Assistant Professor in Remote Sensing and Environmental Geography

Department of Geography, San Diego State University

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San Diego State University is the largest university in San Diego and the third largest in California. The highly diverse campus community has a student population of over 36,000 and approximately 5,849 faculty and staff. SDSU is currently designated as a Doctoral / Research-Intensive University by the Carnegie Foundation. Established in 1897, SDSU offers bachelor degrees in 84 areas, masters in 76 and doctorates in 21. See for more information. SDSU is a large, diverse, urban university and Hispanic-Serving Institution with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Our campus community is diverse in many ways, including race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, pregnancy, medical condition, and covered veteran status. We strive to build and sustain a welcoming environment for all.


The Department of Geography at San Diego State University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty member at the Assistant Professor level in remote sensing and environmental geography. Candidates must have a PhD degree in Geography, Geosciences or a related field, demonstrated potential for outstanding research in remote sensing, and a strong background in some aspect of biophysical geography, environmental science, human dimensions of environmental change, and/or land change science. Technical specializations can include machine/deep learning for image processing, or spatial modeling. Applications can include land use and land cover change, agriculture, ecosystem structure and function, hazards, human health, urban or rural development, biodiversity or conservation, water resources, climate and/or other aspects of environmental change. Demonstrated excellence in teaching, scholarship and commitment to extramural funded research activity is required. The candidate will have an interest in teaching and developing graduate and undergraduate courses in remote sensing of the environment. The hire will advise students in the Department’s Master’s programs and the joint SDSU-UCSB PhD in Geography. Anticipated start date is Fall 2021. To be eligible for this position, applicants should review SDSU’s Building on Inclusive Excellence (BIE) criteria ( and must meet a minimum of two of the eight listed criteria.


The successful applicant should expect to teach at least several of the following extant courses offered by our department, with the potential to develop additional courses in their area of expertise. Geography courses with a focus on remote sensing include:

Geography 591/591L: Remote Sensing of the Environment (w/ laboratory)
Geography 592/592L: Intermediate Remote Sensing of the Environment (w/laboratory)
Geography 688/688L: Advanced Remote Sensing (w/ laboratory)
Geography 780: Seminar in Techniques in Spatial Analysis

Environmental Geography courses offered by SDSU Geography that could incorporate remote sensing and applications include:

Geography 101: Earth's Physical Environment
Geography 104: Geographic Information Science and Spatial Reasoning
Geography 370: Conservation and Science Policy
Geography 426: Regional Field Studies
Geography 454: Sustainable Cities
Geography 506: Landscape Ecology
Geography 507: Geography of Natural Vegetation
Geography 512: World on Fire
Geography 572: Land Use Analysis
Geography 573: Population and Environment
Geography 770: Seminar in Environmental Conservation.

The particular expertise associated with this position, as well as the potential for multi-disciplinary collaboration, justify high expectations for significant external funding. The hire is expected to procure extramural research funding.

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Applications should include i) letter of application describing research and teaching interests as well as outlining how the applicant meets at least two of the BIE criteria, ii) curriculum vitae including list of publications, presentations, teaching experience, and past, current and pending funding, and iii) list of three references. Letters will be requested from references for select candidates, with a requested turnaround time of approximately two weeks. Materials should be submitted at received by February 1, 2021 will receive full consideration but the position is open until filled. SDSU is a Title IX, equal opportunity employer. The person selected is a "mandated reporter" under CSU Executive Order 1083. For additional information see or contact the Chair of the Search Committee, Prof. Trent Biggs, [email protected]

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