Posted on: 24 December, 2018
Application deadline: January 31, 2019

Assitant/Associate/Full Professor of Environmental Policy, Law and Justice, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, USA


 POSITION: ASSISTANT/ASSOCIATE/FULL PROFESSOR OF ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY, LAW, AND JUSTICE. Full-time, academic year (9 month) position within the Natural Resources Management and Environmental Sciences (NRES) Department at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), San Luis Obispo. Beginning date is September 16, 2019. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The successful applicant will teach courses that prepare students for a broad range of careers in environmental policy, law, natural resource management, and agriculture. Based on the successful applicant’s areas of expertise, there is opportunity to develop new courses associated with this position. Teaching and scholarship interests should include contemporary issues in the diverse field of environmental policy, law, and justice. Some potential areas of scholarship may include:

  • Environmental law and policy
  • Water law and policy
  • Agricultural law and policy
  • Climate change policy
  • Coastal resources law and policy
  • Indigenous peoples natural resource law and policy
  • Environmental and social justice

Cal Poly has a tradition of excellence in teaching and our motto is, “Learn by Doing”. Strong interest in undergraduate and graduate teaching along with excellent written and oral communication skills are required. In addition to teaching, the successful candidate is expected to link research and practice, and to participate in scholarly activities (e.g., research, publishing, grant writing) as part of his or her professional development and contribution to the University’s mission. These activities must address societal needs and challenges that confront government, the private sector, scientists, and non-profit organizations.


  • Ph.D. or juris doctor (J.D.) degree in environmental policy/law or related field by the starting date.
  • Must demonstrate excellence in teaching, effective communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • The ability to be a productive team player and to interact well with peers, students, industry, government agencies, and the general public is essential.
  • Must demonstrate commitment to diversity and inclusion.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and strong interests in undergraduate and graduate teaching.
  • Candidates must also demonstrate an ability to initiate, complete, secure external funding, and publish research. Special consideration will be given to candidates with a record of excellence in teaching and research, as well as the ability to mentor undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Particular expertise and experience is desired across multiple environmental law and policy specializations including water, agriculture, and land management.
  • Experience with the legislative and regulatory process in California and/or Washington DC is highly desirable as is experience working for and/or with environmental and/or social justice NGOs.

DEPARTMENTS: The NRES Department offers B.S. degrees in Environmental Earth and Soil Sciences, Environmental Management and Protection, and Forestry and Natural Resources, and an M.S. in Agriculture with specialization in Soil Science as well as an M.S. in Forestry Sciences. The programs enroll approximately 650 undergraduate students and 12 graduate students.

HOW TO APPLY: To apply, please visit to complete the required online Cal Poly faculty application for Requisition #105144.

  1. Provide the following documents with your application:
  2. a cover letter describing your qualifications and interest in the position;
  3. a current CV;
  4. a statement of teaching philosophy;
  5. goals and plans for research;

Statement of demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion in teaching, scholarship and/or service describing past experience, contributions to diversity and inclusion efforts, the impact on students, faculty, staff and/or your field and a description of how you will demonstrate a commitment in these areas in teaching, research, and/or service at Cal Poly.

Diversity is defined as a community of people who are made up of different social identities, including but not limited to: age, disability, gender, gender identity, national origin, race/ethnicity, religion/spiritual practice, sexual orientation, and veteran status.

Please provide at least three professional references with names and email addresses when completing the online faculty application.

The selected candidate will be required to provide sealed official transcripts prior to appointment for final consideration.

Applicants are encouraged to submit materials by the review begin date for full consideration; however, the position will remain open until filled.

Review Begin Date: January 31, 2019. EEO. Questions can be emailed to Prof. Yiwen Chiu, email:

We seek applicants and nominations from those who have experience teaching in ways that effectively address individuals from historically underrepresented backgrounds. The University seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the people of California, to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning. California Polytechnic State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.