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Full-Time Lecturer AY - Political Science

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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 - Public Affairs

POLITICAL SCIENCE - The Political Science Department in the College of Liberal Arts at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, is seeking one or more full-time lecturer position(s) to begin September 10, 2020. The appointment is for one year with the possibility of an extension to a second year. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Duties and responsibilities include teaching in our undergraduate program (specialization open to any one or a combination of the following: American Government, Pre-Law, Global Politics). The teaching load is 3-4 four-unit courses per quarter, with 45 units total across the academic year. MA in Political Science and demonstrated evidence of or potential for excellence in teaching at the university level required; ABD or PhD preferred. 

At California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, we strongly value diversity and inclusion. 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. 


MA in Political Science and demonstrated evidence of or potential for excellence in teaching at the university level required; ABD or PhD preferred.

Demonstrated experience and commitment to student-centered learning and teaching, as well as the ability to collaboratively work in multidisciplinary settings is required. Demonstrated proficiency in written and oral use of the English language is required. 


Preference will be given to those with 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.


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.


The Cal Poly Political Science Department prides itself on its collegiality and commitment to excellence in teaching and scholarship. The department serves approximately 400 majors, 130 minors and 25 graduate students. At the undergraduate level, the department offers concentrations in American Politics, Global Politics, Pre-Law and Individualized Courses of Study, as well as minors in Law & Society, Political Science and Global Politics. It also administers a Master of Public Policy Program.


Interested candidates must attach the following required materials: 1) Cover Letter, 2) Curriculum Vitae, 3) Statement of Diversity and Inclusion describing past experience and contributions to diversity and inclusion efforts, 4) statement of teaching philosophy and evidence of teaching effectiveness, and 5) an unofficial copy of transcripts. Applicants should be prepared to provide the names and email addresses for a minimum of three professional references when completing the application. Cal Poly will directly solicit letters from the individuals listed as references. Sealed official transcripts showing highest degree earned will be required prior to appointment. Applicants with complete files by review begin date will be given full consideration. Review of applications will begin June 26, 2020.

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