Assistant/Associate Professor of Viticulture (519522)

  • California Polytechnic State University
  • San Luis Obispo, California
  • Oct 05, 2022
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Job Description


The Wine and Viticulture Department in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California, invites applications for a full-time, academic year, tenure-track position as Assistant/Associate Professor of Viticulture starting September 14, 2023. Rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Responsibilities will include teaching introductory (WVIT 233) and advanced level viticulture (WVIT 331-332-333); as well as other topics related to the individual’s expertise and the department’s needs. Supervision of undergraduate and graduate research projects is expected.

Duties may also include, but are not limited to student advising, teaching graduate level courses for Master of Professional Studies and/or certificate programs, and international programs. The candidate will be expected to collaborate with other CAFES departments such as Natural Resources and Plant Sciences. The successful candidate is expected to participate in scholarly activities (i.e., grant-funded research and peer-reviewed publication) as part of his/her professional development; s/he should also be able to conduct, assist and collaborate on research projects in the viticulture area. Involvement with the university community, and with local, state and national viticulture organizations is expected. Service activities will include participation on the vineyard and winery management team, department/college/university committees, and instructionally related activities.

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.


A Ph.D. in Viticulture, Plant Physiology, Plant Pathology, Plant Genetics, or related field. In addition to a strong interest in undergraduate teaching, candidates should have practical knowledge of and experience in developing and managing premium wine grape vineyard production.

The successful candidate must demonstrate excellence in teaching, effective communication, and interpersonal skills. The ability to work independently and to be a well-organized and productive team player who interacts well with peers, students, production unit personnel, industry representatives, regulatory agencies, and the general public is essential. Particular attention will be afforded to candidates who have productive records of teaching, scholarly activity, and student-involved research that would strengthen current department activities. Candidates must demonstrate a positive commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in teaching, research, and/or service.

Excellent written and oral communication skills and strong interests in undergraduate and graduate teaching are required. Particular attention will be afforded to candidates who have productive records of teaching, scholarly activity and student-involved research that would strengthen current department activities.

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.


Wine industry experience and/or the desire to cultivate industry links are desirable. College-level teaching would be advantageous.

Preference will be given to candidates with university-level teaching experience and relevant coursework. Experience 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.


Our department uniquely integrates three fundamental components of the modern wine industry, with a curriculum emphasizing the inherent connectivity between wine grape growing in the vineyard, winemaking in the winery, and wine selling in the marketplace. Cal Poly's location in the heart of the Central Coast wine region provides an abundance of outstanding internship opportunities in the wine industry, and gives our students access to some of the best cool weather premium wine grape vineyards in California and some of the most respected winemaking leaders in the world today.

Wine and Viticulture students learn the foundations of viticulture, winemaking and wine business using our 14-acre state-of-the-art teaching vineyard and pilot winery, and our stewardship over the Cal Poly Wines brand.

Essential skills are developed through collaboration with campus and industry experts. The department incorporates the Learn by Doing philosophy, requiring completion of both an internship in the grape and/or wine industry, and a senior "capstone" project. Through our international programs, many Wine and Viticulture students have an opportunity to experience wine grape harvest around the world and explore the diversity of wine growing and winemaking systems and approaches. All our students are also encouraged to participate in undergraduate research, numerous Enterprise Projects on campus, and the Vines to Wines student club. The Wine and Viticulture department includes nearly 230 undergraduate majors, making Cal Poly among the largest Wine and Viticulture programs in the country. We are currently developing a Center for Wine and Viticulture that will include new state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities.


Review begin date January 3, 2023. Applicants are encouraged to submit materials by January 3, 2023 for full consideration; however applications received after this date may be considered. Interested candidates must attach: (1) a 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. Finalists for the position will be required to provide 3 letters of reference. The selected candidate will be required to provide official transcripts prior to appointment for final consideration.
Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

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