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Assistant Professor of Finance

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Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: San Luis Obispo
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Child/Youth Education and Development, Tenure Track, Full Time

The Finance Area at the Orfalea College of Business (OCOB) at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly), is seeking a full-time, academic year, tenure-track position, beginning September 10, 2020. Appointment at the Assistant Professor rank is anticipated. Higher ranks may be considered. Rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

OCOB invites applicants for a faculty position serving both Real Estate and Finance. The Real Estate program at OCOB is an innovative, interdisciplinary academic program that collaborates with the College of Architecture. The Finance program is increasingly focusing on FinTech and Financial Analytics. The primary responsibilities of the position are:

  1. Expand a core group of courses to offer an enhanced, multidisciplinary approach to real estate education;
  2. Lead and support student experiential learning through development and facilitation of internships and externships, competition teams, field trips, and other venues;
  3. Help and contribute toward a curriculum focusing on enhancing financial literacy and financial technology;
  4. Conduct research on issues of relevance to Real Estate and Finance.

It is expected that the successful applicant is committed to quality undergraduate teaching, continued scholarly activity, and service to the University. Candidates with an interest in and ability to pursue scholarly projects with undergraduates are preferred. Applicants focusing on real estate, finance and data science are especially encouraged to apply.

Cal Poly is a nationally ranked, four-year, comprehensive public university. Founded in 1901, the 6,000-acre campus is nestled in the foothills of San Luis Obispo, along California's scenic central coast and midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. With a budget of $168.5 million, the university has a student enrollment exceeding 17,000 students and employs over 2,000 faculty and staff members. Cal Poly is part of the 23-campus California State University system. 

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.


Required qualifications include:  

  1. A Ph.D. in Finance, Real Estate Finance, Economics or a closely related field from an accredited institution (or expected to receive by September 2020).  

  1. An excellent academic record demonstrating the ability to engage in high quality teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels as well as scholarly research.  

  1. Demonstrable commitment to diversity and inclusion.  

  1. Demonstrable commitment to project-based learning and to engaging students in applied research.   



Preference will be given to those with research and teaching experience in Real Estate Finance. Preference will also be given to those with experience in working with diverse populations and fostering a collaborative, supportive and inclusive environment. Relevant work experience will be considered a plus.  


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. Faculty employees who wish to apply for permanent residency will be responsible for retaining an immigration attorney. All filing and attorney's fees will be incurred by the faculty member.  



Interested candidates must attach (1) a cover letter, (2) resume/curriculum vitae,  (3) diversity statement,  (4) three letters of recommendation and (5) job market paper.

Please be prepared to provide three professional references with names and email addresses when completing the online faculty application. Review of applications will begin September 1,2019 and will continue until the position is filled.  

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