Assistant/Associate/Full Professor in Soil Ecology
Department: CAFES-Natural Res Mgmt&Env Sci (100800)
College/Division: CAFES-College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences
Salary Range: Rank and salary are commensurate with qualifications and experience.
ASSISTANT/ASSOCIATE/FULL PROFESSOR IN SOIL ECOLOGY. Full-time, academic year (9 month), tenure track Assistant/Associate/Full Professor position within the Natural Resources Management and Environmental Sciences (NRES) Department at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), San Luis Obispo. Beginning date is September 12, 2019. Salary is 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 ecology, fertilizers as they relate to plant health and productivity, wetlands, introductory soil science, and additional related courses depending on curricular needs and the candidate's expertise and professional goals. Particular expertise is desired in soil ecology/microbiology as relates to the growth of California specialty crops (e.g., wine grapes, strawberries, lettuce), carbon cycling and greenhouse gas emissions, solid waste management (composting), nutrient cycling, soilless media, and/or biogeography. 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 scales.
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.
Minimum Qualifications (Staff Only):
Doctorate degree in soil ecology/biochemistry/microbiology, 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.
Special consideration will be given to candidates with a record of excellence in teaching and research, as well as mentoring undergraduate and graduate students. Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate an ability to initiate and secure external funding, and to publish scholarly work. Candidates who have international experience or the desire to cultivate international links, as well as experience with on-line course development are preferred.
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.
About Us Cal Poly is a nationally ranked, four-year, comprehensive public university. Founded in 1901, the 6,000-acre campus is nestled in the foothills of San Luis Obispo, along California's scenic central coast and midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. With a budget of $168.5 million, the university has a student enrollment exceeding 17,000 students and employs more than 2,000 faculty and staff members. Cal Poly is part of the 23-campus California State University system.
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.
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About California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Cal Poly is a nationally ranked, four-year, comprehensive public university, with approximately 17,500 undergraduate, 120 post-baccalaureate, and 900 graduate students. The Cal Poly community fosters teaching, scholarship, and service in a learn-by-doing environment where students, staff, and faculty are partners in discovery. Cal Poly has built an exemplary reputation on its learn-by-doing approach to the preparation of undergraduate and graduate students. It is a distinctive learning community offering academically focused students a hands-on educational experience that prepares them for today's scientific and technical world. Cal Poly provides a balanced education in the arts, sciences, and technology, while encouraging cross-disciplinary and co-curricular experiences. U.S. News and World Report has ranked Cal Poly #1 among public master's universities in the western United States for 24 consecutive years. The University values free inquiry, cultural and intellectual diversity, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility. As a campus, we welcome and nurture a rich array of different perspectives, ideas and cultures. We encourage international an...d multi-cultural education in order to prepare students for successful participation and competition in a diverse world and a global workforce. We believe that diversity of our students, faculty, and staff enlivens and enriches Cal Poly’s educational environment.