Assistant Professor - Computer Science Education

Job description

Job no: 498559
Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: San José
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time, Faculty - Computer Science

Department Summary

The Science Education Program and the Department of Computer Science at San José State University invite applications for an assistant professor, tenure-track position in any field of computer science education that complements an interdisciplinary group of scholars in the Science Education Program who are active in chemistry education research, physics education research, and the learning sciences.

They would also complement the Department of Computer Science, consisting of outstanding scholars active in research areas such as data science, machine learning, computer security, bioinformatics, and distributed computing. The Department of Computer Science strives to provide the highest quality education in Computer Science at the undergraduate and master levels, preparing them for the competitive computer industry and for Ph.D. studies. Degrees include: BS in Computer Science, BS in Software Engineering, MS in Computer Science, MS in Data Science, and MS in Bioinformatics.

The Science Education Program consists of a team of dedicated teacher-scholars recognized for their commitment to: 1) the preparation and ongoing support of justice-centered, socially responsive secondary science teachers, 2) the transformation of undergraduate science courses and student learning experiences, and 3) engaging in innovative science education research uniting the College of Science with the Lurie College of Education. An MA degree in Science Education is offered.

Required Qualifications

A Ph.D. in a computer science area with a focus in education research or a Ph.D. in science education or learning sciences with a focus in a computer science discipline or equivalent doctoral work is required. For non-computer science Ph.D. candidates, an MS/MA in a computer science or related area is required. Applicants must demonstrate the potential for meaningful engagement of undergraduate and masters students in their proposed research.

We highly value experience with and commitment to service in support of diversity, equity, and inclusion in computer science education and science education. Therefore, we strongly encourage applications from candidates who have a record of such activities, whether or not this service was formally required by previous positions.

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.


Excellence in teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate level is expected. Applicants should be familiar with a variety of research-based teaching techniques and have interest in implementing student-centered practices in courses of different sizes and levels. Research in computer science education is strongly preferred. The ideal candidate is able to teach teaching methods courses and computer science courses in the credentialing program for teacher candidates, graduate courses in science education, and introductory and upper- division computer science courses. The successful candidate will participate in shared governance, usually in department, college, and university committee and other service assignments. The candidate is expected to successfully obtain external grant funding for their research program. The successful candidate must demonstrate awareness and experience understanding 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.

Compensation – To commensurate with qualifications and experience. See Benefits Summary for details.

Starting Date: August 2021

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

Application Procedure

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
  • research plans
  • diversity statement (optional)
  • three references with contact information

For full consideration, please apply by February 15, 2021.

Inquiries may be directed to:

Resa Kelly, Program Director, Science Education Program - [email protected]


Melody Moh, Chair, Department of Computer Science - [email protected]

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 as 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 third 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.

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: December 16, 2020 (9:00 AM) Pacific Standard Time
Applications close: Open until filled




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Posted: 12/17/2020
Application Due: 6/12/2021
Work Type: Full Time