Assistant/Associate Professor Specialty Crop Sales and Marketing (506893)

  • California Polytechnic State University
  • San Luis Obispo, California
  • Jun 04, 2022
Full Time Accounting and Finance Community Relations or PR and Marketing Public Health Sales

Job Description


The Agribusiness Department in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA, is seeking a full-time, academic year, tenure-track Assistant/Associate Professor focused on Specialty Crop Sales and Marketing starting September 12, 2022. Candidates with industry or other professional experience are encouraged to apply. Rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

This position will build on Cal Poly's strong position within the California agricultural industry to train the next generation of sales and marketing leaders. Teaching responsibilities will include undergraduate courses such as introductory and advanced sales, food and fiber marketing, advanced produce marketing, and global agricultural marketing. Collaborations with other departments in the college are encouraged, and the successful candidate may have the opportunity to teach sales and marketing courses outside of the Agribusiness Department such as experiential marketing, hospitality sales, wine marketing, sales, and research, and digital marketing.

Additional expectations may include supervision of undergraduate senior projects, graduate student research, advising student clubs and national competition teams, and teaching graduate level courses in a Master of Professional Studies and/or certificate program. The successful candidate is expected to participate in scholarly activities (i.e., research, grant writing, publications, presentations) as part of their professional development. Research collaborations with undergraduate and graduate students are particularly valued. The successful candidate is also expected to provide service on committees for the department, college, and university, as well as service to state, national, and professional organizations.

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.


An earned doctorate in Marketing, Business, Agribusiness, Agricultural Economics, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Consumer Behavior, or related field is required. Candidates must demonstrate excellence in teaching, effective communication, interpersonal skills, and the ability to be a productive team player. Candidates must also demonstrate an ability to initiate, complete, secure external funding, and publish research. The ability to interact well with peers, students, industry partners, and the general public is essential. Candidates must demonstrate commitment to diversity and inclusion.

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 candidates with professional experience in fresh produce and/or specialty crop sales and/or marketing. University level teaching experience and a record of successful academic research and the ability to generate external funding is preferred.

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.

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 questions may be sent to

In accordance with the California State University (CSU) Out-of-State Employment Policy, the CSU is a state entity whose business operations reside within the State of California and prohibits hiring employees to perform CSU related work outside of California


The Agribusiness Department of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences is comprised of 600 undergraduate students and 10 tenured/tenure track faculty. The program offers a B.S. in Agribusiness. The curriculum focuses on the value-added food sector, finance and risk management, data analytics, supply chain management and the retail sector. Experiential learning and industry interaction are integral components of the curriculum. The department has garnered numerous national student contest awards in National Agricultural Marketing Association, Food Distribution Research Society, and the National Grocers Association. The department's research and education activities are conducted on a wide array of issues that include new and emerging industries, supply chain management, agribusiness management, decision sciences, regulatory and land use policy and technological adaptation in agriculture.


The College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences is the fifth-largest public college of agriculture in the United States, with over 4,100 undergraduate students, 184 full-time faculty and staff, 15 majors, and five graduate programs. We have a very strong faculty and an accomplished student body with an incoming high school GPA of 4.0, a large university farm (over 10,000 acres of cropland, pasture, and forest, with student-run enterprises in dairy, beef cattle, poultry, sheep, horses, organic and conventional crops, and a food science pilot plant, the new Oppenheimer Family Equine Center, a commercial winery in the Justin and J. Lohr Center for Wine and Viticulture, under construction, and many other facilities), several research centers, and the Learn By Doing ethos that is central to Cal Poly's mission. See for more information about CAFES.


Founded in 1901, Cal Poly is one of only five comprehensive polytechnic universities in the nation, with approximately 22,000 undergraduates, 120 postbaccalaureate, and 900 graduate students. U.S. News and World Report has ranked Cal Poly #1 among public master's universities in the western United States for 25 consecutive years. A primarily undergraduate university, Cal Poly offers academically focused students 66 baccalaureate degrees and 27 master's degrees. Operating on the quarter calendar system, Cal Poly takes pride in its "Learn-by-Doing" approach to teaching and learning, which has characterized Cal Poly since its founding. One of the 23 campuses of the California State University system, Cal Poly has a statewide mandate as a polytechnic university. Cal Poly is one of the largest land-holding universities in the nation and uses all of its land holdings in active support of its educational programs. Cal Poly is located in historic San Luis Obispo, a city of 47,500, 12 miles from the Pacific Ocean and midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles on California's scenic Central Coast. With excellent public education resources, recreational facilities and an expanding dedication to the arts, the area is known for its scenic landscapes and extraordinarily temperate climate.


Review begin date March 15, 2022. Applicants are encouraged to submit materials by March 15, 2022 for full consideration; however applications received after this date may be considered. Interested candidates must attach (1) cover letter, (2) resume/curriculum vitae, (3) unofficial transcripts of the highest degree, (4) statement of teaching philosophy, (5) goals and plans for research, (6) a statement describing the candidate's experience(s) with diversity, equity, and inclusion and how their experiences have prepared them to advance Cal Poly's commitment to inclusive excellence (, and (7) 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. Inquiries can be directed to Dr. Richard Volpe, Search Committee Chair, Agribusiness Department, (805) 756-5030,

Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

Job Address

San Luis Obispo, California 93405 United States View Map