Assistant Professor - English Education

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San José State University - San José, California
Subject to Budgetary Approval


Department: English and Comparative Literature
Job Opening ID (JOID): 25108
Specialization: English Education
Rank: Assistant Professor


Qualifications required:
Demonstrated potential for teaching excellence in the field of English Education with experience with secondary level credential programs and familiarity with California Commission for Teacher Credentialing (or similar) guidelines, and an emerging record of peer-reviewed scholarship needed. Requires a Ph.D. or Ed.D. in English, English Education, or a closely related field of study by start of appointment, August 13, 2020. Must have had teaching, research, curriculum design, and/or instructional coaching experience that gives applicant first-hand knowledge of, connection to, and expertise in grades 6-12 English classrooms. Successful applicants will work collaboratively with people in both the College of Education and the College of Humanities and the Arts as well as other professional organizations related to 6-12 education. 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.


Qualifications preferred:
Preference given to applicants with the ability to teach university-level literature courses required of teacher prep students such as young adult literature, ethnic literature, world literature, or Transatlantic surveys, and who have training in a variety of pedagogical approaches, including digital humanities/pedagogies, and/or project-based learning. Successful applicants should possess one or more of the following: (1) research expertise and experience in multicultural education, including an intersectional approach to issues of race, sexism, gender, and sexuality; (2) experience teaching English at the middle or high school level in schools characterized by cultural and linguistic diversity; (3) experience with differentiation and use of a range of pedagogical strategies to support culturally, academically, and linguistically diverse student populations; and (4) experience mentoring and supervising student teachers.


Assignment may include advising undergraduates in the teacher education strand of the English major, credential candidates, and overseeing the supervision of student teachers. Successful applicants would teach undergraduate and graduate courses, including credential courses focused on the theory and practice of teaching literature and language arts to a diverse student population and strategies for planning and implementing curricula appropriate to junior and senior high school. Participation in service at department, college, and university levels, including collaboration between other Education professionals required. Candidate must address 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.


Salary Range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Starting Date: August 13, 2020
Eligibility: Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States.


Application Procedure:
For full consideration, send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching interests/philosophy, research plans, and at least three original letters of reference with contact information by November 5, 2019 at 5 PM to


Questions may be directed to Professor Noelle Brada-Williams via [email protected]. Please include Job Opening ID (JOID) on all correspondence.


San José State University enrolls over 33,000 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 fifth 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.


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.


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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Job No: 25108
Posted: 8/19/2019
Application Due: 10/18/2019
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