Center for the Advancement of Faculty Excellence (CAFE)

Lecturer Faculty Guide

Welcome to Cal Poly Pomona! Lecturers at CPP are regarded as full partners in the University's educational mission. You are very cordially invited to participate in all of the Faculty Center activities. Go to our homepage,, to see our calendar of activities and other announcements. Contact the Faculty Center any time if your questions are not answered here, or you need further information: 909-869-2890.

Lecturers are invited to take part in teaching & scholarship activities, programs, and resources that are available to other Cal Poly Pomona faculty, with very few exceptions. Explore the Faculty Center website and other Cal Poly Pomona websites for available resources. You can also look at this list of specific campus funding opportunities (pdf).

To see the most complete list of university policies for faculty members available, please visit the Office of Planning, Policy, & Faculty Affairs website.

You are represented by the California Faculty Association, a union of27,000 professors, lecturers, librarians, counselors and coaches who teach in the California State University system. In classrooms on the 23 CSU campuses, CF A members work hard to teach our students. To join, as an active member with rights to vote and engage fully on behalf of yourself and others, go to: The CFA lecturer representatives for Cal Poly Pomona are Dr. Paivi Hoikkala, History; and Dr. Bonnie Thorne, Psychology & Sociology

Read the full CBA here:

Departments consider many competing priorities when hiring lecturers, including resource constraints, curricular needs, seniority, and performance. While the information below cannot guarantee that you will be hired or re-hired, it will be helpful in making the case that you are a strong contributor to your department's mission and activities.

  • Here are some questions to ask your department (pdf) - this information must be obtained at the department level.
  • Your department chair is the primary person who makes decisions about hiring lecturers each quarter and each year. If you want to be considered for teaching in the next quarter or year, inform your department chair in an email early on.
  • Provide excellent learning experiences for your students. See our pages on Best Practices for good ideas and information.
  • Be aware of and implement Cal Poly Pomona academic policies in your classes. See the catalog for a full treatment of such policies.
  • Request peer evaluation from your department. Depending upon your department's policies, you may or may not be required to be evaluated. Requesting evaluation sends a strong message that you are committed and interested in teaching at Cal Poly Pomona.
  • Get involved in the department and campus to the extent that you are able. Attend Faculty Center and eLearning events; we provide a letter upon request documenting your participation in our programs.

Part of the "Ready-2-Zoom" series:

Part 1

Part 2