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Assistant/Associate Professor Aerospace Engineering (AY 24/25)

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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 - Engineering

AEROSPACE ENGINEERING POSITION – The Aerospace Engineering Department at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, invites applicants with an earned Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering or closely-related field to apply for a full-time, academic-year tenure­-track faculty position at the Assistant or Associate Professor rank. The projected start date is September 16, 2024. Duties include teaching Aerospace Engineering courses; building a vibrant and innovative research program which integrates undergraduate students; and supporting and developing students into engineers ready to thrive in the modern aerospace industry. Candidates are sought with experience or interest in the areas of aerospace structures, spacecraft design, and spacecraft communications to support of the department’s unique and innovative curriculum. Candidates with research, industry, or experimental experience are especially encouraged to apply.

Salary and rank commensurate with education and experience of the individual selected. Anticipated hiring range:
Assistant Professor: $100,000 – $112,000 per year
Associate Profession: $109,000 - $122,000 per year

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.


Applicants with an earned Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering, or a closely related field. 

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.

The ideal candidate will show evidence of attention to and/or the potential to contribute on 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.


Preference will be given to those who can show evidence of 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.

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.  At Cal Poly, tenure-line faculty are expected to establish an on-campus presence.


Cal Poly's Aerospace Engineering Department offers a B.S. and M.S. in Aerospace Engineering. Cal Poly focuses on undergraduate and graduate education. Our "learn-by-doing" approach involves extensive lab work and projects in support of theoretical knowledge, with extensive interaction and collaboration between students and faculty. U.S. News & World Report ranked the Aerospace Engineering Department top among primarily undergraduate public programs in the nation. For further information about the department, see


Interested candidates must attach a cover letter, resume/curriculum vitae, transcripts (please note proof of a Ph.D. is required by the start date); statement of goals and plans for teaching and research; qualification summary and teaching preferences; and a diversity statement. Please be prepared to provide three professional references with names and email addresses when completing the online faculty application. Review of applications will begin December 4, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled.

For further questions please contact Kira Abercromby ( 


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