Assistant Professor of Environmental Engineering
University of California Davis
United States

Assistant Professor of Environmental Engineering

Job #JPF05918

Position overview

Salary range: “Off-scale salaries” and other components of pay, i.e., a salary that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions, qualifications, and experience. A reasonable estimated salary range for this position is $121,600-$131,300 inclusive of the salary scale and off-scale salary components.

Application Window

Open date: August 21, 2023

Next review date: Sunday, Oct 15, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Sunday, Jun 30, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at the University of California, Davis, invites applications and nominations for an Assistant Professor of Teaching. This position is as an Academic Senate faculty member eligible for promotion to “Security of Employment,” which is analogous to tenure.

The successful candidate is expected to have the potential to excel in teaching as demonstrated by their teaching experience (instructor or teaching assistant), professional development history, or other teaching-focused activities/interests. They will be expected to develop and implement innovative, effective, and inclusive pedagogical practices both within and outside of the classroom. Efforts to include groups who are underrepresented or come from historically marginalized communities are especially valued. The candidate must have the interest and ability to collaborate and contribute significantly to undergraduate teaching and mentoring missions of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE). They will be expected to share effective teaching practices with other department faculty.

We are looking for a candidate who has strengths in the fundamentals of civil and environmental engineering (including ability to teach Statics and Mechanics of Materials courses) and who is enthusiastic to develop and bring innovative pedagogical practices and educational frameworks into these and other courses. Potential additional strengths include the ability to teach Probability and Statistics, Numerical Methods for Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering, and other civil engineering courses. While teaching potential is a major consideration, candidates will also be expected to demonstrate potential for professional and scholarly achievement and activities, university and public service, and inclusive excellence. Scholarship may focus in, but is not limited to, the areas of engineering education, scholarship of teaching, program assessment, and integrating diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) into civil engineering curriculum.

Our CEE department includes 38 faculty and 160 graduate students, obtained $16.7M in research funding in 2022, and is ranked among the top R1 universities in Civil Engineering (ranked 9th in US News & World Report 2023 rankings). We hired our first professor of teaching series faculty member in 2015 who successfully attained security (analogous to tenure) in 2019. There are 7 professor of teaching series positions in the UC Davis College of Engineering. The UC system, UC Davis, the College of Engineering, and the CEE department are committed to the successful integration of teaching-track faculty into the engineering community.

UC Davis is a tier-one research university and has a strong history of engaging in teaching, research, and service for the greater public good as a land grant institution. The College of Engineering has an exciting Next Level Strategic Research Vision with major pillars for research, education, and community. Our vision can be found here:

The successful candidate will demonstrate an understanding of the barriers preventing full participation of members from historically underrepresented and marginalized student communities in higher education. Applicant’s record of or potential for engagement and activities related to diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as their plans for future engagement will be part of the overall evaluation of the candidate’s qualifications for a faculty appointment. Applicants will be based on their achievement relative to opportunity.

Appointment will be as an academic year (9-month) assistant professor of teaching. “Off-scale salaries” and other components of pay, i.e., a salary that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions, qualifications, and experience. A reasonable estimated salary range for this position is $121,600-$131,300 inclusive of the salary scale and off-scale salary components.

Applicants must have a PhD in Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering or Engineering Education, or a closely related field by the time of hire. Applicants must have earned one of their degrees in civil engineering or a closely related field. Participation in department, college, and university service as a member of UC Davis Division of the Academic Senate is an expectation under the faculty shared governance model.

Application Requirements:

Review of applications will begin October 15, 2023, but applications may be accepted until the position is filled.

Application packages should be submitted online through Recruit and should include the following documents: 1) Curriculum Vitae; 2) Cover Letter (no more than 1-page); 3) Statement of Teaching; 4) Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; 5) Statement of Professional Activities and Scholarship; 6) 3-5 pieces of evidence of professional activities and scholarly activity (e.g., publications, pedagogy-based podcasts, innovative course projects/assignments, etc.); and 7) the contact information of 3-5 individuals from academia, government agencies, and/or industry, who may be contacted to provide a letter of reference.

Applicants should submit materials online at:

Guidance to candidates on how to prepare statements is available at:

The University of California is committed to creating and maintaining a community dedicated to the advancement, application, and transmission of knowledge and creative endeavors through academic excellence, where all individuals who participate in University programs and activities can work and learn together in a safe and secure environment, free of violence, harassment, discrimination, exploitation, or intimidation. With this commitment, UC Davis conducts a reference check on all first-choice candidates for Academic Senate Assistant Professor, Steps 4, 5, or 6 through Professor, Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment, Steps 4, 5, or 6 through Senior Lecturer with Security of Employment, and Acting Professor of Law through Professor of Law positions. The reference check involves contacting the administration of the applicant’s previous institution(s) to ask whether there have been substantiated findings of misconduct that would violate the University’s Faculty Code of Conduct. To implement this process, UC Davis requires all applicants for any open search for these faculty positions to complete, sign, and upload the form entitled “Authorization to Release Information” into RECRUIT as part of their application. If an applicant does not include the signed authorization with the application materials, the application will be considered incomplete, and as with any incomplete application, will not receive further consideration. Although all applicants for faculty recruitments must complete the entire application, only finalists considered for these faculty positions will be subject to reference checks.

