The Humanities Department at San José State University seeks an Assistant Professor for a full-time, tenure-track position in Global Humanities with primary teaching and coordinating responsibilities in the Humanities Honors Program. The position is part of an Ethnic Studies Education cluster hire. We highly encourage applicants with interdisciplinary training and specializations in any of the following areas to apply: ethnic studies, visual/cultural studies, and world cultures/human rights. Rank negotiable for more experienced candidates.
The Humanities Department is a prominent center for creative, interdisciplinary study and research on campus. It offers three B.A. Programs: a Liberal Studies Teacher Preparation B.A.; a Creative Arts B.A.; and a Humanities B.A., in which students pursue a concentration in American Studies, Liberal Arts, or Comparative Religious Studies. The Department is also home to two team-taught, multiple-semester General Education Programs: the lower-division American Cultures GE sequence and the Humanities Honors Program, which has both lower and upper-division Humanities Honors GE course sequences.
This position is an excellent opportunity for scholars interested in launching a career at a teaching-centered institution that is a national leader in graduating historically underserved students. SJSU has achieved both HSI (Hispanic Serving Institution) and AANAPISI (Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution) status. Moreover, 40% of our student population are first-generation college students and 38% are Pell-qualified. As a result, we rank #3 nationally in increasing student upward mobility.
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- Doctor of Philosophy in Ethnic Studies, Cultural Studies, Visual Studies or related interdisciplinary humanities field. Applicants should have a strong teaching record at the undergraduate level and provide evidence of the ability to publish and engage in professional activities in the area(s) of specialization. Demonstrated leadership skills and the ability to work well in collaborative settings are essential to success.
- 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 or other comparable experience.
- Preference will be given to candidates who possess one or more of the following: research expertise/experience in the study of race, indigeneity, or ethnicity;
research expertise/experience in the study of global arts and cultures/world histories; research expertise/experience in public, digital, or environmental humanities; expertise/experience in social justice or human rights; experience/interest in team teaching.
- Candidate will teach primarily in the Humanities Honors Program but may also teach other courses in the Department depending on expertise and interest.
- Candidate will coordinate the Humanities Honors Program and its upper and lower-division General Education course sequences, recruit and advise its students, and be responsible for working with colleagues in the Department to revise and enrich the Humanities Honors curriculum to provide students both with a solid grounding in the humanities, arts, and cultures and the ability to keep pace with emerging topics and approaches in the humanities that are relevant to a rapidly changing world. Above all, the candidate will energize the program and synthesize how to view world cultures from perspectives that are inclusive of all histories and peoples.
- Candidate will participate in shared governance, usually in department, college, and university committee and other service assignments. In this position, there may be opportunity to be involved in larger conversations across campus regarding the creation of an Honors College.
- Candidate will work with a student population of great diversity – in race, age, cultural background, ethnicity, primary language, and academic preparation – and will be prepared to address this diversity through the use of inclusive course materials, teaching strategies, and advisement.
Compensation - Commensurate with qualifications and experience. See Benefits Summary for details.
Starting Date - Fall 2021
Eligibility - Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States.
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 plans (2 pages) that addresses the relationship of research activities to the classroom and teaching
- diversity statement (2 pages) that discusses best strategies for supporting students historically marginalized in Humanities
- three references with contact information
Inquires may be directed to the Department Chair, Dr. Shannon Rose Riley, at email@example.com. Be sure to use GLOBAL HUMANITIES in the subject line.
San José State University enrolls over 35,700 students, a significant percentage of whom are members of minority groups. 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.
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