Assistant Professor in Construction Management at Cal Poly


Job no: 503551
Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: San Luis Obispo
Categories: Unit 3 – CFA – California Faculty Association, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time, Faculty – Architecture

The Construction Management (CM) Department in the College of Architecture & Environmental Design at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, is seeking applications for a tenure track assistant professor position. The CM Department is a tight-knit group of faculty and staff working to provide students with the best possible education and the help they need to succeed academically and prepare for the challenges they can expect in the professional world. We are seeking candidates who share our commitment to teaching excellence within an integrated construction management curriculum, and who are grounded in professional experience.

Candidates should have a strong interest in and are expected to:
1. Teach courses in the construction management program;
2. Advise students to help them attain academic and professional success;
3. Work with and mentor student organizations and competition teams;
4. Collaborate with related disciplines, industry partners, and communities;
5. Pursue professional development that includes scholarly activity

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. We encourage qualified applicants from all backgrounds to apply for consideration.


Required qualifications:
1. A master’s degree in construction or a construction-related field from an accredited institution.
2. 5 years relevant professional experience in the United States construction industry or comparable international experience. Individuals with an earned doctorate in construction or a construction-related field shall receive credit for the equivalent of two years of professional construction experience.
3. Ability to communicate effectively, work cooperatively with students, faculty, staff, and administrators from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds, conduct themselves professionally, and perform appropriate service functions at the department, college, and university level.
4. Demonstrable commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
5. A teaching specialization in one of the following areas:
a) Design-Build and Interdisciplinary Practices including interdisciplinary collaboration, leadership, innovation, program management, and alternative contracting.
b) Lean Construction and Project Production Management including lean operations, quality management, risk management, and production and operations management.
6. Demonstrated experience and commitment to student-centered learning and teaching, as well as the ability to collaboratively work in multidisciplinary settings.
7. Demonstrated proficiency in written and oral use of the English language.


Preferred qualifications:
– Doctorate appropriate to the position, or the ability and commitment to earn a doctorate in construction management or other designated terminal degree prior to being considered for tenure.
-Professional certifications or licenses related to the construction industry.
– 3 years of relevant professional experience in project management or a supervisory capacity.
– Relevant teaching experience, with preference given to teaching experience in higher education.
– Preference will be given to those with experience in working with diverse populations and fostering a collaborative, supportive and inclusive environment.


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, 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.

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.

The California State University system is requiring that all employees and students accessing campus be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus by September 20, 2021. Accordingly, you may be required to show proof of vaccination by your start date. You can find more information here.



The Construction Management Department is one of five departments in Cal Poly’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design. It offers an ACCE-accredited, 4-year bachelor of science in construction management degree program, a minor in construction management, and sponsors interdisciplinary minors in heavy civil construction and real property development. The Department maintains close ties with industry and takes pride in its career-oriented programs focused on practical application. As part of the college’s commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration, Construction Management partners with Architecture, Architectural Engineering, City and Regional Planning, Civil Engineering and Landscape Architecture. The Department currently has 14 full-time faculty, 7 part-time faculty and over 560 undergraduate majors.


Founded in 1901, Cal Poly is one of only five comprehensive polytechnic universities in the nation. It has approximately 21,000 undergraduate, 800 post-baccalaureate/graduate students. U.S. News and World Report has ranked Cal Poly #1 among public master’s universities in the western United States for 26 consecutive years. A primarily undergraduate university, Cal Poly offers academically focused students 65 baccalaureate degrees and 39 master’s degrees. Operating on the quarter calendar system, Cal Poly takes pride in its “Learn by Doing” approach to teaching and learning, which has characterized Cal Poly since its founding. One of the 23 campuses of the California State University system, Cal Poly has a statewide mandate as a polytechnic university. Situated on 1,321 acres, 155 of which make up the campus core, Cal Poly is one of the largest land-holding universities in the nation and uses all of its land holdings in active support of its educational programs.

Cal Poly is located in historic San Luis Obispo, a city of 47,500, just twelve miles from the Pacific Ocean and midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles on California’s scenic Central Coast. With excellent public education resources, recreational facilities and an expanding dedication to the arts, the area is known for its scenic landscapes, extraordinary temperate climate, and an abundance of outdoor activities.


Interested candidates must attach (1) a cover letter, (2) resume/curriculum vitae, 3) unofficial transcripts from highest degree earned (official transcript will be required prior to appointment) 4) statement of teaching philosophy, professional goals, research objectives, and approach to working with individuals from diverse backgrounds. 5) Three professional references with names and email addresses when completing the online faculty application. Review of applications will begin December 15, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

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Applications close: Open Until Filled