Visiting Faculty and Industry Scholars

Industry professionals, research scholars and faculty members from other institutions are invited to volunteer their services to Cal Poly Engineering without remuneration and/or undertake collaborative research projects on campus. These positions include:

  • Visiting Industry Scholar
  • Visiting Professor
  • Research Scholar
  • Volunteer Faculty

For information regarding Cal Poly’s Volunteer Program, see http://afd.calpoly.edu/riskmgmt/volunteerprogram.asp.

For information regarding international research scholars, see http://international.calpoly.edu/scholars/index.html.

Visiting Industry Scholar

A company may collaborate with a College of Engineering department by instituting a Visiting Industry Scholar position, in which a company professional serves on campus for one or more quarters.

  • The position is developed through discussions with company representatives, a department chair or faculty member and the Dean.
  • The on-campus title for these individuals is [Company Name] Visiting Industry Scholar. For instance, the Raytheon Visiting Industry Scholar.
  • These individuals usually teach one or more courses, but they are not necessarily listed as the instructor of record. Industry scholars may also work with students on company-sponsored projects, contribute to technical seminars and further additional industry collaborations.
  • Cal Poly provides no salary support for visiting industry scholars. Compensation arrangements are set between the individual and his/her employer.
  • Office and/or lab space must be arranged through the home department.
  • Forms and paperwork include a resume submitted by the prospective industry scholar, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and an offer letter from the dean.
  • The Visiting Industry Scholar must also complete the Volunteer Identification Form (HR – V1) prior to the start of the assignment. See Risk Management to access the form. Volunteers not identified as an “instructor of record” who need an email account and/or a PolyCard should contact their department for assistance with a Technical Service Request.

Visiting Professor

Faculty members on sabbatical or leave from other institutions may serve as unpaid visiting professors at Cal Poly for one quarter to a year or more.

  • The position is usually initiated through research or scholarly relationships with Cal Poly faculty members.
  • Visiting professors teach courses and/or focus on a research project while on campus.
  • Office and/or lab space will be arranged through the home department.
  • The initial point of contact in the college is Jo Ernest, Personnel Analyst (jernest@calpoly.edu or 805-756-7524). She coordinates an offer letter from the dean and a visa, if the visiting professor is a non-citizen.
  • The volunteer visiting professor must complete the HR – V1. Volunteers not identified as an “instructor of record” who need an email account and/or a PolyCard should contact their department for assistance with a Technical Service Request.

Research Scholar in Residence

Housed in the Research and Graduate Programs Office, the Research Scholars in Residence Program welcomes to campus distinguished scholars from academia and industry who have retired from their primary careers. Scholars are provided a base from which to work on campus and encouraged to pursue their own interests in collaboration with Cal Poly faculty and students. Their involvement has led to joint research projects with faculty and students, the receipt of new grants from the federal government, mentoring of faculty in the development of grant proposals, and refereed publications citing their Cal Poly affiliation. See Research Scholar in Residence for more information.

Visiting Research Scholar

Visiting research scholars work directly with Cal Poly faculty members on well-defined research projects.

  • The Exchange Visitor Program for non-citizen research scholars is administered by the Cal Poly International Center. Visit the Department Information Page for information for departments wishing to sponsor a professor, research scholar or short-term scholar.
  • The point of contact in the college is Jo Ernest, Personnel Analyst (jernest@calpoly.edu or 805-756-7524). She coordinates an offer letter from the dean and a visa, if the visiting scholar is a non-citizen.
  • The visiting scholar must complete the HR – V1. Volunteers not identified as an “instructor of record” who need an email account and/or a PolyCard should contact their department for assistance with a Technical Service Request.
  • Prospective research scholars must provide a resume, pertinent information regarding their beginning and end dates, a project or research description, the Cal Poly faculty contact and necessary visa information.
  • Office and/or lab space for the visiting research scholar must be arranged by the Cal Poly faculty mentor.

Volunteer Faculty

This position is usually filled by retired professionals who wish to stay involved in education as teachers. The position develops out of a relationship with a Cal Poly faculty or department.

  • The initial point of contact in the college is Jo Ernest, Personnel Analyst (jernest@calpoly.edu or 805-756-7524). She coordinates an offer letter from the dean.
  • Volunteer faculty must complete the HR – V1. Volunteers not identified as an “instructor of record” who need an email account and/or a PolyCard should contact their department for assistance with a Technical Service Request.
  • Office and/or lab space must be arranged through the home department.