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Geography and Anthropology, Assistant Professor

Apply now Job no: 516502
Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Pomona
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Letters/Humanities, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time

Tenure Track Faculty Position

Department of Geography and Anthropology

College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences 

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona invites applications for a tenure track faculty ASSISTANT PROFESSOR position in the Geography and Anthropology Department in an area related to the study and/or promotion of Geography.

Cal Poly Pomona is one of three polytechnic universities in the 23-campus California State University system and among 12 such institutions nationwide. Since its founding in 1938, Cal Poly Pomona students participate in an integrative experiential learning education that is inclusive, relevant, and values diverse perspectives and experiences. With a variety of degree programs in the arts, humanities, sciences, engineering, and professional disciplines, the university is well known for its learn-by-doing approach and Teacher Scholar Model

The university is noted for its scenic and historic 1,400-acre campus, which was once the winter ranch of cereal magnate W.K. Kellogg. We acknowledge that Cal Poly Pomona resides on the territorial and homelands of the Tongva and Tataavium people who are the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar. The university’s nearly 30,000 students are taught and mentored by the campus’s more than 1,400 faculty as part of 54 baccalaureate and 29 master’s degree programs, 11 credential and certificate programs, and a doctorate in educational leadership. 

Highly regarded among its peer institutions, Cal Poly Pomona is No. 3 in the U.S. News and World Report rankings of top public regional universities in the west and was named the No. 28 best value college in the nation by Money Magazine. Cal Poly Pomona, a Hispanic-Serving Institution and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution, stands as a national leader in promoting social mobility, and was placed among the 25 top institutions in the country in awarding bachelor’s degrees to minoritized students by Diverse Issues in Higher Education.  

The Cal Poly Pomona campus is located less than 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles at the intersection of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. It is within an hour’s drive of beaches, mountains and deserts. For additional information about the university, please visit, and for more about faculty life, please see YourLife@CPP.

Student Population.  California residents comprise the majority (96%) of applicants to undergraduate programs at Cal Poly Pomona – nearly half (49%) of new students were transfers in Fall 2020.  58% of Cal Poly Pomona students are first generation, 70% receive financial aid, and 44% qualify as Pell-eligible.  The university enrolls a diverse student body that identifies as 49% Latinx, 21% Asian, 15% White, 3% Black, 5% International 3% two or more races, 3% unknown and less than 1% Native Hawaiian or Native Pacific Islander and less than 1% Native American Indigenous. Thirty-nine percent of the student body were STEM majors with the top enrolled programs including psychology, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, biology and computer science.

Inclusive Excellence Criteria.  We aspire to be the model inclusive polytechnic university in the nation. We have a strong commitment to inclusive excellence and to educational experiences that leverage the diverse perspectives and experiences needed to succeed and thrive in a diverse society.

Tenure track faculty hires will demonstrate a commitment and record of contributions through their teaching, scholarship, or service to these inclusive excellence criteria (a minimum of two must be addressed in the Student Success Statement):

  1. Integrates the values of equity and inclusivity into their teaching, scholarship and/or service contributions with diverse student populations;
  2. Incorporates the contributions and struggles of historic ethnic minority groups and communities into their teaching, scholarly work, and/or service contributions;
  3. Adopts teaching strategies that supports the learning and success of students from diverse student populations; 
  4. Mentors and engages diverse student populations in discovery, scholarship, and creative activities; 
  5. Engages students in problem-based projects and learning that address the needs of diverse communities; 
  6. Possesses knowledge of challenges and barriers for underrepresented students and faculty within the discipline;
  7. Mentors and assists diverse student populations interested in pursuing graduate education; 
  8. Engages in community-responsive action research or service with diverse student populations and communities;
  9. Has experience in or demonstrates a commitment to adopting experiential learning activities and pedagogy with diverse student populations and communities; and 
  10. Has expertise in or demonstrated commitment to teaching, scholarship and/or service that contributes to access, diversity, and equal opportunity in higher education.

