Assistant Professor in Graphic Communication (506350)

  • California Polytechnic State University
  • San Luis Obispo, California
  • Jan 01, 2022
Full Time Public Health

Job Description


Department of Graphic Communication at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA, seeks applications for a full-time (academic year), tenure-track Assistant Professor with preferred specializations in some of the following areas, digital printing technologies, digital publishing, data management, marketing, emerging technologies, project management, and flexible packaging. The starting date for the position is September 12, 2022. The teaching load averages 12 units per quarter with correspondingly reasonable research/scholarship and service expectations. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

California Polytechnic State University is a comprehensive polytechnic university with a strong commitment to its Learn by Doing philosophy. The College of Liberal Arts offers 17 highly selective Bachelor's degree programs and five Master's degree programs with 250 full-time faculty and nearly 3,000 undergraduate majors. Our faculty are engaged in teaching, scholarship, and service. Cal Poly is among the most selective universities in the nation; student quality is high, with applications significantly exceeding admissions.

Cal Poly operates on a teacher-scholar model in which faculty are expected to be excellent teachers, to produce scholarships in their field of interest, and provide service to the institution. The selected candidate will be responsible for creative lecture and laboratory teaching approaches that include current and emerging technologies to enhance student education and for participating in scholarly practices such as peer-reviewed research, conference presentations, and grant development that lead to publication or its equivalent. The selected candidate will also be expected to pursue a systematic program of professional development, curricular improvement, and to participate in service activities including committee service, student advising, and building industry relationships. Cal Poly strongly values diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), especially in the classroom and among its areas of study. This Assistant Professor in Graphic Communication search will occur at the same time as a university-wide cluster of searches designed to increase curricular coverage of areas related to DEI, as well as to promote inclusive and equity-minded teaching strategies across the university. If the successful Assistant Professor in Graphic Communication candidate's research overlaps with DEI-related topics, there will be an opportunity to join and support these university efforts. Cal Poly's commitment to DEI informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. California Polytechnic State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.


Master's degree in Graphic Communication, Media, Communication, Business, Management, Computer Science, Data Analysis, or a closely related field.

Documented excellence in teaching, research, and/or industrial experience, in three or more of the following areas:
  • Digital printing technologies
  • Flexible packaging design, development, and production
  • Design and workflow for digital printing, cross-media communication and publishing
  • Emerging media and technologies for marketing using variable data and disruptive technologies
  • Project management, product development and management for digital and printed media
  • Data management, data integration for cross-media communication, publishing, and marketing
  • Information management, digital content strategy for digital media management and marketing
  • Strategic planning for graphic communication applications


A Ph.D. or a terminal degree in related fields, industry experience, and a track record of committed research focus in related areas are preferred.


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.

The CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement The systemwide policy can be found at CSU Vaccination Policy and any questions you have may be submitted to


The Graphic Communication Department is the leading four-year university program in graphic communication education in the U.S. The GrC program is the home of over 30,000 square feet of laboratories that are equipped with industrial-standard software and state-of-the-art equipment. The program provides students with hands-on experience, and an updated curriculum in both digital and printed products for communication. The program emphasizes the connection between creativity, technology, and business aspects of communication. The department will celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2022. Learn more about the Graphic Communication Department at

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 and experiences fosters the innovative and creative thinking that exemplifies Cal Poly's values of free inquiry and reflection on impacts of cultural context, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility.


To apply, visit, complete a required online faculty application and apply to Job #506350.

Please include the following required materials as part of the electronic application:

a) cover letter addressing qualifications,

b) Curriculum Vitae,

c) transcript copy,

d) teaching portfolio and evidence of teaching effectiveness (with course syllabi and student evaluations), if applicable,

e) an example(s) of scholarship work,

f) statement of teaching philosophy,

g) DEI Statement.

In the cover letter, you should also address the feasibility of conducting a research program within the context of a primarily teaching-oriented undergraduate program. Applicants must include a statement of demonstrated commitment to DEI in teaching, scholarship and/or service describing past experience, contributions to DEI 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 (upload under 'other'). Please be prepared to provide three professional references with names and email addresses when completing the application. Cal Poly will directly solicit letters from the individuals listed by applicants. Official sealed transcript showing highest degree earned will be required prior to appointment.

REVIEW BEGIN DATE: December 13, 2021. Applicants with complete files by the Review Begin Date will be given full consideration.

Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

Job Address

San Luis Obispo, California 93405 United States View Map