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Assistant Professor - Teacher Education

Apply now Job no: 505563
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, K-12 Emancipatory Education

School/Department Name:
Teacher Education

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 2022

Application Deadline for Priority Review:
November 19, 2021 (Applications accepted  until filled or closed)

Position Description

The Teacher Education Department of the Lurie College of Education at San José State University invites applications for up to two (2) full-time, tenure-track, assistant professor positions in K-12 Emancipatory Education beginning in Fall 2022. These positions will be required to teach foundations and / or disciplinary-based methods courses with frameworks related to emancipatory education, e.g., anti-racist education, culturally sustaining pedagogy, critical race theory, and / or related frameworks, in the successful applicant’s area of expertise in our Multiple Subject or Single Subject credential program. Ideal applicants will have a productive research agenda focused on emancipatory education. We seek applications from candidates who respectively specialize in a variety of areas--see Preferred Qualifications below.

At this point in history as intersecting crises of racial, economic, health, and environmental justice buffet our lives and communities and exacerbate inequalities in educational and other institutions, the San José State University (SJSU) Teacher Education Department (TED) finds itself in a moment of transformational change. In alignment with the SJSU Strategic Plan, Transformation 2030; the Lurie College of Education (LCOE) Strategic Plan; and the TED vision and mission and program learning outcomes, we seek to reimagine K-12 teacher education by centering the assets of students who are diverse in terms of ethnicity / race, language, socioeconomic status, gender identity, sexual orientation, neurology, creed, and other intersectional characteristics of identity. While centering students’ intersectional identities as assets, we simultaneously seek to partner with other LCOE and SJSU departments and programs, community colleges, K-12 districts and schools, and community organizations to create anti-racist, culturally sustaining, and emancipatory education structures for students and pathways for educators. We aim to transform the local teaching force so that it better reflects the students we serve.

Department And College Context: Mission, Vision, Values, And Programs

The Teacher Education Department (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, Mandarin, and Vietnamese; 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. TED’s commitment to emancipatory education extends to working with faculty to ensure that they have the mentoring, resources, and other support necessary to contribute to enacting the mission of the department, college, and university.

The Teacher Education Department, the Lurie College of Education, and San José State University value diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. Our excellence in research, teaching, and service can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and staff who share our commitment to these values. 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.

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

  • Ph.D. in Education (or a related field) or Ed.D. ABD also will be considered.
  • Demonstrated ability to teach effectively in educator preparation.
  • Demonstrated commitment to antiracist, culturally sustaining, and emancipatory education.
  • Applicants should demonstrate an awareness of and sensitivity to the educational goals of a socially and economically diverse student population as might have been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching, and other comparable experience.

Preferred Qualifications

Priority will be given to candidates who possess expertise in one or more of the following:

  • Inclusive Education / DisCrit Studies / Special Education
  • Bilingual Education (Spanish)
  • Humanities Education: History/Social Studies/Language Arts
  • STEM+CS Education: Environmental Justice/Sustainability/Climate Justice
  • Healing-Centered Pedagogy: Community Health/Justice, Restorative/Transformative Justice
  • Ethnic Studies Education

Priority also will be given to candidates who possess one or more of the following:

  • Expertise and experience in program and curriculum development focused on emancipatory education 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, Asian American and Pacific Islander, 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.
  • Demonstrated commitment to and experience with engaging with multilingual communities, sustaining linguistic diversity, and enacting critical language awareness pedagogy.
  • Knowledge of 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 languages other than English represented in the SJSU service area (e.g., Spanish, Mandarin, or Vietnamese).
  • Evidence of mentoring at the undergraduate or graduate level.

Key Responsibilities

  • Teach foundations and / or methods courses with an emancipatory education framework in the successful applicant’s area of expertise in Multiple Subject or Single Subject credential program.
  • Supervise teacher candidates in field placements and / or advise MAT candidates.
  • Participate in curriculum development and teaching of other courses to meet the needs of the program and its diverse student population.
  • Develop and sustain an ongoing record of research, scholarship, and/or creative activities, as well as other professional engagement.
  • The candidate will participate in shared governance, usually in department, college, and university committees and other service assignments.
  • 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.

Application Procedure

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

  • letter of interest
  • curriculum vitae
  • diversity statement
  • statement of teaching interests/philosophy
  • research plans
  • three reference letters

Inquiries may be directed to: David Whitenack, Professor and Chair, Teacher Education Department, at

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.

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.

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.

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Last Updated Sep 13, 2021