Food Science and Technology, Assistant Professor (515903)

  • California State Polytechnic University Pomona
  • Pomona, California
  • Jun 25, 2022
Full Time Education and Training Public Health Sciences and Laboratory

Job Description


Tenure Track Faculty Position

Food Science and Technology

Nutrition and Food Science Department

Don B. Huntley College of Agriculture

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona invites applications for a tenure track faculty ASSISTANT PROFESSOR position in the Nutrition Food Science Department in an area related to the study and/or promotion of Food Science and Technology.

Cal Poly Pomona is one of three polytechnic universities in the 23-campus California State University system and among 12 such institutions nationwide. Since its founding in 1938, Cal Poly Pomona students have participated in an integrative experiential learning education that is inclusive, relevant, and values diverse perspectives and experiences. With a variety of degree programs in the arts, humanities, sciences, engineering, and professional disciplines, the university is well known for its learn-by-doing approach and Teacher Scholar Model.

The university is noted for its scenic and historic 1,400-acre campus, which was once the winter ranch of cereal magnate W.K. Kellogg. We acknowledge that Cal Poly Pomona resides on the territorial and homelands of the Tongva and Tataavium people who are the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar. The university's nearly 30,000 students are taught and mentored by the campus's more than 1,400 faculty as part of 54 Baccalaureate and 29 Master's degree programs, 11 credential and certificate programs, and a doctorate in educational leadership.

Highly regarded among its peer institutions, Cal Poly Pomona is No. 3 in the U.S. News and World Report rankings of top public regional universities in the west and was named the No. 28 best value college in the nation by Money Magazine. Cal Poly Pomona, a Hispanic-Serving Institution and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution, stands as a national leader in promoting social mobility, and was placed among the 25 top institutions in the country in awarding bachelor's degrees to minoritized students by Diverse Issues in Higher Education .

The Cal Poly Pomona campus is located less than 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles at the intersection of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. It is within an hour's drive of beaches, mountains and deserts. For additional information about the university, please visit, and for more about faculty life, please see YourLife@CPP.

Student Population. California residents comprise the majority (96%) of applicants to undergraduate programs at Cal Poly Pomona - nearly half (49%) of new students were transfers in Fall 2020. 58% of Cal Poly Pomona students are first generation, 70% receive financial aid, and 44% qualify as Pell-eligible. The university enrolls a diverse student body that identifies as 49% Latinx, 21% Asian, 15% White, 3% Black, 5% International, 3% two or more races, 3% unknown, and less than 1% Native Hawaiian or Native Pacific Islander and less than 1% Native American Indigenous. 39% of the student body were STEM majors with the top enrolled programs including psychology, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, biology and computer science.

Inclusive Excellence Criteria. We aspire to be the model inclusive polytechnic university in the nation. We have a strong commitment to inclusive excellence and to educational experiences that leverage the diverse perspectives and experiences needed to succeed and thrive in a diverse society.

Tenure track faculty hires will demonstrate a commitment and record of contributions through their teaching, scholarship, or service to these inclusive excellence criteria (a minimum of two must be addressed in the Student Success Statement):

1. Integrates the values of equity and inclusivity into their teaching, scholarship and/or service contributions with diverse student populations;

2. Incorporates the contributions and struggles of historic ethnic minority groups and communities into their teaching, scholarly work, and/or service contributions;

3. Adopts teaching strategies that support the learning and success of students from diverse student populations;

4. Mentors and engages diverse student populations in discovery, scholarship, and creative activities;

5. Engages students in problem-based projects and learning that address the needs of diverse communities;

6. Possesses knowledge of challenges and barriers for underrepresented students and faculty within the discipline;

7. Mentors and assists diverse student populations interested in pursuing graduate education;

8. Engages in community-responsive action research or service with diverse student populations and communities;

9. Has experience in or demonstrates a commitment to adopting experiential learning activities and pedagogy with diverse student populations and communities; and

10. Has expertise in or demonstrated commitment to teaching, scholarship and/or service that contributes to access, diversity, and equal opportunity in higher education.

Don B. Huntley College of Agriculture:

The Don B. Huntley College of Agriculture offers a variety of applied science programs in Agricultural Science , Animal Health Science , Animal Science , Food Science & Technology , Nutrition Science and Dietetics , and Plant Science , as well as management and technology programs in Agribusiness & Food Industry Management and Apparel Merchandising & Management. We are the legacy College of Cal Poly Pomona and a foundational aspect of the university's identity and heritage. Located in Los Angeles County, the most populated county in the nation with over 10 million people, and close to the second largest U.S. city, we are committed to the development and support of urban agriculture and of sustainable food, agriculture and related systems in California.

Our educational programs prepare our students for exciting careers in the food, agriculture, nutritional health, animal health, and apparel sectors as well as opportunities in federal and state agencies. We are the primary provider of most undergraduate and graduate degree programs in these disciplines in Southern California. Our orchards, greenhouses, vineyards, large urban farm with organic certified acreage, animal units and laboratories, veterinary clinic, food science laboratories, experimental kitchens, and digital apparel design, production and retail laboratories, provide hands on experiences for our students under Cal Poly Pomona's "learn by doing" philosophy. Our students engage with the campus and local community, gaining practical experience working with faculty and staff in our AGRIscapes Center, the Discovery Farm and the Farm Store and with the extended community through industry internships, volunteer activities, and other interactions. Our faculty are engaged teacher-scholars with a strong commitment to student success, diversity, equity and inclusion.

