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Full-Time Lecturer in Foodservice and Nutrition Systems Management

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Work type: Instructional Faculty - Temporary/Lecturer
Location: San Luis Obispo
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Temporary, Full Time, Faculty - Agriculture

The Food Science and Nutrition Department in the College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo is seeking candidates for full-time, academic year (9-month), lecturer in Foodservice and Nutrition Systems Management beginning in January 2021, until the position is filled. The College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences has started the construction of a multidisciplinary building of $125 million that will benefit this position with seven food and nutrition research labs including a culinary suite, a sensory laboratory, two food safety laboratories, and a food chemistry and analytical laboratory. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. 

The candidate’s primary teaching contribution will be in the areas of Management in Foodservice and Nutrition Systems and Culinology® with an emphasis on quantity food planning and preparation to meet specific nutritional requirements/guidelines for various foodservice facilities, including healthcare facilities, large corporate institutions and schools. 

Courses taught depend on student demand with the successful candidate having expertise in the above areas that would translate to one or more of the following courses: FSN 121: Fundamentals of Food, FSN 321: Contemporary Issues in Food Choice and Preparation, FSN 343: Foodservice Operations I, FSN 344: Foodservice Operations II, and/or FSN 426: Nutrition and Foodservice Systems Management. Additional courses may be assigned, as needed and as appropriate for the candidate’s expertise, by the department. Course descriptions are available at 

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.


  • Earned Bachelors and Master’s in Nutrition, Food Science, Foodservice or closely related field. 

  • Demonstrated experience in related field of expertise. 

  • Demonstrated experience and commitment to student-centered learning and teaching, as well as the ability to collaboratively work in multidisciplinary settings.  

  • Commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.  

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.  


  • RD/RDN credential. 

  • PhD in Nutrition, Food Science, Foodservice or closely related field.  

  • University-level teaching experience 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 Food Science and Nutrition Department has 12 full-time faculty, numerous part-time faculty, support staff, and approximately 600 students. FSN offers two majors - Nutrition and Food Science. The department hosts a dynamic and innovative Nutrition program that encourages national as well as international perspectives on teaching and research. The Department has strong connection with the stakeholders in California and research programs are developed in partnership with the Central Coast community and food industries along with commodity boards such as strawberry board. The Nutrition curriculum includes two concentrations: Applied Nutrition and Nutrition Science. The Applied Nutrition concentration is accredited by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and our Culinology® program is Research Chefs Association approved. The Department offers a MS in Nutrition, a MS in Food Science and a Dietetic Internship program.  


Interested candidates must attach (1) a cover letter, (2) resume/curriculum vitae, (3) copy of unofficial transcripts (from Bachelor's to highest degree awarded), (4) a list of university courses previously taught, if applicable, and courses requesting consideration to teach, (5) a statement describing the candidate's experience(s) with diversity and inclusion and how their experiences have prepared them to advance Cal Poly's commitment to diversity and inclusion, and (6) at least three professional references with names and email addresses when completing the online faculty application.  The selected candidate will be required to provide sealed official transcripts of highest degree awarded prior to appointment for final consideration.

Review of applications will begin September 21, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications received after that date may be considered until an acceptable candidate is secured.  For questions, please contact the Food Science & Nutrition department at EEO.


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