San Jose, California


Position Rank and Title: Open Rank (Assistant/Associate/Full)

School/Department Name:  School of Information

Compensation: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. See Benefits Summary for details.

Application Deadline: 11/30/2021

Target Start Date: July 2022

First Review Date (or Closing Date): 12/01/2021

Position Description

The School of Information at San José State University is recruiting five new faculty with expertise in the following teaching and research areas:

  • Data Science, or Human Centered Cybersecurity, or UX Interaction Design (1 position)
  • Digital Data, Information, and Records in a Changing Digital Environment. Teaching and research should focus on how the changing formats of digital records such as bots, blockchains, virtual and augmented realities, 3D objects, mobile/social media have big implications for the quality, reliability, authenticity ethics, responsibility, privacy, control, transparency, accountability, transborder flow, preservation, and security of records in these new formats. (2 positions)
  • Digital health/ Health Informatics/Health Information Systems. Teaching and research should focus on issues of access, equity, and literacy to health-related information within underserved and marginalized populations especially Latinx communities. (1 position)
  • Collections access and management. Teaching and research should focus on indigenous-oriented libraries, archives, cultural centers, and organizations with special emphasis on Latinx and Native American communities. (1 position)

The School of Information (SOI) offers three master’s degree programs (MLIS, MARA, Informatics), a newly launched undergraduate degree in Information Science and Data Analytics,  a Gateway PhD program with Manchester Metropolitan University, a post-master’s certificate program in library and information science, an advanced certificate in the strategic management of digital assets and services, and a Teacher Librarian credential program.  The programs serve over 2,300 students drawn from most of the 50 states, as well as Canada, Australia, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. All degrees and certificates are delivered 100% online.

The School of Information and San José State University value diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. Our excellence in research, teaching, and service can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and staff who share our commitment to these values. SJSU enrolls more than 36,000 students, many of whom are historically underserved, and around 45% are first-generation and 38% are Pell-recipients. SJSU is a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander (AANAPISI) Serving Institution. The university’s commitment to social justice extends from its vibrant, inclusive campus to an international network of over 275,000 alumni. As such, San José State is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty so our disciplines, students, and the community can benefit from multiple ethnic and gender perspectives.

Effective recruiting practices have resulted in an extremely diverse student body In the School of Information. In 2019, SJSU ranked #1 for total minorities receiving master’s degrees in Diverse’s library science category, and #1 for Asian Americans, Hispanics, and African Americans. In support of equity, inclusion, diversity, the School of Information has:

  • produced an important Webinar series on diversity and inclusion topics in the LIS workplace, organized by the School’s Diversity Committee;
  • formed its newest student group focused on serving Latino and Spanish speaking communities. The REFORMA Student Group is only the second student group of the REFORMA National Association. 
  • an active First Generation student group
  • students who in general are very engaged in equity, diversity and inclusion. In 2021 the School’s ALA Student Chapter obtained a grant  for a book giveaway followed by a virtual book circle to discuss Sophia Thakur’s first book of poetry, Somebody Give This Heart a Pen (Candlewick, 2020)..

All successful candidates will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to equity and inclusion through their research, teaching, and/or service. We ask that all applicants include a Diversity Statement with their application package. A guide to writing this statement can be found at SJSU Diversity Statement Guidelines, along with information about how these statements will be evaluated.

Required Qualifications

  • An earned doctorate by start of appointment. 
  • A record of scholarly and professional achievement. 
  • Applicants should have awareness of and sensitivity to educational goals of a multicultural population as might have been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching and other comparable experience.
  • Applicants should demonstrate an awareness of and sensitivity to the educational goals of a socially and economically diverse student population as might have been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching, and other comparable experience.

Preferred Qualifications

Priority will be given to candidates who possess one or more of the following:

  • 100% online teaching experience strongly preferred

Key Responsibilities

  • The successful applicant will:
    •  have teaching capabilities in at least one of the hiring areas listed above.
    • teach across all our programs
    • conduct research in at least one of the hiring areas listed above
    • participate in state, national, and international professional organizations
    • participate in shared governance, usually in department, college, and university committees and other service assignments.
    • demonstrate awareness and experience understanding the needs of a student population of great diversity – in age, abilities, cultural background, ethnicity, religion, economic background, primary language, sexual orientation, gender identity, and academic preparation – through inclusive course materials, teaching strategies and advisement.

Eligibility: Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

Application Procedure:

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

  • letter of interest
  • curriculum vitae
  • diversity statement
  • statement of teaching interests/philosophy
  • research plans
  • three reference letters

Inquires may be directed to the Search Committee Chair:

San José State University: Silicon Valley's Public University

Located in the heart of Silicon Valley — one of the most innovative regions in the world — San José State University is the founding campus of the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system and the first public university in the West. The 2020 #1 Most Transformative University in the nation according to Money Magazine, San José State is an essential partner in the economic, cultural and social development of Silicon Valley, the Bay Area and California. SJSU is a top-200 school nationally in research funding and second highest in research productivity in the CSU system. This cutting-edge research, combined with its world-class scholarship, student-centered learning opportunities, and experiential and interdisciplinary programs, allows SJSU to provide transformative opportunities that advance the public good locally and globally.

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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