Assoc./Full Prof., Higher Ed. Leadership
San José State University - San José, California
Subject to Budgetary Approval

Specialization: Higher Education Leadership
Job Opening ID (JOID): 25133
Rank: Associate or Full Professor (Tenure-track)

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.

In Fall 2020, the Lurie College of Education (LCOE) at San José State University (SJSU) intends to launch a Master's Degree Program in Higher Education Leadership. The program will extend the reach and impact of LCOE's programs to intentionally address the leadership needs of higher educational institutions in the Northern California region, including community colleges, universities, and community-based organizations that support post-secondary educational opportunities.

The higher education leadership master's degree program will prioritize preparing future leaders who are: focused on equity and assets-based approaches to transformative education, deeply committed to social justice with the ability to implement emancipatory practices, and dedicated to excellence for all.

Employing a cohort-based, hybrid approach, with an emphasis on hands-on, experiential applications in higher education leadership, the program will model research-based strategies for effectively supporting and enhancing student success in diverse contexts in higher education. Leveraging SJSU's position as Silicon Valley's only public university, the program will address effective, ethical, and social justice-oriented uses of data science to support success for diverse student communities, including those that are often denied transformative educational opportunities. Graduates of the program will be prepared with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to be innovative, assets-focused, social justice higher education leaders.

Our Lurie College family includes over 55 tenured / tenure-track faculty, 100 lecturers, 20 staff and approximately 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 continuing to challenge themselves and the college as we seek to grow and strengthen our work for emancipatory education.

Qualifications: Qualifications for the position of open rank professor and founding program coordinator include the following:

Required Qualifications:
• Earned doctorate in Education or a related field, with an emphasis on higher education.
• Professional record at a level commensurate with tenure and advanced rank, which includes an active record of scholarship in field of expertise and demonstrated excellence in teaching at the college level.
• Demonstrated commitment to equity, social justice, diversity, and culturally sustaining approaches to teaching, scholarship, and leadership.
• Demonstrated leadership experience in post-secondary contexts, emphasizing assets-based approaches to fostering the success of traditionally disenfranchised communities.
• Strong knowledge of higher education landscape and current research on best practices in post-secondary educational contexts that can be used to inform program design and learning priorities for student success, particularly with underrepresented students.
• Demonstrated awareness 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.

Competitive Qualifications:
• Experience designing, developing, and coordinating graduate level programs.
• Demonstrated commitment to collaboration within and across institutional contexts. Ability to facilitate collaborative engagement with university and community partners.
• Demonstrated ability to think creatively, design initiatives, and lead innovations that respond to student interests, community priorities, and regional needs.
• Experience in assessment and accreditation, hiring and evaluation, fundraising and development.
• Demonstrated ability to seek and secure grant funding.
• Demonstrated ability to effectively utilize learning technologies in face-to-face and hybrid learning contexts.
• Experience teaching online and designing hybrid learning experiences.
• Leadership experience and academic qualifications that position candidate as eligible to Chair the Educational Leadership Department.
• Ability to consistently and effectively communicate the College's values and specific objectives for equity and justice as essential in educational leadership in the context of a highly diverse region and campus.
• Ability to share with a variety of stakeholders a breadth and depth of knowledge about current equity and educational justice issues that will encourage meaningful collaboration and engagement with the College on programs and initiatives.

Responsibilities for the open rank professor and founding program coordinator position include the following:

Professor –
• Maintain active research agenda in higher education scholarship.
• Design and teach courses in the higher education leadership program.

Founding Program Coordinator –
• Work with regional higher education leaders, including LCOE faculty, SJSU administrators, community college administrators, and community leaders to design higher education master's program. Program design includes establishing program goals and anticipated student learning outcomes, course structure, capstone project opportunities, field experience components, student learning and success supports, and assessment strategies.
• Coordinate with LCOE's K-12 Educational Leadership Programs, Educational Counseling Programs, the Educational Leadership Doctoral Degree (Ed.D.) program to develop pathways between degree programs and, where appropriate, offer cross-listed and/or co-taught classes.
• Work with SJSU's Divisions of Student Affairs and Academic Affairs as well as with administrators in other regional colleges and universities to develop assistantships, internships, and related field experiences that are tightly connected to program coursework and capstone projects.
• Recruit faculty to teach in the program from within LCOE, across SJSU's campus, and across the region. Where appropriate, facilitate the design and implementation of national searches to recruit new tenure-track faculty to teach in the program. Build a collaborative culture among faculty who teach in the program and cultivate a commitment to the program's goal of preparing students to be equity-focused, innovative, and transformative higher education leaders.
• Design and implement a student recruitment strategy that ensures strong outreach to diverse and underserved communities.
• Work collaboratively with the College of Professional and Global Education to support faculty in developing meaningful online learning opportunities where appropriate.
• Work collaboratively with the LCOE Director of Assessment and Accreditation (DoAA) to design and implement an assessment strategy that regularly collects, reviews, analyzes student performance data; engages student, alumni, and community voices; and uses this information to drive decision making to build stronger outcomes for student success. Where appropriate, works with the DoAA to collect and maintain data required for accreditation review.
• Work collaboratively with the LCOE Dean and Director of Development to engage in fundraising that supports students and faculty in the Higher Education Leadership Master's program. Where appropriate, pursue grant opportunities that support the program and help to strengthen opportunities for faculty, students, and alumni.
• Work collaboratively with the LCOE Dean and Associate Dean, Department Chairs, Program Directors, Faculty and Staff to support the mission, vision, and strategic priorities of the college.

Salary Range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Starting Date: August 13, 2020
Eligibility: Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

Application Procedure:
For full consideration, send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching interests/ philosophy, research plans, and at least three original letters of reference with contact information by October 1, 2019 to
Inquiries may be directed to: Associate Dean Marcos Pizarro,

Please include Job Opening ID (JOID) on all correspondence.

San José State University ( enrolls over 33,000 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 fifth 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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Marcos Pizarro
San Jose State University
San Jose, 95192