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Full Time Lecturer, Event Planning and Experience 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 Experience Industry Management Department (EIM) in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, is seeking applications for a full-time academic year lecturer in event planning and experience management for the 2023-2024 and 2024-2025 academic years starting January 8, 2024 and ending June 16, 2025.

Primary teaching and service responsibilities will include: Experiential Marketing, Strategic Event Planning,  Strategic Event Implementation, and leading a group of students to design and execute the annual EIM Auction and Dinner. Additional courses across the curriculum may be assigned based on student demand and the applicants’ qualifications and interests.

Initial rank and salary for lecturer faculty are based on professional experience and educational background and are determined by the hiring department. Most new lecturers are hired at the Lecturer A or B rank. 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 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.


  • Master’s degree in event planning/management, marketing, organizational communication, or closely related field.
  • Evidence of progressive professional experience in the event planning and experience management field.
  • Excellent and effective communication and interpersonal skills.
  • The ability to be a productive team player and to interact well with peers, students, industry, government agencies, and the public.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and strong interest in undergraduate teaching.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in written and oral use of the English language.


The ability to collaborate with faculty across the College and University is desirable. Preference will be given to candidates with teaching experience in event planning and experience management as well as the ability to teach broadly across the curriculum. Preference will be given to those with experience working with diverse populations and fostering a collaborative, supportive and inclusive environment. Preference will also be given to those with relevant work experience who bring professional capabilities and those with the ability to build connections with industry and foster new relationships.


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.

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. It is also expected that faculty establish an on-campus presence to fulfill their responsibilities.

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 EIM Department in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences offers a B.S. in Recreation, Parks, & Tourism Administration. An M.S. in Agriculture with a specialization in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Management is currently not accepting applicants. The Experience Industry Management department, accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions offers areas of study in Tourism, Hospitality and Destination Management, Event Planning and Experience Management, and Sport and Recreation Management. The Experience Industry Management department's vision is to cultivate leaders and innovators in industries that promote healthy lifestyles, protect memorable places, and facilitate life-enhancing experiences for individuals, communities, and the global society. The department’s Experience Innovation Lab in the new William and Linda Frost Center For Research & Innovation opens officially in Fall 2023.


Review begin date: November 1, 2023. Applicants are encouraged to submit materials by November 1, 2023 for full consideration; however, applications received after this date may be considered. Interested candidates must attach: (1) a cover letter, (2) resume/curriculum vitae, (3) unofficial transcripts of the highest degree, (4) statement of teaching philosophy, and (5) a statement describing the candidate’s experience(s) with diversity, equity, and inclusion and how their experiences have prepared them to advance Cal Poly’s commitment to inclusive excellence ( Please be prepared to provide at least three professional references with names and email addresses when completing the online faculty application.  Finalists for the position will be required to provide three letters of reference. The selected candidate will be required to provide official transcripts prior to appointment for final consideration. For additional information, please contact the email department at



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