Cal Poly Pomona

Faculty Position Opening


California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Aerospace Engineering Department

The Aerospace Engineering Department in the College of Engineering at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona) invites applications at the assistant professor level for a tenure-track faculty position beginning September 2015/Fall quarter.

The Position: The new faculty member will teach a broad range of undergraduate and graduate courses in aerospace engineering with primary responsibility in one or more of the following areas: aerospace structures, unmanned and autonomous aerial systems, finite-element analysis, mechanics of composite materials, propulsion, aero-thermo-fluid-dynamics, and aircraft design. A strong interest in curriculum development, static and dynamic computer-based analysis, aerospace design, laboratory development in our B.S. and M.S. programs, pursuing grants and supervising student research are required. Advising students in curriculum and club matters, Senior Projects and Senior Design, Master’s theses, as well as serving on Department, College and University committees are also required.  Candidates will also be expected to maintain currency in their fields and integrate new developments into the Department curriculum and incorporate a global perspective.  Involvement in professional activities is also expected.  Applicants whose work incorporates a global perspective and a commitment to diversity in higher education are particularly encouraged to apply.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering, or a closely-related discipline, from an accredited institution by August 31, 2015;
  • Demonstrated competence in Aerospace Engineering theory and practice; 
  • Demonstrated potential for excellent teaching in both the B.S. and M.S. programs;
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to provide hands-on education in a multi-disciplinary environment; and
  • Demonstrated commitment to working with diverse student and community populations.

Preferred/Desired Qualifications:  

  • A B.S. Degree in aerospace engineering from an accredited institution and
  • U.S. industrial and teaching experience.

Application Procedure:  A completed application will consist of:

  1. A cover letter that describes the candidate’s teaching and research experience and interests and that addresses the duties and qualifications articulated in the position description;
  2. A curriculum vitae comprised of at least those elements specified on the application form and including the names, titles, addresses, and telephone numbers of three or more individuals, who can speak to the candidate’s potential for success in this position;
  3. A statement of teaching philosophy
  4. A completed application form;
  5. A list of courses the candidate is prepared to teach, courses they can teach with some additional preparation, and courses they would like to develop;
  6. A transcript showing highest degree earned; and
  7. Finalists for the position will be required to provide three recent letters of reference and an official transcript.

The position will remain open until filled. First consideration will be given to completed applications received by November 28, 2014.  Early response is encouraged. Please address all communications, inquiries, requests for application forms, and application materials to:

Faculty Search Committee
c/o Ms. Amy Currier
Aerospace Engineering Department
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Pomona, CA 91768
Phone: 909.869.2470    FAX: 909.869.6920

The University: Cal Poly Pomona is one of two polytechnic universities in the 23-campus California State University system. Our ethnically diverse student population of approximately 22,000 enrolls in 52 baccalaureate, 26 master’s degree programs, 11 credential and certificate programs, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership, presented by 1,200 faculty. We recruit students increasingly from throughout California and beyond. The students are success and career focused and extremely diverse. We are proud of our status as a Hispanic Serving Institution. We have a strong commitment to supporting scholarship, research, and student achievement. Our scenic and historic 1,400-acre campus, once the winter ranch of cereal magnate W. K. Kellogg, is located about 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles in one of the most dynamic economic and cultural regions in the country, and within an hour’s drive of beaches, mountains, and desert. The university is committed to diversifying its faculty and staff and has made educational equity one of its highest priorities. The mission of the university is to advance learning and knowledge by linking theory and practice in all disciplines, and to prepare students for lifelong learning, leadership, and careers in a changing, multicultural world.

The College of Engineering: 
The College of Engineering is the 17th largest engineering school in the nation, and is ranked as one of the best public undergraduate engineering colleges in the nation.  The College has had over fifty-five years of success in producing over 25,000 workforce ready engineers and engineering technologists.  Our graduates are working throughout California and the nation to meet increasingly complex technical and socio-economic challenges posed by the ever-growing global economy.


The Aerospace Engineering Department: The Department, which serves about 500 students majoring in Aerospace Engineering, provides a comprehensive education that includes in-depth instruction in aerodynamics, aircraft and spacecraft structures, flight mechanics, orbital mechanics, flight propulsion, systems engineering and the design of aerospace vehicles.  U.S. News and World Report ranked the Aerospace Engineering Department 4th in the nation in 2001 and 5th in the nation in 2002 among institutions offering BS and MS degrees in aerospace engineering.  About one third of our undergraduate enrollment is minority and Hispanic.  The Department also averages from ten to fifteen percent female undergraduate students each year.  

The aerospace curriculum emphasizes analysis and problem solving, computer applications, laboratory work and exposure to open-ended problems and design issues while fostering teamwork, communication skills, and individual professionalism.  Our students engage in AIAA design competitions and national UAV competitions. The department also requires an undergraduate thesis (Senior Project), which is usually undertaken by teams of students. The Department has ten instructional laboratories, including well-equipped Subsonic and Supersonic Wind Tunnel Labs, a UAV Lab and a Spacecraft Design Lab.

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 and learning.Cal Poly Pomona subscribesto 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’s annual security report is available at

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.



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