Assistant or Associate Professor - Computer Science and Software Engineering

California Polytechnic State University
California, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Apr 04, 2021
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The Computer Science and Software Engineering Department at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position as Assistant or Associate Professor in Computer Science and Software Engineering rank beginning Fall Quarter 2021. Rank and salary are commensurate with qualifications and experience. Qualified candidates with industry experience are encouraged to apply.

The College of Engineering at Cal Poly is committed to building a diverse faculty of teacher-scholars who collaborate to provide a multi-disciplinary and hands-on approach to student learning and applied research. We believe that individuals from diverse backgrounds strengthen our programs and positively impact student success. We encourage qualified applicants from all backgrounds to apply for consideration.

Duties include teaching undergraduate and master's level courses, supporting and expanding curricular development in Computer Science or Software Engineering, pursuing research in these areas, and providing service to the department, the university, and the community. A doctorate in Software Engineering, Computer Science or a closely related field is required.  Candidates should display evidence of ability to teach courses in one or more of the following areas: software engineering, artificial intelligence, systems, ethics / professional responsibilities, or other areas supporting CSSE programs.

Cal Poly emphasizes Learn by Doing which involves extensive lab work and projects in support of theoretical knowledge. To this end, the Computer Science and Software Engineering Department maintains an array of modern computing facilities and specialized labs for instructional and faculty support.

At Cal Poly, 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. Cal Poly is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.


An earned doctorate (Ph.D.) in Computer Science, Software Engineering, or a closely related field from an accredited institution or international equivalent is required for appointment. Candidates nearing completion of the doctorate (ABD) will be considered, but must provide proof that the doctorate is completed prior to the start of the appointment.

Candidates must have a strong commitment to teaching excellence and laboratory-based instruction, dedication to continued professional development and scholarship, and a broad-based knowledge of computer science/software engineering. Candidates must have a strong commitment to working in a multidisciplinary and collaborative setting. Demonstrated ability in written and oral use of the English language is required.

The successful candidate must have the ability to work effectively with students, staff and faculty from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Cal Poly is committed to the teacher-scholar model. As teachers, faculty are expected to exhibit strong pedagogic skills and to remain proficient and current in their disciplines. As scholars, faculty should be engaged in scholarly work that is of very high quality as evidenced by external peer review. As colleagues, it is appropriate for faculty to perform service activities at all levels of the University.


Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated excellence in university-level teaching and research (commensurate with time since degree), experience with laboratory-based instruction, 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. 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.

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.


Cal Poly's Computer Science and Software Engineering Department offers Bachelor's Degrees in Computer Science, Software Engineering, and Master's Degrees in Computer Science. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Computer Science and Software Engineering Department among one of the top primarily undergraduate public programs in the nation. For further information about the department, visit

San Luis Obispo, a city of 47,000, 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 Fahrenheit.


To apply, applicants are to provide the following supplemental documents: (1) a cover letter providing some detail of the applicant's qualifications and interest in the position; (2) a current CV; (3) a statement of teaching philosophy and goals and plans for research, and (4) copy of unofficial transcripts (sealed official transcripts and letters of recommendation will be required for final consideration). In addition, Cal Poly’s College of Engineering is committed to creating and sustaining a diverse university community that reflects and serves the population of California.  (5) Applicants must submit a diversity statement that displays evidence of the applicant’s ability to support a diverse and inclusive environment including implementing inclusive classroom environments, mentoring students with diverse backgrounds, outreach to underrepresented student populations, implementing bias mitigation, and previous professional development in diversity and inclusion topics.

Please be prepared to provide three professional references with names and email addresses when completing the online faculty application. Applicants are encouraged to submit materials by the review begin date for full consideration; however, the position will remain open until filled. REVIEW BEGIN DATE: May 1, 2021.


Advertised: March 29, 2021 (9:00 AM) Pacific Daylight Time
Applications close: Open Until Filled