Part-Time Lecturer Pool - Culinary/Foodservice (AY 24/25)

  • California Polytechnic State University
  • San Luis Obispo, California
  • May 07, 2024
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Job Description


CULINARY/FOODSERVICE PART-TIME LECTURER POOL. The Food Science and Nutrition Department within the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences at Cal Poly is seeking applications for a pool of part-time lecturers with positions available as determined by need during the 2024-25 academic year. Lecturers are expected to teach undergraduate lectures and/or laboratory sections and/or supervised field experiences in one or more of the following areas: fundamentals of food, cereal and bakery science, contemporary issues in food choice and preparation, institutional foodservice, and food systems management. In addition, lecturers are expected to supervise student experiences and undergraduate research projects.

Initial rank and salary for lecturer faculty are based on professional experience and educational background and are determined by the hiring department. Most new lecturers are hired at the Lecturer A or B rank. As of July 2023, the classification salary ranges for the respective ranks are:
Lecturer A: $5,007-$6,359
Lecturer B: $5,925-$12,594
Lecturer C: $6,500-$13,831
Lecturer D: $8,184-$14,487

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.


Master's degree in culinary sciences/arts, food science, nutrition, food service, hospitality or closely related field.

For laboratory course assignments, Bachelor's degree in culinary sciences/arts, food science, nutrition, food service, hospitality or closely related field & at least 2-3 years of relevant experience.

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.


Two or more years of professional experience in food service industry.
Teaching experience and/or doctorate preferred.
RD 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.

Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo will not sponsor an H-1B for this position.

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.

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 Food Science and Nutrition Department has 15 full-time faculty, numerous part-time faculty, support staff, and approximately 600 majors. FSN offers two majors - Nutrition and Food Science. The Department also offers a post-graduate Dietetic Internship; MS program in Nutrition and MS and Blended program in Agriculture with a specialization in Food Science.

The Department houses a State-certified pilot plant; a culinary foods lab; nutrition assessment lab with a DXA; molecular nutrition lab; human nutrition lab and chemistry-style teaching and research labs.

Students in the Food Science major choose from one of two concentrations, Advanced Food Science (IFT-approved) or Culinary Science. Students in the Nutrition major choose from one of two concentrations: Applied Nutrition or Nutrition Science. The Applied Nutrition concentration is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND).

The mission of the department is to educate students with contemporary knowledge and problem solving skills to prepare them for rewarding food, nutrition and health careers. Students' learning experiences blend theory and application, reflecting Cal Poly's "learn by doing" philosophy.


Attach to the application (1) a cover letter providing some detail of the applicant's qualifications and interest in the position; (2) a current CV; (3) a list of CSU courses previously taught and courses requesting consideration to teach; (4) copy of unofficial transcripts; (5) a statement regarding teaching philosophy, and (6) a brief statement regarding diversity and inclusion. This statement should address the applicant's commitment to diversity and inclusion by describing expertise, experience and/or contributions to these types of efforts in a work, community, or educational setting. Please be prepared to provide three professional references with names and email addresses when completing your application. Selected applicants will be required to submit sealed official transcripts of highest degree prior to appointment.

For questions, please contact the Food Science and Nutrition Department by phone at (805) 756-2205 or by email at

Advertised: May 06 2024 Pacific Daylight Time
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