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Tenure Track Position - Public Health

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

Job Summary

The Kinesiology and Public Health Department in the College of Science and Mathematics is seeking to fill a full-time, academic year, tenure track position in Public Health for an appointment beginning September 12, 2022. Appointment at the Assistant Professor rank is anticipated; higher ranks will be considered. Rank and salary are commensurate with qualifications and experience. Candidates must be committed teacher-scholars who are expected to be excellent teachers, produce quality scholarship, and provide service to the institution.

We encourage applications from individuals with expertise in health policy, healthcare systems, and epidemiology as applied to addressing systemic health and social inequities. Primary teaching assignments will be in health policy and healthcare systems; epidemiology; general education health courses; and supervision of undergraduate research. Applicants will also be expected to work collaboratively with faculty in related areas.

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.

Required Qualifications

  • Doctoral Degree in Public Health, Epidemiology, Health Policy and Management, or closely related field.
  • Ability to teach the following undergraduate courses: health policy and healthcare systems; introduction to epidemiology; applied epidemiology; general education health courses; and undergraduate research supervision.
  • Ability to teach in two or more of the following areas: media and technology in health promotion; obesity prevention and treatment; healthy living; multicultural health; women’s health; injury prevention; health behavior theory; drugs and society; global health; research methods; health promotion program planning & evaluation; medical terminology; worksite health promotion; and stress and health.
  • Demonstrated commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and evidence of how they would successfully mentor students from underrepresented groups.
  • Interest in scholarly activity in the areas of systemic health and social inequities; access to health services in underserved communities; and/or policy change.

Preferred Qualifications

  • University teaching experience using face to face, hybrid and online delivery and demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching.
  • Ability to incorporate undergraduate students into their research plans and trajectory.
  • Evidence of engagement with local communities as well as other diverse communities through research and/or service.
  • Expertise in an area compatible with broadening the research and service activities in the department.

Special Conditions

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.

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

About the Department

The Department of Kinesiology and Public Health is a major academic unit within the College of Science and Mathematics offering a BS in Kinesiology and a BS in Public Health.  There are approximately 550 undergraduate students, 14 full time faculty, 4 full time lecturers, 25 part time lecturers, and 5 support staff. The mission of the Kinesiology and Public Health (KPH) Department is to promote physical activity and health for all through excellence in teaching, research and service.  The department launched a BS in Public Health, enrolling the first cohort of students in the Fall of 2018.  Our faculty are actively engaged teacher scholars who study the health status of immigrant enclaves, domestic violence & sexual assault prevention, health communication, cancer prevention, health disparities, maternal and child health, physical activity and public health, obesity and chronic disease prevention & treatment, sexual health, and access to health services in underserved communities.  The Center for Health Research (CHR) is a University Research Center housed within the Department of Kinesiology and Public Health that includes several ongoing multi-million dollar NIH-funded research grants. Projects include several long-term prospective human research studies involving hundreds of community participants, dozens of local community contracts and partners, and several national and international partners. External research grants currently fund approximately 30 staff positions including researchers, faculty investigators, research staff, a community liaison, database managers, phlebotomists, a technician, student research fellows, medical consultants and a translator.  In addition, 20-30 undergraduate students conduct independent research in any given quarter. More information about the Kinesiology and Public Health Department is available at

About the University

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 28 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 47,000, 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.

How to Apply

Interested candidates must attach (1) a cover letter, (2) resume/curriculum vitae (3) teaching philosophy statement, (4) research statement, (5) diversity statement, and (6) 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.

Review of applications will begin November 15, 2021 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 Search Committee Chair, Dr. Christine Hackman at or the Department Chair, Dr. Kris Jankovitz at


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