San Jose, California

 

Assistant Professor of Liberal Studies Teacher Preparation

Liberal Studies Teacher Preparation B.A. Program, Humanities Department

Compensation: Commensurate with qualifications, experience, and rank as established by the CSU Salary Schedule. See Benefits Summary for details about the CSU’s excellent employment benefits.

Target Start Date: August 17, 2023

Application Deadline: December 1, 2022

Position Description

The Humanities Department at San José State University seeks an Assistant Professor for a full-time, tenure-line position in its Liberal Studies Teacher Prep B.A. Program.

The Humanities Department is a prominent center for creative, interdisciplinary study and research on campus. It is proudly committed to recruiting, hiring, and nurturing a diverse faculty that mirrors its student body. The Department offers three B.A. Programs: a Liberal Studies Teacher Preparation B.A.; a Creative Arts B.A.; and a 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 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 courses. Our faculty across all programs are experts in social and cultural foundations of education and philosophy of education as well as in American studies, environmental humanities, digital humanities, global humanities, comparative religious studies, global indigenous cultures, genocide studies and social justice, and the interdisciplinary arts.

The Humanities Department 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.

Successful candidates will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to equity and inclusion through their research, teaching, and/or service as well as to fostering the diversity of California’s future teachers. 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

  • Doctor of Philosophy or Doctor of Education with a specialization in Social Cultural Foundations of Education
  • 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.
  • Applicants should have a promising research agenda that will lead to publication within their field

Preferred Qualifications

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

  • Experience teaching/working with multiple subject teacher preparation programs in a university setting
  • Experience teaching/working in Grades TK-8 in schools characterized by cultural, racial, academic, and linguistic diversity
  • Experience with differentiation and other pedagogical strategies that support racially, culturally, academically, and linguistically diverse student populations
  • Demonstrated advising and/or supervision skills
  • Research expertise and experience in critical multicultural education, social justice, educational equity, and multilingualism and/or use of intersectional approaches to issues of race, class, sexism, gender, and sexuality in education
  • Proficiency teaching in Spanish or other languages, such as Mandarin or Vietnamese

Key Responsibilities

  • Teaching General Education and pre-professional courses in which students gain field experience, learn theories of education, and are exposed to various narratives and histories of education, including education and inequality in the US, as well as other courses in the Humanities Department
  • Pursuing an active research career in one’s area(s) of specialization
  • Advising students in the Liberal Studies Teacher Preparation BA Programs
  • Collaborating with the Multiple Subject Credential and Special Education Credential programs in the College of Education
  • The candidate will participate in shared governance, usually in department, college, and university committees and other service assignments.
  • The candidate must 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.

Other Duties

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.

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) and CSU systemwide policy, some faculty duties may lead to designation as a Campus Security Authority (CSA). CSAs are required to complete Clery Act training and to immediately report Clery incidents to the institution.


Application Procedure

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

  • letter of interest addressing required and preferred qualifications (no more than 3 pages, double-spaced)
  • curriculum vitae
  • diversity statement (no more than 2 pages, double-spaced)
  • statement of teaching interests/philosophy (no more than 2 pages, double-spaced)
  • research plans (no more than 1-2 pages, double-spaced)
  • three references we may contact for letters

Inquiries may be directed to the Search Committee Chair: J. Todd Ormsbee at Todd.Ormsbee@sjsu.edu. Be sure to use LSTP RECRUITMENT in the subject line.

Conditional Offer

The work for this faculty position is located in the State of California. Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States. Proof of immunization and booster shots against COVID-19 or proof of a medical or religious exemption and compliance with testing protocols is required for employment. Satisfactory completion of a backgroundcheck (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. SJSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current employee who was conditionally offered the position.

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.

Recognized as a leading transformative educational institution, San José State is an essential partner in the technological, 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. Cutting-edge research, world-class scholarship, student-centered learning, diverse communities, and commitment to social justice, allow SJSU to provide life- changing opportunities and advance the public good locally and globally.


Equal Employment Statement

San José State University prohibits discrimination on the basis of Age, Ancestry, Caste, Color, Disability, Ethnicity, Gender, Gender Expression, Gender Identity, Genetic Information, Marital Status, Medical Condition, Military Status, Nationality, Race, Religion, Religious Creed, Sex, Sexual Orientation, Sex Stereotype, and Veteran Status. 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.


Campus Security and Fire Safety Notification

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the Annual Security Report (ASR) is also now available for viewing at https://www.sjsu.edu/clery/docs/SJSU-Annual-Security-Report.pdf. The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and Sexual Assault prevention information, and information about drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery crimes for San José State University locations for the three most recent calendar years. A paper copy of the ASR is available upon request by contacting the Office of the Clery Director by phone at 408-924-1501 or by email at clerycompliance@sjsu.edu.

Pursuant to the Higher Education Opportunity Act, the Annual Fire Safety Report (AFSR) is available at https://www.sjsu.edu/clery/docs/SJSU-Annual-Fire-Safety-Report.pdf. The purpose of this report is to disclose statistics for fires that occurred within SJSU on-campus housing facilities for the three most recent calendar years, and to distribute fire safety policies and procedures intended to promote safety on Campus. A paper copy of the AFSR is available upon request by contacting the Housing Office by phone at 408-795-5600 or by email at uhs-frontdesk@sjsu.edu.

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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