practices that directly meet the needs and challenges facing the diverse study body of the university through culturally responsive and inclusive practices.

    This position is contingent upon the availability of authorized funding. This is an academic year appointment. However, opportunities exist for an additional summer session appointment.


    · Doctoral degree in the biological sciences or a related field.

    · Scholarship, professional engagement, and expertise in vertebrate zoology.


    · Commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching of a diverse student population, including first‐generation college students.

    · Ability and willingness to promote student success through mentorship, advising, research, service, and other high impact practices.


    · Scholarship, professional engagement, and expertise in vertebrate zoology.

    · Commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching of a diverse student population, including first‐generation college students.

    · Ability and willingness to promote student success through mentorship, advising, research, service, and other high impact practices.


    · College teaching experience in the biological sciences.

    · Post-doctoral research experience.

    · A strong record of advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice in educational or academic contexts.


    A complete application must include:

    1. An application letter of up to 500 words, specifically addressing the position description and qualifications.

    2. A professional curriculum vitae.

    3. The names and contact information of three references. (Three letters of recommendation will be required of finalists for the position).

    4. A teaching statement of up to 1000 words (excluding captions and references) that describes your teaching philosophy, teaching-related activities and accomplishments, and interest and plans for teaching at Stanislaus State.

    5. A diversity statement of up to 1000 words (excluding captions and references) that describes your knowledge and understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion issues within higher education and STEM fields; your specific professional experiences navigating issues of power and privilege and advocating for justice; and your ideas for advancing DEI in ways that promote the success of our students and community.

    6. A research statement of up to 1000 words (excluding captions and references) that describes your research and scholarly interests, your research-related activities, and your plans for research within the context of a primarily undergraduate institution.

    7. Unofficial copies of graduate school transcripts. Official transcripts will be required at the time of hire.

    To apply for this position, please click the "Apply Now" button on this page.

    If you have questions regarding the position, please contact:

    Dr. Andrew Gardner, Interim Chair

    Department of Biological Sciences

    Stanislaus State

    1 University Circle

    Turlock, CA 95382


    Screening of completed application files will begin on November 15, 2021. This appointment begins on August 17, 2022.

    An application must include a statement of your demonstrated commitment to working with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds in addition to any other required documents as indicated above.


    CSU 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 https://calstate.policystat.com/policy/9779821/latest/.


    Commensurate with qualifications and experience.  As a member of the 23-campus CSU System, we offer an extremely competitive benefits package.


    The Stanislaus State Department of Biological Sciences is a diverse academic community of teacher-scholars and student-scientists engaged in exploring the wonder and biodiversity of life at all levels of biological organization, including cells, organisms, and ecological systems. The faculty strives to utilize evidence-based culturally responsive teaching strategies to provide students at Stanislaus State with a broad exposure to the concepts, processes, and approaches of the biological sciences. We embrace the diversity of backgrounds, positions, and perspectives of our students, and appreciate that this diversity is a strength and resource for everyone in the community.



    California State University, Stanislaus serves the San Joaquin Valley and is a critical educational resource for a six-county region of approximately 1.5 million people. The University is fully committed to creating a culture of diversity and inclusion – one in which every person in the University community feels safe to express their views without fear of reprisal. Widely recognized for its quality academic programs, the University has 10 nationally accredited programs and 662 faculty members. 94 percent of full-time faculty holds doctorates or terminal degrees in their fields. The University offers 43 undergraduate majors, 16 master's programs, 7 post-graduate credentials, a doctorate in education and serves more than 10,000 students. New instructional facilities have been built for the unique pedagogy of professional programs, laboratory sciences and performing arts.

    Stanislaus State continues to receive national recognition with its ranking as one of the best 384 colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. The University was one of 12 public universities in the nation to be recognized by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities for demonstrating exceptional performance in retention and graduation rates. In addition, U.S. News and World Report ranks Stanislaus State in its top 10 among public universities in the West, while Washington Monthly honored Stanislaus State as the West’s No. 1 university for the money. Stanislaus State also is recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) by the U.S. Department of Education.

    CSU Stanislaus values shared governance: Handbook statement on shared governance


    The university is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, National origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status. You can learn more about federal equal employment opportunity protections by accessing the Department of Labor’s notices: http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/eeopost.pdf

    Individuals with disabling conditions who require accommodation during the recruitment process may contact the ADA Coordinator at (209) 667-3159.

    In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.


    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.





    In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act, Stanislaus State annually posts the Campus Security Report. The annual report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Stanislaus State; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, and sexual assault. You can obtain a copy of this report at: https://www.csustan.edu/annual-campus-security-report .

    Or you may request a printed copy by calling: (209) 667-3572; fax: (209) 664-7011; or email: compliance@csustan.edu.

    Information regarding campus security reports at other locations can be found at: https://ope.ed.gov/campussafety/#/


    The university requires a criminal and/or child abuse background check to be completed for many of its new employees, current employees seeking promotional or transfer opportunities, and current employees assigned new duties. Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. CSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position. Failure to consent to any background check will disqualify an applicant from further consideration. Additionally, an applicant who fails to provide the necessary information or who provides false or misleading information may also be disqualified from further consideration. Later discovery of false or misleading information related to the background check may result in the offer of employment being withdrawn or subject the employee to disciplinary action, up to and including termination.

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