To learn more about the campus, college, department, and position, we invite interested parties to explore the University’s most recent annual report, Diversity Equity and Inclusion resources, the College of Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UC Davis Center for Educational Effectiveness, and the UC STEM Tenure-Track Teaching Professor Network. E-mail inquiries may be addressed to Associate Professor of Teaching Colleen Bronner at


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
  • PhD in Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, or Engineering Education or have advanced to candidacy in a PhD program in Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Engineering Education, or a closely related field
  • Candidates with a PhD in Engineering Education must have at least one degree in Civil Engineering or a closely related field.
Additional qualifications (required at time of start)
  • Demonstrated excellence in or potential for student mentoring, advising, and teaching of students at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
  • Ability to teach fundamental civil engineering courses, including Statics and Mechanics of Materials.
  • Potential for or demonstrated evidence in developing innovative, inclusive, and effective curriculum.
  • Demonstrate potential for or evidence of scholarship centered on engineering pedagogy.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and an eagerness to collaborate in a collegial team atmosphere, including consulting with other faculty about their courses.
  • Understanding of DEI barriers embedded in engineering and plans for addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion issues in engineering.
  • Applicants must have earned a PhD or equivalent in Civil Engineering or a closely related field by date of hire
Preferred qualifications
  • Preferred technical expertise in structural engineering or structural mechanics, although candidates in other relevant fields (e.g., geotechnical, construction engineering) are also encouraged.
  • Evidence of professional development to improve teaching effectiveness and understanding of pedagogical practices.
  • Demonstrated experience, productivity, and creativity in scholarship in engineering education/pedagogy.
  • Potential for engagement in program minors: Construction Engineering and Management and Sustainability in the Built Environment
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with, recruit, lead and manage a diverse team on initiatives related to undergraduate education.
  • Demonstrated experience with ABET assessment/program-level assessment.
  • Evidence of or potential for leadership in increasing equity and social justice in engineering within or outside the formal curriculum.
  • Demonstrated willingness to engage and build relationships with external partners (within and external to the university) to increase opportunities for undergraduate students both in and outside the classroom.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter - no more than 1-page

  • Statement of Teaching

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.

  • Authorization to Release Information Form - A reference check will be completed only if you are selected as the first choice candidate. Download, complete, sign, and upload the form:

  • Statement of Professional Activities and Scholarship

  • Evidence of Scholarly Activity #1

  • Evidence of Scholarly Activity #2

  • Evidence of Scholarly Activity #3

  • Evidence of Scholarly Activity #4 (Optional)

  • Evidence of Scholarly Activity #5 (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)

The contact information of 3-5 individuals from academia, government agencies, and/or industry, who may be contacted to provide a letter of reference

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Campus Information

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We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals’ with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UC Davis positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More information is available at:

The University of California, Davis (UC Davis) is committed to inclusive excellence by advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in all that we do. UC Davis celebrates the multi-cultural diversity of its community by creating a welcoming and inclusive environment demonstrated through a variety of resources and programs available to academics, staff, and students. Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are core values of UC Davis that are embedded within our Principles of Community and are tied with how to best serve our student population. Our excellence in research, teaching, and service can best be fully realized by members of our academic community who share our commitment to these values, which are included in our Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Vision, our strategic plan: “To Boldly Go,” our Principles of Community, the Office of Academic Affairs’ Mission Statement, and the UC Board of Regents Policy 4400: Policy on University of California Diversity Statement. UC Davis is making important progress towards our goal of achieving federal designation as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and an Asian American, Native American, and Pacific Islander-Serving Institution. The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion offers a plethora of resources on their website, and the Office of Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (HEDI) has outlined similar goals in their Anti-Racism and DEI Action Plan.” There are a plethora of links available on the About Us webpage where you can learn more about our Administration, Diversity and Inclusion, Rankings, Locations, Native American Land Acknowledgement, Sustainability, Visiting UC Davis, UC Davis Health, and Campus Safety.

The university is consistently ranked among the top institutions in the world for campus sustainability practices by the UI Green Metric World University Rankings. UC Davis is focused on achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions and repeatedly shown its commitment to preserving a healthy and sustainable environment for generations to come.

As a University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location

Davis, CA


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