Assistant/Associate Professor, One Health (524853)

  • California Polytechnic State University
  • San Luis Obispo, California
  • Feb 25, 2023
Full Time Accounting and Finance Public Health

Job Description


The Animal Science department in the College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) in San Luis Obispo, California, is seeking a full-time, academic year, tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor, One Health starting September 14, 2023 or January 8, 2024. Rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. We strive to prepare undergraduate and graduate students to address present and future challenges in animal science disciplines as they pertain to animal production and to veterinary and other health sciences. The Department seeks to align its instructional and programmatic initiatives with One Health perspectives in the areas of husbandry, public health, epidemiology, welfare and ethics, reproduction, and physiology.

Teaching responsibilities will include undergraduate- and graduate-level introductory animal science courses and other areas appropriate to the expertise of the individual and needs of the department. Courses taught may include, but are not limited to, livestock production and management, food animal medicine, production medicine, parasitology, emerging infectious diseases, and epidemiology. Duties may also include supervision of undergraduate senior projects, supervising graduate student research, and participating in department service activities. The successful candidate is expected to excel at teaching, develop an applied research program, demonstrate the ability to obtain external funding, and actively incorporate Learn by Doing into their work with students.

The successful candidate will have experience in and a passion for undergraduate teaching in these animal science-related disciplines, and will be expected to develop an independent applied research program in their field of expertise. It is expected that research will support or advance understanding of the interrelatedness of environmental, animal, and human wellbeing, and the successful candidate will be encouraged to collaborate across departments, colleges, and institutions to expand or complement existing research programs in the department and college. Cal Poly espouses the teacher-scholar model, which embraces the idea that teaching informs research and vice-versa. This idea is fundamental to the Cal Poly mission and “Learn by Doing” culture. For more, see .

Grade and salary commensurate with education and experience of the individual selected. Anticipated hiring ranges:
Assistant Professor: $82,000-$90,000
Associate: $90,504-$99,000

At California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, we believe 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.


A Doctorate in Animal Science, Veterinary Medicine, or a closely related field. Candidates must demonstrate a commitment to and evidence of quality, student-centered learning and teaching. Evidence of potential to develop a successful academic research program at Cal Poly, including external funding and publications. Demonstrated ability to collaboratively work in multidisciplinary settings. Excellent written and oral communication skills, with demonstrated proficiency in the written and oral use of the English language. Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in teaching, research, and/or service.


The ability to be a productive team player and to interact well with peers, students, industry, government agencies, and the public is essential. Cross-disciplinary research from the farm to the end-consumer product is encouraged. The ability to collaborate on research with faculty across the College and University, and international experience or the desire to cultivate international connections and collaborations. Preference will be given to those with experience in working in 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 and industry experience.


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 .

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. It is also expected that faculty establish an on-campus presence to fulfill their responsibilities.


The Animal Sciences Department, which includes over 800 students in the two majors, boasts the most comprehensive and the best undergraduate program in livestock production and management in the West. Through its faculty and students, the Department manages commercial herds and flocks of dairy and beef cattle, horses, sheep, swine, and poultry on a farm of some 6,000 acres with the support of several new facilities, including a state-of-the-art $6.5 million meat processing center and $6 million animal nutrition center. Recent gifts of more than $10 million have been given to the Department to enhance these living laboratories where our students gain hands-on experience on our production units. Graduates of Animal Science and Dairy Science are prepared for meaningful careers in the animal industries, allied professions, and graduate studies.


Review begin date March 27, 2023. Applicants are encouraged to submit materials by March 27, 2023, for full consideration; however, applications received after this date may be considered.

Interested candidates must attach (1) cover letter, (2) resume/curriculum vitae, (3) unofficial transcripts of the highest degree, (4) statement of teaching philosophy, (5) goals and plans for research, (6) 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 ( ), and (7) at least three professional references with names and email addresses when completing the online faculty application. The selected candidate will be required to provide sealed official transcripts prior to appointment for final consideration.

When writing the diversity statement, please consider the CAFES DEI Strategic Action Plan .

Inquiries can be directed to Nicole Einfalt, Animal Science Department, (805) 756-7341,
Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

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San Luis Obispo, California 93405 United States View Map