California Polytechnic State University

Assistant Professor of Design and Representation


The Architecture Department in the College of Architecture & Environmental Design at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor for the academic year beginning September 10, 2020. The Architecture Department offers a Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Science in Architecture, and interdisciplinary minors in Architecture and Sustainable Environments.  Applications will be reviewed beginning January 17, 2020 and continue until the position is filled.

For this position, the Department seeks applicants with a demonstrated capacity for critical inquiry into architectural design issues as they apply to changing global conditions. Applicants should have an established or emerging record of excellence in teaching, and a research agenda that can support scholarship and inform undergraduate teaching in a collaborative environment in keeping with Cal Poly’s Teacher-Scholar Model. The Department welcomes research in all areas of the discipline.

Design + Representation: Applicants should have a basis for teaching design fundamentals, design theory, fabrication, craft, and representation in foundation levels of undergraduate architecture design studios. In addition, lectures, seminars, and workshop courses in the applicant’s area of interest may also be taught.

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.


  • Professional degree in architecture
  • Master’s degree in architecture (or allied discipline) or D. Arch.
  • Architectural license or Ph.D. (see note below)
  • Professional experience in architecture
  • Relevant college-level teaching experience

Eligibility for licensure or Ph.D. candidacy is acceptable for appointment, but promotion and tenure are contingent on possession of the license or Ph.D. Uniquely qualified candidates not meeting minimum qualifications, but with exceptional professional knowledge, teaching experience, or recognized work will be considered.

Demonstrated experience and commitment to student-centered learning and teaching, as well as the ability to work collaboratively in multidisciplinary settings is required. Demonstrated proficiency in written and oral use of the English language is required.


Preference will be given to those with experience in working with diverse populations and fostering a collaborative, supportive and inclusive environment.  Preference will also be given to those with a record of excellence in teaching, scholarship, and/or critical practice, and a forward-minded, flexible, and integrative approach to architectural education. Given the possibility of team teaching, a record of successful collaboration is also preferred.


The Architecture Department has a strong reputation for providing a rigorous education, focusing on 21st century issues. Cal Poly, SLO Architecture has consistently ranked as one of the top undergraduate programs by DesignIntelligence for over a decade. The architecture program attracts a diverse population of students from across the United States and abroad.

High priorities for the institution include improving diversity, equity, and inclusion, and fostering interdisciplinary teaching and scholarship. Internal College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) grants are available to support scholarship and interdisciplinary collaboration.

The polytechnic tradition at Cal Poly emphasizes application, reflection, collaboration and project-based learning, succinctly described as “learn by doing.”  The CAED encourages creative inquiry, making, and theoretical speculation, supported by extensive analog and digital fabrication facilities and the Neel Resource Center. The CAED also maintains a nine-acre outdoor experimental construction laboratory, Poly Canyon, and an indoor fabrication and construction facility, the Simpson Strong-Tie Materials Demonstration Lab.

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Interested candidates must complete the online application and upload all of the following materials:

(1) Candidate statement describing your interest in the position, experience, approach to teaching, the types of courses you could offer,

(2) Statement of research interests.

(3) Statement on diversity and inclusion describing past accomplishments and sharing ideas for future contributions related to your areas of teaching, research, and/or service.

(4) Current curriculum vitae.

(5) Sample of scholarly writing (e.g. dissertation chapter, book chapter, and/or articles; 20MB max)

(6) Digital portfolio (50 pages maximum, 30Mb file size limit) that includes documentation explaining the candidate’s approach to and experience in teaching. The portfolio should contain clear written and visual evidence of teaching and scholarship, including at least one syllabus. Cal Poly greatly values teaching experience and therefore requires a digital portfolio of teaching and scholarship be submitted as an important part of this application.

(7) Unofficial Transcripts

Prior to appointment, official transcripts confirming degrees and a background check will also be required.

Please be prepared to provide three professional references with names and email addresses when completing the online faculty application. Three letters of recommendation will be required of finalists and solicited directly by Cal Poly.   Review of applications will begin January 17, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled.

Salary and teaching assignments are commensurate with qualifications and experience.

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