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Assistant Professor in Health & Society - Interdisciplinary Studies (AY 24/25)

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Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: San Luis Obispo
Categories: Faculty - Letters/Humanities, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time
Position Description

THE DEPARTMENT OF INDERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES - The Department of Interdisciplinary Studies in the Liberal Arts in the College of Liberal Arts at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, is seeking applications for a full-time, academic-year, tenure-track Assistant Professor specializing in Health and Society to begin September 16, 2024. We are looking for an interdisciplinary scholar whose areas of research could include, but not limited to, health disparities, reproductive health, epidemiology, mental health, nutrition, medical technologies, or health and the environment. Special consideration will be given to applicants who have a background in quantitative methods and/or whose work encompasses underrepresented communities or vulnerable populations. Primary teaching duties will include teaching courses required for our Interdisciplinary Studies (IS) major that focus on approaches, theories, methods in interdisciplinary studies. The successful candidate will also teach courses required within our four Science, Technology and Society (STS) minors as well as potentially developing courses that will enhance these minors. In addition, the successful candidate will teach general education and seminar courses developed around their areas of expertise. Responsibilities will include working with and advising IS majors enrolled in the “Health & Society” concentration.

Although Cal Poly is primarily a teaching university, our faculty are expected to balance teaching with an active program of research/professional development (including publication), student supervision and advising, and participation in service activities at the department and college/university level. The typical teaching load is 12 units (three courses) per quarter, with a reduction in course load in each of the first two years to help new faculty establish an active program of research and professional development. Cal Poly strongly values diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), especially in the classroom and among its areas of study.

The College of Liberal Arts (CLA) sees diversity as central to its mission and is committed to fostering an equitable and inclusive environment within the college and university. We value our diversity of complex and intersecting identities, while striving to maintain an environment that is socially just, equitable, respectful, and inclusive. The successful applicant should be able to clearly demonstrate how they have infused these values and student learning objectives into their work. They should be prepared to present clear examples of how they would infuse these areas into their work as a faculty member.

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 DEI informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring, and retention. California Polytechnic State University is an equal-opportunity employer.

Due to CSU policies, the person hired must reside in the state of California at the time of hire and for the entirety of the appointment.  At Cal Poly, tenure-line faculty are expected to establish an on-campus presence.


Anticipated Hiring Range: $81,888 - $87,550/year, $6,824-$7,296/month (Note that hiring level will be commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the candidate.)


  • A.B.D. or Ph.D. in an interdisciplinary field and a successful teaching record are required.
  • Demonstrated university teaching experience
  • Demonstrated ability to collaboratively work in multidisciplinary settings.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in written and oral use of the English language is required.
  • Evidence of potential for scholarly achievement on the topic of Health & Society.


  • Special consideration will be given to applicants who have a background in quantitative methods.
  • 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.
  • Potential for grant development in areas related to the AOS.


All CSU employees are designated "mandated reporters" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act. As a condition of your employment, you will be required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 and any subsequent amendments.

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 Department of Interdisciplinary Studies in the Liberal Arts (ISLA) offers interdisciplinary classes to support a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies as well as four interdisciplinary minors: Ethics, Public Policy, Science & Technology; Gender, Race, Culture, Science & Technology; Media Arts, Society & Technology; and Science and Risk Communication. Many ISLA courses satisfy university general education and breadth requirements. The department's website is


To apply, please visit, complete a required online faculty application and apply to Requisition #531241. Please upload the following required materials as part of the electronic application:

  • Cover letter (may wish to address the feasibility of conducting research, scholarship, and/or creative activities within the context of a primarily teaching-oriented undergraduate program)
  • Current curriculum vitae.
  • Statement of demonstrated commitment to DEI in teaching, scholarship, and/or service describing past experience, contributions to DEI efforts, the impact on students, faculty, staff and/or your field, and a description of how you will demonstrate a commitment in these areas in teaching, research, and/or service at Cal Poly.
  • Unofficial transcripts showing highest degree earned, official transcripts showing highest degree earned will be required prior to appointment.
  • Statement of teaching philosophy and evidence of teaching effectiveness.
  • Statement of research interests.

Please be prepared to provide three professional references with names and email addresses when completing the online faculty application. For full consideration apply by the REVIEW BEGIN DATE: 11-15-23.   Applications received after this date may be considered.

Projected Start Date: 09-16-2024

Review Begin Date: 11-15-2023. Applicants with complete files by the Review Begin Date will be given full consideration.

For questions about the position: please contact Emily Ryalls:


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