Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences (Full time, Tenure Track)

Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences (Full time, Tenure Track)

Job category: Education

Job Type: Full Time

Arcata, California

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Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences (Full time, Tenure Track)


Humboldt State University


Vacancy Announcement


Faculty Tenure-Track Position Starting August 2021 Department of Biological Sciences


JOB # 2122-03


Humboldt State University is a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) that strives to foster an equitable and inclusive community that supports our students of diverse backgrounds. HSU is committed to achieving the goals of equal opportunity and endeavors to employ faculty and staff of the highest quality committed to working in a multicultural and multiracial community that reflects the diversity of the state.


DESCRIPTION: Humboldt State University and the Department of Biological Sciences invites applicants for an academic year tenure-track faculty position in Mammalogy. This individual will also serve as Curator of the Humboldt State University (HSU) Vertebrate Museum.


As an institution, HSU is committed to eliminating the equity gap in all student populations with dynamic, student- centered practices and policies that fully engage the campus community. The ideal candidate will share HSU’s commitment to helping its racially and socioeconomically diverse students succeed in their degree and career objectives.


We value the ability to serve students from a broad range of cultural heritages, socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, ability and orientations. Therefore, we prioritize applicants who demonstrate they understand the benefits diversity brings to a professional educational community. The successful candidate will be an equity-minded individual committed to collaborating with faculty, classified staff, administration, and students who are also committed to closing equity gaps.


RANK, SALARY AND BENEFITS: We seek to fill this position at the Assistant Professor rank; however, rank and salary are dependent on the appointee’s qualifications and experience. The current California State University Salary Schedule is available at:


Humboldt State University provides an excellent benefits package for faculty. Information about benefits plans can be found at:


PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS: An earned Ph.D. or equivalent in Biology or related field from an accredited college or university is required at the time of appointment.


The successful candidate must demonstrate the following:


✔ Experience teaching Mammalogy or a course in Vertebrate Biology, at least as a teaching assistant;


  • Experience with the curation, collection, and preparation of mammalian specimens and museum data management;


  • Experience with, or commitment to, developing teaching effectiveness in areas of inclusion, intercultural communication, and advancing diversity that supports/serves a diverse student population;


  • Record of, or potential for, involving students in research and scholarly activity;


  • Experience with or potential to teach effectively using a variety of methodologies;


  • Experience with or ability to teach a broad range of courses (major, general education, etc.); and


  • Experience with or willingness to participate in the development of online learning experiences.


Preferred qualifications for this position include:


  • Research expertise in Ecology, Biogeography, Conservation Genetics, Systematics or other interdisciplinary studies;


  • Ability to develop and integrative, collection-focused research program;


  • Ability to develop a field-based research program that draws upon multiple research methodologies;


  • Experience with preparation and curation of herpetological and avian specimens;


  • Established record of grantsmanship; and


  • Record of working well with tribal, governmental, and nongovernmental agencies.


At the time of appointment, the successful candidate, if not a U.S. citizen, must have authorization from the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services to work in the United States. For information on the University policy on support for non-immigrant probationary faculty visa acquisition, please visit the Faculty Immigration Resources page:


Evidence of degree(s) is required at time of hire.


PROFESSIONAL DUTIES: Candidates should be committed to teaching excellence and to building a strong research record. Primary instructional assignments will include upper division courses in Mammalogy and a graduate class in Advanced Mammalogy; other teaching opportunities may include Evolution, Ecology, Introductory Zoology, or another class in their area of expertise. Instructional assignments will be consistent with the programmatic needs of the department and students.


The successful candidate will serve as curator of the Humboldt State University Vertebrate Museum, a collection of over 15,000 vertebrate specimens with particular strengths in small mammals, and holdings in mammals, birds, amphibians, and reptiles ( In this role, they will supervise the Collections Manager, actively work to develop the collections and related information resources, engage students in collections-based research, and raise funds to support these efforts.


The primary professional responsibilities of instructional faculty members are: teaching, research, scholarship, and creative activity; and service to the University, professional and to the community. These responsibilities include: advising students, participation in campus and system-wide communities, maintaining office hours, working collaboratively and productively with colleagues, and participation in traditional academic functions. Probationary faculty are typically provided ongoing mentorship to be a successful member of the faculty. During the first two years of the probationary period, teaching responsibilities will be reduced by approximately one course each semester (6 weighted teaching units per academic year). The reduced teaching load supports the establishment of research, scholarship and/or creative activities required for retention, tenure, and promotion.


Humboldt State also continues to build unique and innovative learning opportunities for students, bridging the sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities. HSU is a leader in “learning communities” that build relationships between students, faculty, staff, administrators, and the community. These communities incorporate environmental and social responsibility.


