San Jose, California


Department Summary

The History department at San José State University ( is a vibrant center of learning for nearly 300 undergraduate and graduate History majors, plus hundreds more undergraduate students enrolled in History survey courses that fulfill General Education and American Institutions graduation requirements. The department has nine full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty and fourteen part-time or full-time lecturers. We offer courses that cover most of the world and all periods of time. We are always looking for qualified History instructors who can teach lower-division survey courses (MA required, PhD preferred) and occasional upper-division courses (PhD required) as well.


Brief Description of Duties    

We are seeking qualified lecturers to teach U.S. history courses on a part-time, temporary basis depending on department needs in Fall 2021 and beyond. Specific courses include HIST 15: Essentials of U.S. History (MA in U.S. history required, PhD in U.S. history preferred) and HIST 170S: American Identities & Institutions (PhD in U.S. history required).

HIST 15 is a 3-unit, lower-division survey course in U.S. history that fulfills the American Institutions graduation requirement (Area US1). HIST 170S is a 3 unit, upper-division survey course in U.S. history that fulfills the US1 requirement and also the Area S: Self, Society, and Equality in SJSU Studies.

  • Candidates must have culturally diverse teaching experience and show commitment to the academic success of all students.

  • Candidates must be prepared to teach courses as assigned by the department chair in accordance with course descriptions and General Education requirements.

  • Candidates must create fully compliant syllabi and other course materials; conduct class sessions as scheduled; meet with students as required; use Canvas and other appropriate instructional technology; attend faculty and college meetings; maintain student records (enrollment, attendance, grades, and assessment); and follow all CSU and SJSU policies and guidelines.

  • Candidates with U.S. History teaching experience are preferred.

  • Candidate must demonstrate awareness and experience understanding the needs of a student population of great diversity – in age, cultural background, ethnicity, primary language and academic preparation – through inclusive course materials, teaching strategies and advising.

  • All Faculty must organize their classes within the Canvas Learning Management System (LMS), the official LMS provided for the SJSU community. All classes at SJSU, whether online or not, must be anchored in the Canvas platform to ensure faculty-student connection in a common space as all students are directed to log in to Canvas for online access to their classes. You will have access to this system prior to the semester start date.

Required Qualifications

  • MA in U.S. History required; PhD in U.S. History preferred for HIST 15, required for HIST 170S.

  • Minimum one year of U.S. History teaching experience at the post-secondary level (community college, 4-year college, or university).

  • Experience with the Canvas learning management system required.

  • Experience with U.S. History online teaching preferred.

  • Ability to teach and evaluate adult learners. Evidence of satisfactory achievement in previous academic work.

  • Applicants should demonstrate an awareness of and sensitivity to the educational goals of a multicultural population as might have been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching and other comparable experience.

Conditional Appointment

Please be advised that an appointment is contingent upon budget and enrollment considerations and subject to order of assignment provisions in the collective bargaining agreement between California State University and California Faculty Association. These provisions state the “Order of Work,” or the order in which available courses must be assigned to faculty, starting with tenure line faculty and ending with new lecturer appointees. All faculty appointments are subject to approval by the Dean of Social Sciences and the President of SJSU.

Salary Range - To be commensurate with experience.

Application Procedure

Click Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents:

  • CV
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of U.S. History Teaching Philosophy
  • Statement of Expertise, including professional experience and U.S. History courses you are qualified to teach
  • List of References

Application dates are open as we are seeking to fill our lecturer pool and we will hire as needed when positions open. This job advertisement does not guarantee that an open position exists at this time.


The University

San José State University enrolls over 35,700 students, a significant percentage of whom are members of minority groups. As such, this position is for scholars interested in a career at a national leader in graduating URM students. SJSU is a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander (AANAPISI) Serving Institution; 40% of our students are first-generation, and 38% are Pell-qualified. The university is currently ranked third nationally in increasing student upward mobility. The University is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty so our disciplines, students, and the community can benefit from multiple ethnic and gender perspectives.

San José State University is California’s oldest institution of public higher learning. Located in downtown San José (Pop. 1,000,000) in the heart of Silicon Valley, SJSU is part of one of the most innovative regions in the world. As Silicon Valley’s public university, SJSU combines dynamic teaching, research, and university-industry experiences to prepare students to address the biggest problems facing society. SJSU is a member of the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system.

Equal Employment Statement

San José State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. This policy applies to all San José State University students, faculty, and staff as well as University programs and activities. Reasonable accommodations are made for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose. Note that all San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Additional Information

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.

San Jose, California

San Jose State is conveniently located on 154 acres in downtown San José, midway between San Francisco and the Monterey/Carmel area at the sunny southern end of San Francisco Bay, and is easily accessible from area freeways.

From its beginnings as a normal school that trained teachers for the developing frontier, SJSU has matured into a metropolitan university offering more than 134 bachelor's and master's degrees with 110 concentrations.

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