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Full Time Lecturer Foodservice and Nutrition Systems Management

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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 - Agriculture

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 applications for a full-time academic year lecturer in Foodservice and Nutrition Systems Management for the 2024-2025 and 2025-2026 academic years starting September 16, 2024 and ending June 13, 2026.

The candidate’s primary teaching contribution will be in the areas of Management of Foodservice and Nutrition Systems and Culinology® with an emphasis on quantity food planning and preparation to meet specific nutritional requirements/guidelines for various foodservice facilities, including healthcare facilities, large corporate institutions and schools. 

Courses taught depend on student demand with the successful candidate having expertise in the above areas that would translate to one or more of the following courses: FSN 121: Fundamentals of Food, FSN 321: Contemporary Issues in Food Choice and Preparation, FSN 343: Foodservice Operations I, FSN 344: Foodservice Operations II, and/or FSN 426: Nutrition and Foodservice Systems Management. The department may assign additional courses as needed and appropriate for the candidate’s expertise. Course descriptions are available at

The College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences recently completed a multidisciplinary building of $125 million that will benefit this position with seven food and nutrition research labs, including a culinary suite, a sensory laboratory, two food safety laboratories, and a food chemistry and analytical laboratory. 

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. 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.

Required Qualifications/Specialized Skills:

  • Earned Master’s in Nutrition, Food Science, Foodservice or closely related field. 
  • Evidence of professional experience in related field of expertise. 
  • Excellent and effective communication and interpersonal skills.
  • The ability to be a productive team player and to interact well with peers, students, industry, government agencies, and the public.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.  
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, with demonstrated proficiency in the written and oral use of the English language.
  • Strong interest in undergraduate and graduate teaching.

Preferred Qualifications/Skills:

  • RD/RDN credential. 
  • PhD in Nutrition, Food Science, Foodservice or closely related field.
  • University-level teaching experience is desirable. 
  • Demonstrated experience and commitment to student-centered learning, teaching and the ability to work collaboratively in a multidisciplinary setting.
  • Experience in working with diverse populations and fostering a collaborative, supportive and inclusive environment.  
  • Relevant work experience who bring professional capabilities and those with the ability to build connections with industry and foster new relationships.


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.


The Food Science and Nutrition Department has 12 full-time faculty, numerous part-time faculty, support staff, and approximately 600 students. 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 Department has strong connections with the stakeholders in California and research programs are developed in partnership with the Central Coast community and food industries along with commodity boards such as strawberry board. The Nutrition curriculum includes two concentrations: Applied Nutrition and Nutrition Science. The Applied Nutrition concentration is accredited by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and our Culinology® program is Research Chefs Association approved. The Department offers a MS in Nutrition, a MS in Food Science and a Dietetic Internship (DI) program and a MS/DI program.


Review begin date October 18, 2023. Applicants are encouraged to submit materials by October 18, 2023 for full consideration; however, applications received after this date may be considered.

Interested candidates must attach: (1) a cover letter, (2) resume/curriculum vitae, (3) unofficial transcripts of the highest degree, (4) statement of teaching philosophy, (5) a statement describing the candidate’s experience(s) with diversity, equity, and inclusion and how their experiences have prepared them to advance Cal Poly’s commitment to inclusive excellence ( Please be prepared to provide at least three professional references with names and email addresses when completing the online faculty application. The selected candidate will be required to provide official transcripts prior to appointment for final consideration.

For additional information, please contact the chair of the committee Dr. Samir Amin at


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