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Full-time Lecturer - Landscape Architecture

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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 - Architecture

The Landscape Architecture (LA) Department in the College of Architecture & Environmental Design at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, is seeking applicants for a full-time lecturer position beginning September 14, 2023. The position requires a commitment for one academic year of full-time teaching with an opportunity to be reappointed for one additional year. Salary and teaching assignments will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The LA Department is a group of faculty and staff working to provide students with the best possible education to prepare them for the professional world. We are seeking candidates who share our commitment to teaching excellence within a comprehensive landscape architecture curriculum and who are grounded in professional experience.

Required qualifications:

1. A master’s or doctoral degree in landscape architecture or a related and complementary field. Where the master’s or doctoral degree is in a related or complementary field, the candidate shall have an undergraduate or master’s degree in landscape architecture and shall have evidence of experience in landscape architecture practice.

2. Evidence of potential for excellence in university-level teaching.

3. Evidence of potential for ongoing professional development that will keep the faculty member current with the profession of landscape architecture

4. Demonstrable commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Preferred Qualifications:

1. 3 years or more of professional experience relevant to the teaching areas for which the candidate is applying

2. Landscape Architecture License or demonstrated progress in the licensure process.

Primary responsibilities will be to teach in one or more of the following core subject areas:

- 2nd year and upper division studios
- Principles of Design Communication, 2 and 3D graphics, GIS, AutoCAD
- Landscape architecture construction - including construction document preparation and implementation strategies in upper and lower division studios
- Design with natural and cultural systems
- Green infrastructure, storm water management, climate adaptation strategies - including heat island, drought and sea level mitigation, landscape performance design and assessment, and interdisciplinary connections with green building technology
- Landscape ecology lecture class

Candidates with expertise in social justice design and/or sustainability and resilient design and construction techniques that promote resource conservation are encouraged to apply.  The department is especially interested in candidates committed to support and success of first-generation and underrepresented students.

Rank and salary for lecturer faculty are based on professional experience and educational background and are determined by the hiring department.  As of July 2022, the classification salary ranges for the respective ranks are:
Lecturer A: $4,530-$6,056
Lecturer B: $5,405-$11,994
Lecturer C: $6,190-$13,172
Lecturer D: $7,794-$13,797

At California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion 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.


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.

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 questions may be sent 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.

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 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. Successful applicants should 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.


The Landscape Architecture Department at Cal Poly provides the highest quality educational experience for its students. We recognize that the profession of Landscape Architecture is changing and calling on professionals to play a more active leadership role in designing and managing numerous aspects of our environment. Our five-year first professional Bachelor of Landscape Architecture program is accredited by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB) and recognized by the Landscape Architects Technical Committee of the California Board of Architectural Examiners. With a learning-centered educational approach, Cal Poly students will develop the professional skills and knowledge needed to make valuable contributions to a changing global society. Through the faculty’s commitment to excellence in teaching and the core values of the profession, students will develop an appreciation for life-long learning and an interdisciplinary approach to landscape architectural design.


Founded in 1901, Cal Poly is one of only five comprehensive polytechnic universities in the nation. It has approximately 21,000 undergraduate, 800 post-baccalaureate/graduate students. U.S. News and World Report has ranked Cal Poly #1 among public master's universities in the western United States for 26 consecutive years. A primarily undergraduate university, Cal Poly offers academically focused students 65 baccalaureate degrees and 39 master's degrees. Operating on the quarter calendar system, Cal Poly takes pride in its "Learn by Doing" approach to teaching and learning, which has characterized Cal Poly since its founding. One of the 23 campuses of the California State University system, Cal Poly has a statewide mandate as a polytechnic university. Situated on 1,321 acres, 155 of which make up the campus core, Cal Poly is one of the largest land-holding universities in the nation and uses all of its land holdings in active support of its educational programs.

Cal Poly is located in historic San Luis Obispo, a city of 47,500, just twelve miles from the Pacific Ocean and midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles on California's scenic Central Coast. With excellent public education resources, recreational facilities and an expanding dedication to the arts, the area is known for its scenic landscapes, extraordinary temperate climate, and an abundance of outdoor activities.


Interested candidates must attach (1) a cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae, 3) names and contact information of at least three references, 4) unofficial transcripts at the time of application (official transcripts are required for appointment) 5) statement of teaching philosophy, including approach to working with individuals from diverse backgrounds, 6) diversity statement, 7) list of any CSU courses previously taught and courses requesting consideration to teach, 8) course evaluation results (if applicable), and 9) design portfolio (15 pages and 30MB file size limit). Review of applications will begin March 2, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled.


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