Assistant Professor - Philosophy of Education or Social Cultural Foundations of Education

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

Department: Humanities – Liberal Studies Teacher Preparation BA
Job ID (JOID): 25109
Specialization: Philosophy of Education or Social Cultural Foundations of Education
Rank: Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track)


Qualifications required:
Doctor of Philosophy or Doctor of Education with specialization in philosophy of education or social cultural foundations of education; experience with multiple subject teacher preparation programs in a university setting; familiarity with California Commission for Teacher Credentialing (or similar) guidelines. Applicants should have demonstrated leadership skills and demonstrated achievements in developing and implementing program plans as well as demonstrated experience working with professional organizations related to K-8 education. Applicants should also 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. Ability to work well in collaborative settings is essential to success.


Qualifications preferred:
Preference will be given to candidates who 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/working in Grades TK-8 in schools characterized by cultural and linguistic diversity
  3. proficiency teaching in Spanish
  4. evidence of working for social justice, educational equity, and multilingualism
  5. experience with differentiation and use of a range of pedagogical strategies to support culturally, academically, and linguistically diverse student populations



  1. Advising and leadership duties related to coordinating the Liberal Studies Teacher Preparation BA Program (LSTP)
  2. Monitoring curricular and policy developments at the University that affect teacher preparation programs
  3. 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
  4. Teaching other courses in the Humanities Department, such as the upper division writing course or senior seminar
  5. Navigating the world of K12 education on and off campus
  6. Pursuing an active research career in one’s area of specialization, inclusive of the diverse K12 educational landscape of the City of San José in which the campus resides
  7. Committee work and department service are expected


Salary Range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Start 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, evidence of teaching proficiency (e.g., student evaluation), description of research/plans, writing sample (preferably 5000 words or less), and at least three confidential letters of recommendation with contact information by November 30, 2019 via


Questions may be directed to: Professor Shannon Rose Riley, Chair, Humanities Department at [email protected]. Please include Job 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: 25019
Posted: 8/19/2019
Application Due: 10/18/2019
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