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Assistant Professor, Architecture

California State Polytechnic University- Pomona
Pomona, California
Salary is commensurate with experience.
Start date
Nov 28, 2023

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Professional Fields, Architecture
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Details

Tenure Track Faculty Position
Department of Architecture
College of Environmental Design

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona invites applications for a tenure track assistant professor position in the Department of Architecture.   Cal Poly Pomona is one of three polytechnic universities in the 23-campus California State University system and among 12 such institutions nationwide. Since its founding in 1938, Cal Poly Pomona students participate in an integrative experiential learning education that is inclusive, relevant, and values diverse perspectives and experiences. With a variety of degree programs in the arts, humanities, sciences, engineering, and professional disciplines, the university is well known for its learn-by-doing approach and Teacher Scholar Model.

The university is noted for its scenic and historic 1,400-acre campus, which was once the winter ranch of cereal magnate W.K. Kellogg. We acknowledge that Cal Poly Pomona resides on the territorial and homelands of the Tongva and Tataavium people who are the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar. The university’s nearly 30,000 students are taught and mentored by the campus’s more than 1,400 faculty as part of 54 baccalaureate and 29 master’s degree programs, 11 credential and certificate programs, and a doctorate in educational leadership.

Highly regarded among its peer institutions, Cal Poly Pomona is No. 3 in the U.S. News and World Report rankings of top public regional universities in the west and was named the No. 28 best value college in the nation by Money Magazine. Cal Poly Pomona, a Hispanic-Serving Institution and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution, stands as a national leader in promoting social mobility, and was placed among the 25 top institutions in the country in awarding bachelor’s degrees to minoritized students by Diverse Issues in Higher Education. 
The Cal Poly Pomona campus is located less than 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles at the intersection of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. It is within an hour’s drive of beaches, mountains and deserts. For additional information about the university, please visit, and for more about faculty life, please see YourLife@CPP.

Student Population.  California residents comprise the majority (96%) of applicants to undergraduate programs at Cal Poly Pomona, and 41% of new students were transfers in Fall 2022.  57% of Cal Poly Pomona students are first generation, 70% receive financial aid, and 44% qualify as Pell-eligible.  The university enrolls a diverse student body that identifies as 53% Latinx, 22% Asian, 14% White, 3% Black, 2% International, 4% two or more races, 3% unknown and less than 1% Native Hawaiian or Native Pacific Islander and less than 1% Native American Indigenous. Thirty-nine percent of the student body were STEM majors with the top enrolled programs including psychology, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, biology and computer science.

Inclusive Excellence and Student Success.  We aspire to be the model inclusive polytechnic university in the nation. We have a strong commitment to inclusive excellence and to educational experiences that leverage the diverse perspectives and experiences needed to succeed and thrive in a diverse society.
*As a part of the application for faculty positions, all candidates must submit a Student Success Statement that demonstrates their commitment and record of contributions to diversity and equity through their teaching, scholarship, or service by speaking to at least two of the inclusive excellence criteria below. 
Candidates should explain how they have engaged in the criteria below in their pedagogy, scholarship, and/or service, as well as the level to which these efforts have been consistently incorporated into their work.

Inclusive Excellence Criteria:
1. Incorporates the contributions and struggles of historic ethnic minority groups or other disadvantaged communities into their teaching, scholarly work, and/or service contributions;
2. Adopts teaching strategies that support the learning and success of students from diverse student populations; 
3. Mentors and engages diverse student populations in discovery, scholarship, and creative activities;
4. Engages students in problem-based projects and learning that address the needs of diverse communities;
5. Possesses knowledge of challenges and barriers for underrepresented students and faculty within the discipline and uses it to inform their work in specific ways;
6. Mentors and assists diverse student populations interested in pursuing graduate education;
7. Engages in community-responsive action research or service with diverse student populations and communities;
8. Has experience in or demonstrates a commitment to adopting experiential learning activities and pedagogy with diverse student populations and communities; and
9. Has expertise in or demonstrated commitment to teaching, scholarship and/or service that contributes to access, diversity, and equal opportunity in higher education.

