STS/IS Program Director AY (Tenure-Track)

California Polytechnic State University
Deadline: November 1, 2018 (Review Begin Date)

DIRECTOR, Science, Technology, and Society Program (Tenure Track, OPEN RANK, Associate/Full Professor Preferred) – The College of Liberal Arts at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo invites applications for a full-time, academic-year tenure-track position of Assistant/Associate/Full Professor and Director of Science, Technology, and Society (STS) Program, beginning September 12, 2019. The position includes a strong expectation for teaching excellence, scholarly productivity and professional development, and service to the department, college, university, and community. Candidates must demonstrate the ability to lead the growth and operation of the STS minors and emerging interdisciplinary programs, including a possible Interdisciplinary Studies (IS) major and department, and other opportunities. The successful candidate should demonstrate leadership ability, a broad vision for the future of STS/IS in the College of Liberal Arts at Cal Poly, and the ability to effectively collaborate across disciplines. Applications are sought from any discipline represented by one of the college’s 15 tenure-line departments.

This position carries both teaching and administrative duties. Credit toward tenure may be awarded depending on years of teaching experience, professional development, and rank. The administrative assignment is for an initial period of three years, renewable at the Dean’s discretion. Academic rank and salary will be commensurate with the selected candidate’s qualifications and experience.

The typical teaching load in Cal Poly’s College of Liberal Arts is 12 units per quarter, with correspondingly reasonable research/scholarship and service expectations. Candidates will also have a significant reduction in course load in the first one to two years to help establish an active program of research/scholarship/creative activity and to oversee the leadership of the STS/IS Program. For this position, teaching and service assignments will be divided between the interdisciplinary programs and the home department in proportions agreeable to all parties. The successful candidate will teach courses such as Introduction to Science, Technology, and Society; Advanced Project-Based Learning in Science, Technology, and Society; Interdisciplinary Research Methods; and/or specific courses as determined by areas of expertise and programmatic need. The successful candidate will be expected to communicate effectively and work cooperatively with students, faculty, staff, and administration.

Cal Poly strongly values diversity and inclusion, especially in the classroom and among its areas of study. This search will occur at the same time as 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. If the successful candidate’s research and teaching overlaps with the area of diversity and inclusion, they will have the opportunity to join and support these university efforts. 


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