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Assistant Professor - Computer Science and Software Engineering

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

Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering

The Computer Science and Software Engineering Department within the College of Engineering at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California (Cal Poly) invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Computer Science faculty position at the Assistant Professor rank beginning Fall Quarter 2023.

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Qualified candidates with industry experience are encouraged to apply.

Duties include teaching undergraduate and master's level courses, supporting and expanding curricular development in Computer Science and Software Engineering, pursuing research in one's area of expertise, and providing service to the department, the university, and the community. Qualified candidates with teaching interests in the department areas of need (see “Preferred Qualifications” below) are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Cal Poly College of Engineering strongly values diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), especially in the classroom and among its areas of study. This position is part of a college-wide cluster of faculty recruitment designed to promote inclusive and equity-minded teaching strategies as well as to increase curricular coverage of the intersection of engineering and computing with societal challenges, particularly around DEI issues. Successful candidates will be expected to contribute to the college’s goals in these areas.

The cluster hire searches are for positions in the following disciplines:

· Computer Science/ Software Engineering

· Electrical Engineering

· Environmental Engineering

· Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

· Materials Engineering

· Mechanical Engineering

In addition to the standard new faculty support, candidates selected through this DEI cluster hire will be given additional start-up funds to support their work in DEI. Once hired, candidates will collaborate with their dean and others to develop a plan for utilizing these funds.

Cal Poly emphasizes Learn by Doing which involves extensive lab work and projects in support of theoretical knowledge. The CSSE department maintains an array of modern computing facilities and specialized labs for instructional and faculty support.

At Cal Poly, 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.


An earned doctorate (Ph.D.) in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, or a closely related field from an accredited institution or international equivalent is required for appointment. Candidates nearing completion of the doctorate (ABD) will be considered but must provide proof that the doctorate was completed prior to the start of the appointment.

Candidates must have a strong commitment to teaching excellence and laboratory-based instruction, dedication to continued professional development and scholarship, and a broad-based knowledge of computer science/software engineering. Demonstrated ability in written and oral use of the English language is required. Demonstrated experience and commitment to student-centered learning and teaching, as well as the ability to collaboratively work in multidisciplinary settings is required.

The successful candidate must have the ability to work effectively with students, staff and faculty from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Cal Poly is committed to the teacher-scholar model. As teachers, faculty are expected to exhibit strong pedagogic skills and to remain proficient and current in their disciplines. As scholars, faculty should be engaged in scholarly work that is of very high quality as evidenced by external peer review. As colleagues, it is appropriate for faculty to perform service activities at all levels of the University.

The ideal candidate will show evidence of attention to issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion across their teaching, scholarship, and service.

Applicants must submit a diversity statement which focuses on evidence of the applicant’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, and a description of how they will demonstrate a commitment in these areas in teaching, research, and/or service at Cal Poly. Potential topics may include but are not limited to: implementing inclusive classroom environments, the intersection of DEI in research/scholarship, mentoring students with diverse backgrounds, outreach to under-represented student populations, implementing bias mitigation and previous professional development in diversity and inclusion topics.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS                                                 

Preference will be given to those with experience in working with diverse populations and fostering collaborative, supportive and inclusive environments.

Preference will be given to candidates with a demonstrated excellence in university level teaching and research (commensurate with time since degree), experience with laboratory-based instruction and/or industry experience. Experience and a commitment to working in a multidisciplinary and collaborative setting is preferred.

Preference will be given to candidates able to teach courses in areas of need for the CSSE department. These include fundamentals of computer science, computer organization, discrete structures, programming languages, systems programming, theory of computation, software engineering, human-computer interaction, mobile application development and web development.

SPECIAL CONDITIONS                                                    

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.

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.

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 CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so.  Any candidates advanced in a search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement The systemwide policy can be found at CSU Vaccination Policy and any questions you have may be submitted to

In accordance with the California State University (CSU) Out-of-State Employment Policy, the CSU is a state entity whose business operations reside within the State of California and prohibits hiring employees to perform CSU related work outside of California.

This position classification has been defined as "Exempt" and is not subject to the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

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.


To apply, applicants are encouraged to provide the following supplemental documents: (1) a cover letter providing some details of the applicant's qualifications and interest in the position; (2) a current CV; (3) a statement of teaching philosophy and goals and plans for research; (4) copy of unofficial transcripts (sealed official transcripts and letters of recommendation will be required for final consideration); and (5) submit a diversity statement that displays evidence of the applicant’s ability to support a diverse and inclusive environment including implementing inclusive classroom environments, mentoring students with diverse backgrounds, outreach to underrepresented student populations, implementing bias mitigation and previous professional development in diversity and inclusion topics.

Please be prepared to provide three professional references with names and email addresses when completing the online faculty application. Applicants are encouraged to submit materials by the review begin date for full consideration; however, applications received after this date may be considered.  REVIEW BEGIN DATE: December 5, 2022.

Contact recruitment committee chair Foaad Khosmood (



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