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Full-Time Lecturer - Sociology 24/26

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Work type: Instructional Faculty - Temporary/Lecturer
Location: San Luis Obispo
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Social Sciences, Temporary, Full Time

Full-Time Lecturer AY – Social Sciences 24-26

Social Sciences - Full-time Lecturer in the Social Sciences Department, College of Liberal Arts, Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo, California to begin September 16, 2024. Recruitment is for one position, with a two-year appointment for the 24/25 and 25/26 Academic Year, with the option of a third-year renewal.  Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. A Master of Arts (M.A.) in sociology or a closely related field and a successful teaching record are required.  ABD or PhD in sociology or closely related field is preferred.

Primary duties and responsibilities include teaching classes in race/ethnicity and genders and sexualities.  Preference will be given to applicants who have experience teaching in criminology, social work, and/or organizations.  Courses will be primarily taught at the Allan Hancock College campus in Santa Maria and as needed at the San Luis Obispo campus. The main teaching load will be supporting the Cal Poly at Hancock College 2+2 program. The 2+2 program is a new initiative, which enables place-bound students who have completed their ADT in sociology the opportunity to obtain their Cal Poly sociology bachelor’s degree in Santa Maria rather than commute to San Luis Obispo. Please see ( for further information about the program. The teaching load is 4 four-unit courses per quarter, with a total of 45 units across the academic year.

Initial rank and salary for lecturer faculty are based on professional experience and educational background and are determined by CLA dean’s office. 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

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, and strive 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 reflect 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.


An M.A. in Sociology or a closely related field and a successful teaching record are required.


A PhD in Sociology and successful teaching record is preferred.


All CSU employees are designated "mandated reporters" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act. As a condition of your employment, you will be required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 and any subsequent amendments.

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.

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 Social Sciences Department offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Anthropology/Geography with 16 full-time faculty and diverse undergraduate majors (~400 students) and minors.


Interested candidates must attach the following as part of the electronic application process:

(1) a cover letter

(2) resume/curriculum vitae

(3) statement of teaching philosophy and evidence teaching effectiveness

(4) diversity statement

(5) transcript copy showing highest degree completed (official transcripts showing highest degree earned will be required prior to appointment).

Please be prepared to provide three professional references with names and email addresses when completing the online faculty application.  Cal Poly will directly solicit letters from the individuals listed by applicants. Official sealed transcript showing highest degree earned will be required prior to appointment.

Projected Start Date: 09-16-2024

Review Begin Date: 03/23/2024. Applicants with complete files by the Review Begin Date will be given full consideration. Applications received after this date may be considered.

For questions, please contact the search committee chair, Dr. Ryan Alaniz, by email at




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