The Department of Teacher Education (TED) at San José State University seeks qualified candidates for a full-time, tenure-track, assistant professor position in Ethnic Studies with a focus on K-12 Education. We highly encourage candidates with specialization in any of the following areas including, but not limited to, the following to apply: teaching, leadership, and/or other aspects of the education of African American, Black, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian American and Pacific Islander, and students from groups historically and currently marginalized in society and schooling systems; justice-centered approaches to teaching, leadership, and school reform; antiracist teaching / assessment / school discipline practices; critical race theory and anti-Black racism, culturally sustaining and revitalizing pedagogy; emancipatory education; or other related fields.
TED is one of the seven departments in the Connie L. Lurie College of Education and is committed to preparing transformative educators through an emancipatory approach across our teaching, scholarship, and service—striving to be community engaged, interdisciplinary, culturally sustaining, and holistic in our teaching, research, and service. We offer multiple and single-subject credential programs combined with the MA in Teaching (MAT) degree. TED also features a Critical Bilingual Authorization Program (CBAP) in Spanish, a Reading / Literacy Leadership credential program combined with the MA in Education (Curriculum and Instruction) degree, and a Teacher Residency Program that partners with a growing number of school districts.
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.
San José State University proudly holds both HSI and ANNAPISI status, and commensurate to such commitments, this position offers an unparalleled opportunity for teacher scholars interested in preparing diverse, first-generation college graduates to educate culturally, ethnically, linguistically, and socioeconomically diverse K-12 students in the public schools of the vibrant greater San José area. To that end, the opportunity exists for collaboration with Ethnic Studies faculty in the College of Social Sciences (i.e., African American Studies, Asian American Studies, Chicana / Chicano Studies) and throughout the university to build educator pathways and explore the intersection of Ethnic Studies in K-12 and post-secondary education.
- Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies or Education (with a focus on Ethnic Studies) or Ed.D. (with a focus on Ethnic Studies) or a related field--ABD also will be considered
- Demonstrated ability or potential to teach effectively in K-12 educator preparation
- Demonstrated commitment to antiracist, culturally restorative / sustaining, justice-centered, critical pedagogy, and emancipatory education
- Record of scholarly activity
- 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.
Priority will be given to candidates who possess one or more of the following:
- Expertise and experience in developing Ethnic Studies program and curriculum in K-12 and/or higher education, including facilitating collaboration across institutions (e.g., schools and universities) and other organizational levels (e.g., academic departments, etc.).
- Record of transformative teaching, leadership and / or other practice in K-12 public schools.
- Demonstrated commitment to and experience in underserved schools and communities, particularly with African American, Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and students from groups historically and currently marginalized in society and schooling systems; and an understanding of how the underrepresentation of these groups in the teaching force disadvantages all students, particularly historically and currently marginalized students.
- Knowledge of California public schools and experience in building networks, partnerships, or collaborations with schools, community organizations, and non-profit organizations in culturally diverse communities.
- Willingness to interrogate one’s instructional, relational, and classroom practices; and to engage in praxis with colleagues to more effectively engage and support historically underserved students.
- Research and/or teaching expertise and experience using an intersectional approach to identity.
- Proficiency in one or more language other than English represented in the SJSU service area (e.g., Spanish, Mandarin, or Vietnamese)
- Teach courses in teacher education, e.g., educational foundations, curriculum and methods; supervise student teachers; and participate in student advisement.
- Maintain an active and productive research program and participate in scholarly associations at the regional, state, and national levels.
- Liaise with Ethnic Studies faculty (including but not limited to the Ethnic Studies Collaborative) throughout the university to build educator pathways and explore the intersection of Ethnic Studies in K-12 and post-secondary education
- Participate in shared governance, usually in department, college, and university committee and other service assignments.
- 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 - 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.
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, including how to address the theory-to-practice connection
- research plans, including synergy among teaching, research, and service
- diversity statement considering how to recruit and support teacher candidates from underrepresented groups and retain them as teachers
- three references with contact information
Review of applications will begin January 21, 2021. The position will remain open until filled. Inquiries may be directed to the Department of Teacher Education Associate Chair David Whitenack at email@example.com.
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. 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.
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