San Jose, California


Department Summary

The Humanities Department at SJSU is a prominent center for creative, interdisciplinary study and research. It offers three undergraduate degree programs: the Liberal Studies Teacher Preparation B.A.; the Creative Arts B.A.; and the Humanities B.A., in which students pursue a concentration in American Studies, Liberal Arts, or Comparative Religious Studies. The Department is also home to two team-taught, multiple-semester General Education Programs: the lower-division American Cultures GE sequence and the Humanities Honors Program, which has both lower and upper-division Humanities Honors GE course sequences.

San José State University is a teaching-centered institution that is a national leader in graduating historically underserved students. SJSU has achieved both HSI (Hispanic Serving Institution) and AANAPISI (Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution) status. Moreover, 40% of our student population are first-generation college students and 38% are Pell-qualified. As a result, we are ranked #1—as the most transformational university in the country.

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Brief Description of Duties

Teach a range of courses in the Liberal Studies Teacher Prep B.A., including the following lower-division courses: the General Education course, “Chronicles of Education;” “Visual and Media Arts for K-8 Teachers;” “Performing Arts for K-8 Teachers;”  and/or in the series of one-unit “Field study in Humanities” courses designed to introduce prospective K-8 teachers to California’s public multiple subject classrooms. In addition, you will hold regular office hours for students, work cooperatively with other department faculty, staff, and department chair, as well as participate in required course grading and assessment activities, etc. 

“Chronicles of Education” uses narratives of education to teach about the forces that shape individuals and societies. The course features histories and narratives of education that represent global, multi-linguistic, gendered and multi-cultural perspectives about educational practice and philosophy. The study of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and educational autobiography, as well as visual art and documentary film, expand traditional views about the sites where education takes place. Topics covered include the history of US education; philosophy of education; global influences on US educational practice; education as colonization; language and the role of embodiment in learning; and education for social resistance.

“Visual and Media Arts for K-8 Teachers” is an introductory and interdisciplinary course in the Visual Arts and Media Arts designed for students interested in teaching in K-8 classrooms. Basic techniques and processes a prospective teacher needs in the Visual Arts and Media Arts to instruct students.  Students actively engage in the art forms as well as explore standards-based instructional strategies, classroom management strategies, and aesthetic inquiry.  Introduction to Arts Education research, advocacy, and community arts resources.

“Performing Arts for K-8 Teachers” is an introductory and interdisciplinary course in the Performing Arts designed for students interested in teaching in the K-8 classroom. Basic dance, theatre, and music techniques and processes a prospective teacher needs to create dance/movement, vocal and instrumental music, creative dramatics and formal theatre with K-8 students. Students actively engage in the three arts disciplines, as well as explore standards-based instructional strategies, classroom management strategies, and aesthetic inquiry.  Students are introduced to Performing Arts Education research, advocacy, and community arts resources.

Fieldwork in the Humanities Courses: Each one-unit course in this fieldwork series requires that student volunteer in public-school classrooms with credentialed teachers. The courses include topics such as funds of knowledge, culturally responsive pedagogy, the physical and procedural classroom, home-school partnerships, and so on. The courses are designed to meet the fieldwork requirement to enter a credential program. It is strongly preferred that instructors of these courses have experience as the teacher of record in a multiple subject classroom.

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 advisement.

All Faculty should be organizing 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 OR MFA OR ABD OR Ph.D. OR Ed.D. in social and cultural foundations of education or related education fields.  
  • Strong college level teaching skills and experience required, and experience related to K-8 classrooms preferred. 
  • Awareness of and sensitivity to educational goals of serving a multicultural and diverse student population, which may have been gained through lived and embodied experience, cross-cultural study, training, teaching, and/or other comparable experience. 
  • 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.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Interest in and record of scholarly activity desirable.

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.

Salary Range - To 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 Teaching Philosophy (optional)
  • Statement of Expertise, including professional experience, and list of courses you are qualified to teach
  • List of References

The position advertised will remain open until filled. Interviews will follow. Qualified applicants not hired at this time will remain in this pool for future consideration.

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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