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Full-Time Lecturer AY - Art & Design 24/25

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

ART & DESIGN - The Department of Art and Design at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), San Luis Obispo seeks a one-year full time professor of art history in the field of Asian Art, to begin September 16, 2024. Candidates may have expertise in the art, architecture, and/or visual culture of any geographic region and period in Asian history, broadly defined. A specialization in contemporary Asian art is preferred, but not required. Preference will also be given to candidates who demonstrate expertise in interdisciplinary approaches and current methodologies.

The selected candidate will teach two to three classes a quarter as well as 1-unit independent studies as needed. Teaching responsibilities will include an upper-level survey of Asian Art, an upper-level elective in Asian Art specific to the candidate’s field, as well as large sections of the lower-division GE survey course Introduction to Visual Arts. Candidates must be enthusiastic about teaching in an undergraduate, student-centered program that administers a BFA degree in three concentration areas (Graphic Design; Photography & Video; and Studio Art) as well as minors in Photography & Video, Studio, and Art History. There are no service requirements for this position.

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 2023, the classification salary ranges for the respective ranks are:
Lecturer A: $5,007-$6,359
Lecturer B: $5,925-$12,594
Lecturer C: $6,500-$13,831
Lecturer D: $8,184-$14,487

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, while striving 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 for how they would infuse 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.

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.


PhD or ABD in Art History or related discipline with a specialization in art, architecture, or visual culture of Asia, broadly defined. Candidates should demonstrate evidence of college-level teaching experience as well as scholarly activity.


Two or more years of college-level teaching experience is preferred. Preference will also be given to those with experience in working with underserved populations and fostering a collaborative, supportive and inclusive environment.


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. 


Applicants should attach the following documents to their online application:

1) a cover letter that addresses how the candidate’s research interests and teaching philosophy fit the objectives of the position and institution

2) a curriculum vitae

3) a statement of diversity and inclusion describing how you would demonstrate a commitment in these areas as an instructor at Cal Poly

4) a teaching philosophy statement and evidence of teaching effectiveness

5) unofficial transcripts of highest degree earned

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 people listed by applicants.

For full consideration apply by the REVIEW BEGIN DATE: July 1, 2024. Applicants with complete files by the Review Begin Date will be given full consideration. Applications received after this date may be considered. Sealed official transcripts showing highest degree earned will be required prior to appointment.

For questions, please contact the Art & Design Department Chair, Sara Frantz, by phone at (805) 756-6069 or by email at



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