College of Environmental Design
The mission of the College of Environmental Design (ENV) is to provide an outstanding academic and professional learning experience within a multidisciplinary structure. Established in 1970, ENV's programs have guided creative excellence, environmental sustainability, and social responsibility with award-winning professional degree programs at: the undergraduate and graduate levels in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban and Regional Planning; at the undergraduate level in Art History and Visual Communication Design; and at the graduate level in Regenerative Studies. Faculty research, professional, and creative activities support student learning through the Teacher-Scholar Model. Faculty are encouraged to facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration and promote their rich talent, expertise, and influence. We seek opportunities for engagement with practice in California, nationally and internationally. As we educate future design leaders, we have an obligation to ensure that all constituencies of those professions represent the diversity of California's population. Diversity is our strength.

Department of Architecture
The Department of Architecture (CPPARC) has two accredited degrees: the five-year B.Arch. program and the three-year M.Arch program. These degrees focus on the integration of knowledge-based areas of the curriculum into the design studios.
Since its inception in 1968, CPPARC’s mission has been to equip students with the necessary tools that will allow them to become responsible professionals, motivated by a sense of civic duty and engagement. An aspect of that mission speaks to an enduring commitment to supporting career readiness. We consider integrative design practices to be an essential part of preparing students for professional practice and licensure. Recognizing CPP’s unique urban location at the center of the Los Angeles basin, with an incredibly diverse population, which is undergoing a densifying suburban transformation and adding new transit infrastructure, our professional programs operate in a living laboratory where students and faculty can conduct timely research as well as develop innovative design ideas and working methods. The Department is committed to strengthening our focus areas in urban design, technology, professional practice, sustainability and resilience, healthcare and wellness, and historic preservation.
CPPARC supports the University’s teacher-scholar model, where faculty undertake intellectual, creative, and scholarly activities that contribute to both the faculty’s teaching and their creative/scholarly interests. The teacher-scholar model provides a platform for faculty to integrate their teaching, service, and scholarship, within the creative context of the region. The Department also owes its perspectives about the practice of architecture to the multicultural demographics of Southern California and the broad spectrum of creative opportunities found in the region.

The Position: Assistant Professor of Architecture 
Cal Poly Pomona’s Department of Architecture (CPPARC) is seeking a new Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Architecture to join the faculty in Fall 2024.  We are especially interested in candidates who are committed to advancing the discipline and profession of architecture and who demonstrate an ability or potential to actively engage in and support Inclusivity within our diverse academic community.
The new faculty member will teach architecture core studios (1st, 2nd or 3rd year), upper level elective design studios, technical lecture courses, and elective seminars within the B. Arch and M. Arch programs. The new faculty member will also engage in service by contributing to the operations of the department, college, and university. Faculty will participate in creative/scholarly activities that contribute to their teaching. We welcome candidates who bring one or more of the following expertise: Integration of Technology in Design & Construction, Structural Design, Sustainable & Preservation Practices, Material Research, and Current Trends in Architectural Design Thinking and Research.
Students are the strength of Cal Poly Pomona Architecture. A considerable number of our students are the first in their family to attend college, who come from diverse backgrounds, and transfer from a community college to fulfill their dream of becoming an architect. The department fosters a collegial environment and is committed to the values of equity and inclusion in teaching and mentoring diverse student populations. The ideal candidate will build upon the unique strengths of our CPPARC students and community, and the university’s commitment to Inclusive Excellence.

Minimum requirements include:
* Possess an advanced degree (Master or PhD) in architecture or a related field(s) to the position description. At least one degree must be in architecture from a NAAB accredited or equivalent program. The candidate must have completed the advanced degree by the start of the appointment. (Degree must be conferred by the start date of the position.)
* Demonstrated commitment to inclusivity and equity. Evidence should be provided in a Student Success Statement that responds to the prompt above - “Inclusive Excellence and Student Success”. The candidate must address at least two of the “Inclusive Excellence Criteria”.
* Have experience teaching architecture design studios at the post-secondary education level.

