Assistant Professor or Maritime Vocational Instructor, Marine Transportation

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Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Maritime Academy
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time, Faculty - Natural Sciences

DEPARTMENT:   Department of Marine Transportation

CLASSIFICATION TITLE:  Assistant Professor or Maritime Vocational Instructor

TIMEBASE/POSITION TYPE:  Full-time Tenure Track



The Department of Marine Transportation at California State University Maritime Academy, invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor or full-time, tenure-track Maritime Vocational Instructor (MVI). The Department is looking for a dynamic educator who is committed to creating an environment of active learning for our B.S. in Marine Transportation degree program. We are interested in experienced mariners who will teach and assess basic and advanced maritime courses and STCW competencies on campus, on our fleet of small vessels, and aboard the annual training cruise. Successful candidates will be individuals who are committed to engaging in research, scholarship, and service within the university and industry. Candidates must hold a bachelor’s degree in Marine Transportation or a closely related field and an active USCG Merchant Mariner Credential. A master’s degree in an appropriate discipline is preferred but not required.

This position will remain open until filled, but review of applications will begin immediately. Applicants expecting to be considered for the Assistant Professor or Maritime Vocational Instructor position must complete their online application and submit requested materials to Human Resource by close of business on March 17, 2024, to receive priority consideration.

ABOUT CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY MARITIME ACADEMY (Cal Maritime): Located on a compact but scenic waterfront campus in Vallejo, California (30 miles northeast of San Francisco), California State University Maritime Academy (Cal Maritime) is a unique and specialized campus of the 23-campus system. Serving a population of approximately 1000 undergraduate and 50 graduate students, we are one of only seven degree-granting maritime academies in the United States — and the only one on the West Coast. Cal Maritime offers seven baccalaureate degrees in Business Administration, International Strategy and Security, Facilities Engineering Technology, Marine Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering, Marine Transportation, and Oceanography. The undergraduate curriculum includes licensing programs for future merchant marine, coast guard and naval reserve officers. Cal Maritime also offers a Master of Science in Transportation and Engineering Management degree.  Please visit our website for more information about California State University Maritime Academy .

Our programs focus on intellectual learning, applied technology, leadership development, and global awareness. Cal Maritime students participate in training cruises aboard the Training Ship Golden Bear or other international educational experiences - gaining a unique perspective on our increasingly global culture and economy. Cal Maritime is committed to being a leading educational institution recognized for excellence in the business, engineering, operations, security, and policy of the transportation industries of the Pacific Rim and beyond. We are equally committed to hiring and retaining diverse and dedicated faculty and staff who lead the way in helping our students expand their knowledge and potential.

 MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: This is a tenure-track position in accordance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

  • The responsibilities of this tenure-track position include but are not limited to
    • Teaching, developing, and assessing basic and advanced maritime courses
    • Lecturing in a classroom setting and/or academic demonstration in a lab setting
    • Teaching, assessing, and tracking completion of STCW competencies
    • Conducting academic advising as assigned and maintaining office hours each week during the academic year
    • Actively engaging in scholarship that advances the mission of the Marine Transportation Department and the University
    • Actively participating in departmental and campus-wide service obligations
    • Filling instructional and/or operational assignments aboard the TS Golden Bear during summer cruise
    • Maintaining a valid USCG Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC)


  • USCG MMC as 2nd Mate-unlimited with all currently required STCW endorsements
  • Bachelor’s degree in Marine Transportation or related field
  • A minimum of five years seagoing experience on commercial vessels or comparable shoreside experience in the maritime industry
  • Excellent communication and leadership skills


  • USCG Chief Mate or Master Unlimited license
  • Seagoing experience at the command level
  • Master’s degree in a related field
  • Teaching experience (maritime related training courses preferred)
  • Additional maritime endorsements (e.g., Dynamic Positioning, Tankerman PIC, LNG, DE, etc.)
  • Shore-side experience in the maritime industry

SALARY COMPENSATION: Salary is commensurate with the education, qualifications, and experience of the individual.

Anticipated starting salary: $75,600-$84,000 annually depending on qualifications ($101,304-$112,560 [approximate] with cruise)

CSU Salary Range:

Assistant Professor - Range 3: $64,860-143,928 annually (plus an additional 34% [approximate] for the annual training cruise)

Maritime Vocational Instructor - Non Cruise Range 1-2: $54,252 - 96,360  

BENEFITS:   An excellent comprehensive benefits package is available for “qualifying” positions which includes medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurances, retirement plans, fee waiver, vacation, and sick leave.   


  • 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 pre-employment physical is required as are subsequent USCG fitness physicals prior to each training cruise. The incumbent must participate in a random drug-screening program as required by federal law


  • Typical classroom and office environment are in a two-story building with elevator access.


  • Work site aboard the training ship requires climbing up and down ship ladders and gangways; lifting and carrying material from pier to training ship; and occasional work in excess heat, cold, dampness or dry atmospheric conditions.
  • All mariners should be capable of living and working in cramped spaces on rolling vessels, maintaining balance on a moving deck, rapidly donning an exposure suit, stepping over doorsills of 24 inches in height, opening and closing watertight doors that may weigh up to 56 pounds, pulling heavy objects, up to 50 lbs. in weight, distances of up to 400 feet, climbing steep stairs or vertical ladders without assistance, participating in firefighting and lifesaving efforts, including wearing a self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), and lifting/controlling fully charged fire hoses. Extended workdays are common.


  • Applicants must provide proof of US citizenship or authorization to work in the United States within three days from the date of hire.
  • A background check investigation (including criminal records check) is required prior to employment. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of a current CSU employees who was conditionally offered the position.
  • Applicants must submit on hire official documentation as proof of degree, license, or certificates as required.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Interested parties must apply on-line through our Cal Maritime Jobs website.  Click “APPLY NOW” to complete and submit the Cal Maritime Employment Application and attach the following:

  1. Letter of interest
  2. Copy of MMC
  3. Resume/CV
  4. Teaching evaluations (if any)
  5. Letters of recommendation from three professional references to be sent to:

BACKGROUND CHECK: Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check and fingerprinting) 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.

NOTIFICATION:  Based upon a review of applications and accompanying documents, only those persons whose qualifications best match job requirements will be interviewed.  Applicants not selected for an interview will be notified only after the position closes and the successful candidate has been selected. 

TITLE IX:  Please view the Notice of Non-Discrimination on the Basis of Gender or Sex and Contact Information for Title IX Coordinator at on the CSU Title IX website.

EEO STATEMENT: Cal Maritime is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. The university subscribes to all state and federal regulations and prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity/gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, age, disability, genetic information, medical condition, covered veteran status, or any other protected status. Reasonable Accommodations will be provided to applicants with qualifying disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the Benefits Coordinator at (707) 654-1146.

DISCLAIMER:  The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract and any provisions contained in this bulletin may be modified or changed.

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