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California State Polytechnic University, Pomona Liberal Studies Department Hiring Pool

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Position Title: Part-Time Instructors

Job Summary: The Liberal Studies Department at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona values the knowledge, skills and dispositions students gained from a liberal studies education and applies this type of education to a 21st century context. Using theme-based, inquiry-based and interdisciplinary instruction, students and faculty engage in discussion and contemplation of enduring and emerging issues for humankind to develop foundational knowledge in humanities, social and natural sciences and critical and interdisciplinary thinking.

The Liberal Studies Department at Cal Poly Pomona is accepting applications for its hiring pool for temporary, part-time instructors with a specialization in natural science and interdisciplinary degrees in environmental science or related areas. We are seeking candidates that have experience with or a strong desire to learn interdisciplinary methods and value a liberal education and student-centered and experiential teaching philosophy. Candidates should have experience teaching in socially diverse classrooms at the undergraduate level, preferably upper division, for a survey course in the natural sciences. Experience teaching the philosophy of science, the sociology/anthropology of scientific knowledge, and teaching scientific methods/approaches, as well critiques of these approaches is preferred.

The available position follow the Course Description listed below:

This theme-based course provides Liberal Studies majors a focused study of the historical and philosophical background of the natural science disciplines using experiential and inquiry-based learning. Issues, approaches, and methods in the natural sciences are highlighted as they compare with those in the social sciences and humanities, with a focus on critical perspectives to make science more inclusive. Special attention is given to how science is viewed, understood, and used in contemporary life, including its role in addressing complex problems and issues. To do this, students will explore how their own identities, political beliefs, and values shape their scientific decision-making, as well as actively participate in public and participatory science through a semester-long inquiry-based Citizen Science project. To situate their own work within this context, students will engage with texts that feature community-based, public, and participatory projects in diverse communities and contexts. Thus, the course also deeply considers how society and social processes impact scientific knowledge production.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Terminal Master’s Degree, Doctorate in an academic discipline
  • Evidence of recent strong competence in undergraduate teaching

Preferred Qualifications:

  • At least 4 terms (not consecutive) of recent undergraduate teaching using an interdisciplinary approach
  • Evidence of ability to develop a sense of community in the classroom and strong rapport with students
  • Evidence of a strong command of instructional technology (Blackboard, social media, iPads, etc...)
  • Evidence of a strong sense of collegiality
  • Evidence of an ability to assess teaching and learning effectiveness and revise instruction accordingly

The following items must be included as part of the application.

  1. Application of academic employment required by the university Please request an Application for Academic Employment or download (PDF) the form from the website.
  2. Letter of Interest which describes how one meets the minimum and preferred qualifications
  3. Unofficial transcript of conferred degree
  4. At least two to five student evaluations and/or peer evaluations within the last three years as a demonstration of teaching competency 

Submit your completed application and required supporting materials (listed on application form) to:

Kimberly Deitrick, Administrative Coordinator 
Liberal Studies Department
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
3801 West Temple Avenue
Pomona, CA 91768 


California State University Lecturer Salary (Academic Year) Schedules can be found at

Placement into a range is based on qualifications and experience. Initial assignments are typically in Ranges 2 and 3. The full-time (15 units per semester) monthly base salaries indicated in the schedules above are prorated to the number of units worked and are paid in six monthly payments for each full semester.