Assistant/Associate Professor: Educational Psychology and Content Methods

Job description

The School of Teacher Education (STE) at San Diego State University is housed in the #1-ranked College of Education in the California State Universities. The STE offers award-winning programs at the undergraduate, teacher credential, and graduate levels. The excellence of our programs in the School of Teacher Education is built on our participation in and collaboration with our diverse school communities by promoting inquiry-based and culturally-responsive learning environments. SDSU is a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) with a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence.

The Position: The School of Teacher Education is searching for a tenure track assistant or associate professor in Educational Psychology who uses educational psychological theories and methods to inform teacher education, preferably focusing on pedagogical content knowledge in one or more of the following areas:  English/Language Arts, mathematics, science, social science, physical education, or visual and performing arts. Position starts August 2019.

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Earned doctorate in Educational Psychology or a closely related field. Candidates nearing completion of the doctorate (ABD) may be considered; however, the doctorate must be completed by August 1, 2019.
  • TK-12 classroom experience, including teaching diverse learners.
  • Expertise in the area of learning theory, motivation theory, assessment, and/or human development.  
  • Commitment to equity and access in education for all learners.
  • Evidence of scholarship commensurate with academic experience and relative to rank.
  • Demonstrated potential for grant writing, research, and/or scholarly activity.
  • Expertise and/or scholarly interest in topics related to diversity and experience with supporting and promoting diversity in research, educational access and/or social justice.
  • Ability to contribute to a positive work environment in the department, college, and University

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Ability to use educational psychological theories and methods to inform teacher education, focusing on pedagogical content knowledge in one or more of the following areas: mathematics, science, social science, English Language Arts and/or VAPA
  • Experience in teaching TK-8 and/or 7-12 methods, with an emphasis in meeting the needs of diverse learners.
  • Academic knowledge of teaching English Learners and culturally diverse populations.
  • Experience in higher education teaching and clinical supervision.
  • Expertise in delivering instruction using distance learning, online technologies, and learning management systems such as Blackboard.
  • Teaching license or credential (any state).

Tenure-track positions carry responsibilities in the areas of teaching, scholarship, and service.


Appointment is for a 10–month assistant or associate professor with salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Established in 1897, SDSU offers bachelor degrees in 84 areas, master degrees in 76 and doctorates in 21. The campus community has a student population of over 36,000 and approximately 5,849 faculty and staff. Increasingly recognized for innovative research, SDSU is Carnegie classified as a R2 doctoral university with higher research activity.

SDSU serves large, diverse, urban university with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Our campus is ranked No. 2 in institutions across the country serving Hispanic students. We welcome significant contributions from a diverse community such as, race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, pregnancy, medical condition, and US veterans. SDSU is seeking applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups.  

The region boasts a sunny and temperate climate, beautiful beaches, and casual living in an intellectually rich environment. Additional information about the university is available at


The College of Education comprises seven diverse departments/schools committed to one unified mission: to prepare education, community-service, and counseling professionals to provide the highest quality learning environments to ensure student and client success. The College is ranked #1 among all California State Universities, #1 in San Diego County, #7 among all universities in California, and #43 among all public universities nationally (U.S. News & World Report, 2019). The College engages in strategic partnerships with the field of practice to improve client outcomes, to increase institutional effectiveness, and to promote social justice. College faculty members engage in several highly regarded university centers and institutes, including the Center for Visual Literacies, the Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Education, the Center for Teaching Critical Thinking and Creativity, and the Pre-College Institute. Website:


Because SDSU began as a normal school, teacher education is central to the historic mission of the university.  With nationally recognized research accomplishments and diverse expertise, the STE is academic home to 18 tenured/tenure-track faculty and more than 70 adjunct faculty and lecturers.  The STE offers programs at the undergraduate, teaching credential, and graduate levels. It serves undergraduate students through our liberal studies program.  Our teacher credential programs prepare teachers using a cohort model. Teacher candidates are able to earn either a multiple subjects (elementary) or single subject (secondary) teaching credential. At the graduate level, the STE offers specialized master's degrees and a COE-sponsored joint Ph.D. program in Education with Claremont Graduate University. Faculty actively engage in leading-edge research and community service that are designed to improve student achievement.  Website:


Applicants must apply via Interfolio: No paper applications will be accepted.

  • Letter of interest describing your teaching philosophy and experience, and research interests;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Names and contact information for three individuals who will submit confidential letters of recommendation

Screening of applications will begin March 1, 2019, and continue until the position is filled, with the anticipated start date of August 2019.

For further information contact

Search Committee Chair
Dr. Estella Chizhik
[email protected] 

This institution is using Interfolio's Faculty Search to conduct this search. Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge.

For help signing up, accessing your account, or submitting your application please check out our help and support section or get in touch via email at [email protected] or phone at (877) 997-8807.

The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

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.




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Posted: 2/6/2019
Application Due: 4/7/2019
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