Full-Time Lecturer in Meat Science

California Polytechnic State University

United States


Position Description:

FULL TIME 12-MONTH LECTURER IN MEAT SCIENCE. The Animal Science Department within the College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences at Cal Poly State University is seeking a full-time, 12-month lecturer beginning August 30, 2019, through August 31, 2020. The position involves teaching ASCI 211 Meat Science, and other courses deemed appropriate to the expertise of the individual and needs of the department. This position will also assist in the management of the Cal Poly Meat Processing Center, and act as faculty advisor to the State FFA meat judging competition, Meats Quiz Bowl team or other student extracurricular meat science activities as needed. 

The successful candidate will establish an active relationship with other university faculty and researchers; leaders in the meat processing industry, students, and the general public to provide information and leadership related to meat science and processing. In addition, candidates should be able to provide practical experience and individualized student-learning opportunities such as experiential classes, undergraduate and graduate research projects, and student internships. 

Under the general supervision and coordination with the Department Head and Meat Processing Center Manager, this position is responsible for assisting with the management and operations of the Cal Poly Meat Processing center (MPC) facility, including assisting with the management of the MPC's Federal Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) program. In a facility that utilizes equipment with the potential to cause serious injury, the position would also share the responsibility for safety training, maintenance of safety standards, boiler operations, and harvest practices. 

Duties may include, but are not limited to, assisting boiler oversight and oversight of student employees; assist in following all federal and state regulations and university policy; assist in the record maintenance associated with the operations of a federally inspected meat plant; performance of fabrication of carcasses into wholesale retail cuts of meat; supervise and/or perform the further processing of meat into value-added products such as sausage and smoke items. 

Service activities will include participation on department, college, and university committees and instructionally related activities.


Required Qualifications / Specialized Skills:

Qualifications include a M.S. degree in Animal Science, Meat Science, or related discipline. 

Boiler operations certification, or the ability to obtain certification within the first three months of employment. 

Other considerations include demonstration of excellence in teaching, and effective communication and interpersonal skills. The ability to be a productive team player and effectively interact with students, faculty, and staff, animal industries, government agencies, and the general public are critical. 

Candidates must demonstrate a commitment to diversity. 

Thorough knowledge of livestock anatomy and operation of a harvest and meat processing establishment, and state and department regulations for the harvest, processing, marketing and sale of meat products.


Preferred Qualifications / Skills:

Preference will be given to candidates with any of the following: commercial meat processing experience; teaching experience in meat science. 

An understanding of current knowledge of federal regulations; HACCP-based inspection procedures and plant operations; fundamental practices of meat operations including multi-species harvest techniques, carcass cutting and fabrication; operation and maintenance of equipment; smokehouse operation and further processing techniques; packaging techniques and systems; plant sanitation; and carcass meat storage techniques is preferred. 


Special Conditions (Staff):

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position. 

May be required to complete a Supplemental Employment Application Questionnaire, which contains questions pertaining to conviction history, and submit it when requested by Cal Poly. This disclosure is confidential and will not necessarily preclude applicants from employment. 

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. 

How to Apply:

To apply, visit WWW.CALPOLYJOBS.ORG and refer to Requisition #105316. A review of applications will begin July 1, 2019. Applications received after that date may be considered until an acceptable candidate is secured. Attach the following required materials to your online faculty application: (1) letter of interest, (2) vitae, (3) unofficial copy of transcripts, and (4) statement of demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion in teaching, scholarship and/or service describing past experience, contributions to diversity and inclusion efforts, the impact on students, faculty, staff and/or field and a description of how the applicant will demonstrate a commitment in these areas in teaching, research, and/or service at Cal Poly. If applicable, please include a list of CSU courses previously taught and courses requesting consideration to teach. Please be prepared to provide three professional references with names and email addresses when completing your online application. Selected applicant will be required to submit sealed official transcripts of highest degree prior to appointment. For questions, please contact: Nicole Einfalt, Animal Science Department, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA 93407; phone (805) 756-7341; fax (805) 756-7403; neinfalt@calpoly.edu. Open until filled. 

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. 


Additional Information Contact Name (Faculty):

Nicole Einfalt 


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Department Information (Faculty):

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. 

The Animal Sciences Department, includes over 800 students in the two majors, boasts the most comprehensive and the best undergraduate program in livestock production and management in the West. Through its faculty and students, the Department manages commercial herds and flocks of dairy and beef cattle, horses, sheep, swine, and poultry on a farm of some 6,000 acres with the support of several new facilities including a new state of the art, $6.5 million meat processing center and $6 million animal nutrition center. Recent gifts in excess of $10 million have been given to the Department to enhance these living laboratories where our students gain hands-on experience on our production units. Graduates of Animal Science and Dairy Science are prepared for meaningful careers in the animal industries, allied professions, and graduate studies. 

Cal Poly's College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (CAFES), the largest non-land grant agricultural program in the U.S., awards nearly half of all baccalaureate agriculture degrees granted in California. The college is a leader in providing students with real world skills based on Learn by Doing laboratory and field intensive curriculum, contemporary instructional technology, and uncommon access to senior faculty in small class settings. The college spans more than 6,000 acres of land adjacent to the campus core, as well as an additional 4,000 acres throughout the state. It is comprised of nine academic departments and approximately 170 faculty, 80 staff, and 4,000 students in 15 majors. In addition, the college is home to a number of unique enterprise projects, centers and institutes. 

Founded in 1901, Cal Poly is one of only five comprehensive polytechnic universities in the nation, with approximately 20,000 undergraduates, 120 post-baccalaureates, and 900 graduate students. U.S. News and World Report has ranked Cal Poly #1 among public master's universities in the western United States for 21 consecutive years. A primarily undergraduate university, Cal Poly offers academically focused students 66 baccalaureate degrees and 27 master's degrees. Operating on the quarter calendar system, Cal Poly takes pride in its "Learn by Doing" approach to teaching and learning, which has characterized Cal Poly since its founding. One of the 23 campuses of the California State University system, Cal Poly has a statewide mandate as a polytechnic university. Cal Poly is one of the largest land-holding universities in the nation and uses all of its land holdings in active support of its educational programs. 

Cal Poly is located in historic San Luis Obispo, a city of 44,000, 12 miles from the Pacific Ocean and midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles on California's scenic Central Coast. With excellent public education resources, recreational facilities and an expanding dedication to the arts, the area is known for its scenic landscapes and extraordinary temperate climate.

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