College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences: Cal Poly Pomona's College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences (CLASS) brings to life a vibrant hands-on experience through disciplines in the humanities, performing arts, and social sciences. As the heart and soul of the campus, the College’s mission is to cultivate one’s intellectual development, ethical reasoning, and aesthetic sensibility to support creative and critical thinking in a dynamic world of competing challenges. We are a community diverse in backgrounds, expertise, and thought, committed to improving the human condition and to bettering the world. Our faculty, students, and staff are devoted to creating an inclusive environment where all can thrive through the College's programs, research activities, creative performances, community outreach, and signature experiences. Learn more about the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences and our 12 distinct departments at

Department of Geography and Anthropology: The Department consists of nine tenured/tenure-track faculty: four geographers and five anthropologists. The department offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Geography and Anthropology. The Geography degree program offers three options: Environmental Studies, Geographic Studies, and Geospatial Analysis.

Our majors in Geography are 33% female and 55% URM, while our Anthropology majors are 73% female and 59% URM. Geography and Anthropology faculty embody the teacher scholar model through active mentorship of undergraduate student research, teaching excellence grounded within a critical framework that takes equity and inclusivity as a core value. Our faculty are also active leaders, serving on college and campus wide committees that promote inclusive excellence among our faculty ranks and student community. Interdisciplinary collaboration within the department and across campus is an important component of our culture, which values collaboration, advocacy, equity, inclusivity, and teamwork. 

Position description

We seek an urban geographer with expertise in one or more of the following areas: inequality and justice; housing crises and/or gentrification; immigrant/racial/ethnic geographies; hazards/disasters; cities/built environment as complex systems; urban political ecology; spaces of economic innovation; human mobility; urban energy transition; policing and surveillance; local health disparities; knowledge of policy. Candidates specializing in these areas will especially be encouraged to apply, and other areas of urban geography will be considered. 

We are looking for someone who is willing to bring their research interests in urban geography into developing new courses and/or redesigning open classes in our curriculum. In addition, priority will be given to candidates according to the preferred/desired qualifications below.

Minimum requirements include:  

  • PhD in Geography or related field with graduate training in geography (Degree must be conferred by the start date of the position.)
  • A commitment and a record of contributions to student success through applicant’s teaching, scholarship, or service. This will be described in the Student Success Statement, which must address at least two of the inclusive excellence criteria listed above
  • Evidence of ability to be successful at university teaching, either as teaching assistant or instructor of record
  • Evidence of active scholarly research  

Preferred/Desired Qualifications: 

  • Expertise with or willingness to use GIS/GIScience, participatory GIS, mixed-methods, quantitative and/or simulation methods (including graduate coursework, publication, applied experience, industry, etc.)
  • Experience/willingness to supervise undergraduate research, conduct fieldwork, or provide applied opportunities for students in community engagement
  • Ability to teach one or more of these (or related) classes: Urban Geography; Economic Geography; Legal and Political Geography; Introduction to GIS; Geodemographics with GIS/Laboratory; Environmental Law; Geography and Emergency Management
  • Evidence of active scholarly research through publication, conference participation, community-based research, activist scholarship, etc. 
  • Ability to secure external funding

Conditions of Employment:

The person offered this position is required to pass a background check.

The 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 . Questions regarding the policy may be sent to

Application Process:

A completed application will consist of:

  • Cover letter in which you describe your interest in the position, relevant teaching philosophy and research experience, and how you meet the minimum and preferred qualifications;
  • A Student Success Statement (up to 2 pages, single-spaced) about your teaching or other experiences, successes, and challenges in working with a diverse student population.  Please address at least two of the inclusive excellence criteria listed above;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • The names and contact information for at least three individuals that can serve as references;
  • Unofficial transcripts (undergraduate and graduate, official transcripts will be required of finalists).

Semi-finalists will be asked to submit: 

  • Three recent letters of recommendation (dated within the last 2 years); 
  • Evidence of successful university teaching (e.g. syllabi, lesson plans, teaching evaluations).

Finalists for the position will be required to provide: 

  • Official transcripts for highest degree before the on-campus interview; 
  • Final candidates being interviewed are expected to make a presentation of research and a teaching demonstration to faculty and interact with students. 

The position is open until filled. First consideration will be given to completed applications received no later than September 13, 2022  

Please direct inquiries to Dr. Kristen Conway-Gómez, Search Committee Chair

Applications accepted only via PageUp – online application portal - for University hires.

Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. The university seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the people of California, to maintain the excellence of the university, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing. Cal Poly Pomona 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, and covered veteran status. The university hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States. As required by the Clery Disclosure Act, the university prepares a public annual security report.

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