Assistant Professor - Special Education - Extensive Support Needs

Job description

Job no: 497773
Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: San José
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Letters/Humanities, Probationary, Full Time

The Department of Special Education at San José State University offers graduate level programs, including three Education Specialist Teaching Credential programs for individuals who want to teach students and young children with disabilities. We also offer a Master of Arts in Special Education and the opportunity for undergraduate students to receive a Minor in Special Education.

Our graduates are transformative educators and advocates for all children who work as change agents to improve the lives of their students by addressing issues of equity in their classrooms and schools. They also have a strong knowledge base that allows them to creatively meet the needs of a variety of student learners through the application of evidence-based practices. Most importantly, they are passionate about teaching and learning for social justice.

Our Master of Arts degree with a concentration in Early Childhood Special Education is ranked #34th in the nation and 2nd in the state for its excellence in preparing Special Education leaders. Please review the Department of Special Education website ( for specific information about programs.

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 an emancipatory stance in our teaching, research, and service activities. In collaboration with our partners across campus and in the community, we strive to make an impact by transforming our schools and shaping our society to become just and democratic. Our Lurie College family includes approximately 55 tenured / tenure-track faculty, 100 lecturers, 20 staff, and 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 challenging themselves and the college as we seek to grow and strengthen our work.

This position is an excellent opportunity for scholars who are interested in launching a career at a teaching-centered institution that is a national leader in graduating historically underserved students. SJSU has achieved both Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander- Serving Institution (AANAPISI) status. Moreover, 40% of our student population are first-generation and 38% are Pell-qualified. As a result, we rank #1 nationally in increasing student upward mobility.

Required Qualifications

  • Doctoral degree in Special Education or related field;
  • Strong ability or potential to teach a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses addressing the California Teacher Performance Expectations (TPE’s) in the K-12 Special Education credential area of Extensive Support Needs (ESN) formerly known as the Moderate/Severe area; and
  • Demonstrated 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.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge about core content subject matter, including Universal Design for Learning, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), low incidence disabilities, mental health needs, and handling/positioning practices;
  • Minimum of two years of teaching in Special Education K-12 settings, inclusive settings are preferred;
  • Experience employing research/teaching about the intersections of disability, race, ethnicity, home language, national origin, sexual orientation, and gender identity;
  • Excellence (or demonstrating the potential for excellence) in teaching and scholarship related to Extensive Support Needs;
  • Willingness to examine and re-mediate one’s instructional, relational, and classroom practices to more effectively engage and support historically underserved students;
  • Familiarity with performance assessments as a means of evaluating and supporting teacher candidates;
  • Effective interpersonal skills and ability to work in partnership with closely aligned districts and diverse community partners;
  • Evidence or potential evidence of external grant support; and
  • Successful university level teaching and supervision fieldwork.


  • Teach courses in the credential area of Extensive Support Needs particularly in the areas of curriculum, assessment and bilingual special education;
  • Participate in the curriculum development and teaching of other courses to meet the needs of a graduate program;
  • Prepare teacher candidates to become transformative, justice-orient educators and are capable of addressing the needs of student populations of great diversity – in age, cultural background, ethnicity, primary language and academic preparation – through inclusive course materials, teaching strategies and advisement.
  • Develop and sustain an ongoing record of focused scholarly endeavors and participate in shared governance in department, college, and university committees and other community service assignments.

Compensation: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. See Benefits Summary for details.

Starting Date: July 20, 2021

Eligibility: Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

Application Procedure - Application Due: December 1, 2020

Click Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents:

  • Letter of interest
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of teaching interests/philosophy (2 pages) that describes what role faculty play in student success
  • Statement of research plan (2 pages) that addresses the relationship of research activities to the classroom and teaching
  • Diversity statement (2 pages) that discusses strategies for supporting students historically marginalized in graduate level programs
  • Three references with contact information

Applications will be reviewed until position is filled. Inquires may be directed to the Department Chair, Dr. Peg Hughes, [email protected] (preferred), 408-924-3673

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. 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.

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: October 06, 2020 (9:00 AM) Pacific Daylight Time
Applications close: Open until filled




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Posted: 10/7/2020
Application Due: 5/18/2021
Work Type: Full Time