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Transportation Engineering Tenure-Track Faculty Position

Cal Poly State University
San Luis Obispo, California
Commensurate with experience; the anticipated hiring range is $96,408 - $107,000 per year
Closing date
Dec 5, 2023

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Transportation Engineering
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The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo invites applications for a full-time, academic year, tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level in the area of Transportation Engineering with special emphasis in Sustainable Transportation Systems. Candidates with diverse research interests in transportation engineering and/or systems planning are encouraged to apply by demonstrating how their research supports planning, design, and operation of sustainable transportation systems. The position is available starting Fall 2024.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to: (a) teaching undergraduate classes and laboratories in civil engineering in general, and transportation engineering in particular, as well as graduate courses in area of specialization; (b) supervising undergraduate and graduate-level research; (c) developing and maintaining externally-funded research programs; (d) engaging in activities related to service in the form of students club advising, curriculum development, and shared governance.

Rank and salary are commensurate with qualifications and experience. Appointment at the Assistant Professor rank is anticipated; the anticipated hiring range is $96,408 - $107,000 per year.

This position is in alignment with the College of Engineering’s strategic priorities, which emphasize innovative pedagogy and hands-on, student-centered teaching; a commitment to diversity and equity; development of hands-on research opportunities for undergraduate students; and curricular threads in areas of sustainability and climate change, data literacy and computational thinking, systems thinking, and professional development. Candidates are encouraged to demonstrate how their background and experience will support these priorities.

The Cal Poly College of Engineering strongly values diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), as part of our focus on equitable student success. The Cal Poly College of Engineering is excited to invite applications to fill multiple tenure-track faculty positions across eight departments to start September 2024. Successful applicants show evidence or demonstrate the potential to implement inclusive and equity-minded teaching strategies as well as increase curricular coverage of the intersection of engineering and computing with societal challenges, particularly around DEI issues. Successful candidates will be expected to contribute to the college’s goals in these areas.

The college is searching for positions in the following disciplines:

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science / Software Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

In addition to the standard new faculty support, candidates with DEI-focused scholarship and/or pedagogy will have the opportunity to apply for additional funds to support their DEI work.

The Cal Poly College of Engineering has an active National Science Foundation ADVANCE gender equity program and is committed to a pluralistic campus community through equal opportunity and work‐life balance. You will be joining a college that strives to be compassionate and supportive of colleagues, staff, and students. You will have the opportunity to teach and develop courses and advise students on projects and research. You will be supported in your efforts to establish an externally funded research program, mentor students, contribute to an inclusive and welcoming community, and provide services to the department, the college, and the university.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS Candidates for the position are required to have earned undergraduate and doctorate degrees in civil engineering or a closely related field by the time of appointment. A commitment to innovation in undergraduate teaching and working in a multidisciplinary and collaborative setting is expected. Demonstrated proficiency in written and oral use of the English language is required.

The ideal candidate will show evidence of attention to and/or the potential to contribute on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion across their teaching, scholarship, and service.

Applicants must submit a diversity statement that demonstrates the candidate's experience or potential with respect to supporting the College of Engineering’s goals related to diversity, equity and inclusion. In particular, our vision statement is: “The Cal Poly College of Engineering will be nationally recognized for its rapidly diversifying student population and unique, inclusive Learn by Doing educational and applied research experiences.” Candidate’s diversity statement should convey how their teaching, research, and/or service at Cal Poly will contribute to this vision. Examples include highlighting the candidate’s experience and/or intentions with respect to: implementing inclusive classroom environments, the intersection of DEI in your research/scholarship, mentoring students with diverse backgrounds, outreach to under-represented student populations, and previous professional development in diversity and inclusion topics.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS Experience in transportation planning/engineering, supported by a record of scholarly publications, is preferred. Professional registration, LEED certification, and industry/consulting experience are desirable. 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 the 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.

In accordance with the California State University (CSU) Out-of-State Employment Policy, the CSU is a state entity whose business operations reside within the State of California and prohibits hiring employees to perform CSU related work outside of California. It is also expected that faculty establish an on-campus presence to fulfill their responsibilities.


The Civil & Environmental Engineering Department has two separate B.S. degree programs with approximately 650 undergraduate students in the Civil Engineering Program and 200 in the Environmental Engineering Program. Both programs are ABET accredited. The Department’s undergraduate programs are consistently rated as among the best in the U.S. for non-Ph.D. granting institutions, and the department proudly supports extremely active and highly regarded student chapters of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Institute of Transportation Engineers, Society of Women Engineers, and Engineers without Borders. The Department also offers an M.S. degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering with approximately 50 active graduate students.


For more information and to apply, please visit to complete the required online faculty application and apply to Requisition #531808. Applicants must attach a cover letter, current curriculum vitae, teaching statement, diversity statement, research statement, and a copy of unofficial transcripts. Please be prepared to provide three professional references with names and email addresses. For full consideration candidates are encouraged to apply by the review begin date of November 30, 2023. Applications received after this date may be considered. For questions, please contact Dr. Misgana Muleta, Department Chair, Civil and Environmental Engineering, at


Founded in 1901, Cal Poly is one of only five comprehensive polytechnic universities in the nation. It has approximately 20,000 undergraduate, 120 post-baccalaureate, and 900 graduate students. U.S. News and World Report has ranked Cal Poly #1 among public master's universities in the western United States for 21 consecutive years. 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. Cal Poly is located in historic San Luis Obispo, a city of 45,000, 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. The Construction Management Department offers an ACCE-accredited, 4-year Bachelor of Science degree program that currently enrolls over 500 students. The Department maintains close ties with industry and prides itself on the practical application of construction knowledge and active engagement of industry partners in its educational mission. The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering has two separate B.S. degree programs with approximately 750 undergraduate students in the Civil Engineering Program and 200 in the Environmental Engineering Program. Both programs are ABET accredited. The Department also offers an M.S. degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering with approximately 50 active graduate students.

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