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Assistant Professor of Environmental Engineering

California Polytechnic State University
San Luis Obispo, California
Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Oct 14, 2022

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Field of specialization
Education, Engineering, Environmental
Work Function
Teaching-Graduate, Teaching-Undergraduate
Job Type
Full time

ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING TENURE-TRACK FACULTY POSITION - The Civil & Environmental Engineering (CE/ENVE) Department at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo invites applications for a full-time, academic year, tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level in Environmental Engineering. Candidates with diverse teaching and research interests are encouraged to apply. The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate how their background addresses contemporary environmental engineering concerns related to bioremediation, resource recovery, and/or solid/hazardous waste. Rank and salary are commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The position is available starting Fall 2023.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to: (a) teaching undergraduate classes and laboratories in environmental engineering in general as well as graduate courses in an area of specialization. The ability to teach courses in more than one sub-specialty (bioremediation, solid/hazardous waste, as well as engineering fundamentals such as thermodynamics or mass transfer and environmental chemistry) is preferred; (b) supervising undergraduate and graduate (Masters)-level research; (c) developing and maintaining externally-funded research programs; (d) collaborating with other faculty on curricular, research and professional development interests; (e) engaging in activities related to service in the form of student club advising, curriculum development, and shared governance.

The Cal Poly College of Engineering 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 promote inclusive and equity-minded teaching strategies as well as increase curricular coverage of the intersection of engineering and computing with societal challenges, particularly around DEI issues. Successful candidates will be expected to contribute to the college’s goals in these areas.

The cluster hire searches are for positions in the following disciplines:

· Computer Science/ Software Engineering

· Electrical Engineering

· Environmental Engineering

· Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

· Materials Engineering

· Mechanical Engineering

In addition to the standard new faculty support, candidates selected through this DEI cluster hire will be given additional 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.


Candidates for the position are required to have earned undergraduate and doctorate degrees in Environmental Engineering, Chemical/Biochemical Engineering, or a closely-related field by appointment start date. Experience in environmental engineering, supported by a record of scholarly publications, is preferred. Professional registration and industry/consulting experience are desirable. A commitment to innovation in undergraduate teaching and working in a multidisciplinary and collaborative setting is expected.

The ideal candidate will show evidence of attention to issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion across their teaching, scholarship, and service.

Applicants must submit a diversity statement which focuses on evidence of the applicant’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, and a description of how you will demonstrate a commitment in these areas in teaching, research, and/or service at Cal Poly. Potential topics may include but are not limited to implementing inclusive classroom environments, the intersection of DEI in your research/scholarship, mentoring students with diverse backgrounds, outreach to under-represented student populations, implementing bias mitigation and previous professional development in diversity and inclusion topics.


Experience in environmental engineering, supported by a record of scholarly publications, is preferred. Professional registration, LEED certification, and industry/consulting experience are desirable. Candidates with significant experience in working with underrepresented students in research, teaching, service, advising, mentoring or community engagement are preferred.

Cal Poly welcomes and encourages diversity. We seek applicants and nominations from those who have experience teaching, mentoring, and developing research in ways that effectively address individuals from historically underrepresented backgrounds. The University seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the people of California, to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning. Cal Poly is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

Preference will be given to those who can show evidence of working with diverse populations and fostering a collaborative, supportive and inclusive environment.


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 the 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.

CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so.  Any candidates advanced in a search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at CSU Vaccination Policy and questions may be sent to

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 Department has two separate B.S. degree programs with approximately 650 undergraduate students in the Civil Engineering Program and 200 in the Environmental Engineering Program. Both programs are ABET accredited. The Department’s undergraduate programs are consistently rated as among the best in the U.S. for non-Ph.D. granting institutions, and the department proudly supports extremely active and highly regarded student chapters of the Air and Waste Management Association, American Society of Civil Engineers, Society of Environmental Engineers, Society of Women Engineers, and Engineers without Borders. The Department also offers an M.S. degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering with approximately 50 active graduate students.


For more information and to apply, please visit to complete the required online faculty application and apply to Requisition #516653. Applicants will be asked to submit their current curriculum vitae, teaching statement, diversity statement, research statement, unofficial transcripts, and other required materials. In addition, each applicant is required to provide a cover letter providing some detail of the applicant's qualifications and interest in the position. Please be prepared to provide the names, email addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three professional references. Finalists chosen to interview on-campus will be required to provide three letters of recommendation and official transcripts.

Applicants are encouraged to submit materials by October 10, 2022 for full consideration, however, the position will remain open until filled.

For questions, please contact Rebekah Oulton at

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