Natural Sciences Tenure-Track

The Liberal Studies Department at California State University Fullerton invites applications for a tenure track position to begin Fall semester 2007. Liberal Studies is a unique, long-established and growing interdisciplinary program that provides faculty and students with the opportunity to study, teach, and integrate academic interests in the humanities and arts, the natural sciences and the social sciences. More than 1300 students major in Liberal Studies.

Position The department is seeking applicants with specializations in one of the natural sciences or in the history or philosophy of the natural sciences, to teach in the interdisciplinary Liberal Studies core program. Teaching responsibilities include:

(1) covering the science component of a team-taught two semester survey of cultural history from antiquity to the 19th century (2) conducting a one semester interdisciplinary course on the character and aims of 20th century science, current theories and knowledge, and the role of science and technology in contemporary society (3) conducting an upper division course that directs interdisciplinary inquiry into knowledge production in the natural sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities.

Department faculty also have opportunities to develop courses in their areas of specialization. Released time may be available for activities such as instructional research, course development, and departmental responsibilities. Faculty advise undergraduate students and serve on academic committees. Positive tenure and promotion decisions require excellent teaching as well as research, peer-reviewed publication, and participation in the broader disciplinary community.


• Ph.D. degree or equivalent terminal degree in a discipline relevant to the Liberal Studies core program is required. ABDs will be considered but must show evidence of degree completion prior to appointment.

• Advanced course work in one of the natural sciences is desirable.

• Must have demonstrated interest in teaching in an interdisciplinary setting as well as competence to explain the main 20th century scientific experiments and theories, especially in the physical sciences, to students who do not have strong preparation in the sciences.

• Evidence of teaching excellence or promise and potential for successful research and publication are essential.

• Ability to work effectively with a wide and culturally diverse range of students and faculty is essential.

Rank and Salary The position is at the rank of Assistant Professor, tenure-track. Salary is competitive and commensurate with rank, experience and qualifications. Periodic salary adjustments are enacted by the state legislature. Additional teaching in summer and intersession is often available. Excellent comprehensive benefits are available and include health/vision/dental plans, spouse, domestic partner and/or dependent fee-waiver as well as access to campus child-care and new affordable housing program. For a detailed description of benefits, go to

Job Control Number 23603G-07-010

Appointment Date August 2007

Application Deadline Applications received by October 10, 2006 are assured of full consideration. Send letter of application, vita, evidence of teaching excellence or promise, and three recent letters of recommendation to:

Chair, Search Committee Liberal Studies Department California State University, Fullerton P.O. Box 6868 Fullerton, CA 92834-6868

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE DEPARTMENT, See the Liberal Studies Website at: Members of the Liberal Studies Department will also be available at the November 2-5, 2006 History of Science Society Meeting in Vancouver, Canada. Cal State Fullerton is an Equal Opportunity/ Title IX/503/504/VEVRA/ADA Employer