Humanities & the Arts Lecturer

Job Details

Job no: 505373
Work type: Instructional Faculty - Temporary/Lecturer
Location: San José
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Letters/Humanities, Temporary, Part Time

Lecturer in Professional/Technical Writing

Department Summary

The College of Humanities and the Arts operates a faculty-led student marketing team that is responsible for creating marketing materials for the College and the Hammer Theater. Four instructors, of graphic design, photography, videography, and professional/technical writing, each teach a relevant section of HA 187 Creative Team Practicum. The goal of this course is to create an on-campus opportunity for hands-on practical application of concepts and skills for students from a variety of disciplines (Technical Writing, Film, Photography, Graphic Design) to learn and to collaborate in a fast-paced environment that produces real-world deliverables and is representative of work environments that graduates of these majors are likely to encounter in the beginning of their professional careers. The team produces logos, ad-blasts, posters, ads, brochures, flyers, digital banners, programs, blue postcards, web site content plus articles or written text for e-newsletters (Hammer’s Applause; School of Music’s Upbeat), blogs and/or magazines (H&A’s Expressions), video and photography. The work of the marketing team is coordinated by a project manager.

Brief Description of Duties

The College of Humanities and the Arts is searching for a part-time faculty to encourage critical thinking and iterative concept development within class assignments. We are especially seeking a professional writer with a well-established record of professional writing to teach HA 187 Creative Team Practicum. The successful candidate will collaborate with the Marketing and Communications project manager and the other faculty teaching the HA 187 sections in guiding the students in the team to create marketing materials for the College and the Hammer Theater. Lecturers are also required to participate in 1-2 faculty meetings each semester and provide assessment data and information to the College.

  • The candidate must demonstrate awareness and experience understanding the needs of a student population of great diversity – in age, abilities, cultural background, ethnicity, religion, economic background, primary language, sexual orientation, gender identity, and academic preparation – through inclusive course materials, teaching strategies and advisement.
  • Faculty shall organize all their classes within the Canvas Learning Management System (LMS).
  • All classes must be offered and meet as scheduled throughout the entire semester or term, in the mode assigned and listed in the schedule of classes (i.e., asynchronous, synchronous, bichronous, in-person, or hybrid).

  • Required Qualifications

    • Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing or Poetry.
    • A clear demonstration of scholastic/artistic achievement, as evidenced by a current record of publications.
    • Teaching experience in creative writing at the university level is required. Strong writing skills and an ability to direct and assess student writing within the context of a fast-paced class with real-world tasks.
    • Demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative team environment.
    • 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.

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Two years of writing teaching experience at the university level. Experience with professional writing beyond academic settings.

    Salary Range - Commensurate with experience within ranks established by the CSU Salary Schedule.

    Application Procedure

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

  • CV
  • Cover Letter
  • Other items as needed (e.g., Statement of Teaching Philosophy; Statement of Expertise, including professional experience, courses you are qualified to teach; Diversity Statement)
  • Please provide 5 professional references in the application form.
  • SJSU accepts applications on an ongoing basis for our pool of temporary lecturers. To be considered for Spring 2022 courses, application must be received by December 15, 2021.

    Conditional Offer

    Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States. Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. CSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position. Appointment is contingent upon budget and enrollment considerations and subject to order of assignment provisions in the collective bargaining agreement between California State University and California Faculty Association. These provisions state the “Order of Work,” or the order in which available courses must be assigned to faculty, starting with tenure line faculty and ending with new lecturer appointees.

    San José State University: Silicon Valley's Public University

    Located in the heart of Silicon Valley — one of the most innovative regions in the world — San José State University is the founding campus of the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system and the first public university in the West. The 2020 #1 Most Transformative University in the nation according to Money Magazine, San José State is an essential partner in the economic, cultural, and social development of Silicon Valley, the Bay Area, and California. SJSU is a top-200 school nationally in research funding and second highest in research productivity in the CSU system. This cutting-edge research, combined with its world-class scholarship, student-centered learning opportunities, and experiential and interdisciplinary programs, allows SJSU to provide transformative opportunities that advance the public good locally and globally.

    San José State University enrolls more than 36,000 students — many are historically underserved, and around 45% are first-generation and 38% are Pell-recipients. SJSU is a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander (AANAPISI) Serving Institution. The university’s commitment to social justice extends from its vibrant, inclusive campus to an international network of over 275,000 alumni. As such, SJSU is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty so our disciplines, students, and community can benefit from different and divergent cultural and identity perspectives.

    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.

    Advertised: October 01, 2021 (9:00 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.

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    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.

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    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.

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