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Associate or Full Professor of Mechatronics

  2023-05-25     California State University, Monterey Bay     100 Campus Center, Seaside     110,800 year  

Associate or Full Professor of Mechatronics (Tenured)

Job no: 524168
Work type: Instructional Faculty - Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Monterey Bay
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time, Faculty - Engineering

Classification: Academic Year Faculty
Appointment Date: Fall 2023

Academic Career & Executive Search is pleased to assist California State University, Monterey Bay in its search for Associate or Full Professor of Mechatronics (Tenured).

For best consideration, please apply by March 15, 2023.

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As the Founding Faculty of Mechatronics, this is a tremendous opportunity for an entrepreneurially minded and student-focused leader who will serve as the founding faculty. Innovative and visionary, the successful candidate will develop and lead the program, hire new faculty and staff, and refine the curriculum. The Founding Faculty will have the resources of the newly acquired Title V grant to design new teaching and research spaces, as well as outfit these spaces with new equipment. This 9-month position begins in fall 2023.

The College of Science is committed to starting its first program in Engineering by offering a bachelor's degree in Mechatronics Engineering beginning in fall of 2024. The degree proposal has already received approval at the California State University system level and is currently under review at the regional accreditation level. The program will seek ABET accreditation. This new program will build on existing strengths in Computer Science and Mathematics and Statistics and is designed to meet the needs of regional industries emphasizing agriculture technology, with additional applications in marine exploration and aviation.

Known as the “Salad Bowl of the World,” the Salinas Valley is one of the most productive agricultural regions in the world, and with proximity to Silicon Valley in the north, has become a hub for the AgTech industry. Ideal candidates will recognize the unique nature of the local agricultural industry and the extraordinary opportunity it affords. As a member campus of the CSU Agricultural Research Institute, the campus receives annual funding to support applied agricultural research.

The new program is being initially supported from a Title V grant that provides funds for equipment, new teaching and laboratory space, and student success initiatives. With an emphasis of producing job-ready graduates, the program will serve the diverse student populations within the state by leveraging industry connections and supporting job placement and internships.


• The successful candidate will serve as the Founding Faculty member and lead the development of the Mechatronics Engineering degree program, including hiring new faculty and staff
• The position is expected to teach courses within the Mechatronics Engineering core curriculum
• Involvement in enrollment strategies to recruit and retain a diverse student population
• Offer insights into designing and equipping new laboratory spaces for teaching, learning, and research
• Will eventually guide the new program through the ABET accreditation process


• The successful candidate will hold an earned doctorate in Mechatronics Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or Computer Engineering (or a related field), and have achieved the rank of Associate or Full Professor
• Demonstrated effectiveness in undergraduate teaching that integrates theory, applications, and design principles
• Proven leadership engaging professionally with a diverse population of faculty, staff, and students across the University


• Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated success in supporting evidence-based pedagogies in engineering that help close achievement gaps; Areas of scholarship or teaching that include, but are not limited to, agricultural engineering, mechanization for biological/agricultural production, unmanned aerial system (UAS), control and processing systems, robotics, precision agriculture, sensor applications, automated systems for crop production and harvesting, artificial intelligence (AI) and computer vision for crop production systems
• Experience in acquiring grants, contracts and sponsorships
• Experience cultivating community relationships, especially with industry partners
• A record of successfully teaching, advising, recruiting, empowering, and nurturing the educational goals of a diverse student population
• Experience managing personnel at all levels
• Experience leading an engineering program through the ABET accreditation process will also be an advantage


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 as a condition of employment.

The incumbent is required to maintain confidentiality as outlined in the Department of Education's Family Educational Rights and Privacy and California's Educational Code Chapter 13 regarding sensitive student issues.

All offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a background check (including a criminal records check).

Working in the State of California is a condition of employment.


Anticipated Hiring Salary Ranges:

This is an Academic Year position.

Associate Professor: $110,800 - $116,300

Full Professor: $125,200 - $137,700


CSUMB offers a premium benefit package that includes outstanding health, dental & vision plans; a fee waiver education program; and membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS). For more information, visit: Additionally, University Corporation at CSU Monterey Bay provides access to affordable campus housing based on availability, visit:


CSUMB is the closest CSU to the beach, just one mile from the Pacific Ocean and its beautiful sandy shores. The Monterey Bay area enjoys temperate weather all year round and abundant opportunities for outdoor recreation such as kayaking, surfing, hiking, golfing, and mountain biking. Minutes away from amazing natural wonders including Big Sur and Point Lobos, as well as world-famous destinations like Cannery Row, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and Pebble Beach, the campus is also close to the Salinas Valley, Santa Cruz, Silicon Valley, and the San Francisco Bay area.

Adjacent to campus, Fort Ord National Monument encompasses 14,000 protected acres located on the former Fort Ord military base. The land includes more than 80 miles of trails for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, and watching wildlife in their natural habitat. It's home to 44 species of rare plants and animals. Trails are open daily from dawn to dusk and run through a range of environments, from grassy hills to coastal shrubland.

CSUMB is just minutes away from some of the most beautiful scenic areas and amazing natural wonders in the world. The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, the largest of its kind in the United States, includes 276 miles of shoreline and protects one of the world's most diverse marine ecosystems. Inhabitants include deep sea anglerfish, dolphins, whales and CSUMB's mascot, the sea otter.

College of Science students have opportunities like none other because of the proximity to the extraordinary living laboratory of Monterey Bay. The university offers one of the only diving programs in the country with entry through leadership-level diving certifications, as well as scientific research operations.

About 30 miles south of campus, just off Highway 1, lies the majestic stretch of land known as Big Sur. Bordered by the Santa Lucia Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, Big Sur “offers unmatched scenic beauty and is famous for its breathtaking coastline, towering redwoods and epic hiking trails,” according to the Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau

CSUMB sits halfway between the Monterey Peninsula, with the coastal communities of Pacific Grove, Monterey, Seaside and Carmel, and the Salinas Valley, known as the "Salad Bowl of the World" for its abundant agricultural production.

Less than 10 miles from campus, the city of Monterey dazzles with iconic attractions and famous landmarks. Places like Cannery Row and Old Fisherman's Wharf, which inspired John Steinbeck's novels, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium draw visitors from around the world.

Take a two-hour drive north to reach San Francisco, one of the most visited cities in the world. San Francisco brims with history, museums, famous attractions, and landmarks including the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, Chinatown, and historic cable cars.


For full consideration, please apply by March 15, 2023.

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CSUMB is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions.

Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting University Personnel at (831) 582-3389. All employees must be eligible for employment in the U.S.


CSUMB hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States and is an E-Verify employer. In compliance with federal crime awareness and campus security legislation, including the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics, you can view the notice of availability and access the Cal State University, Monterey Bay annual security and fire safety reports at

CSUMB is a smoke and tobacco-free campus.


CSUMB is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action employer seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. We value and celebrate diversity in all its forms and strive to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion. We consider qualified applicants for employment for their anticipated contributions and without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, pregnancy, marital status, veteran status, or disability.

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