California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) is located in San Bernardino in the Inland Empire, 60 miles east of Los Angeles and operates a satellite campus in Palm Desert located in Coachella Valley. CSUSB serves approximately 20,000 students, of which 81% are first-generation college students and graduates about 5,000 students annually.

As a designated Hispanic Serving Institution, CSUSB reflects the dynamic diversity of the region and has one of the most diverse student populations of any university in the Inland Empire, and the second highest Hispanic enrollment of all public universities in California. CSUSB employs 467 full-time faculty and offers 48 undergraduate, 35 graduate, and one doctoral degree programs and 14 academic programs with national accreditation.

At CSUSB, diversity, equity and inclusion are values central to our mission. We recognize that diversity and inclusion in all its forms are necessary for our institutional success. By fully leveraging our diverse experiences, backgrounds and insights, we inspire innovation, challenge the status quo and create better outcomes for our students and community. As part of CSUSB’s commitment to hire, develop and retain a diverse faculty, we offer a variety of networking, mentoring and development programs for our junior faculty.

We are committed to building and sustaining a CSUSB community that is supportive and inclusive of all individuals. Qualified applicants with experience in ethnically diverse settings and/or who demonstrate a commitment to serving diverse student populations are strongly encouraged to apply. CSUSB has received the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification, which recognizes CSUSB’s ongoing commitment to service-learning, a high-impact practice that combines classroom instruction with meaningful volunteer service and correlates strongly to student success.

JOB SUMMARY The Department of Biology at California State University San Bernardino invites applications for a tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Biology with research expertise in organismal plant biology with an emphasis on structure and function to begin August 2024. CSUSB is designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution and is committed to building a diverse and inclusive faculty.

Applicants with a commitment to serving a diverse student population in an equitable and inclusive fashion are strongly encouraged to apply, including women and members of historically underrepresented groups. The Department of Biology is committed to student success and seeks a colleague who will employ evidence-based methodologies to promote equity and improve learning outcomes in diverse classrooms. The successful candidate will develop an independent research program, as well as design and teach lecture and laboratory courses in subjects like comparative plant morphology, plant physiology, local flora, plant biology and diversity, or plant development.

We expect opportunities to develop and teach upper division courses in the candidate’s area of expertise. The successful candidate will be expected to apply for extramural funding, conduct and publish research in organismal plant biology with an emphasis on structure and function, and conduct laboratory and/or field research involving undergraduate and Master’s students.

In addition, the successful candidate will contribute to service and shared governance to the department, college, and university. Moreover, the successful candidate will preferably take over the role of the CSUSB herbarium curator. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in biology or related field; postdoctoral experience is highly desired.


  • A Ph.D. or equivalent degree in biology or related field is required by time of appointment
  • Publication record in plant biology
  • Experimental expertise applicable to undergraduate and Master’s level research in organismal plant biology

Qualified candidates must demonstrate a commitment to excellence in teaching and mentoring a diverse student population and to working effectively with faculty, staff and students across a wide range of disciplines.


  • Postdoctoral experience
  • University-level instructional experience in plant biology
  • Potential for developing an externally funded research program
  • Experience mentoring undergraduate and/or graduate students in research
  • Experience working with students from historically underrepresented groups
  • Evidence of scholarly activity, publication, and innovation is valued.
  • Evidence of exemplary graduate-level teaching and leadership experience at program level is preferred and should be noted in application.

SPECIAL CONDITIONS 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 as a condition of employment. Following a conditional offer of employment, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may start work with CSUSB. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment.

Note: CSUSB cannot deny an applicant a position solely or in part due to a criminal conviction history until it has performed an individualized assessment and linked the relevant conviction history with specific job duties in the position being sought. Please note: Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that CSUSB has designated as sensitive.

Sensitive positions are those requiring heightened scrutiny of individuals holding the position based on potential for harm to children, concerns for the safety and security of people, animals, or property, or heightened risk of financial loss to CSUSB or individuals in the university community. For health and well-being, CSUSB is a smoke & tobacco-free campus. The university is committed to promoting a healthy environment for all members of our community.

ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT The Department of Biology has 17 tenure-track/tenured faculty with a variety of research interests, as well as lecturers and technicians who provide pivotal support. The department offers undergraduate and graduate programs. The department has facilities for 3D printing, cell culture and stem cell research, animal care, and plant growth. The CSUSB herbarium hosts a small collection (about 4,000 specimens) of mostly local flora. In addition, the department has access to the College of Natural Science’s Electron Microscope and Image Analysis Center (EMIAC).

For more information regarding the position, please contact: Recruitment Chair Dr. David Rhoads (909) 537-5577  

Salary is commensurate with experience. Assistant Professor  (Range 3) – $5,405 – $11,994 Associate Professor (Range 4) – $6,190 – $13,172 Professor (Range 5) – $7,794 – $13,797  

HOW TO APPLY Please submit

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter that includes: 

        a.  A statement of your teaching interest/philosophy         b.  A statement of your research experience/plans                                                                                                                     

  1. If available, evidence of teaching effectiveness such as teaching portfolios, reports on teaching observations, and/or student evaluations of teaching.  
  2. Unofficial copies of all postsecondary degree transcripts (official transcripts may be required prior to appointment).
  3. Reference List – names, telephone numbers, and email addresses of three (3) referees whom we may contact to obtain letters of recommendation.
  4. Confidential letters of recommendation may be solicited from those listed as references on the application if the applicant is moved forward in the recruitment process. Non-confidential letters of recommendation can be uploaded by the applicant during the application process.
  5. Diversity Statement, which may include your interpretation of diversity, equity and inclusion, and must include specific examples of how your background and your educational and/or professional experiences have prepared you for this role at California State University, San Bernardino (maximum 1,000 words).

Formal review of applications will begin September 8, 2023 and continue until the position is filled. If you are interested in this opportunity, we invite you to apply by using the CSU Recruit Hyperlink at:

California State University, San Bernardino is an 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, or protected veteran status. This position adheres to CSU policies against Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Violence, including Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking. This requires completion of Sexual Violence Prevention Training within 6 months of assuming employment and on a two-year basis thereafter. (Executive Order 1096)  

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