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Assistant/Associate Professor of Nutrition

Apply now Job no: 493393
Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: San Luis Obispo
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Administrative, Tenure Track, Full Time



The Food Science and Nutrition Department in the College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo is seeking a full-time, academic year, tenure-track assistant/associate professor in Nutrition beginning January 2020 or September 2020. Applicants must hold a PhD in Nutrition or closely related field and RD/RDN credentials. Expertise in clinical human nutrition is required.

Candidates must have strong interest in and commitment to teaching and working with students of different cultural backgrounds. The candidate's primary teaching contribution will be in medical nutrition therapy; other teaching responsibilities will be in undergraduate and graduate courses that may include, but are not limited to lifespan nutrition, introductory human nutrition and additional nutrition courses as needed by the department. Expectation is to participate in the Masters in Nutrition program.

The candidate is expected to actively participate in scholarly activities such as research, publishing and grant writing as part of collaborations that are both intra- and inter-departmental as well as with other colleges and universities. Scholarly activities should be focused on inclusion of undergraduate and graduate students.

The successful candidate is expected to conduct research on the prevention and treatment of diet-related chronic diseases with emphasis on individuals from diverse social, socio-economic and/or ethnic backgrounds.

Additional expectations include supervision of graduate students, team teaching assignments, on-line courses 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.

Salary and rank are commensurate with qualifications and experience. Appointment is anticipated at the Assistant or Associate Professor level.

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.


Earned doctorate in Human Nutrition or closely related field; RD/RDN credential; two years full-time clinical nutrition experience as RD in in-patient or out-patient setting or equivalent.

Candidates must be committed to quality undergraduate education and are expected to develop and maintain an active research program that involves undergraduate and graduate students.

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.


University-level teaching experience desirable. Experience with intervention-based studies is advantageous. Evidence of successful academic research, external funding and publication history is advantageous. 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.


The Food Science and Nutrition Department has 12 full-time faculty, numerous part-time faculty, support staff, and approximately 600 majors. FSN offers two majors - Nutrition and Food Science. The department hosts a dynamic and innovative Nutrition program that encourages national as well as international perspectives on teaching and research. The Nutrition curriculum includes two concentrations: Applied Nutrition and Nutrition Science. The Applied Nutrition concentration is accredited by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The Food Science program offers an Institute of Food Technologists-approved curriculum.  

College Information: Cal Poly's College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (CAFES), the largest non-land grant agricultural program in the United States, awards nearly half of all baccalaureate agriculture degrees granted in California. The college is a leader providing students with real-world skills based on a learn-by-doing laboratory- and field intensive curriculum, contemporary instructional technology, and uncommon access to senior faculty in small class settings. The college spans more than 6,000 acres of land adjacent to the campus core and consists of 9 departments with approximately 170 faculty, 80 staff, and 4,000 students in 15 majors. In addition, the college is home to a number of unique Enterprise projects, centers and institutes, and is responsible for the operation and maintenance of Swanton Pacific Ranch, a working ranch in Santa Cruz, California with over 3,300 acres of range and cropland. 

University Information: Founded in 1901, Cal Poly is one of only five comprehensive polytechnic universities in the nation, with approximately 22,000 undergraduates, 120 postbaccalaureate, and 900 graduate students. U.S. News and World Report has ranked Cal Poly #1 among public master's universities in the western United States for 25 consecutive years. A primarily undergraduate university, Cal Poly offers academically focused students 66 baccalaureate degrees and 27 master's degrees. Operating on the quarter calendar system, Cal Poly takes pride in its "Learn-by-Doing" approach to teaching and learning, which has characterized Cal Poly since its founding. One of the 23 campuses of the California State University system, Cal Poly has a statewide mandate as a polytechnic university. Cal Poly is one of the largest land-holding universities in the nation and uses all of its land holdings in active support of its educational programs. Cal Poly is located in historic San Luis Obispo, a city of 47,500, 12 miles from the Pacific Ocean and midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles on California's scenic Central Coast. With excellent public education resources, recreational facilities and an expanding dedication to the arts, the area is known for its scenic landscapes and extraordinarily temperate climate.


To apply, please visit to complete the required online Cal Poly faculty application for Requisition #493393.  Interested candidates must attach (1) a cover letter, (2) resume/curriculum vitae, (3) statement of teaching philosophy, (4) accomplishments, goals and plans for research, (5) a statement of demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion in teaching, scholarship and/or service describing past experience, contributions to diversity and inclusion efforts, the impact on students, faculty, staff and/or field and a description of how the applicant will demonstrate a commitment in these areas in teaching, research, and/or service at Cal Poly. Please be prepared to provide three professional references with names and email addresses when completing the online faculty application. Review of applications will begin September 16, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.

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