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Assistant Professor of Transportation Engineering

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

Assistant Professor of Transportation Engineering

The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department in the College of Engineering at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, is seeking a full-time, academic year, tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level in the area of Transportation Engineering with special emphasis in sustainable transportation systems. Candidates with diverse research interests are encouraged to apply by demonstrating how their research supports planning, design, and operation of sustainable transportation systems. The position is available starting Fall 2020.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: (a) teaching undergraduate classes and laboratories in civil engineering in general, and transportation engineering in particular, as well as graduate courses in area of specialization; (b) supervising undergraduate and graduate-level research; (c) developing and maintaining externally-funded research programs; (d) engaging in activities related to service in the form of student club advising, curriculum development, and shared governance.

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.


Candidates for the position are required to have earned undergraduate and doctorate degrees in Civil Engineering or a closely related field by time of appointment. 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. 


Experience in transportation planning/engineering, supported by a record of scholarly publications, is preferred. Professional registration, LEED certification, and industry/consulting experience are desirable. 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 Civil and Environmental Engineering Department has two separate B.S. degree programs with approximately 650 undergraduate students in the Civil Engineering Program and 200 in the Environmental Engineering Program. Both programs are ABET accredited. The Department also offers an M.S. degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering with approximately 60 active graduate students. The number of graduate students also includes those pursuing the Dual MCRP/MS Transportation degree, a unique interdisciplinary program shared by CE/ENVE and City and Regional Planning (CRP) Department in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design. The Department’s undergraduate programs are consistently rated as among the best in the U.S. for non-Ph.D. granting institutions, and the department proudly supports extremely active and highly regarded student chapters of the Institute of Transportation Engineers, American Society of Civil Engineers, Society of Women Engineers, and Engineers without Borders. Department faculty have been successful in securing research funding from state agencies, UTC consortia and federal agencies including NSF.


Candidates must attach: (1) cover letter providing some detail of the applicant's qualifications and interest in the position; (2) current résumé/CV; (3) the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three professional references; (4) Statement of Teaching Philosophy; (5) Statement of Research Interests; and (6) Statement on Diversity and Inclusivity. Finalists chosen to interview on-campus will be required to provide three letters of recommendation and official transcripts. Applicants are encouraged to submit materials by October 31, 2019 for full consideration; however, the position will remain open until filled. For questions, please contact the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at

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