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Assistant Professor of Environmental Engineering

California Polytechnic State University
San Luis Obispo, California
Commensurate with experience; anticipated hiring range is $96,408 - $107,000 per year
Closing date
Oct 10, 2023

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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 Professor level in Environmental Engineering. Candidates with diverse teaching and research interests are encouraged to apply. The ideal candidate will have a strong interest in undergraduate teaching, a broad base of knowledge, and the ability to integrate that knowledge across environmental systems. Research areas of interest include pollutant fate and transport, integrated environmental/multimedia systems, prevention/management of climate pollutants, and environmental risk assessment.

The position is available starting the Fall 2024 quarter.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: (a) teaching a broad array of fundamental classes and laboratories in environmental engineering as well as upper division and graduate courses in area(s) of specialization; (b) supervising undergraduate and graduate (master's)-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.

Rank and salary are commensurate with qualifications and experience. Appointment at the Assistant Professor rank is anticipated; the anticipated hiring range is $96,408 - $107,000 per year.

This position is in alignment with the College of Engineering’s strategic priorities, which emphasize innovative pedagogy and hands-on, student-centered teaching; a commitment to diversity and equity; development of hands-on research opportunities for undergraduate students; and curricular threads in areas of sustainability and climate change, data literacy and computational thinking, systems thinking, and professional development. Candidates are encouraged to demonstrate how their background and experience will support these priorities.

The Cal Poly College of Engineering strongly values diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), as part of our focus on equitable student success. This position is one of several open across the college. Successful applicants will show evidence of, or demonstrate, the potential to implement 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 college is searching for positions in the following disciplines:

· Aerospace Engineering

· Civil Engineering

· Computer Engineering

· Computer Science / Software Engineering

· Electrical Engineering

· Environmental Engineering

· Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

· Mechanical Engineering

In addition to the standard new faculty support, candidates with DEI-focused scholarship and/or pedagogy may be awarded additional start-up funds to support their DEI work. Once hired, candidates will collaborate with their dean and others to develop a plan for utilizing these funds.

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.


Candidates for the position are required to have earned undergraduate and doctorate degrees in Environmental Engineering or a closely related field by the time of appointment.

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

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

Applicants must submit a diversity statement which demonstrates the candidate's experience or potential with respect to supporting the College of Engineering’s goals related to diversity, equity and inclusion. In particular, our vision statement is: “The Cal Poly College of Engineering will be nationally recognized for its rapidly diversifying student population and unique, inclusive Learn by Doing educational and applied research experiences. “Candidate’s diversity statement should convey how their teaching, research, and/or service at Cal Poly will contribute to this vision. Examples include highlighting the candidate’s experience and/or intentions with respect to: implementing inclusive classroom environments, the intersection of DEI in your research/scholarship, mentoring students with diverse backgrounds, outreach to under-represented student populations, and previous professional development in diversity and inclusion topics.


Experience in environmental engineering, supported by a record of scholarly publications, is preferred. Professional registration and industry/consulting experience are desirable. A strong commitment to innovation in undergraduate teaching focusing on hands-on learning and working in a multidisciplinary and collaborative setting is expected. Research that emphasizes hands-on opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students is prioritized.

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 to the role.


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.

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. It is also expected that faculty establish an on-campus presence to fulfill their responsibilities.


The Civil & Environmental Engineering Department has two separate B.S. degree programs with approximately 650 undergraduate students in the Civil Engineering Program and 250 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 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 #530195. Applicants will be asked to submit their current curriculum vitae, teaching statement, diversity statement, research statement, and other required materials. In addition, each applicant is encouraged to provide (preferably as attachments to the online application) a cover letter providing some detail of the applicant's qualifications and interest in the position, and the names, 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, 2023 for full consideration; however, the position will remain open until filled. For questions, please contact the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at

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