The Department of Anthropology is dedicated to teaching and
learning excellence in our field and for our students. Through
scholarly work and direct participation in research programs both
locally and outside the United States, students study the varied
nature of human experience in the cultures of the world. Through
this study of people, their lifestyles and how they adapt to
cultural change, both past and present, a student is better
prepared to comprehend human behavior on local and global
Comparative and evolutionary, scientific and humanistic,
anthropology provides a unique opportunity for broadening and
integrating one's view of human existence. By attending classes,
conducting fieldwork, and participating in research, students gain
an understanding of human cultural heritage, culture change, and
cultural diversity in both past and contemporary societies. The
SJSU Anthropology Department offers a wide range of undergraduate
and graduate courses.
For more information: https://www.sjsu.edu/anthropology/
Brief Description of Duties
The temporary faculty pool is continuously open, and positions are
filled as needed, based on student enrollment and funding.
Candidates may need to be available to begin teaching on short
notice. The Fall term begins in late August and ends in
mid-December; the Spring term begins mid- to late January and ends
in mid- to late May. Opportunities for teaching during the Summer
and Winter Intersessions may also be available.
Duties for the position include the following:
- Teach assigned upper division courses in the department's
curriculum and serve weekly office hours based on assigned teaching
- Candidate must 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.
- All faculty should be organizing their classes within the
Canvas Learning Management System (LMS), the official LMS provided
for the SJSU community. All classes at SJSU, whether online or not,
must be anchored in the Canvas platform to ensure faculty-student
connection in a common space as all students are directed to log in
to Canvas for online access to their classes. You will have access
to this system prior to the semester start date.
- An M.A. or Ph.D. degree in a field relevant to the curriculum
or in a related discipline.
- Knowledge of the subject matter of the discipline to which the
individual is assigned.
- Ability to teach and evaluate adult learners.
- Evidence of satisfactory achievement in previous academic
- 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.
- For teaching graduate courses, a Ph.D. or extensive
professional experience is required.
Please be advised that an 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.
Commensurate with experience.
Click Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application
and attach the following documents:
- Cover Letter
- Statement of Expertise, including professional experience, and
courses you are qualified to teach
- List of References
This is a continuing open position.
San José State
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.
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.
A background check (including a criminal records check) must be
completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a
position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the
background check may affect the application status of applicants or
continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the
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