Department of Nutrition and Food Science:

The Department of Nutrition and Food Science (NFS) was stablished in 1965 with a degree in Foods and Nutrition. Our mission is to support a creative and innovative environment to prepare a diverse group of baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate students through a learn-by-doing approach for careers in the nutrition and food science professions for the benefit of society. Our vision is to be a nationally recognized center of excellence in producing nutrition and food science leaders as well as creating and disseminating knowledge in collaboration with alumni, community, government and industry.

The department currently offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition, with options in Dietetics, Nutrition and Health, and Nutrition Science. Since 1999, the department has been offering a Bachelor of Science degree in Food Science and Technology (FST). The program has options in Science and Technology, Culinology ® , and a general option with emphases in Plant Based Foods and Nutrition, Bussines, and Pre-professional.

NFS also offers a graduate program under the Master of Science in Agriculture/Nutrition and Food Science Option, a fully online Master of Science in Dietetics, and a post-baccalaureate Dietetic Internship Program .

Combined enrollments in all programs account for over 600 students, with over 150 students enrolled in the FST major. NFS also offers minors in: Plant Based Foods and Nutrition, Food Science and Technology, Food Safety, Culinology ® and Nutrition, as well as several General Education courses open to all majors.

The NFS department distinguishes itself amongst other departments on campus as being part of a select group with nationally accredited programs. Our Science and Technology and Culinology ® options under the FST program are approved by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) and the Research Chefs Association (RCA), respectively. Our Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) and our Dietetic Internship Program are both accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Our undergraduate programs prepare students for challenging and rewarding careers in the private sector as well as government agencies. Our programs also provide a strong academic background for graduate study and research.

Position description:

Teaching : The new faculty member will be expected to teach and develop a selection of undergraduate and graduate level courses within the Food Science & Technology (FST) curriculum, including but not limited to the following undergraduate courses: Introduction to Food Science & Technology (for majors and non-majors), Unit Operations for Food Processing (I and II), Introduction to Plant Based Functional Foods, Effect of Processing on Plant Based Foods, and Design and Data Analysis in Food Science. Graduate courses would include Advanced Topics in Food Science and other courses that may be developed by the new faculty member within their expertise, specifically in emerging and innovative areas of plant-based processing technologies.

Research/Scholarship : The new faculty member will be expected to produce and develop a record of research/scholarly activities, including securing internal and external funding, publications and other contributions, commensurate with their area of expertise related to plant-based food processing technologies. The new faculty member will be expected to supervise undergraduate and graduate research projects. Collaborative projects with the local food industry are strongly encouraged.

Service : The new faculty member will be expected to participate in undergraduate student advising. Committee service to the Department, College and University levels will also be expected. Departmental service includes curriculum development and program assessment and development. Active participation in Food Science professional societies at the local and national levels is expected.

The workload is based primarily on teaching; however, faculty are also expected to seek external funding to secure assigned (release) time for research/scholarly activities. Assigned (release) time will be provided during the first two years of the appointment mostly for the development of research/scholarly agenda.

The current document describing the NFS requirements for tenure and promotion is available via the Faculty Affairs website:

Applicants whose work incorporates a global perspective and evidence of a commitment to diversity in higher education are encouraged to apply.

Minimum requirements include:
  • An earned doctorate in Food Science & Technology, or a closely related field from an accredited university. (Proof of degree completion by the start date of the position is required.)
  • A commitment and a record of contributions to student success through applicant's teaching, scholarship, or service. This will be described in the Student Success Statement, which must address at least two of the inclusive excellence criteria listed above.

Preferred/Desired Qualifications:
  • University teaching experience commensurate with evidence of teaching excellence and/or understanding of higher education pedagogy
  • Experience supervising undergraduate and graduate research
  • Academic research or industrial experience specifically in the area of plant-based processing technologies
  • Active involvement in professional societies in the field of Food Science and Technology

Conditions of Employment:

The person offered this position is required to pass a background check.

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 currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at . Questions regarding the policy may be sent to

Application Process:

A completed application will consist of
  • Cover letter in which you describe your interest in the position, relevant experience, and how you meet the minimum and preferred qualifications;
  • A Student Success Statement (up to 2 pages, single-spaced) about your teaching or other experiences, successes, and challenges in working with a diverse student population. Please address at least two of the inclusive excellence criteria listed above;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Teaching Philosophy statement (up to 2 pages, single-spaced);
  • Research Statement (up to 2 pages, single-spaced);
  • Three (3) recent letters of recommendation addressing the candidate's strengths relevant to this position;
  • The names and contact information for at least five individuals that can be contacted as references;
  • Unofficial transcripts (undergraduate and graduate).

Finalists for the position:
  • will be required to provide official transcripts for highest degree before the on-campus interview;
  • are expected to make a presentation of their research work and a teaching demonstration to students, faculty, and administrators.

The position is open until filled. First consideration will be given to completed applications received no later than October 2, 2022.

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Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. 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. Cal Poly Pomona subscribes to all state and federal regulations and prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity/gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, age, disability, genetic information, medical condition, and covered veteran status. The university hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States. As required by the Clery Disclosure Act, the university prepares a public annual security report.

Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

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