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Full-Time Equine Lecturer

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

The Animal Science Department within the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences at Cal Poly State University is seeking a full-time, 9-month lecturer for the 2020-21 year beginning September 10, 2020.  The position involves teaching undergraduate courses, assisting in the supervision of the Cal Poly Equine Center, and serving as advisor to competitive equestrian teams.

Teaching assignments may include such courses as equine science, equine management, equine behavior modification, training of young horses, equine enterprise classes and various courses within the equine minor. The position will also be expected to establish and maintain linkages with the equine industry, and assist with coordination of enterprise classes and equestrian team events.

In addition, candidates should be able to provide practical experience and individualized student-learning opportunities such as experiential classes, supervision of undergraduate and graduate research projects and student internships. Duties may also include, but are not limited to, supervision of undergraduate senior projects, graduate student research, student advising, and teaching graduate level courses and/or in a Master of Professional Studies or certificate program.

Service activities will include participation on department, college, and university committees and instructionally related activities. Excellent written and oral communication skills and strong interests in undergraduate and graduate teaching are required. Particular attention will be afforded to candidates who have productive records of teaching and scholarly activity that would strengthen current department initiatives.

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.


B.S. in Animal Science, Equine Science, or related field. Demonstrated ability and interest in teaching at the undergraduate level; Ability to communicate effectively in verbal and written form; Ability to lift and carry 75 pounds. This position requires extensive interaction with students, horse owners, and industry groups

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.


The preferred candidate would have experience in reproductive technologies (i.e. collection, processing, and shipping of stallion semen; heat detection, artificial insemination, management of embryo transfer donors and recipients, and embryo transfer procedures). Also desired, demonstrated experience in behavior modification and training of young horses; and possess the skills to serve as advisor to competitive equestrian teams.

The ability to collaborate on research with faculty across the College and University is desirable. Candidates who demonstrate a commitment to diversity, and who have international experience or the desire to cultivate international links, are preferred.

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.


Cal Poly's Animal Science Department provides one of the finest Learn By Doing programs in the nation.  The department, which includes over 800 students within the two majors, is considered by many the most comprehensive and the best undergraduate program in livestock production and management in the West. Through its faculty and students, the Department manages commercial herds and flocks of dairy and beef cattle, horses, sheep, swine, and poultry on a farm of over 6,000 acres. Extensive on-site facilities and state-of-the-art laboratories provide the resources for students to learn the principles required for successful careers in fields such as veterinary medicine, animal biotechnology, food animal production and processing, animal nutrition, and feed manufacturing.


Interested candidates must attach (1) a cover letter, (2) resume/curriculum vitae, (3) copy of unofficial transcripts (from Bachelor's to highest degree awarded), (4) a list of university courses previously taught, if applicable, and courses requesting consideration to teach, (5) a statement describing the candidate's experience(s) with diversity and inclusion and how their experiences have prepared them to advance Cal Poly's commitment to diversity and inclusion, and (6) at least three professional references with names and email addresses when completing the online faculty application.  The selected candidate will be required to provide sealed official transcripts of highest degree awarded prior to appointment for final consideration. 

Review of applications will begin July 3, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications received after that date may be considered until an acceptable candidate is secured. EEO. 


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