Job Posting: TT Assistant Professor Position at California Polytechnic State University

The Sociology program in the Department of Social Sciences at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, invites candidates to apply for a full-time tenure-track position as an Assistant Professor in Sociology. Candidates must have completed a Ph.D. in Sociology at the time of appointment, which starts on September 10, 2020. REVIEW BEGIN DATE: 12/2/2019. EOE.

Candidates will be expected to demonstrate a broad and critical appreciation of the field from a critical race perspective and with an appreciation of intersecting inequalities. They will be expected to teach classes on American Ethnic Minorities, Quantitative Research Methods, and Social Theory and develop undergraduate classes based on their own research interests.

Candidates will be expected to fulfill the following responsibilities and duties:

  • teach undergraduate Sociology classes in the core areas of Race, Quantitative Methods, and Social Theory
  • conduct ongoing research in related fields
  • publish in scholarly venues
  • supervise senior projects for sociology majors
  • contribute to the university’s mission, “Learn by Doing”
  • participate constructively in university life and undergraduate education.

Although Cal Poly is primarily a teaching university, our faculty are expected to balance teaching with an active program of research/professional development (including publication), student supervision and advising, and participation in service activities at the department and college/university level. The teaching/advising load averages 12 units per quarter (with course load reductions in each of the first two years to help establish one’s professional development activities), with correspondingly reasonable expectations for scholarship and service. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Initial appointment is for two years, subject to renewal.

The College of Liberal Arts is committed to enhancing the diversity and inclusiveness of the campus community and the curriculum. Candidates who can contribute to this goal in their teaching and scholarly work are encouraged to apply and identify their strengths and experiences in these areas.

Review of applications will begin on December 2, 2019.

At California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. Bringing people together from different backgrounds, experiences and value systems fosters the innovative and creative thinking that exemplifies Cal Poly’s values of free inquiry, cultural and intellectual diversity, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility. Cal Poly’s commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. California Polytechnic State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.


PhD in Sociology.

Demonstrated experience and commitment to student-centered learning and teaching, as well as the ability to collaboratively work in multidisciplinary settings is required. Demonstrated proficiency in written and oral use of the English language is required.


Preference will be given to those with experience in working with diverse populations and fostering a collaborative, supportive and inclusive environment.  Preference will also be given to those with relevant work experience and those who bring professional capabilities.


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 Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment. Note: Cal Poly 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 Cal Poly 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 Cal Poly or individuals in the university community.

For health and well-being, Cal Poly is a smoke & tobacco-free campus. The university is committed to promoting a healthy environment for all members of our community.


The Social Sciences Department is in the College of Liberal Arts at Cal Poly and consists of faculty in Anthropology, Geography, and Sociology. The department offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Anthropology and Geography.


Applicants must attach

1) a cover letter

2) Current resume/curriculum vitae

3) transcript copy – official transcripts will be required prior to appointment

4) Statement of Diversity and Inclusion describing past experience and contributions to diversity and inclusion efforts and how you will demonstrate a commitment in these areas in teaching, research, and/or service at Cal Poly

5) Teaching portfolio

6) Examples of scholarship or creative work

Applicants must also be prepared to provide in the online application the names and email addresses for a minimum of three professional references.  Cal Poly will directly solicit letters from the individuals listed by applicants. Review of applications will begin December 2, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.

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