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Full-Time Lecturer - Mechanical Engineering - AY 23/24

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Work type: Instructional Faculty - Temporary/Lecturer
Location: San Luis Obispo
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Temporary, Full Time, Faculty - Engineering

FULL TIME LECTURER/MECHANICAL ENGINEERING - The Mechanical Engineering Department within the College of Engineering at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA, invites applications for a Full Time Lecturer of Mechanical Engineering during the academic year of 23/24. This is an opportunity for candidates who have a passion for teaching and the practice of mechanical engineering design communication. Primary duties will be teaching fundamental courses in Mechanical Engineering including Design Communication such as Drafting, CAD and Solid Modeling as well as Engineering Mechanics and Design courses.  

Initial rank and salary for lecturer faculty are based on professional experience and educational background and are determined by the hiring department. Most new lecturers are hired at the Lecturer A or B rank. As of July 2022, the classification salary ranges for the respective ranks are:
Lecturer A: $4,530-$6,056
Lecturer B: $5,405-$11,994
Lecturer C: $6,190-$13,172
Lecturer D: $7,794-$13,797

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.

Cal Poly’s College of Engineering is committed to creating and sustaining a diverse university community that reflects and serves the population of California. Applicants must submit a diversity statement that displays evidence of the applicant’s ability to support a diverse and inclusive environment including implementing inclusive classroom environments, mentoring students with diverse backgrounds, outreach to under-represented student populations, implementing bias mitigation and previous professional development in diversity and inclusion topics.


Applicants should have an earned Bachelor’s Degree (BSME) in Mechanical Engineering or closely related field. Commitment to student-centered teaching and learning, 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 also required. 


Preference will be given to candidates with advanced degrees in Mechanical Engineering and closely related fields and those with significant industry or teaching experience in Mechanical Engineering, including basic Mechanics, Machine, Design and Design Communication and Drafting with emphasis on creating dimensioned detail drawings and utilizing Geometric Dimensions and Tolerances.

Knowledge of component and assembly manufacturing processes in a production environment is preferred.

Preference will also be given to those with experience 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.

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.


Located on the central coast of California, the Cal Poly Mechanical Engineering program is nationally recognized for its focus on undergraduate and Masters level education through a laboratory-intensive, hands-on curriculum. The department is a dedicated community of faculty, staff, and students who strive to design innovative solutions to complex societal problems through creativity and engineering expertise. The department has over 1200 BSME undergraduates and 50 MSME students. The undergraduate program includes five concentrations: Energy Resources, HVAC&R, Manufacturing, Mechatronics and a General Concentration, which culminates with a full year industry-sponsored senior project experience.


Interested candidates must attach (1) a cover letter, (2) resume/curriculum vitae, (3) statement of teaching philosophy including approach to working with individuals from diverse backgrounds, and (4) an unofficial transcript. If applicable, please upload a list of CSU courses taught or requesting consideration to teach. Please be prepared to provide three professional references with names and email addresses when completing the online faculty application.

Department Contact: Dr. Jim Widmann ( For full consideration, please apply by the review begin date of June 3, 2023. Applications received after this date may be considered.

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