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Full-Time Lecturer - Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Cal Poly State University - San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo, California
Anticipated hiring range $74,700 - $85,500 annually
Closing date
Jul 18, 2024

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Field of specialization
General / Technical
Work Function
Job Type
Full time

The Chemistry and Biochemistry Department in the Bailey College of Science and Mathematics at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is seeking to hire one or more full-time lecturers for two-year contracts, with appointments beginning September 16, 2024 and ending June 13, 2026. The bulk of teaching assignments will be in introductory chemistry or organic chemistry for majors and non-majors, with the potential for other assignments. Qualified candidates from all disciplines of chemistry are invited to apply. Finalists may be asked to submit a video lesson of their teaching. Rank and salary are commensurate with qualifications and experience. The anticipated hiring range for this role is $74,700 - $85,500 annually. 

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.


  • A Ph.D. in Chemistry, Biochemistry or a closely related discipline, or a Ph.D. in Chemical Education with a M.S. in Chemistry is required.
  • All requirements for the Ph.D. must be completed before September 16, 2024.


  • Preference will be given to candidates with evidence of (or potential for) excellence in teaching.
  • Teaching effectiveness, understanding of the teaching and learning process, and currency in the subject matter of teaching assignments are all important aspects of the lecturer position. 


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.

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 Chemistry and Biochemistry Department offers programs of study leading to Bachelor's Degrees in Chemistry and Biochemistry. The department also serves many technical programs in the University. Students may choose a concentration in Polymers and Coatings or a focused Master's program in Polymers and Coatings Science. For more information about the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department, please see


Interested candidates must attach (1) a cover letter, (2) resume/curriculum vitae (3) teaching philosophy statement, and (4) unofficial transcript(s) as one file. These documents are not accepted in hard copy format. Please be prepared to provide three professional references with names and email addresses when completing the online faculty application. Official transcripts are required prior to appointment. Finalists may be asked to submit a video lesson of their teaching.

Review of applications will begin April 25, 2024 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications received after that date may be considered. Positions are open until filled.

For questions, contact the Chemistry & Biochemistry Department by phone at 805-756-2694 or by email at

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