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Why Choose To Teach At Sac State?

“As California's capital university, Sacramento State transforms lives by preparing students to lead, serve, and succeed.”

Points of Pride

A world-class educational institution in the capital of the nation's largest state, Sacramento State truly lives up to its Mission Statement:

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Faculty Testimonials

  • “I wanted to work at an institution where the students come first, and I believe that Sacramento State exemplified this in many aspects.”
  • “Diverse student population and the wonderful campus.”
  • “Commitment to student success, supporting and celebrating diversity.”
  • “The diversity: under-represented and first-generation students.”
  • “I love that it is a California State University. The students are amazing.”

Work in California’s Capital

The University is home to dedicated faculty who, in addition to shaping the minds of the capital’s next generation of leaders, play vital roles in regional and state issues and discourse. Our faculty members are leaders in their fields and engaged members of the community, fueling discussion of the ways public policy affects the lives of the electorate while addressing issues facing the region and the state. Our beautiful and vibrant campus alongside the famed American River provides an environment that is suited for learning, working, and thriving.

California State Capital

Play in California’s Capital

Sacramento — the City of Trees — is one of the most ethnically diverse and livable cities in the country, with a population of half of a million. More than 2 million people live in the Greater Sacramento Region, which encompasses several counties, spanning from the edge of the East Bay to the Sierra Foothills. Founded at the confluence of the Sacramento and American Rivers, activities on, alongside, and influenced by our waterways are in our city's blood.

The region’s mild Mediterranean climate produces hot summer days and cool nighttime Delta breezes. Winters are chilly, but without snow, and sometimes cloaked in the Central Valley’s famed Tule Fog. It's possible to wear shorts and enjoy outdoor activities almost year-round, yet a short trip to the nearby Sierra Nevada Mountains will satisfy those who need some winter snow play.

A “Farm-To-Fork” philosophy permeates Sacramento, centered in some of the most fertile farmlands in the country. Find foods of all types in and around town, many sourcing their ingredients solely from local farms. Oh, did you know that we are within a one hour drive of Napa Valley and other fine wine grape growing appellations?

You’ll soon learn that Sacramento offers great theater, music, art galleries, museums, several professional sport teams, and other opportunities to keep you engaged and connected with others in the community.

Bird's-eye view of Sac State Aquatic Center
Sac State Aquatic Center
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Employee Resources

Generous Benefits Package

As a member of CalPERS, one of the largest pension and health benefits managers in the country, we are able to offer very attractive medical, dental, vision, and retirement benefits. The CSU Fee Waiver and Reduction Program provides benefits to employees and their eligible dependents at any of the 23 California State University campuses. Our Employee Assistance Program provides professional assistance to employees and their eligible family members in assessing and resolving personal problems that may be affecting well-being or job performance.

Employee Affinity Groups

Sacramento State has a number of grass-roots Employee Affinity Groups that were created to build community and a supportive structure for members of the Hornet Family that may come from traditionally under-represented groups.

A Vibrant and Active Campus

The tree-covered Sacramento State campus is home to a wide range of activities that we encourage all of our employees to participate in. Whether you are a Hornet Superfan for our Division I men's and women's sports, a lover of the performing arts (Music,Theatre and Dance), contemplating where we are in the universe while enjoying a Planetarium show, or visiting for another event we have a place for you, your family, and your friends. While COVID has dampened some of the normal activities on campus, many have transitioned to virtual and we look forward to returning to normal operations in the future.

To see what is happening at Sac State on any given day, please check out the searchable and filterable Sac State Calendar of Events.

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Faculty Resources

Center for Teaching and Learning

The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) is committed to helping our faculty grow professionally as educators. Though workshops, faculty learning communities, mentoring, and other activities, CTL will introduce you to others on our campus and help you become even more effective in the classroom, whether it be face-to-face or virtual.

University Library

The University Library, based right in the middle of campus, is more than just a place to get books and journals. Our library offers publication and scholarship support, digitization services, supports open access educational materials, can help you teach informational literacy to your students, and much more.

Office of Research, Innovation, and Economic Development

The Office of Research, Innovation, and Economic Development (ORIED) works to expand the research capacity of Sacramento State’s faculty, staff, and students, and to link a range of academic and infrastructure initiatives that advance our faculty and campus connection to the regional community.

Community Engagement Center

For more than 20 years, the Community Engagement Center (CEC) has facilitated campus and community partnerships that make a difference in the lives of our students and the Sacramento region by providing opportunities for Service Learning, community service, and Academic Internships.

Diversity & Inclusion

As noted in our Points of Pride, Sacramento State is committed to educational equity and has been recognized as one of the nation’s most diverse universities. Now, we’re on a mission to become the most inclusive university, where equity ensures equal educational opportunity and our students, faculty, staff, and administrators belong to a community that respects the dignity of all of its members and embraces differing opinions, life experiences, and world views.

At Sacramento State, our commitment to diversity and inclusion is evidenced by the values embedded in our Hornet Honor Code.

At every level, students, faculty, and staff are breaking down barriers and re-examining and adapting to create a culture where every person on campus feels respected. Sacramento State is committed to the success of all members of the Hornet Family, and together, we can achieve our goals.

We are looking for individuals with these same values to join our Hornet family, and we hope that you consider us.

Pie charts describing the diverse mix of students by race and gender

map of faculty u.s. state received degrees

Recently hired faculty have also received their highest degrees from most of the states in the country as well as from countries around the world, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.