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Full-time Lecturer - Biological Sciences

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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 - Natural Sciences, On-site (work in-person at business location)

The Biological Sciences Department in the Bailey College of Science and Mathematics at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is seeking to hire full-time lecturers for one-year contracts with the possibility of extension. The appointments begin September 16, 2024 and end June 16, 2025. Teaching assignments may include both introductory and upper-division classes.  We have particular teaching needs in the molecular/cellular biology area or in the area of ecology and organismal biology.  Other classes may also be part of the teaching assignment as appropriate. Qualified candidates from related disciplines of biological sciences are invited to apply. Rank and salary are commensurate with qualifications and experience. The anticipated hiring range for this role is $74,700 - $85,500 annually. 

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.


  • A Ph.D. in Biological Sciences or a closely related discipline.
  • All requirements for the Ph.D. must be completed before September 16, 2024.


  • Preference will be given to candidates with evidence of (or potential for) excellence in teaching.
  • Teaching effectiveness, understanding of the teaching and learning process, and currency in the subject matter of teaching assignments are all important aspects of the lecturer position. 


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.


The Biological Sciences Department is the largest academic unit within the Bailey College of Science and Mathematics and is one of the largest departments at Cal Poly. There are approximately 900 undergraduate students and 50 graduate students in the department. The department's mission is three-fold: I) offer majors leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences, Marine Science, or Microbiology, as well as a thriving Master of Science degree Program; 2) offer courses to satisfy the biology requirements for other majors; and 3) offer courses to meet general education and breadth requirements for Cal Poly's entire student population. The department offers approximately 125 different courses to over 10,000 students annually, with the majority of courses having a laboratory component. The department is currently composed of an elected department chair (3-year term), 33 full-time faculty, 2 full-time lecturers, 35-40 part-time faculty/teaching associates, approximately 25 student assistants, and 9 support staff of which 3 provide administrative support and 6 support classroom and research endeavors. Faculty research grants have totaled almost $7 million over the past five years. More information regarding the Biological Sciences Department can be found at


Interested candidates must attach (1) a cover letter, (2) resume/curriculum vitae (3) teaching philosophy statement, and (4) unofficial transcript(s) as one file. These documents are not accepted in hard copy format. Please be prepared to provide three professional references with names and email addresses when completing the online faculty application. Official transcripts are required prior to appointment.

Review of applications will begin June 6, 2024 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications received after that date may be considered. Positions are open until filled.

For questions, please contact Dr. Ken Hillers at

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