Assistant/Associate Professor - Special Education

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

Department: Special Education
Job Opening ID (JOID): 25134
Specialization: K-12 Mild/Moderate Disabilities and Extensive Support Needs
Rank: Assistant/Associate

The faculty, students, staff, alumni, and partners of the Connie L. Lurie College of Education are dedicated to creating meaningful, equitable, and inclusive learning experiences for our diverse community. We take a liberatory stance in our teaching, research, and service activities. In collaboration with our partners across campus and in the community, we aim to make an impact by transforming our schools and shaping our society to become more just and democratic. Our Lurie College family includes 55 tenured/tenure-track faculty, 112 lecturers, and approximately 1,800 students across seven different departments. We are looking for colleagues who are dedicated to critically engaging in their teaching and research, who see strength in the diversity of our student community, and who are committed to continuing to challenge themselves and the college as we seek to grow and strengthen our work.

Qualifications: Required

  • Doctoral degree in Special Education or a related field;
  • Strong ability or potential to teach a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses addressing the California Teacher Performance Expectations (TPEs) in one or more of the special education credential areas: mild/moderate disabilities and extensive support needs
  • Applicants should demonstrate an 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.

Qualifications: Preferred

  • Minimum of two years of special education teaching experience in K-12 settings, experience in secondary settings is preferred;
  • Understands and utilizes culturally sustaining and trauma-informed pedagogies;
  • Knowledge about core content subject matter, Universal Design for Learning, multi-tiered systems of support, traumatic brain injuries (TBI), emotional/behavioral disturbances (EBD), and mental health needs;
  • Excellence (or demonstrating the potential for excellence) in teaching and scholarship related to specialty area;
  • Interested in cross-disciplinary collaboration in the areas of research and teaching;
  • Effective interpersonal skills and ability to work in partnership with closely aligned district and community partners;
  • Evidence (or potential evidence) of external grant support; and
  • Successful university-level teaching and supervision fieldwork experience.

The faculty member is expected to teach graduate and undergraduate courses in the credential areas of mild/moderate disabilities and extensive support needs. We are particularly interested in individuals whose major areas of demonstrated expertise include: reading and literacy; special education assessment and curriculum; and bilingual special education. Ideal candidates would have demonstrated the ability to mentor and supervise student research. We welcome candidates interested in multiple pedagogical formats (i.e., face-to-face, hybrid, and/or 100% online formats). We are also interested in candidates who can prepare credential candidates to become transformative, justice-oriented educators and are capable of addressing 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. The faculty member is expected to engage in focused scholarly endeavors and participate in department, college, university, and community service.

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 1, 2019 to Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.


Inquiries may be directed to: Dr. Peg Hughes, Department Chair at [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: 25134
Posted: 8/29/2019
Application Due: 10/28/2019
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