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Tenure-Track Assistant Professor with Specialization in Law and Society

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

The Department of Political Science in the College of Liberal Arts at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), San Luis Obispo, California, invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track, academic-year Assistant Professor with a specialization in law and society, to begin September 14, 2023. Ph.D. in Political Science or a related field is required at time of appointment. A J.D. in addition to the Ph.D. is preferred but not required. Evidence of strong teaching skills and an active research program is required.

Substantive areas of expertise might include constitutional law, law and society, or judicial politics, among others. The successful candidate should be able to teach core undergraduate courses in law and society, such as Judicial Process, Constitutional Law, Civil Rights, Civil Liberties, Jurisprudence and Constitutional Theory.

An earned doctorate (Ph.D.) in Political Science or a closely related field from an accredited institution or international equivalent is required. Candidates nearing completion of the doctorate (ABD) may be considered but must provide proof that the doctorate has been completed prior to the start of the appointment.  The initial appointment is for two years, subject to renewal.

Salary commensurate with education and experience of the individual selected. Anticipated hiring range:  $79,500 - $85,000 per year.

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 typical teaching load is 12 units (three courses) per quarter, with a reduction in course load in each of the first two years to help new faculty establish an active program of research and professional development. Cal Poly strongly values diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), especially in the classroom and among its areas of study.

The College of Liberal Arts (CLA) sees diversity as central to its mission and is committed to fostering an equitable and inclusive environment within the college and university. We value our diversity of complex and intersecting identities, while striving to maintain an environment that is socially just, equitable, respectful, and inclusive. The successful applicant should be able to clearly demonstrate how they have infused these values and student learning objectives into their work. They should be prepared to present clear examples of how they would infuse these areas into their work as a faculty member. 

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.


  • Ph.D. in Political Science or a closely related field
  • Evidence of prior teaching excellence or evidence of promise of excellence in the future
  • Evidence of an active research program
  • Evidence of professional experience and/or engagement with issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Demonstrated experience and commitment to student-centered learning and teaching.
  • The ability to collaboratively work in multidisciplinary settings is required.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in written and oral use of the English language is required. 


  • J.D. (in addition to the Ph.D.) is preferred but not 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 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.



The Political Science Department currently consists of approximately a dozen tenure-line faculty, 2 full-time lecturers, and several part-time lecturers. The department is friendly and collegial and has a reputation for both teaching excellence and a high level of scholarship. In addition to approximately 400 majors, the department has a Master's of Public Policy program that serves around 40 graduate students, and several hundred students pursuing one of the three minors offered: Law and Society, Global Politics, and Political Science.


To apply, please visit, complete a required online faculty application and apply to Requisition #520124. Please upload the following required materials as part of the electronic application:

  1. Cover letter: address the feasibility of conducting a research program within the context of a primarily teaching-oriented undergraduate program
  2. Current curriculum vitae
  3. Statement of demonstrated commitment to DEI in teaching, scholarship and/or service describing past experience, contributions to DEI efforts, the impact on students, faculty, staff and/or your field and a description of how you will demonstrate a commitment in these areas in teaching, research, and/or service at Cal Poly
  4. Unofficial transcripts showing highest degree earned, official transcripts showing highest degree earned will be required prior to appointment.
  5. Evidence of teaching effectiveness and teaching evaluations
  6. Statement of Professional/Research Goals
  7. Statement of Teaching Philosophy

Please be prepared to provide three professional references with names and email addresses when completing the online faculty application. For full consideration apply by the REVIEW BEGIN DATE: Jan. 9, 2023.   Applications received after this date may be considered. 

Projected Start Date: September 14, 2023

For questions about the position please contact Dr. Michael Latner, Search Committee Chair, via email at





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