GENERAL INFORMATION: Dedication to superior instruction of undergraduates is a long-standing tradition at HSU.


The Department of Biological Sciences is known for providing students with balanced and well-rounded degrees in Biology, Botany, and Zoology that include opportunities to engage in research. We also have an active graduate (Master’s level) program in Biology. Natural resources surrounding HSU include mixed-conifer and redwood forests, coastal dunes, expansive marsh and riverine habitats, and productive near and offshore ocean habitats. On-campus resources for research include the following: the HSU Vertebrate Museum; molecular biology and tissue culture core facilities; scanning and transmission electron microscopes; high resolution microCT scanner; a computational facility, the Telonicher Marine Laboratory; a 90 ft. oceangoing vessel; and environmental chambers. For more information about the Department of Biological Sciences, please visit:


Humboldt State Humboldt State University sits on the traditional homelands of the Wiyot people in what is currently called Arcata, CA. The Wiyot people call the area Goudi’ni (over in the woods). The Humboldt State University campus in Northern California is in close proximity to several thriving Native American tribes and communities. Humboldt State currently has the largest percentage of Native American students in the CSU system and has over 30 Native American faculty and staff many from local area California Indian tribes. HSU is home to a number of leading Native American programs including the Indian Tribal Education and Personnel Program (ITEPP) and the Indian Natural Resource, Science and Engineering Program (INRSEP). There are also many opportunities at HSU to conduct research, teaching and community work on Native American history and cultures in Special Collections at the HSU library. The Humboldt Room in the Library has fantastic resources for tribally focused archive materials from the region. HSU strives to build a supportive and inclusive Native community and engages with Native communities through various initiatives and opportunities like the annual California Indian Big Time and Indigenous People’s Week and a chance to network with other faculty and staff as part of the HSU Council of American Indian Faculty and Staff. For more information, please visit:


APPLICATION: Qualified candidates should submit the following materials through Interfolio: Click here to apply:


  • Letter of Application;


  • Curriculum Vitae;


  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy, including how it relates to supporting students who have been historicallymarginalized and/or minoritized;


  • Statement of Research Interests;


  • Teaching Evaluations, if available;


  • Graduate Transcripts (unofficial copies are sufficient for initial review); and


  • Three (3) Confidential Letters of Recommendation (submitted through Interfolio).


Additional application materials may be requested at a later time.


Please direct any questions pertaining to this position, the Department of Biological Sciences, or Humboldt State University to:


Sharyn Marks, Search Committee Chair


Department of Biological Sciences


Humboldt State University


One Harpst Street


Arcata, California 95521-8299


Phone: (707) 826-5560




APPLICATION DEADLINE: This position is open until filled. First consideration will be given to completed applications received no later than March 19, 2021. Early response is encouraged.


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Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Humboldt State University is a Title IX/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, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected status.


HSU is committed to enriching its educational environment and its culture through the diversity of its staff, faculty, and administration. Persons with interest and experience in helping organizations set and achieve goals relative to diversity and inclusion are especially encouraged to apply.


It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide complete and accurate employment information. Evidence of required degree(s), certifications(s), or licenses(s) will be required prior to the appointment date. Incorrect or improperly completed applications will not be considered for vacancies. Any reference in this announcement to required periods of experience or education is full-time activity. Part-time experience or education (or activities only part of which are qualifying) will receive proportionate credit. In accordance with applicable Collective Bargaining Agreements, preference may be given to the campus applicants covered by these agreements. However, positions are open to all interested applicants, both on and off campus, unless otherwise stated.


A background check (including a criminal records check, employment verification, and education verification) must be completed satisfactorily as a condition of employment with the CSU. Certain positions may also require a credit check, motor vehicle report, and/or fingerprinting through Live Scan service. Adverse findings from a background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.


Compliance with the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA) and CSU Executive Order 1083 Revised July 21, 2017 (EO 1083) is a condition of employ-ment. CSU employees in positions with duties that involve regular contact with children or positions which supervise such employees are designated as Mandated Reporters under CANRA and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in EO 1083. Upon appointment to this position, the successful candidate(s) will be notified of and required to acknowledge their CANRA reporting status.


Additionally, all CSU staff and faculty receive training annually on their obligations in responding to and reporting incidents of sexual harassment and sexual violence. You will be notified by email when you are required to take this mandated training.


New faculty employees hired by the CSU for the first time who first become CalPERS members on or after July 1, 2017 are subject to a 10-year vesting period for retiree health and dental benefits. Staff employees covered under bargaining agreements 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, C99, E99, M80 and M9 hired by the CSU for the first time who first become CalPERS members on or after July 1, 2018 are subject to a 10-year vesting period for retiree health and dental benefits


If accommodations need to be made during the recruitment and interview process, please contact Human Resources at (707) 826-3626 or


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