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Assistant Professor in Global Studies - Interdisciplinary Studies (AY 24/25)

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Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: San Luis Obispo
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Social Sciences, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time
Position Description

INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES - The Department of Interdisciplinary Studies in the Liberal Arts in the College of Liberal Arts at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, is seeking applications for a full-time, academic-year, tenure-track Assistant Professor specializing in Global Studies with a focus on Latinx/e migration and the environment to begin September 16, 2024. Other areas of specialization could include, but are not limited to climate change, public health, technology studies, social justice, or education related to Latinx/e populations. Special consideration will be given to applicants who take critical, interdisciplinary, and decolonial approaches to the intersections of migration and social sustainability. Primary teaching duties will include teaching courses required for our Interdisciplinary Studies (IS) major that focus on approaches, theories, methods in interdisciplinary studies. The successful candidate will also teach courses required within our four Science, Technology and Society (STS) minors as well as potentially developing courses that will enhance these minors. In addition, the successful candidate will teach general education and seminar courses developed around their areas of expertise. Responsibilities will include working with and advising IS majors enrolled in the “Global Citizenship and Social Sustainability” concentration. 

Cal Poly strongly values diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), especially in the classroom and among its areas of study.  This position is part of a college-wide cluster of searches designed to increase curricular coverage of areas related to DEI, as well as to promote inclusive and equity-minded teaching strategies across the university.  Successful candidates will be expected to contribute to the college’s goals in these areas.  

The other searches are for positions in the following disciplines across campus:

  • Psychological Aspects of Migration in Latinx/e Youth and Families (Psychology & Child Development)
  • Modern Latinx/e and/or Chicanx/e History (History)
  • Latinx/e Migration and/or Immigration Studies (Political Science)

Candidates selected through this DEI cluster hire will be given start-up funds to support their work in DEI.  Once hired, candidates will collaborate with their dean and others to develop a plan for utilizing these funds for supplemental compensation, assigned time, or professional development activities. For more information about Cal Poly’s DEI-Focused Cluster Hires, please visit:

Salary: Anticipated Hiring Range: $81,888 - $87,552/year, $6,824-$7,296/month 
(Note that hiring level will be commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the candidate.)

Although Cal Poly is primarily a teaching university, our faculty are expected to balance teaching with an active program of research/professional development (including publication), student supervision and advising, and participation in service activities at the department and college/university level. The typical teaching load is 12 units (three courses) per quarter, with a reduction in course load in each of the first two years to help new faculty establish an active program of research and professional development.

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 of 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 DEI informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring, and retention. California Polytechnic State University is an equal-opportunity employer. 

Due to California State University (CSU) policies, the person hired must reside in the state of California at the time of hire and for the entirety of the appointment. As a tenure-line faculty member, you are expected to establish an on-campus presence.  

Required Qualifications 

  • Ph.D. in an interdisciplinary field earned or nearing completion A.B.D., (degree completion expected no later than August 2024)
  • Demonstrated university teaching experience and a successful teaching record
  • Demonstrated ability to collaboratively work in multidisciplinary settings. 
  • Demonstrated proficiency in written and oral use of the English language is required.  
  • Evidence of potential for scholarly achievement related to Global Studies, with a focus on migration and the environment. 

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Experience working with diverse populations and fostering a collaborative, supportive and inclusive environment. 
  • Potential for grant development in areas related to the area of study. 

 Special Conditions 

All California State University (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 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. 

About The Department  

The Department of Interdisciplinary Studies in the Liberal Arts (ISLA) offers interdisciplinary classes to support a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies as well as four interdisciplinary minors: Ethics, Public Policy, Science & Technology; Gender, Race, Culture, Science & Technology; Media Arts, Society & Technology; and Science and Risk Communication. Many ISLA courses satisfy university general education and breadth requirements. The department's website is  

How to Apply 

To apply, please visit, complete a required online faculty application and apply to Position Requisition #533340. Please upload the following required materials as part of the electronic application: 

  • Cover letter (which may address the feasibility of conducting research, scholarship, and/or creative activities within the context of a primarily teaching-oriented undergraduate program) 
  • Current curriculum vitae 
  • Statement of demonstrated commitment to DEI in teaching, scholarship, and service describing past experience, contributions to DEI efforts, the impact on students, faculty, staff and/or your field, and a description of how you will demonstrate a commitment in these areas in teaching, research, and service at Cal Poly 
  • Unofficial transcripts showing highest degree earned, official transcripts showing highest degree earned will be required prior to appointment.  
  • Statement of teaching philosophy and evidence of teaching effectiveness. 
  • Statement of research interests. 

Please be prepared to provide three professional references with names and email addresses when completing the online application. For full consideration apply by the

Projected Start Date: September 16, 2024.

Review Begin Date: January 8, 2024. Applicants with complete files by the Review Begin Date will be given full consideration. 

For questions about the position please contact Dr. Matthew Harsh via email at 


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