Assistant Professor: School of Teacher Education- Literacy Education

San Diego State University
California, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Oct 25, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Teacher Education
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time


The School of Teacher Education (STE) seeks a colleague to join us as a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Literacy Education to contribute to our work towards equity in schools. We are looking to hire a candidate with specific commitments to racially minoritized communities who builds upon the social, cultural, and linguistic assets of all learners.

Literacy Programs at SDSU include the graduate level Reading and Literacy Added Authorization (RLAA) and Reading and Literacy Leadership Specialist (RLLS) Credential, authorized by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. We also offer the Masters of Arts in Literacy and support post-baccalaureate credential programs teaching literacy methods for K-12 teachers.

Responsibilities include teaching credential, RLAA, RLLSC, and MA level courses in a range of literacy topics including theory, methods, and assessment in university and clinical settings. Courses are offered in both face-to-face and virtual environments with possible summer teaching opportunities.

Candidates will be expected to maintain an active scholarly record, support community partnerships, and provide service to the University. The anticipated start date for this position is August 2022.


  • Earned Doctorate in Literacy or closely related field. Candidates nearing completion of the doctorate (ABD) may be considered; however, the doctorate must be completed by August 1, 2022.
  • Commitment to social justice and equity for all learners including a theoretical grounding in critical perspectives.
  • Experience teaching literacy in racially, culturally, linguistically, and economically diverse K-12 educational settings.
  • Established early scholar record of publication and articulated research agenda.

Building on Inclusive Excellence (BIE) Criteria: Candidates must demonstrate at least two of the following:

  • Is committed to engaging in service with underrepresented populations within the discipline
  • Has demonstrated knowledge of barriers for underrepresented students and faculty within the discipline
  • Has experience or demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentoring underrepresented students
  • Has experience or has demonstrated commitment to integrating understanding of underrepresented populations and communities into research
  • Has experience in or has demonstrated commitment to extending knowledge of opportunities and challenges in achieving artistic/scholarly success to members of an underrepresented group
  • Has experience in or has demonstrated commitment to research that engages underrepresented communities
  • Has expertise or demonstrated commitment to developing expertise in cross-cultural communication and collaboration
  • Has research interests that contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education


  • Knowledge of pedagogical strategies for working with racially, culturally, linguistically, and economically diverse K-12 and university-level students.
  • Reading and Literacy Leadership Specialist Credential or equivalent experience providing literacy-related professional development to teachers and/or providing literacy support to K-12 students.
  • Experience teaching at the university level and capacity to teach undergraduate and graduate level courses in literacy
  • Experience in online instruction and learning management systems such as Blackboard and/or Canvas.
  • Experience supervising teacher candidates in K-12 settings.
  • Experience working at a literacy clinic.
  • Demonstrated potential for grant writing, research and/or scholarly activity.
  • Demonstrated interest in relevant service to the university, community, and profession
  • Engaged in service with underrepresented populations in higher education


Appointment is for a 10–month assistant professor with salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Established in 1897, SDSU offers bachelor degrees in 95 areas, master degrees in 78 and doctorates in 22. The campus community has a student population of over 36,000 and approximately 5,849 faculty and staff. SDSU is currently designated as a Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity by the Carnegie Foundation and has been named on the Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index as the No. 1 small research university in the nation. SDSU is a large, diverse, urban university with a commitment to equity and inclusive excellence. Our campus is ranked No. 2 in institutions across the country serving Hispanic students. Our campus community is enriched by our diversity. SDSU is seeking applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups. The region boasts a sunny and temperate climate, beautiful beaches, and casual living in an intellectually rich environment. Additional information about the university is available at


The College of Education (COE, comprises seven diverse departments/schools committed to one unified mission: to prepare education, community-service, and counseling professionals to provide the highest quality learning environments to ensure student and client success. Ranked first among all California State Universities and rated in the top 15% of Colleges of Education (U.S. News & World Report, 2020), the College engages in strategic partnerships with the field of practice to improve client outcomes, to increase institutional effectiveness, and to promote social justice. College faculty members engage in several highly regarded university centers and institutes, including the Center for Visual Literacies, the Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Education, the Center for Teaching Critical Thinking and Creativity, and the Pre-College Institute.


Because SDSU began as a normal school, teacher education is central to the historic mission of the university.  With nationally recognized research accomplishments and diverse expertise, the STE is academic home to 16 tenured/tenure-track faculty and more than 90 adjunct faculty and lecturers. The STE offers programs at the undergraduate, teaching credential, and graduate levels. It serves undergraduate students through our liberal studies program. Our teacher credential programs prepare teachers using a cohort model. Teacher candidates are able to earn either a multiple subjects (elementary) or single subject (secondary) teaching credential. At the graduate level, the STE offers specialized master's degrees and a COE-sponsored joint Ph.D. program in Education with Claremont Graduate University. Faculty actively engage in leading-edge research and community service that are designed to improve student achievement.  Website:


Applicants must apply via Interfolio No paper applications will be accepted.

Application materials include:

  • Applicant statement/cover letter, addressing the minimum and preferred qualifications, and how the applicant meets two of the eight BIE criteria
  • Statement of research interests (not to exceed 2 pages double spaced)
  • Statement of teaching philosophy/orientation, experience and interest (not to exceed 2 pages double-spaced)
  • Curriculum Vitae;
  • Three letters of recommendation

Screening of applications will begin December 1, 2021, and continue until the position is filled, with the anticipated start date of August 2022.

For further information contact:

Dr. Marva Cappello

Search Committee Chair


We welcome all candidates and do not discriminate based on race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, pregnancy, medical condition, and US veteran status.

The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is 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 position.

This institution is using Interfolio's Faculty Search to conduct this search. Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge.

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Background check:  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 position.

SDSU is a Title IX, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.

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