Preferred/Desired Qualifications:
Preferred candidates will demonstrate a capacity in a majority of the following:
* Experience teaching or potential to teach building technologies, materials, envelopes, structural systems, sustainable and preservation practices, and/or assessing building performance.
* Record of experience in the coordination of students and faculty in a design studio and/or student advising, student research or student club activities
* Evidence of advancing academic knowledge and/or practice of architecture through research, scholarship, and/or creative activities as described in the position.
* Licensed to practice architecture or on the path to licensure in the United States.
* Record of service on university committees, and/or service to the discipline of architecture and/or professional organizations, and/or community organizations.

Conditions of Employment:
The person offered this position is required to pass a background check.

Application Process:
A completed application will consist of
* Cover letter that describes the candidate’s experiences and interests in teaching, research or creative activities, and service (1 page maximum).
* A Student Success Statement (up to 2 pages, single-spaced) that responds to the prompt above - “Inclusive Excellence and Student Success” and addresses at least two of the inclusive excellence criteria listed (please indicate the criteria numbers in your Statement).
* Curriculum Vitae indicating the candidate’s relevant experiences such as presentations, publications, grants, awards, professional experience, community and academic service and credentials.
* Statement of how the candidate meets the minimum and preferred qualifications. For clarity, the statement should address each qualification separately and in the same order as listed in the description of the position, including how a non-NAAB degree qualifies as NAAB-equivalent (2 pages maximum).
* Portfolio (8 ½ x 11 size / PDF format – no links please) with research, creative and/or scholarly works, teaching examples, and any other achievements relevant to the position (20 pages max).
* Contact information (telephone and email) of three individuals who can speak to the candidate’s potential for success in this position.
* An unofficial transcript confirming the highest degree earned.

Finalists for the position will: 
* be required to provide official transcripts for highest degree before the on-campus interview; 
* Provide three recent letters of reference (dated within the last 12 months)
* Participate in an on-campus interview which will include a presentation to faculty and students on the candidate’s research, scholarly, professional, and/or teaching interests and achievements, and a teaching demonstration.

The position is open until filled. First consideration will be given to completed applications received no later than November 6, 2023.

Please direct inquiries to 
Department of Architecture,
Associate Professor Katrin Terstegen, Search Committee Chair
Professor Sarah Lorenzen, Search Committee Member
Applications accepted only via PageUp—online application portal—for University hires.

Salary range for 9-month, Academic Year Appointment: $82,000 - $84,500

Equal Opportunity Employer
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The university seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the people of California, to maintain the excellence of the university, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing. Cal Poly Pomona subscribes to all state and federal regulations and prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity/gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, age, disability, genetic information, medical condition, and covered veteran status. The university hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States. As required by the Clery Disclosure Act, the university prepares a public annual security report.


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Cal Poly Pomona is among the best public universities in the West and is nationally ranked for helping students achieve economic success. As an inclusive polytechnic university, we cultivate success through experiential learning, discovery and innovation. Our graduates are ready to succeed in the professional world on Day 1.

Faculty in all disciplines put theory to practice, providing students with opportunities to apply their knowledge in hands-on projects, research collaborations, and valuable internship and service-learning programs.

Our history and geography are unlike any other university in the region. Nowhere else can students ride an Arabian horse, practice on a Steinway piano, bring a new product to market, and build a liquid-fueled rocket.

As a polytechnic university, Cal Poly Pomona utilizes a technology-enhanced, learn-by-doing approach to education. Students enjoy endless opportunities for involvement in a vibrant and diverse community.

When you join Cal Poly Pomona as an employee, you join a diverse community of professionals dedicated to supporting students in the pursuit of their college degree and their career dreams.

As one of only seven polytechnic universities nationwide, Cal Poly Pomona is known for its learn-by-doing philosophy and for preparing job-ready graduates.  We are one of 23 campuses that form the nation's largest university system, The California State University (CSU).  We play a critical role in preparing outstanding individuals for the job market and to be leaders that will drive California's economy in the agriculture, information technology, business, hospitality, life sciences, health care, public administration, education, media and entertainment industries.

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