Assistant Professor in Environmental Geosciences and Climate Change – Santa Clara University

Assistant Professor in Environmental Geosciences and Climate Change

The Department of Environmental Studies & Sciences at Santa Clara University, a Jesuit, Catholic university, invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Environmental Geosciences and Climate Change, to begin Fall 2023. Applicants must have a Ph.D. (completion required by the time of appointment) in an environmental geoscience field, with specific expertise in climate change. Post-doctoral research and undergraduate teaching experience are highly valued. The candidate should have a 5-year research plan that could be supported by external funding and would provide opportunities for involvement by undergraduates, preferably in laboratory or field work. Research areas of particular interest include oceanography/marine science, soil science, or atmospheric science. Areas of teaching need include a lower-division lab course entitled Introduction to Earth Systems; an upper division course in Climate Science; contributions to a departmental research skills course (e.g., statistics, GIS, or senior capstone); and possibly other courses related to the candidate’s specialty. The department is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace, and encourages applications from members of historically excluded groups, including people of color, women, LGBTQ+, and people with disabilities. For more information about our programs and faculty see  

To apply, please include: (1) curriculum vitae; (2) summaries of teaching evaluations and sample syllabi; (3) a representative example of your published or in-progress scholarship, (4) a letter of interest that articulates your teaching experience and philosophy, your five-year plan for your research, and your potential to foster intra- and interdepartmental connections at Santa Clara; and (5) a statement articulating how your hire would advance Santa Clara’s ability to provide a diverse and inclusive learning environment. Applicants must submit these materials via Workday by November 1, 2022 to ensure consideration. Longlisted applicants will be asked for three letters of recommendation, complete graduate transcripts, and a disciplinary action statement to be provided at a later date.

Located in the heart of northern California’s Silicon Valley, Santa Clara is a private, Catholic Jesuit university committed to promoting social justice in a comprehensive educational setting. It is an AA/EOE employer. Faculty are teaching-scholars who balance a commitment to quality teaching with active, externally funded programs of research. A full-time teaching load is 7 courses per year on a quarter system, with a 1-course reduction for research. Because courses with lab sections count as 2 courses, most science faculty teach one lecture+lab course each quarter to fulfill their teaching load, and faculty occasionally obtain course releases via extramural funding. Housing assistance is available. This position is contingent upon the availability of funding.

Applicants who require more information are encouraged to send a query to the search committee chair, Dr. Virginia Matzek, at

Responsibilities. Tenure track faculty at SCU are teaching scholars who are expected to balance teaching, research and service. This is an in-person position. More specifically, duties include but are not limited to:


1. Teach lower- and upper-division courses in the major and university core curriculum, as assigned by the chair, including: a lower-division lab course entitled Introduction to Earth Systems; an upper division course in Climate Science; contributions to a departmental research skills course (e.g., statistics, GIS, or senior capstone); and possibly other courses related to the candidate’s specialty.

Teaching responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  1. Conducting and appearing at all assigned class meetings in a timely and prepared manner that demonstrates a command of the discipline and skill in presenting it effectively.
  2. Assigning and evaluating written work, projects, and exams that align with course or core learning objectives and providing timely feedback to students.
  3. Holding weekly office hours at times reasonably convenient to students.
  4. Assigning and submitting student grades that are appropriate, accurate, and fair measures of student performance to the Office of the Registrar by the designated deadline.
  5. Administering numerical and narrative evaluations in each section for all courses.

2. Develop and teach courses that contribute to curriculum development in the relevant degree program and/or the university core. Faculty teaching university core courses should follow an approved syllabus or work with the chair to design an appropriate syllabus for submission for approval from the relevant Faculty Core Curriculum Committee.

3. Participate in assessment of student learning for courses in the department.

4. Provide informed advice and mentoring to undergraduate students.

5. Fulfill other instructional or academic duties as may be assigned by the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences or by the Chair of the Environmental Studies & Sciences Department.


1. Develop a research program at SCU that will result in the publication of peer-reviewed journal articles and/or other scholarly products, in line with the department’s scholarship standards.

2. Preference will be given to candidates with a research program that can accommodate participation of undergraduates.


1. Provide effective service to the Department of Environmental Studies & Sciences, the College, the University and profession through contributions such as service on committees, participation in professional organizations and activities, community service related to the scholar’s professional expertise or association with the university, and leadership, as appropriate to rank and experience.

Work Authorization:

A foreign national who is appointed to a tenured or tenure-track faculty position is eligible for sponsorship by Santa Clara University.

Learn more and apply:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.