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Assistant Professor of Construction Engineering (AY 24/25)

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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

CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING TENURE-TRACK FACULTY POSITION - The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo invites applications for a full-time, academic year, tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level in Construction Engineering. We are seeking candidates with expertise in one or more of the following areas: Cost Engineering, Underground Infrastructure, Bridge Design and Construction, Engineering Economics, and Temporary Structure Design. Candidates with diverse research interests in construction engineering are encouraged to apply.

The position is available starting the Fall 2024 quarter.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to: (a) teaching undergraduate classes and laboratories in civil engineering in general, and construction engineering in particular, as well as graduate courses in area of specialization; (b) supervising undergraduate and graduate-level research; (c) developing and maintaining externally-funded research programs; (d) engaging in activities related to service in the form of students club advising, curriculum development, and shared governance.

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Appointment at the Assistant Professor rank is expected; the anticipated hiring range is $96,408 - $107,000 per year.

This position is in alignment with the College of Engineering’s strategic priorities, which emphasize innovative pedagogy and hands-on, student-centered teaching; a commitment to diversity and equity; development of hands-on research opportunities for undergraduate students; and curricular threads in areas of sustainability and climate change, data literacy and computational thinking, systems thinking, and professional development. Candidates are encouraged to demonstrate how their background and experience will support these priorities.

The Cal Poly College of Engineering strongly values diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), as part of our focus on equitable student success. The Cal Poly College of Engineering is excited to invite applications to fill multiple tenure-track faculty positions across eight departments to start September 2024. Successful applicants show evidence or demonstrate the potential to implement inclusive and equity-minded teaching strategies as well as 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 college is searching for positions in the following disciplines:

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science / Software Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

In addition to the standard new faculty support, candidates with DEI-focused scholarship and/or pedagogy will have the opportunity to apply for additional funds to support their DEI work.

The Cal Poly College of Engineering has an active National Science Foundation ADVANCE gender equity program and is committed to a pluralistic campus community through equal opportunity and work‐life balance. You will be joining a college that strives to be compassionate and supportive of colleagues, staff, and students. You will have the opportunity to teach and develop courses and advise students on projects and research. You will be supported in your efforts to establish an externally funded research program, mentor students, contribute to an inclusive and welcoming community, and provide services to the department, the college, and the university.


  1. Candidates for the position are required to have earned a doctorate degree in civil engineering with an emphasis on construction engineering or a closely related field by the time of appointment.
  2. A commitment to innovation in undergraduate teaching and working in a multidisciplinary and collaborative setting is expected.
  3. Demonstrated record of scholarly activities related to construction engineering.
  4. Demonstrated proficiency in written and oral use of the English language is required.

The ideal candidate will show evidence of attention to and/or the potential to contribute on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion across their teaching, scholarship, and service.

Applicants must submit a diversity statement which demonstrates the candidate's experience or potential with respect to supporting the College of Engineering’s goals related to diversity, equity and inclusion.  In particular, our vision statement is: “The Cal Poly College of Engineering will be nationally recognized for its rapidly diversifying student population and unique, inclusive Learn by Doing educational and applied research experiences.” Candidate’s diversity statement should convey how their teaching, research, and/or service at Cal Poly will contribute to this vision. Examples include highlighting the candidate’s experience and/or intentions with respect to: implementing inclusive classroom environments, the intersection of DEI in your research/scholarship, mentoring students with diverse backgrounds, outreach to under-represented student populations, and previous professional development in diversity and inclusion topics.


  1. Two years of industry experience in construction engineering in the United States or comparable international experience.
  2. Proven record of teaching, published research, and ability to attract external funding.
  3. Professional Engineering (P.E) registration, PMP certification, or relevant licensure.
  4. 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 to the role.


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 the 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.

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.


The Civil & Environmental Engineering Department has two separate B.S. degree programs with approximately 650 undergraduate students in the Civil Engineering Program and 200 in the Environmental Engineering Program. Both programs are ABET accredited. The Department’s undergraduate programs are consistently rated as among the best in the U.S. for non-Ph.D. granting institutions, and the department proudly supports extremely active and highly regarded student chapters of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Institute of Transportation Engineers, Society of Women Engineers, and Engineers without Borders. The Department also offers an M.S. degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering with approximately 50 active graduate students.

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.


Applicants must attach a cover letter, current curriculum vitae, teaching statement, diversity statement, research statement, and a copy of unofficial transcripts. Please be prepared to provide three professional references with names and email addresses when completing the online faculty application. For full consideration, candidates are encouraged to apply by the Review Begin Date, December 15, 2023. Applications received after this date may be considered.

For questions, please contact Dr. Misgana Muleta, Department Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering, at

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