Job Details

Job no: 497196
Work type: Instructional Faculty - Temporary/Lecturer
Location: San José
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Temporary, Part Time, Faculty - Engineering

Department Summary

The Aerospace Engineering Department at SJSU offers an ABET-accredited Bachelor of Science (BSAE) and a Master of Science (MSAE) in Aerospace Engineering. Hands-on, project-based curricula and state-of-the-art pedagogy prepare our students for professional careers in aerospace engineering fields, such as aircraft and space systems research, design, development, testing, and integration. The Department has approximately 350 undergraduate and 80 graduate students.

Students in the MSAE Program can specialize in sustainable aviation concepts, aerospace structural design, astrodynamics, space systems engineering, hypersonics or propulsion. They have opportunities to work with AE faculty and NASA engineers to design, build, test, and launch microsatellites like the TechEdSat, participate in the design, building, and testing of our brand new hypersonic facility, learn how to use machine/deep learning for structural health monitoring, optimize spacecraft trajectories or explore the potential of electric and hybrid propulsion systems for general aviation, commuter, and large air transports. In addition, students can participate in exciting extra-curricular projects, such as the High-Altitude Rocket Project (HARP). MSAE students present their work in professional conferences such as the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics SciTech, the International Planetary Probe Workshop, and the International Symposium on Sustainable Aviation.

The Aerospace Engineering Department website is at:

Brief Description of Duties

Lecturers are expected to teach their courses using student-centered pedagogies; collaborate with the Aerospace Engineering Assessment Coordinator to assess course and program learning outcomes, maintain office hours in accordance with University Policy, and cooperate with the Department to allow for regular peer-reviews of their teaching. Lecturers are strongly encouraged to seek guidance from Department Chair for clarification of University policies and department practices with respect to grading, testing, textbooks, office hours, curriculum goals, disability accommodations, academic integrity, etc.

Faculty are expected to organize their classes using the Canvas Learning Management System (LMS), the official LMS provided for the SJSU community. All classes at SJSU, whether online or not, must be anchored in the Canvas platform to ensure faculty-student connection in a common space as all students are directed to log in to Canvas for online access to their classes. You will have access to this system prior to the semester start date.

Candidates must demonstrate an understanding of the needs of a student population with great diversity in age, cultural background, ethnicity, primary language and academic preparation and must be willing to meet these needs through inclusive course materials, research-based student-centered pedagogies in and outside the classroom.

Required Qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering or closely related field is required to teach lower division undergraduate courses.
  • A Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering or closely related field is required to teach upper division undergraduate as well as graduate courses.
  • Knowledge of the subject matter in the area assigned for teaching demonstrated through relevant professional experience and/or a Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree in Aerospace Engineering or closely related field.
  • Evidence of satisfactory achievement in previous academic work.
  • Demonstrated awareness of, and sensitivity to the educational goals of a multicultural population through cross-cultural study, training, teaching or other comparable experience.

Conditional Appointment

Please be advised that an appointment is contingent upon budget and enrollment considerations and subject to order of assignment provisions in the collective bargaining agreement between the California State University (CSU) and the California Faculty Association (CFA). These provisions state the Order of Work, according to which available courses are assigned to faculty, starting with tenure line faculty and ending with new lecturer appointees.

Salary Range Salary to commensurate with experience.

Application Procedure

This is a continuing open position. Click Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents:

  • CV and list of references
  • Cover letter with Statement of Teaching Philosophy and list of courses you are qualified to teach (visit AE department website at for course syllabi).

The University

San José State University enrolls over 35,700 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 a public university in the heart of Silicon Valley, 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.

Equal Employment Statement

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.

Additional Information

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.

Advertised: July 16, 2020 (9:40 AM) Pacific Daylight Time
Applications close: Open until filled


Welcome to San José State University!

San José State University is a major, comprehensive public university located in the center of San José and in the heart of Silicon Valley. SJSU is the oldest state university in California. Its distinctive character has been forged by its long history, by its location, and by its vision - a blend of the old and the new, of the traditional and the innovative. Among its most prized traditions is an uncompromising commitment to offer access to higher education to all persons who meet the criteria for admission, yielding a stimulating mix of age groups, cultures, and economic backgrounds for teaching, learning, and research. SJSU takes pride in and is firmly committed to teaching and learning, with a faculty that is active in scholarship, research, technological innovation, community service, and the arts.

Located on 154 acres in downtown San José, the university offers the excitement of studying at a large, metropolitan campus where many cultures meet. Yet students find personal attention from faculty members in the smaller setting of the university's eight colleges.

Mission Statement

In collaboration with nearby industries and communities, this faculty and staff is dedicated to achieving the University's mission as a responsive institution of the State of California.

To enrich the lives of its students, to transmit knowledge to its students along with the necessary skills for applying it in the service of our society, and to expand the base of knowledge through research and scholarship.

Leadership at SJSU

Leadership at San Jose State is defined by a belief that shared decision making and collaborative university governance is at the core of our culture. With this inclusive approach as a guide, President Mohammad H. Qayoumi and the university's leadership promote discussion and engagement among faculty, staff, students and the community to shape and accomplish the goals of San Jose State.

California State University System

San Jose State is one of 23 campuses within the California State University System, the largest, the most diverse, and one of the most affordable university systems in the country. The 25-member CSU Board of Trustees is responsible for the oversight of the California State University system. See the California State University, Office of the Chancellor website for more information.

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