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Assistant Professor of Architectural History, Theory, and Criticism
California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly)

Date Posted Jan. 1, 2019
Title Assistant Professor of Architectural History, Theory, and Criticism
University California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) More About This Institution...
San Luis Obispo, CA, United States
Department Architecture More About This Department...
Application Deadline Open until filled. Application review begins on 1/18/19.
Position Start Date Sep. 12, 2019
  • Assistant Professor
  • Architecture/Landscape Architecture

ARCHITECTURE – The Architecture Department in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), San Luis Obispo invites applications for a full-time, academic-year, tenure-track Assistant Professor of architectural history, theory, and criticism. Appointment is scheduled to begin September 12, 2019. Salary is commensurate with experience. The successful candidate will join a consistently top-ranked 5-year undergraduate NAAB-accredited architecture program that possesses a strong studio culture where a diversity of approaches to design inquiry is enabled by a faculty dedicated to student learning. The program is situated within the College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) which houses five departments related to the built environment: Architectural Engineering, Architecture, City & Regional Planning, Construction Management, and Landscape Architecture.

For this new faculty position, we are seeking candidates with the ability to incorporate issues of race, gender, social/environmental justice, ethnicity, diversity and/or inclusivity in teaching, scholarship, and service. Interdisciplinary, transnational, and comparative approaches are welcome. Opportunities offered to teach, innovate, and collaborate in architectural history survey courses, undergraduate/graduate seminars, interdisciplinary minors, and general education. Ability to teach design studio is desirable. Experience working with underrepresented students is preferred.

In addition to related college-level teaching experience and a demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion, an earned doctorate (Ph.D.) with a dissertation on architectural history, theory, criticism, or a related field from an accredited institution is required. Candidates nearing completion of the doctorate (ABD) may be considered for appointment, but tenure and promotion are contingent on completion of the Ph.D. A first professional degree in architecture is also a minimum qualification however exceptions to this requirement may be granted for candidates with exceptional professional knowledge, exceptional teaching experience, or a recognized body of work, corresponding to the advertised position. Full details on appointment, retention, promotion and tenure policies can be found at

Cal Poly strongly values diversity and inclusion, especially in the classroom and among its areas of study. This position is part of a university-wide cluster of searches designed to increase curricular coverage of areas related to diversity and inclusion, as well as to promote inclusive teaching strategies across the university. Faculty hired through this recruitment will be expected to collaborate and contribute to department, college, and university goals around diversity and inclusion. Additional support will be available to these faculty hires. Full details can be found at

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.

HOW TO APPLY: Full details on this posting are available at Review of applications will begin on January 18, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. To receive full consideration, all required materials must be received by the review begin date.

  • Cal Poly is an equal opportunity employer subject to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that prohibits discrimination in employment and to Executive Order 11246 that requires federal contractors to take affirmative action as a means of achieving equal employment opportunity. The University is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty, staff, administrators, and students to mirror the increasing diversity of the State of California. For more information, please visit the Employment Equity website. Additional information on Non-Discrimination/Affirmative Action Programs is available on the CSU Policies website.

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Contact Information

  • Margot McDonald
    Architecture Department
    California Polytechnic State University
    1 Grand Ave
    San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
  • 805-756-1318


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