Faculty Job in Academic & University Assistant/Associate/Full Professor of Soil Resources Management
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Duration / End Date:
Initial two-year appointment subject to renewal
CAFES-Natural Res Mgmt&Env Sci (100800)
College / Division
CAFES-College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences
Rank and salary are commensurate with qualifications and experience.
ASSISTANT/ASSOCIATE/FULL PROFESSOR OF SOIL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT.
Full-time, academic year, tenure track position with an appointment in the Natural Resources Management and Environmental Sciences (NRES)
Department within the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (CAFES) at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly),
San Luis Obispo, CA. Starting date is September 12, 2019. Rank and salary are commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Cal Poly has a tradition of excellence in teaching and our motto is “Learn by Doing.” Strong interests in laboratory/field-based
undergraduate and graduate teaching along with excellent written and oral communication skills are required. The successful candidate will
teach courses in soil morphology, introductory soil science, forest and range soils, digital soil mapping, wetlands, and additional related
courses depending on curricular needs and the candidate’s expertise and professional goals. Particular expertise is desired in soil
resources management as it relates to land reclamation and restoration, wildfire impacted soils, solid waste management, urban soils, and
soil construction. The successful candidate will mentor students in senior projects and graduate theses, provide general academic and
student club advising, participate in Future Farmers of America (FFA) land judging state finals held on campus annually, teach graduate
level courses and/or teach in a Master of Professional Studies or certificate program, and nurture overall student development.
In addition to teaching, the successful candidate is expected to link applied research and practice, and to participate in scholarly
activities (e.g. research, publishing, grant writing) as part of his or her professional development and contribution to the University’s
mission. These activities must address societal needs and challenges that confront practicing soil scientists and the private sector. The
successful candidate will apply his/her discipline to many scales from the micro-scale to the broader regional and landscape scale.
Service to the NRES Department, Cal Poly’s Agricultural Operations Division, the university, as well as local, state, and national
professional organizations is expected. Departmental and university service may include committee assignments, supporting student-club
activities, and enhancing student enrollment. This position will have the opportunity to collaborate with faculty in the NRES Department,
College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences (CAFES), Cal Poly Strawberry Center, Center for Sustainability, Swanton Pacific
Ranch, and other institutions and entities across the university.
Required Qualifications / Specialized Skills
Ph.D. in soil science or closely related field by the starting date is
required. Must demonstrate excellence in teaching, 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 general public is essential. Must demonstrate
commitment to diversity. Excellent written and oral communication skills and strong interests in undergraduate and graduate teaching are
required. Candidates must also demonstrate an ability to initiate, complete, secure external funding, and publish research.
Preferred Qualifications / Skills
Special consideration will be given to candidates with a record of excellence in
teaching and research, as well as the ability to mentor undergraduate and graduate students. Particular expertise and experience is desired
across multiple soil science, agriculture, and land management.
Special Conditions (Staff)
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.
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.
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 wellbeing, Cal Poly is a smoke & tobacco-free campus. The university is committed to promoting a healthy environment for all
members of our community.
Faculty employees who wish to apply for permanent residency will be responsible for retaining an immigration attorney. All filing and
attorney’s fees will be incurred by the faculty member.
Pre-Employment Conditions (Staff)
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Internal Recruitment Only
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Department Information (Faculty)
Cal Poly’s Natural Resources Management Department offers Bachelor’s Degrees in
Environmental Management and Protection, Forestry and Natural Resources, and Environmental Earth and Soil Sciences, and a Master’s Degree in
Environmental Sciences and Management. The undergraduate programs enroll approximately 650 students. College Factual ranks our graduates
among the highest paid for natural resource management and conservation in the nation. For further information about the department, visit
San Luis Obispo, a city of 44,000, is located 12 miles from the Pacific Ocean and midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles on
California’s scenic Central Coast. The city has a small but very vibrant downtown area. The Central Coast boasts many high quality wineries,
beaches, art galleries, live music events, farmer’s markets and other excellent public education resources and recreational facilities. The
area has an outstanding climate, with an annual average temperature of 70.2 degrees.
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