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Assistant/Associate Professor in Animal Welfare and Ethics

About this Job:

The Animal Department in the College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, is seeking a full-time academic year, tenure-track position in Animal Welfare and Ethics. Rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Starting date is September 10, 2020.

Teaching responsibilities will include undergraduate courses in animal welfare and ethics focusing on application in commercial animal production settings. Other courses taught could include quantitative assessment of food or companion animal welfare and/or animal behavior, human-animal bond, livestock handling and management, and disciplines appropriate to the expertise of the individual and needs of the department. Particular attention will be afforded candidates who have expertise in swine or poultry production and/or the human-animal bond. Additional responsibilities will include advisement of undergraduate and graduate students. The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate excellence in teaching, and effective communication and interpersonal skills. Other considerations include the ability to develop an applied research program, publish results, direct graduate student studies, and demonstrate ability to obtain external funding. The ability to be a productive team player and to interact well with peers, students, animal industries, government agencies, and the general public is essential. In addition, candidates should be able to provide practical experience and individualized student learning opportunities such as enterprise classes, undergraduate research and student internships. Candidates with private industry experience are encouraged to apply.

Duties may also include, but are not limited to, supervision of undergraduate senior projects, graduate student research, student advising, and teaching graduate level courses. The successful candidate is expected to participate in scholarly activities (i.e., research, grant writing, publications, presentations) as part of his/her professional development. Service activities will include participation on department, college, and university committees and instructionally related activities.

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.



A Doctorate in Animal Science or closely related field or Veterinary Medicine with post-graduate training in animal welfare.

Demonstrated experience and commitment to student-centered learning and teaching, as well as the ability to collaboratively work 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 relevant work experience and those who bring professional capabilities.


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.

How to apply:

Please apply online by clicking HERE.

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