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Assistant Professor - Child and Adolescent Development

Job Details

Job no: 518905
Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: San José
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time, Faculty - Education/Library Science

Position Rank and Title: Assistant Professor

School/Department Name: Lurie College of Education/Child and Adolescent Development

Compensation: Commensurate with qualifications, experience, and rank as established by the CSU Salary Schedule. See Benefits Summary for details about the CSU’s excellent employment benefits.

Target Start Date: August 2023

Application Deadline: September 30, 2022 (applications accepted until filled or closed)

Position Description

The Department of Child and Adolescent Development (ChAD) in the Lurie College of Education at San José State University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor. The area of specialization is open, though preference will be given to candidates whose research examines children's educational, school, and learning experiences and/or the impact of curriculum and teaching practices on children's social, emotional and/or cognitive development (ECE to early elementary school).

We are a team of dedicated teacher-scholars recognized for our commitment to excellent teaching, conducting high-quality research, and promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion in child and adolescent development. The position involves teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level, developing and maintaining an active research program, and engaging in academic and professional service. ChAD’s program pathways include courses on cognitive, social, emotional, and language development; contextualized understanding of child development; and children and families in community settings. Courses in our program include opportunities for students to be engaged members of the community through service learning and embedded practicum experiences. Our students become strong advocates for their communities and transition into several career pathways such as early childhood education, K-12 education, non-profit advocacy, research and policy. Applicants should demonstrate awareness of and sensitivity to the educational goals of a multicultural population, a commitment to excellence in teaching and scholarly activity, and an ability to work effectively with students, faculty, and staff from a wide range of ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

The Department of Child and Adolescent Development is one of seven departments in the Connie L. Lurie College of Education, whose faculty, students, staff, alumni, and community partners 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. Lurie College includes approximately 55 tenured / tenure-track faculty, 100 lecturers, 20 staff, and 1,800 students across seven different departments. We seek colleagues who are dedicated to critically engaging in their teaching and research; and who see strength in the diversity of our student community.

Successful candidates will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to equity and inclusion through their research, teaching, and/or service. We ask that all applicants include a Diversity Statement with their application package. A guide to writing this statement can be found at SJSU Diversity Statement Guidelines, along with information about how these statements will be evaluated.

Required Qualifications

  • Doctorate in Child and Adolescent Development or a related field by time of the appointment;
  • Experience in research and/or practice in any aspect of child development, such as cognitive, social, emotional, or language development; contextualized understanding of child development; or children and families in community settings (e.g., schools, non-profit organizations);
  • Demonstrated track record or potential for developing and maintaining a scholarly research program;
  • Commitment to excellence in teaching across a range of courses within the department;
  • 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

  • Program of research examines children's educational, school, and learning experiences and/or the impact of curriculum, teaching practices, or education-related policies on children's development (ECE to early elementary school). The ideal candidate will have familiarity with teaching credentialing requirements, and/or teaching experience in early elementary school settings.
  • Experience and/or interest in teaching courses with embedded practicum and/or supervised teaching components, and engaging with staff from practicum/supervision sites
  • An interest in practical applications of research across various educational contexts
  • Ability to work collaboratively across disciplines

Key Responsibilities

  • Teach a variety of undergraduate courses, and some Master’s level graduate courses;
  • Actively engage in a program of research that contributes to the discipline; Contribute to curriculum development and innovation;
  • Mentor and support undergraduate and Master’s level graduate students;
  • The candidate will participate in shared governance, usually in department, college, and university committees and other service assignments; and
  • 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.


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

  • letter of interest
  • curriculum vitae
  • statement of research (a two-page description of past and planned research agenda)
  • statement of teaching interests/philosophy (a two page description of personal teaching philosophy/approach as well as interests in teaching existing ChAD courses)
  • diversity statement (a one- or two-page description of experience working with diverse populations and/or potential plans to promote equity, inclusion, and diversity)
  • three (3) letters of recommendation or references with contact information (applicants invited to interview with the department will be required to submit all three letters by Nov. 1st)

Inquiries may be directed to the Search Committee Co-Chair: Dr. Kim Tsai (

Conditional Offer

The work for this faculty position is located in the State of California. Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States. Proof of immunization and booster shots against COVID-19 or proof of a medical or religious exemption and compliance with testing protocols is required for employment. Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. SJSU 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 employee who was conditionally offered the position.

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. Recognized as a leading transformative educational institution, San José State is an essential partner in the technological, 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. Cutting-edge research, world-class scholarship, student-centered learning, diverse communities, and commitment to social justice, allow SJSU to provide life-changing opportunities and advance the public good locally and globally.

SJSU enrolls more than 36,000 students, many of whom 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, San José State is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty so our disciplines, students, and the community can benefit from multiple ethnic and gender perspectives.

Equal Employment Statement

San José State University prohibits discrimination on the basis of Age, Ancestry, Caste, Color, Disability, Ethnicity, Gender, Gender Expression, Gender Identity, Genetic Information, Marital Status, Medical Condition, Military Status, Nationality, Race, Religion, Religious Creed, Sex, Sexual Orientation, Sex Stereotype, and Veteran Status. 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.

Campus Security and Fire Safety Notification

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the Annual Security Report (ASR) is also now available for viewing at The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and Sexual Assault prevention information, and information about drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery crimes for San José State University locations for the three most recent calendar years. A paper copy of the ASR is available upon request by contacting the Office of the Clery Director by phone at 408-924-1501 or by email at

Pursuant to the Higher Education Opportunity Act, the Annual Fire Safety Report (AFSR) is available at The purpose of this report is to disclose statistics for fires that occurred within SJSU on-campus housing facilities for the three most recent calendar years, and to distribute fire safety policies and procedures intended to promote safety on Campus. A paper copy of the AFSR is available upon request by contacting the Housing Office by phone at 408-795-5600 or by email at

Advertised: September 12, 2022 (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.

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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