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Full-time Lecturer - City and Regional Planning

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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 City and Regional Planning Department in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, is seeking a full-time lecturer for the 2024-25 academic year.

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.

Job Summary

The City and Regional Planning Department seeks a full-time lecturer with a record of teaching (either demonstrated or with the potential for success) in one or more of the following areas: community planning, urban design, and Geographic Information Systems. The position is for the 2024-25 academic year (3 quarters) and requires 3-4 classes per quarter. 

Candidates shall demonstrate the ability to lead either community planning studios or urban design studios. Teaching includes laboratory (studio) and lecture-format courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Learn-by-doing and project-based learning is the preferred teaching model. Studios may require working will real community clients such as cities, counties, or community-based organizations. Candidates who demonstrate proficiency in GIS will have a competitive advantage. We are especially interested in candidates committed to supporting the success of first-year, first-generation, and underrepresented students. 

The College of Architecture & Environmental Design at Cal Poly is committed to building a diverse faculty of teacher-scholars who collaborate to provide a multi-disciplinary and hands-on approach to student learning. We believe that individuals from diverse backgrounds strengthen our programs and positively impact student success. We encourage qualified applicants from all backgrounds to apply for consideration and expect successful applicants to demonstrate an ability to work with students and colleagues from diverse backgrounds. 

Rank and salary commensurate with qualifications, education and experience of the individual selected. Anticipated hiring range: $72,000 - $81,600 per year.


- A master's degree is required. Must have at least one academic degree in planning, landscape architecture, urban design, or architecture 

- Five years of professional and/or teaching experience in the field of planning. 

- Demonstrated competence in urban design or community planning. 

- Ability to communicate effectively and work cooperatively with students, faculty, staff, and administrators from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds. 

- Individuals with exceptional professional and/or academic distinction may be considered without the cited credentials. 


- Ph.D. or a Professional Doctorate is preferred.
- Demonstrated research/practice interests. The department values candidates who can embrace the polytechnic tradition that promotes theory and practice through Learn by Doing.
- Professional and/or teaching experience includes supervision of project work.
- Commitment to diversity and social justice as evidenced in their record of teaching, scholarship, and/or service.


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.

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.


One of five departments in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design, the award-winning Department of City and Regional Planning offers two PAB-accredited professionally-oriented programs - a Bachelor of Science (BSCRP) and a Master of City and Regional Planning (MCRP). The bachelor's program provides strong preparation in land use, physical planning, and urban design. The master's program prepares graduates to provide leadership in urban and environmental planning and policy. There is a joint Master's degree in Transportation Planning with the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. Interdisciplinary courses are offered with other college departments and there is a common interest in sustainability and collaboration. The Department has strong links to the California planning profession.


Please attach a letter of interest, teaching philosophy, resume/CV, courses previously taught, sample(s) of course syllabi to application submission, diversity statement, and unofficial transcripts of highest degree. Please be prepared to provide the names and emails of three references when completing the application.

Review of applications will begin February 12, 2024.

For questions, please contact the City and Regional Planning Department at (805) 756-1315. 

Official transcripts and 3 current letters of recommendation will be required before appointment.



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